Legendary WVMT host Ernie Farrar has died at age 78

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Legendary Vermont radio host Ernie Farrar, who spent more than 50 years at WVMT, has died at age 78.

Farrar, who retired in 2018, worked alongside co-host Charlie Papillo for 20 years. “He was a true friend,” Papillo said. “You know sometimes I don’t think people get it. You have co-workers and stuff, he wasn’t a co-worker, he’s your partner, we were a member of a team.” 

Charlie admired Ernie’s work ethic. 

“He loved his job,” Charlie said. “We had ice storms and Ernie would still come to work. It’s like no one comes to work and he would.”

Papillo, who also retired from WVMT in 2018, said one interview he and Farrar did together stood out.

“We had Richard Simmons in the studio with us, and it was just wild,” Charlie said. 

Ernie was instrumental in the career of Dave Moody, a motorsports commentator. “I was writing a column for a weekly racing trade paper that he read,” Moody said. “He called me up the summer before my freshman year of high school and said to have you contribute to my racing radio show.” 

Moody said Ernie led by example, something he looked up to.  

“Everything he did, Ernie just gave of himself with no thought about whether he wanted anything in return,” Moody said.  

Tom Raub was a guest on the show over the years. “His smile and welcomingness would make you feel so at ease,” Raub said. “You could tell that he was genuinely really interested in what you were talking about.” 

Raub said Ernie made you feel important, no matter who you were. “You were the important one there, not him on the radio,” Raub said. 

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