Radio station makers, that is.
When I’m not building WBTV, I work for a Vermont edtech think-tank, blogging and producing our awesome podcast about technology in Vermont education. I’m also a late-night WRUV deejay, playing cover songs involving chainsaws. I am not Batman.
Fun fact: I have never, in my entire life, run an eight-minute mile, but I make excellent enchiladas.
A thing I really hope happens with this new radio station is: an urban ecology show. Kate Blofson, one of the other station-builders, put the idea in my head and now it just won’t leave. I’m fascinated by place-based learning and history, and I’d love to see someone bring this level of minutiae to a show about Burlington.
That’s one of the coolest things about local radio, is that there’s so many activities going on in a community that you just can’t be everywhere, but getting radio coverage of more of them kind of means you can be everywhere after all.
Current favorite radio shows:
- Sharkat’s Friending Show, currently being heard on WRUV Wednesday nights at midnight. Glorious, slithery ambient grooves for daaaaaays.
- Blame twenty years of Dr. Demento shows for the fact that I play chainsaw songs on air.
- Cryptoaudiology on KDVS is fabulously strange. It’s found sound mixed with dialogue from old scifi movies and bubbles and sawing sounds, and sometimes everything falls off the table.
- KALW Crosscurrents, which produced this fabulous recent episode on Penelope Houston, lead singer of the proto-punk band The Avengers, who is now a librarian of punk rock history at the San Francisco Public Library.
(Did you scream, fellow punk fans? I screamed.)
I’m counting podcasts as a separate deal, because I just want an excuse to share more great audio productions:
Metis in Space: a pair of First Nations women tackle problematic representation of indigenous and Native people in scifi. And it. Is. Glorious.
(Note: do not listen to the Deer Woman episode on public transport, because you will be unable to control your raucous laughter and become That Guy on the bus. Ask me how I know.)
This Week in Science started off as a radio show on KDVS, (and it’s still played there), but now has more of a fully rounded online life as a podcast. It’s three people talking about science, and I just made it sound terrible. Try it anyway!
Come join me in building a new local community radio station in Burlington! Let’s do punk found-sound urban ecology shows with chainsaws!