#TeamWBTVLP’s “Tattoo a Unicorn On Your Forehead”

We don’t need an actual radio station to start making radio, right? Right!

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Tiff & Rob listening into the Radio Race theme announcement at the kick off.

Saturday, August 8 at 1 p.m., a small but mighty team of WBTV-LP radio makers assembled to represent the soon-to-be new community radio station in the 3rd Annual [international] KCRW Radio Race. We had no idea what we were getting into, but we were ready for the challenge. And oh geez, was it challenging! 24 hours to conceive, write, record, edit, review, edit some more, and submit a 4 minute non-fiction radio project that fit into the assigned theme, “Time Change” and used an extra challenge, issued late in the 24 hours, of the quote “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – Blanche DuBois (from A Street Car Named Desire).

Tiff, Rob & Llu, aka #TeamWBTVLP plugged in and made it happen with this piece, “Tattoo a Unicorn on Your Forehead.” We truly made it a team effort, all interviewing (or being interviewed), writing, and editing. Take a listen!

There were nearly 200 entries from all over the world. Listen in!

Besides a prize for best piece(s), there is also an award for “The Social Butterfly.” #RadioRace actually trended during the 24 hours and if you are a radio geek, you might get a laugh reading back the tweets from some people’s process or photo documentation of radio making.

Thanks to Seven Days for writing up a culture & blog post on our process of prepping and then cranking out our radio race piece. They said, “The piece celebrates the freedom that comes with embracing one’s own identity, yet concludes on a note of questioning and uncertainty.”

What happened next?

This panel of judges picked these 10 finalists and then 3 winners.

More from #TeamWBTVLP on the #RadioRace

The team at about 12 hours of straight radio making into the race.
The team at about 12 hours of straight radio making into the race.

Rob Henkel – Team nickname: “Ruthless Editor”

Bio: I am a former radio show DJ (WRFR-LP, Rockland Maine) and an aspiring documentary filmmaker. When I heard about the 24 hr. challenge, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. It seemed like a

good opportunity to work on a project with a very specific (and looming) deadline.

Race Reflections: Even though the team was small, I felt like we all bonded well, and got some great material. In fact, we had enough really good material to probably make a 15 minute piece.

The project was interesting and put me in contact with some fantastic people. I had a great time and learned a thing or two along the way! (Thanks for the cookies, Llu’s partner…)

Llu Mulvaney-Stanak (DJ Llu) – Team nickname: “Rolodex

Bio: I’ve done music based radio programs for over twenty years at various stations around Vermont, including my longest tenure at WRUV, Burlington, and dabbled in producing interview podcasts with musicans. I am the lead manager of the WBTV-LP station build out, VCAM staffer, and all around radio geek.

Race Reflections: Oh. My. Beyonce. I was excited and nervous to take on this race. With no radio station, pulling together radio makers to do this with me was a total leap of faith. I feel so hashtag blessed that Tiff & Rob were my teammates. They were cool, calm, and collected the whole time, even through some major tech drama. In the end, this was by far the most challenging creative media project I have ever done and I am really, really proud of how this turned out.

Tiff Lee – Team nickname: “Dance it Out”

Bio: Tiff graduated from UVM this summer and was one of the WBTV-LP interns too!

Race Reflections: WHAT AN AWESOME WHIRLWIND OF AN EXPERIENCE! What a great way to spend 24 hours of a weekend: chatting with folks around the city hearing their stories and working with a wonderful team to create a piece of which I’m pretty proud. Loved the experience, ’nuff said :]

And don’t miss fellow WBTV-LP radio maker/building Ari Erlbaum’s Maine #RadioRace team’s submission:

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