We Are Licensed!

We Are Licensed!

It has been a very long road, starting way back in 2011 when RETN and VCAM were approached by a small group of community members who knew that the FCC was going to open up a new (and probably the last ever) low power FM licensing window the following year. We formed a committee and applied for a construction permit to build a radio station here at the Media Factory. Our construction permit was approved by the FCC in September of 2014 and station-building began in earnest.

Our deadline to get on the air and complete our filing with the FCC was in November of this year and we made it! with the invaluable help of our volunteers and staff, we were awarded an LPFM license from the FCC on December 12, officially bringing the “station building” phase of WBTV-LP to a close.

Now begins the job of putting all the hard work and planning into a continued, sustainable effort to keep WBTV-LP not just on the air, but a valuable, needed voice in the community. That’s where you come in! There are several ways you can get involved at the station. Here are a few ideas:

  • Get a show! WBTV-LP accepts new program applications on a rolling basis and does bi-annual new-programmer trainings in December and June.
  • Volunteer on a station committee! WBTV-LP station leadership is done by committees made up of community members and RETN and VCAM staff. There’s always room for more help on the Radio Advisory Council, the outreach committee, the programming committee and/or the tech committee. Email the station coordinator for more info.
  • Become a listener-member! Do you prefer to stay in the background and support the station as a listener? Become a listener-member and contribute financially and as a voting member at our annual meetings. Email the station coordinator for more info.

Stay tuned as we roll out several new local radio shows in January and February of 2018 — the first round of officially-licensed programming from WBTV-LP, Burlington!

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