Meet Katherine Stamper, host of Present Time on 99.3 WBTV-LP. Her show is an interview where people with interesting or unusual stories come in to talk about important local issues.
Q: What sets your show a part from similar interview shows?
A: What sets my show apart from other similar interview shows, is that I’m very intentional in trying to bring those less represented in our society to the microphone. So I like to interview people with interesting stories; I’ve brought in a lot of refugee folks, people representative of nonprofit organizations doing some really important work. Vermont is this bucolic, beautiful state and with all that beauty there are still people struggling with some pretty significant human services related issues. Its giving voice to those who we might not otherwise hear.
Q: How do you chose the music for your show?
A: The music that I play tends to be music from film, simply because I love film. There’s no necessary connection, I just try to give people some good music to listen to before the interview starts.
Q: What do you like about WBTV-LP?
A: I think what sets WBTV-LP apart from other radio stations is that the content is created locally. We are not beholden to advertisers and there’s an amazing diversity of voices that are brought to the microphone here.
Q: How did you come about broadcasting from WBTV-LP?
A: I broadcast form WBTV-LP because a friend of mine told me about this opportunity and I am a mid-career, nonprofit professional and I thought, “Why not try something new?” Being on radio sounded exciting and it also sounded terrifying. Its ended up being a really amazing experience and its right here in Burlington with this wonderful facility and wonderful resources.
Listen to Present Time every other Friday from 9:15-11:00A.M. on 99.3FM WBTV-LP, or online at 993wbtv.org.