WBTV-LP accepts applications throughout the year, but we do new programmer recruitment drives bi-annually, creating new schedules each January and July. Typically we are considering new applicants in November-December and May-June of each year.
WBTV-LP PROGRAMMER APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
PLEASE READ THIS FIRST (yes, really).
Our WBTV-LP Programming Vision
WBTV-LP aims to air programs that contain a diversity of people, styles, and opinions, examine local issues, and/or educate listeners. We embrace new radio makers’ value and growth, and seek out the voices that make radio entertaining, engaging and interesting. You can be yourself and part of something great at WBTV-LP.
Becoming a WBTV-LP Programmer:
The WBTV-LP Programming Committee objectively chooses programming applications/show content based on:
- how the applicant’s show fits the WBTV-LP programming vision,
- how the programmer and show might add to our commitment to diversity (in social identity and programming),
- and how the applicant is involvement in the station.
Applicants should note:
- You don’t need to have any radio experience to apply.
- We are committed to teaching everyone how to take a radio show idea and make it great!
- If your application is accepted, WBTV-LP requires that you become a contributing member in time and/or an annual fee. We are still working on these details, but we are committed to keeping programming membership cost sensitive, while also ensuring that our community-run station has the volunteer hours and funding it needs to succeed.
- If you want to do a music show, awesome! But note that as a brand new station we have no music library for you to draw from. We will have high speed internet by which you can access online streaming services to play on the air. We also do not have any limitations on what music can be played. Top 40? Have at it. Obscure throat singer A cappella groups? Go for it.
- Note: For our first schedule, live shows will need to be between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays (these are VCAM’s open hours, where the WBTV-LP studio is located). Please factor this in when requesting your preferred live time slot. If you want to pre-record your show, there is more flexibility with air time.
- Finally, know that we greatly value the time and effort you put into creating great radio programming!
How the WBTV-LP Application Works:
Accepted Show Proposals will embrace the four core values supported by WBTV-LP (listed below). Programs may touch on all four values or have strong characteristics of certain values. We utilize a simple scoring system to be sure programming supports our vision and mission as a station. Again, we emphasis that prior to applying volunteer time contributing to the greater good of the station also helps to your chances of getting a show and desired time slot.
WBTV-LP’s Core Values: Consider how your show will align. How does your show align?
Community Engagement: The station will foster engagement in the community to engender more active participation in the public discourse, with an emphasis on the local community.
This core value encourages our shows to be about local, relevant topics, made by local people, or engage directly with the locals through interviews, call ins, etc. Examples of shows could be:
- An audio drama show featuring people from Burlington is great. It would be even better if the stories centered around Vermont. Burlington has many tales to tell.
- A music show could play local music, announce local events, and accept call-ins about the music.
Diversity of Voices: The station will encourage the participation of a diverse spectrum of the community, embracing a broad palette of ideas and perspectives without discrimination.
This core value encourages diverse people, styles, and opinions in our radio for the community. Our programming should reflect the people that live here and listeners should gain much from our creative efforts. Examples of shows could be:
- A local politics show that turns the mic to a wide cross section of our community (especially those who are heard less frequently) would be of value to our listeners. It would also be great to feature this in languages other than English.
- A show that takes dialogue from movies, newscasts, and other sources (in lengths that are in accord with Fair Use standards) and mashes them up into their own original audio stories would be interesting and unique.
Teaching & Learning: The station will be a place where learning happens, open to educators and learners of all ages, types, and skill levels.
This core value encourages shows to teach the listener something new. We hope our audience can gain some new insights and a better understanding of their community. Examples of shows could be:
- A talk show might break down the local NPA meetings into accessible chunks for people who haven’t been keeping track of the issues.
- A music show might take time between tracks to talk about the artist’s influences, or delve into musical history.
Free Speech: The station will be a platform for the free exchange of ideas and public dialog, without censoring unpopular or controversial perspectives.
This core value is axiomatic in community media and at WBTV-LP, though programming must comply with all FCC and station policies concerning commercial content, obscenity, hate speech, etc.
Growing Your Radio Skills at WBTV-LP
All programmers are encouraged to take advantage of the many learning opportunities at the station. Our listeners benefit from all the time we as programmers devote to production value. This effort is recognized when the Programming Committee chooses content for the schedule.
In short, we want you to create a thoughtful show idea before you start your application. And above all else, be yourself and keep making great radio!
After reading all that, still have questions? Email Bill.