Category Archive Blog Roll

Dion “Skeeter” Lawyer-Sanders |April 8, 1953 – October 24, 2019

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of WBTV-LP programmer Skeeter Sanders. He was incredibly dedicated to his show, “The Quiet Storm”, and to community media. Through radio broadcasting, he shared his love of R&B, Soul, and Smooth Jazz in his adopted home of Vermont. Skeeter was also a passionate spokesperson for and fierce advocate of equal rights for all people.

A native of New York City, Skeeter began broadcasting in 1998 on WGDR-FM, the community radio station at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. In 2015, he began syndicating his show via the Pacifica Radio Network. Twenty public and community radio stations nationwide carry “The Quiet Storm”, a show that has been entertaining listeners in the Burlington area on WBTV-LP since November 2017. For over twenty years, Skeeter brought us smooth jazz with a touch of soul from the heart of the Green Mountains in the tradition of the Quiet Storm radio format which began in 1976. 

All of us at WBTV-LP will miss you, Skeeter.

Skeeter in the WGDR booth.

Celebrate Community Media Day with WBTV-LP!

Community Media Day is an annual event that celebrates and brings awareness to the importance of free speech and accessible media for the millions of community mediamakers and citizen journalists who tell their unique stories every year. Community Media Day is officially October 20, and often aligns with Free Speech Week.

WBTV-LP transmits a chorus of community voices every day. We are incredibly grateful for the diverse experiences and stories our programmers bring to the booth. Please consider becoming a member of our station, spread the word about shows you love, and lend your support to the Media Factory.

Who’s Awesome? Programmer Volunteer Daniel!

In addition to co-hosting Top Five Live (Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm) on 99.3 FM, Daniel volunteers several hours each and every week to help program our WBTV-LP schedule. Our community radio station relies on member volunteers to flourish. Daniel’s investment of time and energy is a huge asset to us that we deeply appreciate.

Thank you, Daniel!

Every Day Halloween!

Thank you to all of our community producers who shared work with us for Haloween! Check out our lineup of spooktacular stuff at https://www.mediafactory.org/halloween and stay tuned for updates about creepy, awesome WBTV-LP theme shows!

A Tribute to Pete Seeger from Clearwater Friends

On June 23rd, Rik Palieri & Jason Baker hosted “A Tribute to Pete Seeger from Clearwater Friends” for a special episode of Folk Talk with Rik Palieri and it was simply amazing. Along with the absolutely beautiful music, it was impressive to witness this wonderful group of eight musicians playing a full, live show in our little booth!

Rick & Donna Nestler, Mel & Vinnie, Dan & Faith, Rik Palieri, Jason Baker in the WBTV-LP studio