By M Sebastian Araujo
I truly enjoyed being part of this virtual conference…It was GREAT to see and hear so many amazing people talk about how and what they are doing to not just cope with all that is happening, but what is on the way and how to kee your head and heart looking forward.
Fri: TOOLS in the TOOL BOX for WORKING REMOTELY was very informative and encouraging as we are all going rogue just now.
Really liked how things were broken down and explained…also how things like making sure you get the OK to record the interview instead just going on air live.
Sat: BEAUTIFUL PROCESS FOR UGLY TIMES was great and informative, but the most helpful part was the sharing of stories and the sense of community. It was very heartening to see and hear true professionals and non who are doing this 24/7 all year long. NO MATTER WHAT!
Sun: POWER TO THE PEOPLE I was really looking forward to hearing about how diversity has changed and where we are now as broadcasters and more. Again not just the tech skill sets of the speakers but the passion was really great to see and hear.
My take was that this thing we all do…is truly an important thing. Sometimes it may not feel that way in obvious ways and we may feel like why are we doing it…or is anyone really listening and is my part in this story of our lives really meaningful? After listening to so many great people this weekend, yes it does matter, MORE than we may realize. whether your show is playing music or interviewing or news oriented…EVERYTHING We are Doing Matters and People are listening and perhaps even using our shows as way of staying informed and learning and just to know there are others out there who care and are trying to make a difference is a HUGE thing.
Thank you for this chance to participate and I am looking forward to my own show RE BOOT.
With Gratitude and Respect
M Sebastian Araujo
“WE ARE VERMONT”
Going live, connecting, true JEDI work, and redefining quality.
By DJ Llu
I now have a radio crush on ArtxFM, WXOX, Louisville, thanks to the annual Grassroots Radio Conference. Each year, a community radio station hosts this conference (usually in person) and the fine folks at ArtxFM were all set to bring programmers and station leaders to Kentucky as they hosted this year—but COVID had other plans. ArtxFM rose to the challenge and pulled off a really valuable virtual conference, all while showcasing a number of their programmers (moderating panels, leading sessions, and holding social time) and broadcasting much of the conference live on the air too.
It is clear ArtxFM is a station full of passionate programmers, using the air-waves to activate their community through music and activism. In the time of COVID and located in the heart of the Breanna Taylor protests (Louisville is where Breanna was murdered by the police), ArtxFM made it a priority to get and keep programmers on the air. They turned their entire station remote in just a few weeks this spring. They figured out the easiest tech for home broadcasting and broadcasting in the field from the city protests so that programmers could get their content out, live on the air. I encourage you to check out this station to learn more: https://www.artxfm.com
Attending the conference sessions on how they did all this, as well as hearing about how this all-volunteer station (and others) have really stepped up to meet their communities’ needs for connection during COVD over the air-waves has reenergized me about the power of radio. And, it has me thinking about three recommendations for WBTV-LP:
I’m happy to connect with any programmer or station leadership who wants to hear more about the conference and how we can infuse other stations’ successes into how WBTV-LP operates. Drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tune in to WBTV-LP on 3/3/20 starting at 7:00 pm for complete Town Meeting election results coverage!
WBTV-LP is teaming up with Channel 17 Town Meeting Television again this year to bring you the latest election news with hosts Diane Meyerhoff and Matt Kelley providing live coverage, including the results of local races, ballot items, voter interviews, and more.
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.
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.