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The Art of the Interview with Fran Stoddard on 12/18/18!

Whether you’re making a talk show or documentary for radio, TV, or film; doing an oral history, or writing a feature article; conducting an interview that yields great content from your interview subject can be challenging. Learn techniques that are tried and true for getting the most out of your interview. We’ll introduce interview techniques, present a live demo, and have lots of hands-on time to practice your new skills.

Led by Fran Stoddard, Vermont PBS producer/host, and host of Conversations: Relationships Across Difference (above).

The Art of the Interview with Fran Stoddard
The Media Factory Classroom
208 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT 05403

Register HERE or call 802-651-9692

This event has a suggested donation of $25*, which directly supports WBTV-LP community radio programming.

*Our workshops and events are open to all, regardless of income or ability to make a donation. If you can support this program, please do!

Join us for Podcasting 101!

Learn the concepts and strategies to produce, publish and promote your own podcast. We’ll cover the entire process – refining your idea, recording, editing, distributing and promoting – and review some of the tools and hosting sites you can use to get started right away.

This workshop is led by Jonathan Butler, Director of Digital Strategies at Vermont Public Radio. You can find him on Twitter at @jonathanpb.

Podcasting 101 with Jonathan Butler
The Media Factory Classroom
208 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT 05403

Register HERE or call 802-651-9692

PLEASE NOTE: While the listing states tickets are $25, this is a pay-what-you-can suggested donation. The event is valued at $25/person. All donations support 99.3FM WBTV-LP community programs.

Life is Short. Leave Your Mark. Make Media.

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”—United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, December 10, 1948.

The Ancient Greek philosophers called for free speech as did the Founding Fathers and the Suffragettes.  Oscar Wilde used his dramatist’s pen to challenge social norms. Billie Holiday shared her distinctive voice in the 1939 song, Strange Fruit, to protest lynchings.  Lenny Bruce used the comic’s microphone to stretch the fabric of free speech—and was arrested, multiple times.

October 20, 2018 is Community Media Day, a global celebration dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of free speech and accessible media.  Community Media Day debuted in 2017 to encourage access across diverse voices and platforms. The celebration serves as a prelude to Free Speech Week, which begins October 22.

The Media Factory is celebrating Community Media Day by sponsoring a “Home Movie Day” on Saturday, October 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Feel free to bring your home movies for sharing and viewing. We will have projectors for 8 mm, Super 8, and 16 mm films and for VHS tapes.  We will show digital movies, too, if you have already reformatted your home movies or if they are born digital.  If you don’t have any home movies, you can still come and participate as an audience member.

“I think Community Media is a huge service to the community and a powerful asset to those of us who feel we have a message and a mission to share with the community,” says Morella Devost, host of Thrive with Morella on WBTV-LP, 99.3 FM.

Life is short.  Leave your mark.  Make media.

~By Katherine Stamper, Host of Present Time on WBTV-LP, 99.3 FM

WBTV-LP Listening Lab!

Listen to local podcasts and share your own audio projects!

Hosted by Phillip Peterson of STEAM Lab, who will be sharing his podcast and inviting conversation about audio recording, storytelling, and podcasting. This informal setting is a great place to get feedback and meet your fellow audio enthusiasts!

SPACE IS LIMITED, PLEASE REGISTER ON MEETUP

If you wish to share an audio project, email ginfATretn.org

This event has a suggested donation of $25*, which directly supports WBTV-LP community radio programming.

*Our workshops and events are open to all, regardless of income or ability to make a donation. If you can support this program, please do!

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!