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Meet your Makers: Ari Erlbaum


Hi, I’m Ari. I just graduated from the Salt semester in Maine, learning to do documentary radio storytelling. This left me ushily-gushily in love with the medium in about a bajillion different ways. Here are just a few of them:

  1. You can tell stories with it. Everyone loves stories. And the stories people hear, they start telling themselves, and those stories determine how they see the world. So basically, radio shapes the world. The world is like putty in our hands, muahahaha! Um… I mean, no, just kidding. Let’s use radio as a force for good!
  2. It’s an auditory medium. I’m a musician, so I geek out on the sound design and editing, trying to give stories a musical flow.
  3. It’s pretty accessible to make, and community radio makes it even more so. Authentic, democratic media!
  4. You get to follow your curiousity and find yourself in the craziest places, talking with fascinating people about things you never would have expected. Like bigfoot.

I’m really psyched to use WBTV-LP help people discover how fantastic making radio is, and form a community around it in Burlington. I’m going to get a group together to share ideas and feedback about pieces/shows they’re working on or want to make (stay tuned). I’m ready right now to be a resource for anyone thinking about what they might want to put on the station. At Salt I got pretty good at seeing how to make people’s ideas work better, without losing the personal style. If you have a show idea, topics you want to make a radio piece about, or a piece you want to workshop, let me know!  My email is The station doesn’t go live until May, but there’s talk of some online streaming before then, and we can start developing content now.

Okay, what else about me?

I teach harmonica and a host of other random musical skills. In the name of shameless self promotion, here’s my website:

I have a case of life ADD, so my other interests are eclectic: comic books, contradancing, any musical instrument, wilderness skills, sci-fi, splitting wood, and evolutionary psychology.

So, that’s me, as much as a blog post sized piece of cyberspace can represent a human. I hope to work on shows with some of you reading this right now!

Upcoming WBTV Events

Here is a list of some upcoming WBTV events. Feel free to stop by, say hello, and join our team!

WBTV Outreach Meetings- Monday, July 20th, Monday August 3rd, and Monday August 17th.

Stop by one of our upcoming outreach meetings every 1st and 3rd Monday, every month! These meetings are open to the public meaning all newcomers are welcomed! Meetings are held at VCAM at 5:30 pm.

WBTV Tabling at Burlington Farmers Market- Saturday, July 25th

WBTV members will be tabling this Saturday at the Burlington Farmers Market. Stop by, say hello, and see why WBTV might be the right team for you.

WBTV Tabling at the Old North End Ramble- Saturday, July 25th 

WBTV members will be tabling at this years Ramble! Stop by our table, say hello, and join our team this Saturday!

Facebook Event Page

WBTV is apart of the 3rd Annual 24-Hour Radio Race-  Saturday August 8th and Sunday, August 9th

WBTV will be participating in the 3rd annual 24-Hour Radio Race held by KCRW. We are excited to be apart of the competition and hope to bring home the hardware!

24-Hour Radio Race

WBTV is apart of National Radio Day- Thursday, August 20th

More info on National Radio Day coming soon.

WBTV’s 1st all station meeting!

IMG_3303On Wednesday, July 15, sixteen radio leaders from Burlington, each part of the working groups of WBTV-LP over the last many months, gathered for our first WBTV-LP all station meeting. We discussed which direction to take WBTV-LP for the station building phase.

Do we become totally autonomous as a station? Do we work on a hybrid model, partnering between the community and VCAM and RETN? Do we make the station a program of VCAM and RETN?

TIMG_3301here are pros and cons to each direction. Over the course of three hours, this group of locals vetted each option and narrowed down to either hybrid or program model. We will work over the next month to further vet these two options and then gather again to pick one.

These are pivotal decisions that will frame how we move forward with fundraising, programming, and station governance. Is this the level of station involvement you want to get involved in? Now is the time! Email llu[at] to get up to speed and join the station building process.


KCRW’s 3rd Annual 24-hour Radio Race (August 8/9) – join our team!


Ari (from the Outreach Group for WBTV-LP), saw this awesome 24 hour radio hack event.

The challenge? Create a short radio piece [like less than 5 minutes] — write, record, and edit a non-fiction piece – in 24 hours with a team for this national competition. Read more about it.

The competition takes place Saturday, August 8 starting at 10 a.m. and goes until Sunday, August 9 at 10 a.m. As at team, we have those 24 hours to create our radio piece, then we post the final product on soundcloud for judging.

Even though WBTV-LP isn’t on the air, we do have lots of radio programming interested and experienced folks in the community. Are you one?

Join the WBTV-LP team by emailing Llu[at] by August 1, 2015.

Who won last year?

Join their facebook event and listen to how the winners won last year.

Go team!

What’s Good?

Does anyone really know how to respond to the all too cool greeting “what’s good”? Its truly been one of my life’s biggest mysteries, up there with the existence of mer-people and the progression of LOST. While I usually respond with “grilled cheese sandwiches” or “uuuhhh, life?” I can now say WBTV-LP! Over the last few couple of weeks there has been a swarm of SO MANY GOOD THINGS surrounding the radio station. Here’s what I mean:



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If you were bopping around the farmers market a few Saturdays ago you might have seen this nifty table across from the city hall steps. Thanks to all the folks who stopped through, donated a buck, and chatted with us on that beautiful June morning. We collected some awesome pieces of audio that will pop up on the WBTV media sphere soon



internet radio

Not only will WBTV come to you over good old radio waves but there will also be an Internet streaming presence. All of the community radio! Here are two fantastic staffers testing the Internet stream for wbtv-lp. Wicked exciting!



What a fantastic event! Hotel Vermont was wonderful enough to have us come through for games and mega fun times at their event to celebrate the nation. Live music, friendly faces and duck -pin bowling…what more could you ask for?

hotel vt

‘Sup Matt




WBTV is looking so official with this new, lovely banner. Thanks Paw Print & Mail for a job well done!

So, the next time someone greets you with a baffling “what’s good” feel free to say WBTV! Don’t forget to check out our other corners on the interwebs for more WBTV updates and general radio lovin’ :]

Be well friends!