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Meet Your Makers: Joanna Thomas, radio station builder

JoannaI joined the outreach committee at 99.3 WBTV when fellow committee member, Llu, reached out the WRUV group last year. I’m currently an international music DJ at WRUV and I love doing radio. I think it’s a really positive and fulfilling way to engage in the community and dig into my passions but also share something educational and interesting with people at the same time. Llu mentioned in her email that there would be a new radio station starting up in the VCAM location in Burlington and they needed help raising awareness and pulling things together. It seemed like a good place to put some of my time and energy because it’s something I believe in and I know first hand how much work and heart it takes to sustain a radio station. I was also interested in learning about the step by step process to put a station on air and thought it was a really unique opportunity to witness a radio station being built from scratch. I have a background in human resources and volunteer coordination so the outreach committee seemed like the best fit for me. I’ve been attending outreach meetings for about six months and have met some really cool media who love media and have so much to offer in terms of getting the word out about WBTV.

I’m a music lover, I’m comfortable being on air, interviewing artists, talking about music and current international events and concerts but I don’t have a lot of experience with audio, video and storytelling in general. I’m lucky to be involved with the outreach folks at WBTV who bring these skills and more to the station. We have such a vibrant media community and they’re all so invested in making this station great.

Right now we’re tabling at events around Burlington, recording video PSAs and station IDs, handing out promo materials and having introductory conversations with our neighbors to let them know what’s going on with the future of community radio in Burlington. I’m pumped to be on air next year and see what types of diverse programming we can bring to Burlington but right now we’re just focusing on the vision, message and brand of the station and how we can spread the word.

I’m proud to do radio in Burlington, VT.

Meet your makers: Audrey

Radio station makers, that is.

Audrey Homan, radio nerdHi! I’m Audrey Homan, and I’m happy to be helping build Burlington, Vermont’s newest local community radio station.

When I’m not building WBTV, I work for a Vermont edtech think-tank, blogging and producing our awesome podcast about technology in Vermont education. I’m also a late-night WRUV deejay, playing cover songs involving chainsaws. I am not Batman.

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WORD

In my opinion, backchannels are essential as they are ways to let the speaker know you’re listening during conversation. And if you’ve ever found yourself in a one sided conversation, you know how important those slight responses are. Of all the ways to let someone know you’re listening, my favorite is “word”. It’s easy. It’s succinct. It’s one of those catch all utterances that, when paired with a properly paced nod of the head, is all that needs to be said in reply.

That’s one of the greatest things about WBTV, at the moment. There are SO many opportunities to get your well placed “word” in. And that collective conversation is the beauty of community radio. So please feel free to pop in, be an active member in the conversation and let us know you’re listening :]

A few up coming opportunities are:

What: Connecting with community at the Burlington Farmers’ Market

Where: Farmers’ Market!

When: 6/27

Why: because we’d love to see your shining faces!

What: Outreach Committee Meeting

Where: VCAM

When: 6/29 @ 5:30

Why: because…community radio!

You all hold so many great ideas and voices that need to be heard. We’ll make sure to post new events and ideas as they become living, breathing things. Looking forward to seeing you folks at these events!

Word?

Word.

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Meet Your Makers: Matt – [In]tern It up! (Part Two)

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Hello!

My name is Matthew Woodward! Like Tiffany, I’m one of the two interns at WBTV this summer. I’m very excited to work with this amazing group of people, and to help build a new, unique radio station for the people of the Burlington area.

Fun Fact #1: I’m currently a senior at Castleton State College. My major is Communications with a concentration in Mass Media and my minor is Related Arts.

Fun Fact #2: I’m also an artist/music producer under the alias of WDY. I’ve been creating, recording, and producing original music since 2011. In my short career i’ve already created 2 full length albums and 3 EP’s, while playing shows all over Vermont including Higher Ground 3 times and Waking Windows Festival this past year. Currently, i’m working on my next LP for later this year which will include a film for every track.

Listen and download all my music for free here:

Follow me on various forms of social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/xwdyx

Instagram: @mattiswdy

Meet Your Radio Makers: Tiff Lee–[In]tern It Up!

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Hello!

I’m Tiffany, one of two new interns for WBTV dropping in for a quick hey! I’m pumped to work with this wonderful team on this wonderful project.

Fun fact: I’m constantly talking about media and social change. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in this community radio endeavor. When I’m not on my social soap box I’m usually writing, wandering, and exploring the social media community.

Speaking of social media and the amplification of voices, here are a few things I’ve been into lately.

1] Bitch Media
I’ve been streaming this podcast nonstop. In their words, “Bitch Media is a feminist response to pop culture”, aka the perfect background to my everyday activities.

2] Button Poetry
For me, Youtube is essential. This channel is a must as it features beautifully performed poetry and some of the most artfully delivered words I’ve ever experienced.

3] Black Girls Talking
Another awesome podcast that covers topics concerning women of color discussed by women of color. ’nuff said :]

I’m incredibly looking forward to sharing more with you all
Here’s to getting started!