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Come to our all-station meeting!

We want YOU — yes, YOU — to come to our all-station meeting this February 8!

When: February 8 @ 6pm

Where: the mighty New Media Factory! aka 208 Flynn Ave, Burlington VT. Check it:

Will there be snacks: YES.

We need you to come on down to your very own low-power community radio station and help us vote on leadership, fill committees, meet radio programmers and find out more about how you can take the wheel of this mighty and beautiful little station we like to call the 99.3 FM WBTV-LP.


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!

Calling All Programmers!

WBTV-LP is now actively seeking new programmers for the winter/spring 2018 season! If you would like to get a radio show on 99.3 WBTV-LP, Burlington, complete an application by the first week of December 2017 and the WBTV-LP Programming Committee will review your application and you might just have a weekly radio show starting in January.

No radio experience necessary! 

Before you get a show, the WBTV-LP volunteers and staff will train you in the art of radio, the basics of broadcasting, and how to run your own show in the WBTV-LP booth.


Apply now!

Tune into our fall schedule!

We are adding shows all the time and looking for new programmers for our next big schedule update in January 2018. Until then, tune in to all this locally made radio!

WBTV-LP Fall Schedule 2017


My Grassroots Radio Conference 2017 Recap

Grassroots Radio Conference 2017
Shelagh Connor Shapiro, WBTV-LP DJ
Host, “Write the Book” Radio Show

Podcast-110-GRC-2017.jpgEarlier this month, the Media Factory made it possible for me to attend the Grassroots Radio Conference in Albany, New York. Now that WBTV-LP is broadcasting, it was particularly exciting to be immersed in the culture of community radio and learn from people at all different levels of station development. Some120-150 people attended, representing community and LP stations from around the country. I learned a great deal about the operations, organizations, and visions of many grassroots radio businesses, took a lot of notes, and brought back some ideas for WBTV-LP to consider as we become more established on the Burlington radio airwaves. These are the presentations and workshops I attended:

  • 10 strategies to market your radio station, led by Marketing Professional Lisbeth Calandrino.
  • Lessons from Canada–disrupting settler colonialism and oppression in the media, a Skype presentation led by Laith Marouf (in Canada) and Gretchen King (in attendance at the conference), from CKUT in Montreal.
  • Fundraising: grant writing, pledge drives, underwriting, led by Clark Grant (KBMF-LP) / Butte America Foundation.
  • Community radio roundtable (a survey of the community radio landscape and a conversation about developing a support network): Sharon Scott (WXOX); Vanessa Graber (WPPM); Mike Yates (WAYO); Lauree McArdle (WERA); Cathryn Platine (WLPP); LaGanzie Kale (KLEK)
  • Writing and reading news script: “Groundwire,” led by Gretchen King and Candace Mooers (CKUT)
  • Station management: the story of KBMF In Butte, Montana, led by Clark Grant (KBMF-LP)
  • Receiving and distributing community radio content with Pacifica network and other national platforms, led by Ursula Ruedenberg and Rebekka Reuter (KHOI)

21144462713_db42c61325_z.jpgSince returning to Vermont, I’ve joined the Grassroots Radio Conference listserv, and plan to keep an eye on correspondence coming out of that group. I’ll be going over my notes at the December WBTV-LP RAC Meeting, which is open to the public. If anyone is interested to learn more, please come to that meeting on December 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Media Factor at 208 Flynn Ave.