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:
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!
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.
Earlier 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:
Since 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.
We are so excited to invite you to party with us. Come celebrate the successful launch of the community LPFM radio station, WBTV-LP onto the 99.3 FM airwaves here in Burlington, Vermont!
99.3 FM, WBTV-LP Station Launch Celebration
Friday, November 3 :: 6-8 p.m.
Live on the air at 99.3FM!
Streaming online in audio and video!
And in person for you at the Media Factory and WBTV-LP studio!
::Music by local bands and DJs! 6-7 p.m. Melo Grant + 7-8 p.m. DJ Live
::Short program of thanks and celebration by WBTV-LP leaders and programmers!
::Fancy apps by Chef’s Corners and a cash bar by our friends at Zero Gravity Craft Brewery!
::All are invited, totally free, all ages!
More details posting soon.