Category Archive Community Outreach

Meet your makers: DJ Llu

Hey there!

Hi, this is me, taking a selfie in the Higher Ground backstage bathroom, because #winning.

Hi, this is me, taking a selfie in the Higher Ground backstage bathroom, because #winning.

My name is Llu, aka DJ Llu and I have been on Vermont radio for nearly 25 years (but I could  still pass for looking like a 12-year old). Over the years I have worked in a variety of radio formats – commercial (99.9 the Buzz for a dozen years), college (WIUV, Castleton is my college soul mate), community radio (WGDR, Plainfield gave me my start at 13 years old). I have also DJed a variety of live gigs (r.i.p. 135 Pearl, oh, hey! Higher Ground), and hosted couple of podcasts like this one.

My current audio projects are:

  • A weekly show on WRUV-FM, Burlington (90.1 FM) Sundays 8pm-10pm, “Get Fresh with DJ Llu,” two hours of new music from the record labels & the web. My show is part of the FMQB alternative rock national panel for new music on U.S. radio. Catch some of the past shows here.
  • A once in awhile short podcast, Mic Check with DJ Llu, getting rock stars to tell me their dorky secrets.
  • And a monthly collection of free downloads from the web that I call “Sound Check” and post for anyone to pursue and download.

All do all that for the love of the game, but my day job is as Development & Outreach Manager for VCAM – one of the three community media centers in Burlington. Which means I raise money and get paid to be on social media and the internet all day! I am also the point staff person for WBTV-LP, helping to keep the momentum going behind the scenes.

Fun fact: I am a sucker for a well designed iphone game. My current favorites are “dragon jump” and “alto’s adventures.” All time besties are “badlands” and “limbo.”

A thing I hope happens with this radio station:

Nearly four years ago, long before I was on the VCAM staff, I was one of the folks who was part of starting this station’s dream and went after the FCC license. Back then and today, my dream/hope is exactly the same – I want this to be a COMMUNITY station. Led by locals, with quality programming that is eclectic and interesting, and for the station to be an asset as part of the local media landscape.

Current tunes, radio shows, and podcasts I like:

  1. PODCAST: Dinner Party Download – I listen for the kick off joke. It makes me bust a gut every time.
  2. RADIO: The Brits know how to record hunt. There is a long-time movement among underground DJs in the UK to find rare soul and R&B tracks and then throw parties where everyone rocks out to them. Thanks to the internet some of these brits have gotten their finds on the web and even made radio shows of the music. One of my favorites is ScratchNSniff with their “funk and groove show.”
  3. TUNES: The new Janet Jackson single is off the hook.

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So far this year my favorite artist(s) albums are from Courtney Barnett and Leon Bridges.





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!




We need you! To help us build this station



WBTV-LP station building committees are meeting regularly and now is the time to join in to help us get the station built!
  • Radio Advisory Council (RAC), the overall planning group, is meeting next on Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m.Contact Gary Lambert <> for more info.
  • Outreach Group, in charge of tabling at events, the community listening sessions, website, social media & more, meets bi-weekly on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month (June 1 & 15July 6 & 20). Contact Joanna Thomas – vivavermont [at] for more info.
  • Tech Group, working on antenna placement, internet radio, actual gear building needs, meets on and off. Contact for more info.
  • Fundraising committee — to be created soon! If interested, email me, Llu at

See you there!

Gearing up to listen

When you hear “local community radio”, what do you think of?

WBTV-LP 99.3FM Burlington VT

Members of the WBTV Outreach Committee work on prepping The Listening Tree. What’s The Listening Tree, you ask? ONE WAY TO FIND OUT… 

We’ve got a few ideas, and the foremost of those is that YOU KNOW BEST. So come together with fellow community members this coming Monday, April 20th at 7pm at the WBTV studios (handily located inside VCAM at the west end of Flynn Ave.

We’ll bring the snacks, you bring your voice and some good ideas for Burlington’s very own Listening Tree, deep in the heart of WBTV-LP, 99.3FM, Burlington Vermont’s newest local community radio station.

C’mon. It’ll be fun.