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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.

WBTV-LP Station Launch Celebration, Friday, November 3!

FLIP THE SWITCH!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.

September RAC Update: We are broadcasting!

Hello from WBTV-LP’s Radio Advisory Group (RAC).

Now that we launched (softly) on the air this month, there is a whole lot of radio-making and station moving and shaking going on! Each month, the co-chairs (myself, DJ Llu) and/or Bill Simmon (VCAM’s Director of Media Services) will write a brief update on what the RAC is up to and what’s next for WBTV-LP. So, here is our first one as we end September.

WBTV-LP’s September RADio Updates

  • 21463145_10155024234090875_862877934453586997_nWe met our goal of getting our antenna up and plugged in by Art Hop! This is a huge, huge milestone for the station (and 6 years in the making). You can now tune in at 99.3 FM around Burlington and we (our tech committee) can work out additional broadcast minor punch lists to make sure we can boost up to the full 100 watts by our official station launch party on November 3 (save that date!). Thanks to Seven Days and the Burlington Free Press for coverage of flipping the on switch.
  • Our schedule is about half-way filled (yes already!) with locally made shows that are greatly expanding the community radio content here in the Queen City. Tune in to hear brand new radio folks and old seasoned vets!
  • WBTV-LP is a member-run station, which means our programmers and listeners are part of making decisions and making the day to day station work happen. We have support of a very part-time Station Coordinator position, but rely heavily on our station committees (the RAC (governing board), Outreach/Education/Fundraising, Tech, and Programming) to move the station forward. All of these committees are looking for new members/leaders with a range of skills. Email Jo Thomas, Chair of the Outreach Committee, to learn more about each committee and plug in.
  • And now that we are live on air, we will be starting up our fundraising efforts of underwriting with our local business community. This is a great way to show your support of the station and community radio, but also get your business noticed! More info here.

All WBTV-LP RAC meetings are open to the public and occur (generally) the second Monday of each month, 5:30-7 p.m. at 208 Flynn Ave (the Media Factory and home of the WBTV-LP studio, RETN, and VCAM).

Note: the October RAC meeting is on a different day due to scheduling issues: Monday, October 2, 5:30-7 p.m.

You can read all past RAC meeting minutes on our website here.

Questions about the RAC? Email DJ Llu or Bill.

We are on your radio dial Burlington! 99.3FM

21463145_10155024234090875_862877934453586997_nAfter six years in the making, we finally got our antenna up and powered on at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8 (just in time for the 25th South End Art Hop). This was a labor of love by dozens of dedicated community volunteers and our partners at VCAM and RETN. To say we are excited is the understatement of the year.

Reset those car presets and tune in those work radios to the new 99.3FM, the newest community radio in the queen city of Burlington, VT!

And catch our locally made programming for this fall!

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Is this thing on?

Yes! Well, mostly.

Hang with us this week, we are getting the station on the air and raising our antenna as you read this, so our stream will be sometimes down. But, it will be worth it because by Art Hop (September 8 & 9) we plan to flip the switch on the antenna and begin (finally) broadcasting at 99.3FM.

So, hang in there with us! We got some great radio for you to hear. You can listen to us streaming on this website (click the arrow on the bottom), find us on the TuneIn app for your smart phone, and (super duper soon) on your preset radio dial at 99.3FM!

Read more about our launch thanks to Seven Days

And in the Free Press too!