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.
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.
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.
After 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.
And catch our locally made programming for this fall!
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!