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Invasion of the Pod People!!!

Vermont Public Radio and WBTV-LP are co-hosting an event for Vermont’s Podcast Creators (and would-be podcast creators) at VPR’s Studio One in Colchester, VT. If you produce a podcast or you’ve got an idea you want to launch, come meet your fellow Vermont Pod People for an evening of networking, knowledge sharing and more networking!

It all happens Thursday May 10 at 5:30 PM. Space is limited, so reserve your free tickets now!


New media education workshop!

We’re excited to announce that noted Vermont oral historian Kate Blofson will be offering a workshop on interviewing!

Thursday, July 27, 7-8:30pm:

An Oral History Approach to Interviewing

“Interested in enhancing your interviewing skills?  As a relationship-based method, oral history can add depth and complexity to your interviews.  After a brief introduction to oral history, we’ll discuss life history and open-ended interviewing, and practice some hard and soft interviewing skills.  Participants are welcome to share/workshop a project they are working on.”

Meet your instructor:

Kate is a beekeeper at French Hill Apiaries during the season, and works on oral history projects during the winter. After conducting a place-based oral history project for her thesis about the Winooski intervale, Kate worked with the Vermont Historical Society, collecting interviews for the Vermont 70s Project

.  She believes in the power and possibility of storytelling.

Check out one of her stories, below.

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Next steps:

  1. Register online for the workshop
  2. Determine which story you’re planning on telling first!
  3. Spread the word!

Pinch us.

The final piece of our studio build was installed yesterday–the counter. It is new, it is shiny, it is custom made to ensure the studio is accessible, comfortable, and fits all the gear radio makers will need to broadcast!

What’s next?

We finish our first round of programmer training (yup, we have had 25+ folks getting trained up on station basics, the art of radio, and next, the studio tech). We will have these folks be our first “beta” schedule as we stream online later this fall.

Then what?

Hot on the heels of getting online, we will raise a broadcast tower and pump out 100 watts of broadcast quality content to all of Burlington (and then some).

Can I still become a programmer?

Yup! We are always taking new apps, but you will have to wait till our next round of new programmer training (likely early in 2017) before you can join our first crew of programmers.

What can make this move faster?

Your time.

Your donations.

I still have questions…

We have answers.


WBTV-LP March Audio Workshops & Talks

March WBTV-LP Workshops Flyer 2016WBTV-LP March Audio Workshops & Talks

  • POSTPONED! WE WILL RESCHEDULE. RETN & WBTV-LP present StoryCraft :: Thursday, March 10 :: Recording Life: Conversations on the Process, Art and Work of Audio Recording with Erica Heilman of Rumble Strip Vermont. Doors at 5:30 p.m. Conversation beings at 6 p.m. Register (limited seating!).
  • Zoom-a-Zoom Zoom: How to use a digital audio recorder with Bill Simmon :: Thursday, March 17 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Info, registration & fee scale here.
  • Oral Histories, A How-To with Kate Blofson :: Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-7 p.m. Registration required!
  • WBTV-LP Unplugged with Aly Perry of WRUV’s Soundsmith Radio, interviewed by Bill Simmon :: Thursday, March 24, 6-7 p.m. (free)
  • WBTV-LP Radio Mingle :: Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m. (free)
  • Coming soon! Call for WBTV-LP’s first on-air programmers (yes, really!). Make sure you are signed up forWBTV-LP’s monthly newsletter here.

POSTPONED! WE WILL RESCHEDULE! ​RETN & WBTV-LP present StoryCraft :: Recording Life: Conversations on the Process, Art and Work of Audio Recording with Erica Heilman of Rumble Strip Vermont. HOSTED BY: Rumble Strip Vermont and WBTV-LP

Erica Heilman of Rumble Strip interviewing a guest.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Doors open 5:30 | Conversation begins 6 p.m.

RETN is partnering with local media, literary, and arts organizations to bring insightful conversation and practical resources together, in six monthly events February – July. Listen and participate in talks with Vermont story makers, facilitated by Gin Ferrara of Spindle & Widget, with Burlington Writers Workshop, the Young Writers Project, VCAM, WBTV-LP, and more. Get inspired to tell your own story at our July event: a Pecha Kucha presentation!

Each conversation is recommended for ages 12 and up.

All events will be held at the new Media Factory, RETN and VCAM’s event, studio and classroom space at 208 Flynn Avenue.

REGISTER: Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can. | LIMITED SEATING. Register now!

Erica Heiman produces a podcast called Rumble Strip Vermont. Her independent radio work has aired on NPR’s Day to Day, Hearing Voices, SOUNDPRINT, KCRW’s UnFictional, and on major public radio affiliates across the country. Prior to her work in audio, Erica worked in documentary television in New York City. She produced programming for WNET, HBO and ABC News.

WBTV-LP is the new low-power community radio station being built as a program of RETN and VCAM, with the leadership of community leaders.


Zoom-a-Zoom Zoom: How to use a digital audio recorder with Bill Simmon :: Thursday, March 17 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Zoom Audio Recorder!

Learn how to operate a Zoom digital audio recorder! VCAM has both H1 and H4n models of Zoom digital audio recorders. This workshop will take you through the steps of basic operation of these units. Whether you are recording a musical performance, a podcast, a radio interview or doing “double system” film production, the Zoom H1 and H4n are handy tools of the trade to get to know.

You will learn how to:

  • review of the device & functions & settings (why you would want to choice one over another),
  • set up to record — walk through of hands on plug in the external mics, the settings (key), formatting an audio card, testing, etc.,
  • record something,
  • take your content and getting it onto a computer to start editing,
  • troubleshooting tips (identify common errors/issues).

Facilities, Materials, and Payment:

VCAM will provide a couple of audio recorders and microphones for students to see as examples. Open to the public and sliding scale of $25 requested to help fund the WBTV-LP, Burlington radio project. VCAM membership is NOT required and donation can be paid at time of workshop in cash or check or pay by credit card online. Register here.

Size: 2-10 students l Duration: 1 hour

Teacher: Bill Simmon


The Vermont Historical Society location in Barre City, VT.

Oral Histories, A How-To with Kate Blofson :: Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-7 p.m.

Join noted professional oral historian Kate Blofson for this introduction to the fine art of collecting oral histories. Blofson will tackle the soft skills that make great stories as well as practical production tips, drawing on her extensive work in the field, most recently for the Vermont Historical Society. Registration required, sliding scale fee $0-25.00. Please register early, we are expecting this workshop to fill quickly, and we’ll have limited ability to add seats.

Facilities, Materials, and Payment:

Open to the public and sliding scale of $25 requested to help fund the WBTV-LP, Burlington radio project. VCAM membership is NOT required and donation can be paid at time of workshop in cash or check or pay by credit card online. Register here.

Size: 2-10 students l Duration: 1.5 hours

Teacher: Kate Blofson


The Soundsmith Radio look!

​WBTV-LP Unplugged! with Aly Perry of WRUV’s Soundsmith Radio \ Thursday, March 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

In this installment of our informal radiomaker conversation series, Aly Perry, drama educator and co-host of WRUV’s popular Soundsmith Radio sits down with longtime local dj and local filmmaker Bill Simmon to talk about art, drama, education and radio. No registration or fee required, but please note: we will be conducting a recording during this session.

Hosted in the RETN & VCAM Media Factory space at 208 Flynn Ave. suite 2-G, these are events are free and open to the public!


WBTV-LP RadioMaker Meetup \ Thursday, March 31, 5:30-7 p.m.

Drop in and hang out with other radio-making folks! Bring your in-progress or in-planning projects in person to this casual walk-in session. Toss ideas around or get help with sticky technical issues. No registration or fee required.

Preview of Our New 3 Part Workshop: The Art of Radio Documentary

I’m excited to announce our first ever multi-part workshop: The Art of Radio Documentary. In it, we’ll learn about radio documentary by actually making one, from start to finish. It’s a bit like will be a little like radio documentary boot camp, but warmer and kinder with no judgement attached. Here’s what it will look like:

We’ll hit the ground running with the first workshop (2/1, 5:30 pm). We have already picked a topic and done a little legwork. As a group we will create a focus sentence for the piece, and do some story structure work. Then we will have a crash course on recording gear and interview technique. We will give out some phone numbers or emails of people who have agreed to be interviewed, and send you off.

In between workshops you’ll meet with your subject and interview them for the piece. Don’t worry! I’ll be right there for moral and technical support. You can send me your interview questions to look over, and give me a call if any complications come up.

In the second workshop (2/17, 5:30 pm) we will cut the interviews that we recorded, taking out the most interesting quotes, and the ones most relevant to our story plan. I will go home with these and assemble a rough cut of the story.

In the third workshop (2/23, 5:30 pm), I will come in with a very rough cut of the story. We will listen to it and do an in-depth group edit. The group edit is the secret weapon of radio producers, the thing that makes a story really really good.

Then I will go home, incorporate the group edits, and send out an audio file for you to cherish eternally!


These workshops will be accessible if you’ve never touched an audio recorder in your life, and will still be useful if you have. You can register here. Hope you can make it!