Meet Morella Devost, host of Thrive with Morella. While being a radio show, it is also streamed on Facebook live. Morella talks about anything body, mind, heart, or spirit.
Q: What is your show?
A: Its a show thats about the entirety of the human experience. Where as other shows might just be about physical health, money, or spirituality. I like to bring people from all different fields that are all about helping people thrive in their lives. For somebody it might be thriving in their physical health, like a show about lymes disease, but I could also do a show about finances. It spans a broad range of fields of the human experience that I believe are all related to thriving.
Q: How did you come to WBTV-LP?
A: Several years ago I was a producer and host of a show at VCAM, that show was Holistically Speaking. I did that show for a number of years and I had to take a break. I was ready to come back to do another show, which I wanted to do not just through the local channels but I wanted to broadcast it onto Facebook Live. I came to talk to the folks at VCAM and said to do it with radio as well. So that’s how I came to be in the radio booth, and I love it.
Listen to Thrive with Morella every Monday from 1:00-3:00 P.M. on 99.3 WBTV-LP, or online at 993wbtv.org.
Meet Patrick Green Beans, host of Winter Light, Summer Heat. His program focuses on psychedelic rock and folk music.
Q: What is your show?
A: It is a music program on every week that puts a spotlight on psychedelic rock and contemporary folk. I think what sets my show apart from other shows is that its playing genres that aren’t really represented on other stations. What I focus on is not exactly the most popular types of music currently. I also put a big emphasis on trying to play music that isn’t just from the United States or the English speaking world, but trying to get different voices. Ones that you don’t usually hear on a commercial radio station.
Q: What is different about WBTV-LP?
A: To me, WBTV-LP is different than other stations because it has a real focus on community and education. It gives the opportunity for people to come in and learn a technical skill, how to run a radio station, as well as the exercise of putting a show together every week. I think this focus on community is giving a lot of people an opportunity they would not have otherwise, as well as new opportunity for listeners to hear something different. To hear voices that aren’t really represented, it adds a diversity that wouldn’t necessarily be there without public access stations like WBTV-LP.
Listen to Winter Light Summer Heat every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on 99.3 WBTV-LP, or online at 993wbtv.org.
Meet Adam Rabin, host of Vermont Favorites on 99.3 WBTV-LP. With experience in the broadcast field, Adam talks about what makes WBTV-LP the right station for him and his show. Vermont Favorites is a talk show where Adam interviews local artists for an hour.
Q: What do you like about WBTV-LP?
A: What I really like about 99.3 WBTV-LP is that it is a community station, anyone can come in and be a part of something that we can all share. I find the radio station very welcoming, the staff and volunteers here. It’s something to be a part of, not just for my show but also for the other people that help out behind the scenes. It’s a great way to meet more artists, DJs, musicians, music fans, and talk fans in and around Burlington, Vermont.
Q: Is there anything you are learning at WBTV-LP?
A: This is my first experience working at a radio station. I’ve worked behind the scenes at TV stations in the past, but this is the first time I’ve been the talent. It’s been very educational for me to be the one being recorded.
Q: What sets WBTV-LP apart from other stations?
A: What sets 99.3 FM apart in Burlington is that it is non-commercial. It is completely open to the community, we do not rely on advertisers. Anyone can come in with their voice and share what they have to say, their own perspectives whether it’s a musical perspective or a discussion. Anyone can come in with their own point of view and they will be given free rein, within the FCC rules of course, to disseminate their point of view and to begin a discussion, whether it’s one way or two way, with the community at large.
Q: What do you do with your show?
A: What I can do with Vermont Favorites, is that since it’s an hour long discussion with one guest, or maybe two sometimes, is just how deeply we can get into talking about the artistic and creative process. To not be restricted to just have these short little soundbites or two sentence answers, but it’s a whole conversation with ebbs and flows. It’s very difficult to get that in articles or in magazine style shows where you have only a few column inches or just five minutes to talk about the entire work with the person behind these works.
Listen to Vermont Favorites every Friday from 1:00-2:00 P.M. and Sundays 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. on 99.3FM WBTV-LP, or online at 993wbtv.org.
Meet Gin Ferrara, host of The Upside on 99.3 WBTV-LP. With years of experience in education and local radio, Gin goes through what makes 99.3 WBTV-LP the right place for her and people looking to learn about radio. Gin’s show, The Upside, consists of selected music and interviews. Every show has a theme, something that ties the music and the interviews together.
I am thrilled to have a radio show. I was a DJ back in college in upstate New York and then I moved to another town where there was no community radio, no college radio, or no independent radio. So when WBTV-LP got started, I was super excited for there to be a community focused radio station in town. There were lots of opportunities to get a show as things were getting started and I really liked the focus on serving the broader community, having a diversity in voices, and that this is a learning radio station.
People can come in here and not know anything about radio, and not just have a show, but learn how to have a show. WBTV-LP offers workshops every month that are educational both for the programmers and the general public. I’ve been learning a ton from all the other programmers here, it’s a very generous community, people share what they know. I feel like in less than a year I’ve had a show, I’ve grown a ton as a host and a programmer.
The Upside is Wednesday mornings from 9-11 AM. It’s a talk and interview show on a theme. I like the idea of having a bigger picture theme that I’m going for, it really helps make a playlist and encourages me to look for new music. For example, a show about food allergies, we had a lot of music that was food related. Overall, the interview part is talking about things that are going on in-community; people are doing cool things, upbeat things, or unusual things that help bring people together.
Listen to The Upside Wednesday mornings from 9:00-11:00A.M. on 99.3FM WBTV-LP, or online at 993wbtv.org.
Whether you’re making a talk show or documentary for radio, TV, or film; doing an oral history, or writing a feature article; conducting an interview that yields great content from your interview subject can be challenging. Learn techniques that are tried and true for getting the most out of your interview. We’ll introduce interview techniques, present a live demo, and have lots of hands-on time to practice your new skills.
Led by Fran Stoddard, Vermont PBS producer/host, and host of Conversations: Relationships Across Difference (above).
The Art of the Interview with Fran Stoddard
The Media Factory Classroom
208 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT 05403
Register HERE or call 802-651-9692
This event has a suggested donation of $25*, which directly supports WBTV-LP community radio programming.
*Our workshops and events are open to all, regardless of income or ability to make a donation. If you can support this program, please do!