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Meet Katherine Stamper, Host of Present Time on 99.3 WBTV-LP!

Meet Katherine Stamper, host of Present Time on 99.3 WBTV-LP.  Katherine interviews people with interesting or unusual stories, talking about important local issues.


Q: What sets your show a part from similar interview shows?

A: What sets my show apart from other similar interview shows, is that I’m very intentional in trying to bring those less represented in our society to the microphone.  So I like to interview people with interesting stories; I’ve brought in a lot of refugee folks, people representative of nonprofit organizations doing some really important work.  Vermont is this bucolic, beautiful state and with all that beauty there are still people struggling with some pretty significant human services related issues. It’s giving voice to those who we might not otherwise hear.


Q: How do you chose the music for your show?

A: The music that I play tends to be music from film, simply because I love film.  There’s no necessary connection, I just try to give people some good music to listen to before the interview starts.  


Q: What do you like about WBTV-LP?

A: I think what sets WBTV-LP apart from other radio stations is that the content is created locally.  We are not beholden to advertisers and there’s an amazing diversity of voices that are brought to the microphone here.


Q: How did you come about broadcasting from WBTV-LP?

A: I broadcast from WBTV-LP because a friend of mine told me about this opportunity and I am a mid-career, nonprofit professional and I thought, “Why not try something new?”  Being on radio sounded exciting and it also sounded terrifying. It’s ended up being a really amazing experience and it’s right here in Burlington with this wonderful facility and wonderful resources.


Listen to Present Time every other Friday from 9:15-11:00A.M. on 99.3FM WBTV-LP, or online at

99.3 FM WBTV-LP is your community radio station. Please consider making a gift via our website at or mailing a check to 99.3 FM WBTV-LP, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G, Burlington VT 05401.

Meet Patrick Green Beans, Host of Winter Light Summer Heat on 99.3 WBTV-LP!

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

99.3 FM WBTV-LP is your community radio station. Please consider making a gift via our website at or mailing a check to 99.3 FM WBTV-LP, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G, Burlington VT 05401.

Meet Gin Ferrara, Host of The Upside on 99.3 WBTV-LP!

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.


  1. What drew you to WBTV-LP?

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, 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.


  1. What can someone learn from WBTV-LP?

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.


  1. What is your show?

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

99.3 FM WBTV-LP is your community radio station. Please consider making a gift via our website at or mailing a check to 99.3 FM WBTV-LP, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G, Burlington VT 05401.

Life is Short. Leave Your Mark. Make Media.

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”—United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, December 10, 1948.

The Ancient Greek philosophers called for free speech as did the Founding Fathers and the Suffragettes.  Oscar Wilde used his dramatist’s pen to challenge social norms. Billie Holiday shared her distinctive voice in the 1939 song, Strange Fruit, to protest lynchings.  Lenny Bruce used the comic’s microphone to stretch the fabric of free speech—and was arrested, multiple times.

October 20, 2018 is Community Media Day, a global celebration dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of free speech and accessible media.  Community Media Day debuted in 2017 to encourage access across diverse voices and platforms. The celebration serves as a prelude to Free Speech Week, which begins October 22.

The Media Factory is celebrating Community Media Day by sponsoring a “Home Movie Day” on Saturday, October 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Feel free to bring your home movies for sharing and viewing. We will have projectors for 8 mm, Super 8, and 16 mm films and for VHS tapes.  We will show digital movies, too, if you have already reformatted your home movies or if they are born digital.  If you don’t have any home movies, you can still come and participate as an audience member.

“I think Community Media is a huge service to the community and a powerful asset to those of us who feel we have a message and a mission to share with the community,” says Morella Devost, host of Thrive with Morella on WBTV-LP, 99.3 FM.

Life is short.  Leave your mark.  Make media.

~By Katherine Stamper, Host of Present Time on WBTV-LP, 99.3 FM

WBTV-LP Joins Pacifica Network!

We are pleased to announce that WBTV-LP has joined the Pacifica Radio Network, the oldest noncommercial broadcast network in the United States, and a founding organization in the medium of community radio. Pacifica Radio is renowned for cutting edge grassroots journalism and arts, as well as broadcasting a variety of viewpoints that are otherwise unavailable in mainstream media.

WBTV-LP is the sixth Pacifica affiliate in Vermont and the first one in the Burlington market.

WBTV-LP already airs Pacifica’s flagship program, Democracy Now, weekdays live at 8am, with a replay at 5pm. The station also runs WINGS (Women’s International News Service) each Saturday at 4pm.

The Quiet Storm is a smooth jazz program on the Pacifica Radio Network, but the show’s creator, Skeeter Sanders, is a WBTV-LP programmer who does the show live from the studio right here in the Media Factory every Tuesday night from 8-10pm. Skeeter records the Pacifica-distributed version of his show at WGDR in Plainfield.

WBTV-LP plans to begin adding more programming from the Pacifica network in the coming weeks. Despite this exciting news, WBTV-LP will continue to always prioritize locally-made shows over other content from outside of Vermont, ensuring that the station is an outlet for diverse local voices in the greater Burlington community first and foremost.