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.
WBTV-LP is now actively seeking new programmers for the summer/fall 2018 season! If you would like to get a radio show on 99.3 WBTV-LP, Burlington, complete an application by the end of June 2018 and the WBTV-LP Programming Committee will review your application and you might just have a weekly radio show starting in January.
No radio experience necessary!
Before you get a show, the WBTV-LP volunteers and staff will train you in the art of radio, the basics of broadcasting, and how to run your own show in the WBTV-LP booth.
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!
It has been a very long road, starting way back in 2011 when RETN and VCAM were approached by a small group of community members who knew that the FCC was going to open up a new (and probably the last ever) low power FM licensing window the following year. We formed a committee and applied for a construction permit to build a radio station here at the Media Factory. Our construction permit was approved by the FCC in September of 2014 and station-building began in earnest.
Our deadline to get on the air and complete our filing with the FCC was in November of this year and we made it! with the invaluable help of our volunteers and staff, we were awarded an LPFM license from the FCC on December 12, officially bringing the “station building” phase of WBTV-LP to a close.
Now begins the job of putting all the hard work and planning into a continued, sustainable effort to keep WBTV-LP not just on the air, but a valuable, needed voice in the community. That’s where you come in! There are several ways you can get involved at the station. Here are a few ideas:
Stay tuned as we roll out several new local radio shows in January and February of 2018 — the first round of officially-licensed programming from WBTV-LP, Burlington!