“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
Listen to local podcasts and share your own audio projects!
Hosted by Phillip Peterson of STEAM Lab, who will be sharing his podcast and inviting conversation about audio recording, storytelling, and podcasting. This informal setting is a great place to get feedback and meet your fellow audio enthusiasts!
SPACE IS LIMITED, PLEASE REGISTER ON MEETUP.
If you wish to share an audio project, email ginfATretn.org
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!
Join us on Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, for WBTV-LP at the South End Art Hop! We will be celebrating our anniversary — one full year since we did our first live-on-the-air tests — by partying with Art Hoppers across the south end of Burlington.
FRIDAY Sept. 7:
SATURDAY Sept. 8:
SPECIAL ART HOP PROGRAMMING NOTES:
See you at the Art Hop!
––Learn the concepts and strategies to produce, publish and promote your own podcast. We’ll cover the entire process – refining your idea, recording, editing, distributing and promoting – and review some of the tools and hosting sites you can use to get started right away.
This workshop is led by Jonathan Butler, Director of Digital Strategies at Vermont Public Radio. You can find him on Twitter at @jonathanpb.
PLEASE NOTE: While the listing states tickets are $25, this is a pay-what-you-can suggested donation. The event is valued at $25/person. All donations support 99.3FM WBTV-LP community programs.
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.