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.
After six years in the making, we finally got our antenna up and powered on at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8 (just in time for the 25th South End Art Hop). This was a labor of love by dozens of dedicated community volunteers and our partners at VCAM and RETN. To say we are excited is the understatement of the year.
And catch our locally made programming for this fall!
Soon it will be the magical time of the year in the South End, the SEABA Art Hop! Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 WBTV-LP will be live broadcasting from our brand new studios at the Media Factory at 208 Flynn Ave. Come learn about the station, see live radio in action, or even get interviewed on the air with one of our programmers.
More info on the party coming soon, but here is a sneak peak of our special Art Hop programming:
While you are there, enjoy the art, food and entertainment provided by our partners at RETN and VCAM. This is fun for the whole family!
Photo credit for radio painting: Raymond Logan.
For the last three years, WBTV-LP radio makers have teamed up to take part in the annual KCRW Independent Producers Project Radio Race. Hundreds of teams compete from all over the world for 24 hours of radio making. The assignment? Make a 4 minute non-fiction radio piece based on a surprise theme. Listen to our 2015 and 2016 entries.
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