Category Archive Radio Makers

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.

Invasion of the Pod People!!!

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!


September RAC Update: We are broadcasting!

Hello from WBTV-LP’s Radio Advisory Group (RAC).

Now that we launched (softly) on the air this month, there is a whole lot of radio-making and station moving and shaking going on! Each month, the co-chairs (myself, DJ Llu) and/or Bill Simmon (VCAM’s Director of Media Services) will write a brief update on what the RAC is up to and what’s next for WBTV-LP. So, here is our first one as we end September.

WBTV-LP’s September RADio Updates

  • 21463145_10155024234090875_862877934453586997_nWe met our goal of getting our antenna up and plugged in by Art Hop! This is a huge, huge milestone for the station (and 6 years in the making). You can now tune in at 99.3 FM around Burlington and we (our tech committee) can work out additional broadcast minor punch lists to make sure we can boost up to the full 100 watts by our official station launch party on November 3 (save that date!). Thanks to Seven Days and the Burlington Free Press for coverage of flipping the on switch.
  • Our schedule is about half-way filled (yes already!) with locally made shows that are greatly expanding the community radio content here in the Queen City. Tune in to hear brand new radio folks and old seasoned vets!
  • WBTV-LP is a member-run station, which means our programmers and listeners are part of making decisions and making the day to day station work happen. We have support of a very part-time Station Coordinator position, but rely heavily on our station committees (the RAC (governing board), Outreach/Education/Fundraising, Tech, and Programming) to move the station forward. All of these committees are looking for new members/leaders with a range of skills. Email Jo Thomas, Chair of the Outreach Committee, to learn more about each committee and plug in.
  • And now that we are live on air, we will be starting up our fundraising efforts of underwriting with our local business community. This is a great way to show your support of the station and community radio, but also get your business noticed! More info here.

All WBTV-LP RAC meetings are open to the public and occur (generally) the second Monday of each month, 5:30-7 p.m. at 208 Flynn Ave (the Media Factory and home of the WBTV-LP studio, RETN, and VCAM).

Note: the October RAC meeting is on a different day due to scheduling issues: Monday, October 2, 5:30-7 p.m.

You can read all past RAC meeting minutes on our website here.

Questions about the RAC? Email DJ Llu or Bill.

Hop on down or on the air with us at Art Hop!

WBTV Share on the AirSoon 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:


Friday, September 8:
5-6p: Democracy Now
6-8p: Louie Live
8-10p: North Star Radio
Saturday, September 9:
10a-12p: Melo Grant
12p-2p: Ryan Dunleavy
2p-3p: Shelagh Shapiro
3p-4p: Dom the Barber
4p-5p: Noise Pollution

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.

Listen to our two KCRW IPP’s Radio Race Entries!

tumblr_static_eub37o1v1s00gwgg8occk8kks.jpgFor 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.

This year we had two solo teams compete, Dom the Barber and DJ Llu. Take a listen to their pieces! We find out who wins the big prizes by the end of August.

Hear all the entries here.

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