One of the great things about Brattleboro is the abundance of locally produced media including, for those of us who love music, independent community radio station WVEW. This year, WVEW has been especially wonderful with many new shows featuring a wide variety of music including jazz, R&B, vintage American pop, indie rock, blues, reggae, avant garde, and much more. At the risk of sounding a bit hackneyed, there is truly something for everyone. Check it out and see.
Independent radio is a treasure and if you want it to continue, it helps to support it as they rely on membership, donations, and underwriting for their funding. Now would be an especially good time to support them as their annual fundraiser is Friday night (December 13) at the Backside Cafe from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Just buy a drink at the bar and you’ll be supporting the station. Drop a check or some cash into their donation jar and you’ll do even more to make sure their great programming continues.
Are you a local business owner? Underwriting costs are low and your ad will be aired every broadcast day. It’s a great way to advertise your business while helping theirs at the same time.
If you’re not currently a listener, I urge you to pick up a program guide, available at a number of places downtown including Zephyr Designs where I found mine. You may need your glasses to read it but once you do, I think you’ll be impressed with the breadth of their offerings. Then just tune in 107.7 FM and listen. Don’t have a radio anymore? They also have a live stream available from the WVEW web site.
I mentioned music as the main attraction but there’s plenty of talk radio too including Amy Goodman’s acclaimed Democracy Now every day at 5:00 pm. In addition, local talk shows are produced and aired each week to keep you up to date with public affairs.
WVEW’s fundraiser this Friday will feature music from three station DJs, sure to be offbeat and interesting. Food, drink, and friendly conversation will also be on the agenda.
So, in sum, listen to WVEW. Get a show if you’re so inclined. But above all, support them financially if you have the means to do so. Not every town has local radio on the air or the opportunity to host a show yourself. In fact, almost no towns have what we have. Let’s keep it going!
You can send donations and underwriting contributions to:
Brattleboro Community Radio, P. O. Box 653, Brattleboro, VT 05302
Or donate online through their website at http://wvew.org/support/ (just click the donate button at the top right of the page).