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Burlington Radiates… On the Radio!

Burlington’s community radio station 105.9FM welcomes everyone of every age and experience to bring your creative spirit and friendship to the radio waves at ‘The Radiator.’ New DJ orientations are hosted weekly and you don’t need to know anything about radio to get involved – we’ll teach and cheerlead until you’re boldly sharing your interests, music, talk, or mime with the rest of Burlington. If you like community radio but not microphones, you’re welcome to volunteer at the Radiator or Big Heavy World, the independent music office that hosts and manages the station, helping us manage and grow our inclusive, nonprofit organization.

Shelagh Shapiro, 'Write the Book'

“I started my radio show, Write The Book, in part because I’m a writer myself, and I went through an intense and frustrating period of writers’ block in late 2007, early 2008. Needing to do something creative, and hoping to find answers that might help me fill the proverbial blank page, I submitted an idea to WOMM-LP, “The Radiator.” I wanted to host a show where I interviewed authors, poets, and others in the writing world about the creative process and the business of books. When the show was approved, I was thrilled and terrified. But I quickly learned that the Radiator is not a scary place; it’s the most welcoming and encouraging of environments. I shadowed another DJ once a week for a while, until I felt comfortable running things myself, and then I went on the air. Seven years into it, I can say with confidence that the show has been a success. My guests run the gamut from struggling and self-published authors to best-selling and award-winning authors. Listeners regularly offer positive feedback, and podcast numbers reflect a solid audience base around the world. For my own part, the interviews have engaged my interest and, thankfully, brought me back to my own writing many years ago. Despite that, I haven’t let go of Write The Book. Broadcasting the wisdom of more conventionally successful writers fulfills in me a need I previously hadn’t recognized or understood.”

— Shelagh Shapiro

Ryan Krushenick


Be a DJ on The Radiator!

If you’d like to tour the station and get the official 20-minute “New DJ Orientation” experience before making a decision to join the on-air staff, send the info below.

First, here’s a few things to know:

  1. The Radiator prefers not to duplicate programming found on other local radio stations. Play Top 40 pop or Country Hits if you want, but mix it up with deep album cuts or songs that broaden our local audience’s experience of the genre. We worked very hard to get a license to broadcast to our community and we don’t want to waste it.
  2. All programming on The Radiator is local. It’s OK to call it “hyper-local,” even. We don’t syndicate shows produced outside of Vermont, but this probably wouldn’t bother you since you’re asking if you can come do a show.
  3. Shows are one or two-hours long, on a regular weekly schedule. Be prepared to commit to that if you have a show.
  4. Talk shows are AWESOME. Don’t be shy. YOU’RE awesome. (And spoken word, performance art, and radio theater are pretty neat, too).
  5. Our studio is currently located up two flights of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible. We’re working hard to correct this issue.


Here’s what we need to get started:

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Phone Number


What kind of show would you like to do? (Any other comments are welcome, too!)

Your Message

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