Indie Kingdom in the classroom

Job Opportunity for Audio Producer/Educator

‘Indie Kingdom’ prepares a new generation of storytellers and reporters to develop and share local stories using the tools of the trade, both traditional and new while earning secondary credit. WGDR and Goddard College have partnered with Big Heavy World to expand this program to Chittenden County, bringing a new storytelling skills-building experience to high schools in the region. The position below is central to the project, supported in great part by the Vermont Community Foundation.

If interested in applying, please submit a cover letter, resume, a sample of audio work and three employment references to Big Heavy World, P.O. Box 428, Burlington, VT 05402-0428 or via email to Big Heavy World provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Basic Function

The Indie Kingdom Youth Radio Program Coordinator and Educator offers professional guidance to teacher-partners in customizing and integrating Indie Kingdom into their pedagogical goals and state/school mandated curriculum. This position works with partnering schools to help their students learn about, create, and broadcast high-quality audio story recordings of stories from their communities using the Indie Kingdom Youth Radio Program Curriculum, and the curriculum of their classroom teachers.

The 10-15 hours per week position, reports directly to the Executive Director of Big Heavy World. The position stewards planning and development for Indie Kingdom with partnering schools and related institutions, alongside the Executive Director of Big Heavy World. The position is heavily focused on teaching and administrative management of the Indie Kingdom Youth Radio Training Program curriculum.

Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities

  • Cultivates relationships with prospective school classroom teachers, counseling program representative and/or community-based learning program representative.
  • Presents Indie Kingdom opportunity at potential partner schools using existing Indie Kingdom productions
  • Offers introductory audio production training to partnering educators
  • Stewards the Indie Kingdom Youth Radio Training curriculum with partnering schools
  • Acts as liaison between partner schools and Big Heavy World
  • Collaborates with partnering educator in classroom to drive classroom and related audio story goals
  • Develops supplemental educational materials in support of IK curriculum
  • Partners with BHW PD to find placement of student material on The Radiator airwaves

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA in related field
  • Experience with audio production platforms (e.g., Adobe Audition, Audacity, etc.), field recording equipment (e.g., Zooms), and radio broadcasting equipment required
  • Knowledge of and experience in education required
  • Knowledge of FCC legal compliance regulations and general best practices for Non-commercial Educational radio broadcasting preferred
  • Excellent communications interpersonal and organizational skills required
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently, with focus and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated the ability to exhibit teamwork and adaptability.
  • Working knowledge Google platforms


Nick Vidal

Nick Vidal: New Editor at Big Heavy World

Words by Nick Vidal. Photo by James Lockridge.

As an active musician in the Burlington scene but also as a student studying Political Science and Russian at UVM, Nick has tried to balance his passion for making and consuming music with his more straightforward academic interests. Currently writing as a volunteer contributor for Big Heavy World, Nick is committed to the organization’s goal to discover, promote and engage with the vibrant and varied music scene Vermont has to offer. He also plays bass and drums in the Burlington band Dryr.

Randy Laba

Randy Laba Joins Vermont Music Archive Crew at Big Heavy World

Words by Randy Laba. Photo by James Lockridge.

“My name is Randy Laba.  I’m a native Vermonter and my wife and I have both recently retired. I’ve always had an interest in music and when looking into volunteer opportunities learned about the BHW music archive. Besides volunteering with other organizations I’m currently helping out with the CD archiving process. My wife and I live in Essex Junction and have two grown daughters and one grandson in the area. My hobbies include golf, watching all sports and listening to music.”

Marice Providence

Marice Providence Joins Big Heavy World Video Crew

Words by Marice Providence. Photo by James Lockridge.

“We got BROOKLYN IN THE HOUSEEEE!! I’m Marice Providence. I aspire to create a better world with visual art. With a focus on video editing and photography I hope to become an Executive Producer for film some day. Champlain College has allowed me to better myself in those fields as I study Broadcast Media Production. I like to say I am a Multi-Media Producer because that’s what Champlain has made me. Thanks to all that is supporting and giving me the opportunity here in Big Heavy World.”

Jeremy Paiva

Jeremy Paiva Joins Big Heavy Video Crew

Words by Jeremy Paiva. Photo by James Lockridge.

“My name is Jeremy Paiva, I am a fourth year Broadcast Media Production major at Champlain College right here in Burlington. I am dedicated to both using my creative development skills to further BHW’s mission, as well as learning and growing in all areas of my field. My hobbies include traveling, hiking, and watching documentaries.”

Adam Desrochers

GoFundMe Campaign Helps Build Memorial Radiator Programmer Dream Studio

Early this year Big Heavy World and The Radiator lost a friend, Adam Desrochers, to a tragic car crash. Adam shared his love for music by hosting Rocket Shop, our local music radio show, a few years ago when regular host (and Adam’s good friend) Matt Gadouas couldn’t make it in. Adam had started to build a recording studio, a project that was left unfinished when he passed. His friends have started a GoFundMe campaign to help realize Adam’s passion.

If you didn’t know Adam, you would have loved him if you met him. Thanks for pitching in to make his hopes real, and help bring more music into the world in Vermont.

Andy Chess

Andy Chess Joins BHW Engineering Crew

Words by Andy Chess. Photo by Alice Koeninger.

“I come from a land down under… the Mason-Dixon line: Richmond, Virginia. I’m a Music Tech major at UVM, specializing in song production and live sound. I enjoy writing and playing music, attending shows, backpacking, and pole vaulting on the UVM track team. I look forward to getting to know you all.”

Alice Koeninger

Alice Koeninger Joins BHW Crew

Words by Alice Koeninger. Photo by James Lockridge.

“I’m a liberal arts student passionate about music and art and how both can affect the community in positive ways. Since my family just moved to Burlington a year ago, I’m excited to be able to get involved with local organizations that have the same values as  I do. Big Heavy World is an awesome organization that offers great opportunities to work with the music and arts community in Burlington and I am excited to explore all they have to offer.”

Dan O'Brien

Dan O’Brien Joins BHW Documentary & Outreach Crew

Words by Dan O’Brien. Photo by Alice Koeninger.

“Hello, I’m Dan, a broadcast media production major at Champlain College going into my senior year. I hail from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts and have recently relocated to Burlington. Exploring different cultures has always been a passion of mine and music is the most pointed expression of any cultural identity. I’m looking forward to helping Big Heavy World continue chronicling and supporting the Vermont music scene and by extension the identity of Vermont.”

Ryan Breen

Ryan Breen Joins BHW Outreach & Archive Crew

Words by Ryan Breen. Photo by Alice Koeninger.

“Hi, I’m Ryan a recent graduate from Wesleyan University. I’m originally from the Philadelphia area but I’m happy to call Burlington home for the summer. Music has been my life for a while and I look forward to archiving and concert planning at BHW over the next few months. In my free time I love playing, recording, and writing about music as well as skateboarding (when the weather is nice). The Burlington music scene has been incredibly welcoming, and I can’t wait to hit the ground running at Big Heavy World.”