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


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VT Historical Society/VT Humanities Council/VT Digger Podcast Features VT Music History

The Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Humanities Council with VTDigger have teamed up to produce a podcast called ‘Before Your Time,’ and the December 6 episode is all about music in Vermont. Producer Ryan Newswanger — Director of Communications at the Vermont Humanities Council — interviewed James Lockridge from Big Heavy World along with Linda Radtke, Mark Greenberg, and others to explore topics like the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, kitchen tunkets, and how music travels and changes.

Visit the podcast page at VTDigger or the Vermont Humanities Council to stream or download the ‘Green Mountain Mixtape’ episode! Subscribe to Before Your Time on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Google Play. See more images, complete music credits, and a transcript of this episode at

For each episode, the podcast team goes inside the stacks at the Vermont Historical Society to “look at an object from their permanent collection that tells us something unique about our state. Then, we take a closer look at the people, the events, or the ideas that surround each artifact.” A carving of a kitchen tunket by Napoleon DeGuise, a barber and carver, was the starting point. Music from Big Heavy World’s ‘Thrufters and Throughstones‘ double-CD was used — the album features music found in Vermont over the past 400 years.

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Blowtorch & Full Walrus to Live-Stream in ‘Virtual Reality’ Dec. 6

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photo by James Lockridge.

New technology available to the community thanks to local collaboration.

A collaboration of two tech-heavy local organizations has brought a new resource to Burlington’s arts community: Live streaming of ‘virtual reality’ video. The technology is used to send a live stream of 360-degree video — a video feed that viewers can view as though they are inside a room, able to rotate and look in every direction.

The equipment was purchased by Burlington Telecom for community use, an acquisition proposed and encouraged by Big Heavy World. “Emerging technologies are an especially useful platform for promoting Vermont-made music,” said James Lockridge, Executive Director of Big Heavy World, “This will bring entirely new audiences to the music of Vermont, and to Burlington as an innovative tech community.”

The equipment used to live-stream 3D video uses an array of several cameras and an attached computer that stitches the images from each camera together, then encodes the stitched content in real-time for streaming. The stream can be sent to popular sites like Facebook or YouTube, and can be viewed on a normal computer screen or with a virtual reality headset.

On Wednesday, December 6, Big Heavy World will host its weekly local music radio show “Rocket Shop’ from the stage of co-presenter Arts Riot on Pine Street in Burlington, featuring the bands Full Walrus and Blowtorch. The free all-ages concert will be streamed in 360-degree video through the Big Heavy World YouTube page, broadcast live on 105.9FM The Radiator, recorded for television broadcast by media partner RETN, streamed with normal video through Facebook, and recorded for a future live album. Doors open at 7:15pm; music and streaming begins at 7:45pm. Arts Riot is located at 400 Pine Street in Burlington and is wheelchair accessible. More information about the concert can be found at and the Big Heavy World Facebook page is at


“Our fiber gigabit infrastructure makes Burlington one of the most connected cities in the country. As a community, we have barely begun to scratch the surface in terms of exploring it’s capabilities.” said Abbie Tykocki, Director of Marketing & PR at Burlington Telecom, “Community partnerships that allow us to showcase both Burlington and the power of ultra-high speed symmetrical broadband work to bring that narrative forward while helping local organizations reach their full potential. Big Heavy World has been a longtime advocate for the potential of the network as a tool for civic engagement. Their work embraces the value of leveraging Vermont artistry to promote Burlington as a vibrant and innovative community.”


The event will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of 105.9FM The Radiator, the community radio station co-founded and operated by Big Heavy World. ‘Rocket Shop’ is supported in part by the BCA Community Fund.

About Big Heavy World: Big Heavy World is an independent nonprofit music development office working to archive and promote the original music of Vermont. Its volunteers publish information about Vermont’s music industry, archive thousands of Vermont-made recordings and photographs, and operate 105.9FM, a radio station highlighting the region’s creative community.

About Burlington Telecom: Burlington Telecom’s mission is to provide every customer with an exceptional service experience that you can only expect to receive from a local business, while providing you with access to the benefits of the most advanced fiber optic network in the US. For more information about Burlington Telecom services, visit or call (802) 540-0007.

Contact: James Lockridge,, (802) 865-1140 or Abbie Tykocki,, (802) 540-0948.

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Vermont Commons School students visit Big Heavy World

Big Heavy World Thanks AARP Vermont; Is Named A Community Action Sponsorship Winner

Words by Big Heavy World. Press Release by AARP Vermont. Photo by James Lockridge.

Big Heavy World sends a heartfelt ‘Thank you!’ to AARP Vermont for their support of our mission. An AARP Community Action Sponsorship will help us achieve multigenerational inclusion in our work to preserve and promote Vermont-made music, and bring a few generations of Burlington residents together, too!

Big Heavy World will be launching ‘Band House’ in December, an opportunity for teens to have free access to a full backline of instruments, PA system, and recording studio at the Big Heavy World office, to play, jam, practice, experiment with, or even pick up for the very first time. The AARP Vermont support will help us connect local seniors with the program as mentors and peer musicians. We’ll also be making a special effort to reach out to our local seniors with the invitation to host a show on 105.9FM, our community radio station, where every creative interest has a platform to be shared. The work of Big Heavy World to archive and promote Vermont-made music is unending, and the chance to connect with volunteers from the senior community is an especially happy thought.

The photo: Vermont Commons School students tour Big Heavy World and are interviewed by PJ Braine on 105.9FM The Radiator.

Here’s the press release provided by AARP Vermont:

November 10, 2017

David Reville, Communications Director
AARP Vermont

AARP Vermont Announces Community Action Sponsorship Winners

BURLINGTON, VT – AARP Vermont has selected four small organizations with big plans to receive Community Action Sponsorships in support of their efforts to make Burlington a more livable city. This year’s awards totaling some $7500 focused on efforts to enhance the community and promote livability. AARP Vermont launched the Community Action Sponsorship Program in 2010 as a way to provide modest grant funds and technical support to community groups whose missions were consistent with those of Livable BTV, an AARP Vermont initiative aimed at preparing Burlington for the rapidly aging demographic shift. The grant program has a particular focus in the areas of housing, mobility and community engagement.

After a thorough review process, the following projects were selected:

Heineberg Senior Center, $1500 — The grant will help the center offer transportation to local seniors once a week to the center for stress-free visits, nutritious meals and socialization. It will also help with group outings and day trips throughout the year.

Living Well, $2,000 –This program will help establish a winter Garden Enrichment Program offering horticultural therapy, movement therapy, and field trips to local greenhouses, garden centers, and museums during the winter-spring months – a time when residents need a variety of opportunities to keep their spirits high and mental sharpness honed.

Burlington Open Lands Conservation and Trails Initiative, $2,000 – This grant will support a summit this winter to fully launch a citywide effort to improve stewardship of the extensive natural areas within the City of Burlington. The goal is to create a better connected, well signed, and guided access to these trails and natural places for people of all ages and abilities.

Big Heavy World, $2,000 – This initiative supports cultural programming to reach older mentors to join in as volunteers and provide skills-building and intergenerational friendships to aspiring musicians. Big Heavy World will reach out to older adult musicians in Burlington with an invitation to host radio programs on their licensed community radio station and welcome them to help in the office with a current expansion of their music archive catalog. Big Heavy World is a safe space in the arts district on Pine Street focused on connecting generations who love music and the arts.

The Community Action Sponsorships are one-time funding for a 12-month period and awardees will receive technical assistance and training from AARP staff. The program is directed at grassroots groups within Burlington as a way to encourage and support grassroots action to make Burlington more livable.

“Supporting these projects is a way to foster local community development initiatives at the grassroots level,” said Kelly Stoddard-Poor community outreach director at AARP Vermont. “We received an impressive range of proposals to consider this year and it was a very difficult selection process,” she said. “These sponsorships are intended to inspire and support grassroots groups that have a vision for their neighborhood or the city and how it can be improved.”

AARP Vermont is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with 130,000 members in Vermont and 40 million members nationally. Through a wide array of special benefits, services, and information resources, we help our members make important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of life after 50.


Big Heavy World at the Music Cities Convention, Memphis TN

Video by David Roseberry. Photos courtesy Sound Diplomacy.

From October 25-27, 2017 Sound Diplomacy, Music Export Memphis and Memphis Music Initiative hosted the 5th global edition of Music Cities Convention in Memphis, Tennessee, showcasing the best practices for improving urban planning, quality of life, city policy and development strategies through music.

The conference brought together leaders from governments, cities and regions, academics, organizations and international music scenes to discuss, debate and introduce new thinking about best practices on the use of music to improve city life. The role and impact of music across education, employment, community building, placemaking, licensing and regulation was explored by more than 215 delegates from more than 50 cities, ten countries and five continents. James Lockridge from Big Heavy World was there to help Vermont build friendships with music cities across the world and to bring some of their insights home. This participation was made possible by a Technical Assistance Grant from the Vermont Arts Council.

Big Heavy World is an independent, nonprofit, volunteer-run music office working to promote and preserve the original music of Vermont. It was founded in 1996 and continues to connect Vermont musicians with one another, build shared resources that help musicians help themselves, and archive Vermont’s immense historic legacy of music making. The organization is currently fundraising to produce a strategic economic development strategy for the state’s music sector. Big Heavy World was proclaimed ‘Burlington’s Music Embassy’ by Mayor Peter Clavelle and has been recognized by Vermont’s General Assembly and Burlington’s City Council for its work.

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Jane Sanders Interviewed for ‘No Stage Diving: The Story of 242 Main’ Documentary

Photos by James Lockridge.

Jane Sanders joined Bill Simmons in the Vermont Community Access Media studio today to be interviewed for ‘No Stage Diving: The Story of 242 Main’ documentary. For more information about the film see and follow along at the film’s new FaceBook page! The trailer is below, too.

Jane Sanders & Bill Simmon-

No Stage Diving

First Trailer Released for ‘No Stage Diving: The Story of 242 Main’ Documentary

Video by Bill Simmon.

The first trailer for ‘No Stage Diving: The Story of 242 Main‘ documentary has been released! The crew sends thanks out to Arts Riot, Rough Francis and Blowtorch for hosting VCAM filmmaker Bill Simmon and James Lockridge from Big Heavy World onto the stage for a few words and the first screening of the teaser on Friday night. It’s a little less than three minutes long and gives a glimpse of what to expect from the full film in 2018. For more information, see and the new Facebook page for the movie at