Better Radio Goes Live June 20 on WBTS 88.5 FM

Better Radio launches June 20 with live coverage of Better Festival, the first of three summer festivals hosted by betterArts on the Better Farm campus in Redwood.

To gear up for the grand unveiling, Julia Botero of NCPR and betterArts yesterday hosted a teach-in to familiarize Better Radio hosts and volunteers with recording equipment and basic production skills.

 Julia Botero of NCPR, center, instructs betterArts board members Eileen Kaleel, left, and Ashley Pastorius on basics of sound engineering.

Julia Botero of NCPR, center, instructs betterArts board members Eileen Kaleel, left, and Ashley Pastorius on basics of sound engineering.

 Penelope the chicken listens in on a radio workshop.

Penelope the chicken listens in on a radio workshop.

betterArts has also submitted payment for a BW Broadcast TX300 V2 FM transmitter, ethernet remote control and Nicolm BKG77 Broadband Circular Antenna.

For the radio launch, show hosts and emcees will take turns holding interviews, providing commentary and live-streaming musical performances by bands and performers throughout the festival. If you're not at Better Festival, you can tune in and listen live on WBTS 88.5 FM throughout the North Country within roughly 15 miles of Better Farm. Portions of the broadcast will also be available following Better Festival via podcast.

Anyone who would like to volunteer with preparation is invited on May 30 to come lend a hand in setting up the Better Radio studio and readying the grounds for the June 20 festival. Email info@betterarts.org for more information.

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.