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Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7 Press Release    
Tuesday, April 19 2011 @ 01:44 PM GMT+4
Contributed by: BlueMonday

MediaLouis Erlanger, president of VT Earth Works, the owners of Brattleboro Community Radio WVEW 107.7 FM, announced that the radio station will temporarily be off the air due to the fire in the Brooks House, where the station is located.

An Internet-only version of the station has been temporarily set up for streaming at http://www.wvew.org, and also via Android cell phones using the WVEW Streamer app.

Station damage is yet to be assessed, as the building is currently off-limits pending a structural review.

Every effort is being made to find a temporary base from which to resume operations, and station members wish to thank all of those who have so quickly and readily offered their help, support and encouragement.

Those wishing to support the station's efforts can find donation and contact information at http://www.wvew.org. They can also write to bluemonday@wvew.org.


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    Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7 Press Release
    Authored by: cgrotke on Tuesday, April 19 2011 @ 03:00 PM GMT+4
    Most times when there has been some sort of crisis or
    event in town, WVEW's DJ's are able to put a personal
    spin on things - they're able to choose songs to
    accompany holidays, elections, feeling great on a nice
    day, and feeling down when something bad happens.
    Listeners are treated to words and music from people in
    the community - it pulls us together.

    I almost instinctively went to turn on 107.7 on Monday - a
    hefty helping of the blues from Blue Monday seemed
    appropriate. Instead, static.

    We had a WVEW board meeting Monday night to figure out
    what next steps would be... a fair amount of it is being
    patient while the building is checked out, then going
    through the insurance process and so on. Equipment and
    records were almost certainly damaged or destroyed.

    DJ's will be meeting to come up with a plan to get back
    on the air asap. They'll need your support as time goes

    Community radio is an important part of the community
    media mix in Brattleboro. The streaming is a good short-
    term fix, but I think radio is best beaming from an
    antenna. I need to hear WVEW in the car. I miss it
    Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7 Press Release
    Authored by: Rolf on Tuesday, April 19 2011 @ 08:07 PM GMT+4
    ". Equipment and records were almost certainly
    damaged or destroyed."

    LP records may be fine. I talked to the fire dept and
    was told that they didn't think there was much heat
    at that end of the second floor. A lot of water, but not
    much heat.

    To me, the potential loss of irreplaceable
    recordings of Vermont musicians, some of whom
    played in Brattleboro, that is my primary
    concern. So hearing them state that they think not
    much heat got into that portion of the building that
    was encouraging.

    Of course, we will not know until we get in there.


    Dreams Trump Video
    Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7 Press Release
    Authored by: larrybloch on Tuesday, April 19 2011 @ 08:20 PM GMT+4
    Earlier this afternoon I attended a meeting at the River
    Garden for Brooks House business tenants facilitated by
    Town Manager Barb Sondag, Fire Chief Bucossi, and Public
    Works director Steve Barrett.

    We were given an update on the structural evaluation of
    the building, which is very good, and the extent of
    damage to the interior, which is not.

    Then we were escorted individually to briefly visit our
    businesses, to remove any essentials and assess the
    extent of the damage as best we could.

    My observations were:

    All the records and CD's are soaked.

    The mixing board and turntables are also soaked.

    The rack mounted components are wet, but perhaps less

    The more hopeful news is that the one piece of equipment
    that appears to have escaped (maybe) alot of water
    damage is our transmitter.

    In any event:

    Between 7 and 9 am tomorrow (Wednesday) morning we
    have our first chance (not sure when there will be another
    chance) to remove whatever we want to from our studio.
    We must be out no later than 9am sharp and we will be
    assigned a fire marshall escort and given hard hats.

    If we choose to use a vehicle to transport the equipment
    elsewhere, that car needs to arrive before 7am and access
    the area via High Street and await instructions.

    However, I rent a secure storage unit in the River Garden
    for my personal use. There is enough left over room, I
    believe, for our components if that is preferred for now or
    if no one else volunteers to take possession of whatever
    we remove.

    I am not sure if there is a limit on the number of
    volunteers permitted but I think the more hands the

    We will surely need tools, gloves and flashlights.

    Perhaps we could also make use of extra large / heavy
    duty trash bags and boxes.

    There is no power available at the Brooks House.

    We will also need to document everything we have lost for
    insurance purposes.

    I learned from Barb Sondag that there is a SBAP (small
    businees assistance plan) that will cover non-profits when
    and where the insurance coverage falls short. This is only
    available in such a catastrophe but Barb believes that we
    would qualify.

    BTW, our antenna is secure according to one of the
    firemen I spoke with, and access to it will be available as
    one of the fire escapes leading up there is intact. For
    now, I do not believe this needs to be removed as there is
    currently no need or plan to remove that part of the
    Brooks House roof.

    Let's meet up in front of the River Garden tomorrow
    morning shortly before 7am.

    Please respond herein if you know you can make it,
    particularly anyone who understands the best way to do
    this and what you can bring.

    I have a few screwdrivers, one flashlight, and one pair of

    See you tomorrow.

    Enjoy the evening,

    Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7 Press Release
    Authored by: jasonb on Tuesday, April 19 2011 @ 09:57 PM GMT+4
    I'll come and help. I have a flashlight, gloves and I can bring a cordless drill. I can also bring a few empty boxes.
    Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7 Press Release
    Authored by: larrybloch on Tuesday, April 19 2011 @ 10:31 PM GMT+4
    It has been decided to delay the removal of equipment
    tomorrow in order to allow our insurance agent to first visit
    the studio. Thanks to all who were planning to volunteer to
    help and stay tuned.

    Brattleboro Community Radio 107.7 Press Release
    Authored by: annikee on Wednesday, April 20 2011 @ 12:37 AM GMT+4
    Thanks everyone for the info & please keep us posted. Bratt's not the same without VEW. I'll be sending money as soon as I have some.

    "You can't have everything, or anything, at all." -Alicia Stockwell