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We celebrate local stories in 2017!

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December 5, 2017


When is the last time you heard a good story? We're fortunate at RETN that a key piece of our work is to help tell the stories of our local community and each day we're guided by the belief that sharing stories is a way to deepen engagement and our understanding of the world around us. Our home base may be in Burlington at the Media Factory, but our community of learners, storytellers and production partners stretches across Chittenden County, northern Addison County and beyond. In addition to recording school board meetings and graduations, we capture educational presentations, artistic events, document experiences, and air the productions of local media makers. As 2017 comes to a close, we're pleased to look back and share some of the work that inspired us most this year.

  • Clemmons Family Farm: The Stories Behind the Stories

    At the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte, we listen to family stories told by Jack and Lydia Clemmons, and learn how their daughter, Lydia, works to document and preserve family stories.

    12/14 at 9:20pm on Ch 16
    12/14 at 11:00pm on BTV-HD 216

  • Picturing Frederick Douglass with John Stauffer, PhD

    A talk exploring Frederick Douglass' complex relationship with photography, hosted by the historic Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.

    12/27 at 9:30pm on Ch 16
    12/18 at 8:00pm on BTV-HD 216

  • Tibet Festival 2017: Music and Dance

    The Tibetan Association of Vermont holds their 15th annual celebration, featuring traditional songs and dance performances.

    12/21 at 9:30pm on Ch 16
    12/15 at 8:00pm on BTV-HD 216


Our Community Education Department work with individuals, schools, libraries, nonprofits, and other groups to teach digital media and storytelling techniques, and promote civic engagement through media-making. In 2017 we held 55 events, workshops, and presentations! Here are some highlights.


    Students from the Community College of Vermont, The Center for Technology in Essex, and Vermont Commons School toured the Media Factory to learn basic video production or record station IDs.


    RETN partnered with Shelburne Recreation and Parks on this creative silent movie camp. Youth learned iPad videomaking, wrote scripts, performed, and edited their dramatic works, then screened them for a live audience.


    Giving nonprofits the tools to tell stories with impact is at the heart of the work of this collaborative project. Regional labs and an annual summit at Shelburne Farms brought nonprofit leaders together to share knowledge and resources.


Many of our television programs are part of a series produced by an organization or community group, often in collaboration with the RETN production team. These series allow viewers to dig deeper into ideas and see a broader picture of the issues and interests that matter to our community.


    The Brownell Library in Essex Junction hosts regional and national speakers, who discuss a wide-range of topics, such as politics, theater, and technology, through a humanities lens.

    12/20 at 8:00pm on Ch 16
    12/20 at 8:00pm on BTV-HD 216


    Champlain College students produce these min-documentaries each semester in the Broadcast and Media Production Program with support from RETN. A wide range of topics introduce us to the people, places, and stories of our region.

    12/26 at 9:30pm on BTV-HD 216


    Featuring female entrepreneurs from around the state in a wide range of industries, Female Founders shares what it takes to start a company from the ground up. Produced by Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies with production services provided by RETN.

    12/14 at 8:00pm on Ch 16
    12/14 at 9:00pm on BTV-HD 216


    Local musicians perform for a live audience and discuss their music with host Paddy Shea. A monthly live music event at Arts Riot, produced by Big Heavy World in collaboration with RETN.

    12/15 at 9:00pm on Ch 16
    12/15 at 9:30pm on BTV-HD 216


    A monthly live storytelling event at the Light Club Lamp Shop, Storytelling VT partnered with local nonprofits and to raise awareness to their missions while introducing interesting themes for stories, including "money" and "being human."

    12/23 at 7:00pm on Ch 16
    12/14 at 10:30pm on BTV-HD 216


    Nearly 300 young musicians and vocalists from across Vermont learn and perform together as the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association. RETN is honored to be the VYOA's media partner and record their dynamic performances at the Elley-Long Music Center and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

    12/22 at 9:00pm on Ch 16
    12/15 at 10:30pm on BTV-HD 216

We will be airing these programs and more through the end of the year - see the full schedule for both channels for additional air times.