By Maryll Jones
It’s that time of the year when the temporary residents have left Bloomington for a few months and the townies take their rightful place back on the city streets. This brings us to one of the largest social gatherings in the area – the weekly Bloomington Farmers’ Market. Held at the Showers Common outside City Hall at 7th and Morton streets every Saturday throughout the season, the farmer’s market is a large venue that includes farmers, food vendors, information booths, buskers and stage performers all of whom are peddling their wares to the customers that attend from the surrounding area. Thousands of folks attend every Saturday from April to November.
What better place to promote WFHB than at the market? The brain-child of WFHB volunteers Tilman Piedmont, Joe Estivill and Hondo Thompson nearly 6 years ago, Market LIVE! provides a valuable service to the City but also makes WFHB highly visible to those within the listening area.
What exactly do volunteers with Market LIVE! do? Volunteers not only answer questions from passers-by and promote the value and power of community radio from the WFHB Market LIVE! booth, they also broadcast a live report from the market every hour at 20 minutes until the hour beginning at 8:40am.
Of the five live segments, each 3-4 minutes long, two are pre-determined. The first at 8:40am is with market staffer Sasha Divine, who provides a market preview, including what is new that week at the market. The final interview at 12:40pm is usually with Robin Hobson, Market Master with Bloomington Parks and Recreation. This final report is a wrap- up of the day’s events and a sneak preview of the next farmer’s market the following Saturday.
The remaining three interviews are the responsibility of the volunteers who have free reign with only a few guidelines. These guidelines include trying to obtain an interview from a different area of the market for each segment so that the interviews are as diverse as they can be. The areas include farmers, food vendors, Info Alley, buskers, shoppers and whatever event happens to be going on at the Showers Plaza.
As Market LIVE!’s producer Hondo Thompson said “If you can’t be at the market, we’ll bring the market to you.”
Presently, Market LIVE! is in search of 2 – 3 volunteers to join the small team of roving reporters who will serve as knowledgeable representatives of WFHB to the public at large. Training will be provided. Some desired qualities include: commitment of 1-2 Saturdays a month through November, ability to work alone or with limited supervision, comfortable doing LIVE, impromptu, unscripted broadcasts with a variety of people, ability to represent WFHB in a professional, positive manner, all while staying within the guidelines of the FCC.
Some of the perks include learning to be an effective live broadcast reporter, becoming an ambassador for WFHB to the public, experiencing the fantastic commodities of the market first hand, and getting to hang out with great people.
Having volunteer staff trained and ready to do live representation at other community events is also a huge asset to WFHB. So if you are interested in developing live, unscripted broadcasting skills and love to hang out and meet new people, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and…
Come join the WFHB Market LIVE! band of roving reporters!
See you at the market!