Commentaries & Essays
11:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

A Cautionary Tale

Deborah Prum

I’m about to tell you a cautionary tale involving food, phones, fighting and fire. 

One evening while preparing dinner, I was on the phone arguing with my oldest son.  I don’t remember the subject, I just know I was right and he was wrong.  And, I told him so as I lay green beans on a metal steamer in a pot, forgot to add water, then placed the pan over high heat on the stovetop.

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WVTF & RADIO IQ Friends Council

The mission and purpose of the WVTF/RADIO IQ Friends Council is to gain support for the radio station’s work and to help these public radio services remain a strong and valuable resource for our large community.  Friends Council meetings are held a minimum of twice per calendar year with additional meetings held as needed.  All meetings are open to the public for observation. 

The Friends Council performs the following: 


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Our Mission Statement:  To produce and acquire programming and services of value, reflecting the culture, events, issues, and ideas of our region and the world, and to combine them into an evolving communications service of the highest quality for the people of Virginia and its bordering community.

Current Notices: 

Open Meeting Policy

A.  Open Meetings Policy, WVTF d.b.a.Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc. (VTF)

1. VTF conducts open the meetings of its governing body and any committee of its governing body to the public in which WVTF Public Radio business is discussed.

2. VTF will hold open the meetings of its any advisory body of the governing board to the public, if applicable. 

3. WVTF and the VTF gives reasonable notice to the public of the fact, time and place of an open meeting at least one week (7 days) in advance of the scheduled date of an open meeting by posting such notice on the WVTF Public Radio website:

WVTF Fund Drive Drawing Prize Rules

WVTF offers various drawing prizes during its on-air fund drives. 

WVTF-RADIO IQ Spring 2013 Matching Donor Rules

WVTF-RADIO IQ is encouraging listeners to become first time donors.  New donors are critical to the success of our operations.

Active donors have contributed through a mail campaign to supply the initial matching funds.  This Matching Gift Pool accumulates funds through the last mail entered on February 27, 2013.  Following that date, no more funds will be added to the Matching Gift Pool.  A "first time" donor is  a person or family who indicates they are supporting for the first time.



Virginia’s largest NPR member public radio service seeks an experienced professional to guide the programming-content of our all news and conversation format (RADIO IQ) and our mixed format (WVTF) stations through the exciting challenges facing our public radio system.  

We operate 9 transmitters and 14 translators with signals covering over half of Virginia’s land mass.  Our signals blanket nearly 1.6 million residents, and our weekly cume is approximately 150,000.

Key cities of service include:  Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Blacksburg, Lexington, and many more. 

Since the early 1970s, WVTF has been a successful and growing public radio service which has expanded to serve a broader listening area with four different program streams including the RADIO IQ news/talk stream.  WVTF and RADIO IQ are heard on 30 (22 analog and 8 digital) broadcast signals and 3 web streams.
The main broadcast center is located in Roanoke where a 12,000 square foot facility houses 11 studios, a large newsroom, state of the art operations, and staff offices.

Directions to our Studios and Offices in Roanoke:

3520 Kingsbury Lane, Roanoke, VA 24014

From Interstate 81, take exit 143 onto Interstate 581. From Interstate 581/U.S. 220 South, take the Wonju Street exit. On Wonju, go a short distance and turn right on Franklin Road. Go to the first stop light and make a right onto Duke of Gloucester (Hometown Bank branch is on your right).  Continue on Duke of Gloucester until the road bends to the right at which point it becomes Kingsbury Lane.  Just after the bend turn right into the front parking lot.

Roanoke studios and offices: 540-989-8900 or 800-856-8900 (VA, NC, WV)

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WVTF/RADIO IQ gladly accepts Public Service Announcements (PSAs) from state-registered, not-for-profit corporations in standard format for on-air delivery.

Format - Please follow the Checklist below. Due to the number of submissions, PSAs submitted in a press release format can no longer be considered.

Copy - The most effective announcements are always straightforward: Event description, date, location, and phone number for information. WVTF/RADIO IQ reserves the right to edit all copy.