Author Archive for Alaina Janack


Teaching Feeling

Yesterday, I taught a riding lesson to a young adult I had seen ride several times, and whose horse I ride for her a couple times a week.
She is shocked to see every time that I ride her horse, that her horse looks light and goes round. (her horse is not light, but I ride her very forward).

When I started riding her horse, she told me the horse had a hard mouth. She asked me to always ride with the running martingale adjusted short. (*I ignored this, and rode without it*).  After riding her horse for her for several weeks she asked me to give her a riding lesson.

I asked her what she wanted to get out of her lesson, and she said that she wanted her mare to go with her head down. She knows how uncomfortable it is for a horse to go with it’s head in the air, and I agreed. I told her that she is already a good rider, but instead of given her instruction to do things differently, I might just give her a different perspective to think about things.

While we were walking to the riding field together, she explained and showed me how her horse pulled on the bit and ignored her when she tried to pull the horses head down. I think this is a common misconception that you can pull the horses head down. At this point as I watched, I realized that perhaps she didn’t really understand the motions of the horse at the different gaits. So I explained the four beats of walk, the thrust of the hind legs, the corresponding swing of the belly, and the movement of the horses head.

This is all very complicated. I praised her seat, because it is important not to hurt the horses back while we are riding. But her hands need to move with the horses mouth or she will keep building a tension between her horse and herself, and it will be hard to get the big mare to relax her head down.

We did this at the trot too. Instead, explaining that the angle of the elbow opens and closes as she sits and stands in the saddle. the horses head doesn’t move. but if her hands move when she sits and stands, then there will be the same tension from the walk, and her horse won’t want to put her head down and relax.

I let her try again in canter, explaining that the head moves in canter similar to the way it does in walk and that following the mouth with the hands is important. The same way when she dances with someone, you move with them, and if you don’t you collide with them.
And although she did just fine with riding and the concepts, I don’t think she was satisfied without an immediate result. I hope she takes another lesson and I can help her with these fundamental principals of harmonious riding.


Career Moves — Adventure Abroad

I’m not calling it quits and giving up on the broadcast industry yet — but after a year in the production department at a very lovely public radio station, it was evident that I needed some more adventure. The desk and computer seemed very mature and empowering at first –


Portland, Oregon — The Land of Tea and Coffee

It’s day four here on the West Coast and it is pretty much all that I wanted it to be.   I had planned coming out here on the pretense of vacation… which is true and exactly what I had wanted and needed.  It was time to get away from the nordic north east and explore what the rest of the United States looked like.

Originally, I had hoped to make this a working vacation. Visiting radio stations and making connections was going to be the focus… but now it looks like I want to make this a vacation and try to relax. And by relax I mean, sit in Cafes and tap tap tap on my computer all day.  It’s not a  good time to seem negligent toward the booking of music in Burlington.

In fact, it’s been uncanny— the number of bands in this town right now that I’ve been in touch with the last few months. For example,  I met up with Evan Way of the Parson Red Heads for a slice at Vicente’s Pizza on Hawthorne. They released their new album YEARLING this Tuesday, an will be playing at Mississippi Studios this Friday.  Also on the bill is Jeremy from The Roadside Graves, an East Coast Band that recently played a show at the Skinny Pancake — though it was kind of a wash— literally, it got rained on. And Dolorean is co-billing. They’ve made it on my playlist the last couple of shows I played at WRUV. On a side note of awesomeness, Parsons Red Heads are making a cameo in the episode of Portlandia currently being filmed (today!).

AND this Thursday, The Milk Carton Kids are playing at the Doug Fir.  The club has been highly recommended, and based on the neat-o web videos, namely Nick Jaina’s — I am prepared for a good evening.

Sunday was unfortunately the evening of a botched two-fer. Shenandoah Davis (playing in October in Burlington) was playing at the Old Church with a local musician, Ezza — who is on Radioactivity Bryan’s list of must-see musicians.

Today, we wait to hear from KBOO and hopefully make a plan to visit or talk over coffeeeeee somewhere. In the meantime, I’ll continue to eavesdrop on these Germans in the SE Division St Stumptown.


The Radiator and the Mozart Festival

Meet VT Mozart Festival Artist at Big Heavy World on August 5
Posted by Big Heavy Jim on Jul 31, 2010 at 8:30 am | Filed under: Upcoming Events, Live Reviews & Show Photos, WOMM-LP 105.9FM The Radiator

Join Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra musician and New York Chamber Soloist Allen Blustine in downtown Burlington during a live radio interview, performance and reception at the offices of Big Heavy World, SKI Magazine, and community radio station 105.9FM The Radiator on Thursday, August 5, 4-6pm.

Radio host Robert Ready will interview Mr. Blustine on-air at 4pm while guests will be welcomed to tour the radio station and offices of Big Heavy World, Vermont’s independent, volunteer-staffed music office. At 5pm our VMF artist will join everyone in an editorial office of SKI Magazine (adjoining the big Heavy World office and Radiator studio) for refreshments, conversation, and questions & answers. Seating on is limited and this will be a rare opportunity for casual interaction with the artist.

Refreshments will be provided by Cabot Cheese and Shelburne Vineyard. This event is brought to you by Festival sponsors Big Heavy World and 105.9FM The Radiator.

About Allen Blustine: Allen Blustine (clarinet) is one of New York’s busiest and most versatile clarinetists. Mr. Blustine has performed with a broad spectrum of musical organizations in New York City, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is a member of the Columbia University faculty, Director of Speculum Musicae, and a member of the North Country Chamber Players in New Hampshire.

Directions: Big Heavy World / 105.9FM The Radiator are located at 215 College Street, on the third floor. From Interstate 89: Exit 14W (ramp exits in one direction only onto Main Street). Continue on Main Street down the hill toward Lake Champlain. Turn right onto South Winooski Avenue. For parking, turn right at College and take the first right into the Fletcher Free Library parking area, a city parking lot. (We’re across So. Winooski Ave. from the Fletcher Free Library lawn). Other city parking areas can be located at


And The Response Frm Munich’s M94.5

Dear Miss Janack,

Thank you for sending us your CV and for your interest. If you would like to do an internship at M94.5, please also send a cover letter and a photograph of yourself and we will get back to you.

Best wishes

Barbara Blum
Sekretariat Programmleitung
Aus- und Fortbildungskanal für München
Schwere-Reiter-Str. 35, Geb. 40a
80797 München

fon: 089-360 388 0
fax: 089-360 388 59


Radio Involvement In Munich???

Hallo Heidi,

Ich versuche zu auf Deutsch schreiben. Ich wird auch auf Englisch uebersetzen.

Jetzt ich bin bei Fohlenhof Steinberg mit Pferde arbeiten.
Normalerweise arbeite ich bei Radio in die USA. Ich moechte dass zu
mein Beruf sein, aber jetzt habe ich ein unglaubliche Moeglichkeit.
Ich wird ein Pferdepfegerin dieses Sommer fuer ein olympisch
Pferdesportteam sein. Ich moechte mit Radio engagieren bleiben. Ich
finde M94.5 aenlich wie meine Radio Sender zu Hause sowie einzigartig
und frisch. Ich wird im Reichertsheim am mindestens drei Monate
blieben (und vielleicht langer). Es wird Perfekt sein, wenn koennte
ich mit M94.5 unterstuetzen. Ich habe mit die Sender WOMM-LP ( ) und WRUV ( )
erfahren. Ich bin Radio kenntnisreich; z.B. ich spreche/arbeite
regelmaeBig mit Bryan Hance,  der Erzeuger von Spitzentechnologie ( ) und noch Befragungen und Konzerts
planen. Ich habe meine Computer “Musikherausgeben Software” bei mir.
Wenn du willst, wird es mir gefaellen weitersprechen.

Vielen Dank,
Alaina Janack

At the moment,  I am staying at “Fohlenhof Steinberg” and working with
horses. Normally, in the US, I work in radio. I would like my career
to remain in radio, but I now have an unbelievable opportunity.  I
will be a groom for an Olympic Equestrian Team. I would like to remain
involved with radio. I find M94.5 similar to my radio stations at
home, as well as unique and fresh.  I will be in Reichertsheim at the
very least 3 months (and quite possibly longer). It would be perfect
if I could be of assistance at M94.5. I have experience working at the
following radio stations:WOMM-LP (
) and WRUV ( ). I remain informed on what is
happening in radio; for example I speak/work regularly with Bryan
Hance, the computer genius behind cutting-edge technology ( ) and I continue to schedule radio
interviews and performances. I have music editing software on my
computer here. If you would like to, I would be happy to speak more
about any possibilities.

Thank You,
Alaina Janack


Burlington Free Press Gives Props To LP Radio

BURLINGTON FREE PRESS Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Brent Hallenbeck

The airwaves in Vermont in recent years have increasingly been turned over to the vox populi — the voice of the people.

Community-radio stations have mushroomed in numbers in the state during the past decade, giving volunteers a chance to play music, talk about current events or simply entertain listeners within close range of the generally low-powered stations.
“It’s an environment for people to pick the skills up to be broadcasters,” said James Lockridge, who oversees the Burlington-based music resource Big Heavy World and worked with Radio Bean owner Lee Anderson to put the community-radio station known as “The Radiator” on the air three years ago.

Community radio, though, is about more than boosting the public’s on-air abilities. It’s about presenting music and thoughts that might not make it onto commercial-radio stations. On-air personalities generally choose the content of their shows (within the guidelines for language set by the Federal Communications Commission) and operate in a radio world free from the interruptions of advertising or the commercial demands of a for-profit business.

“We’re giving voice to people and ideas that aren’t ordinarily heard through the mainstream media,” said Greg Hooker, general manager of the granddaddy of all community-radio stations in Vermont, WGDR-FM (91.1) at Goddard College in Plainfield. “I like to think the pendulum is swinging back to the media being more relevant when they’re local.”

Community radio is thriving in Vermont even as other options for communications and information — commercial radio, newspapers, television and online social networking — remain strong or continue to grow. That’s not surprising to Lockridge, who said The Radiator’s programming ranges from world music to a show about autism to hard-core punk.

“It’s one of those things that just feels natural,” he said. “There’s value in community members speaking to community members.”

Other stations follow similar nonprofit, noncommercial approaches, most notably college-radio stations such as WRUV-FM (90.1) at the University of Vermont and WWPV-FM (88.7) at St. Michael’s College (WGDR began as a college station but became a community-radio station after the college ended its residential program in 2002). The following five stations, though, are open to public involvement and the public’s ears:

STATION: WOMM, “The Radiator,” 105.9 FM
LOCATION: Burlington
WATTS: 100
BROADCAST RADIUS: Downtown Burlington, adjacent towns
INFORMATION: 865-1140,

LOCATION: Goddard College, Plainfield
WATTS: 920
BROADCAST RADIUS: 20 to 25 miles
NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS: 65 on-air, 100 total
INFORMATION: 454-7367,

STATION: WVEW, Brattleboro Community Radio, 107.7 FM
LOCATION: Brattleboro
WATTS: 100
BROADCAST RADIUS: Three to five miles
INFORMATION: 246-6107,

WATTS: 100
BROADCAST RADIUS: Waterbury (north), Granville (south), Montpelier (east), Lincoln (west)
INFORMATION: 496-4951,

STATION: WOOL, “Black Sheep Radio,” 100.1 FM
LOCATION: Bellows Falls
WATTS: 100
BROADCAST RADIUS: North to Ascutney, south to Brattleboro, west to Grafton, east to Marlow, N.H.

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