On May 19, 2012, I started the relationship with The Marching Podcast and BlogTalkRadio with my first episode ‘Hello World’ and Hello World part 2. Since that day 4 years ago we have created close to 200 episodes for The Marching Podcast with a wonderful platform that allowed us to broadcast live from my phone and add sound effects to make the production professional and a call in option for people to voice how they feel and/or allowed me to have co hosts on the show.
In moving forward with the business we are proud to announce that we are working on a summer music camp, here in southern california for grades 5-9. We hope to build the culture here for showstyle marching which will excite the youth on the west coast about band and expose them to selecting a Historically Black College to march and matriculate in an atmosphere of higher learning. The Marching Podcast will be filing for Non Profit status, so donations will be tax write-offs and we have a signature event that will bring in more money for scholarships and developing the culture for bands on the west coast. We eventually want to expand to San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and the other major cities in the western region targeting majority minority middle schools and junior high schools. Establishing the network and culture here will open the door for Mass Bands in the western region, battle of the bands and clinics that is our stated goal in our 4th birthday blog post. We say all of this because in focusing more finances for scholarships and establishing a non-profit we will not produce The Marching Podcast Network through BlogTalkRadio starting in June of 2016. We are grateful for the service provided that allowed us to create our own business, but the yearly expenses with holding the account with BlogTalkRadio has become expendable.
In light of this we have created our own studio! We will be creating, and promoting our own episodes from now on and releasing the podcast when we want and not at a set time. The show will not be live anymore but we will let people know when they can call in to be a part of the broadcast. The format of the shows will change as well. Looking at the numbers we are losing people on the commercials or sometimes the conversation will drag out causing some people to leave. We plan to break or interviews in parts and evenly play the commercials of our sponsors throughout the broadcast. We are excited about taking off the training wheels and being in control of our broadcasts. We hope you enjoy the upgrades we are making the difference we aspire to make in sending more kids to college, exposing more people to historically black colleges and building the craft to a new region of the country.