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Goodbye to WordPress

The idea came to me from my fraternity Omega Psi Phi where we are focused in creating programs for the advancment of our community, inturn the advancement of the world. My line brother AC Campbell started an Academic and Athletic Camp at Ontario High School in Ontario, CA where students would attend workshops to prepare them for college and play basketball in the school gym all in one day. It was an amazing success and from there I wanted to create my own program to benefit the world.

On September 11, 2011 The Marching Podcast was born here on WordPress. It wasn’t called The Marching Podcast then but I did want to create some type of podcast. My first thought was to do somethings with sports and/or fantasy football with my friend Collin Welbon who was also going to help as the editor for all the blog posts. I didn’t know that it would evolve into a podcast network with four different shows, but it started here as a blog to help spread the word about Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Our first post Hello World! explained to the world that me with the help of two of my friends from Johnson C. Smith, Samuel Glover and Steve Johnson, would be making notes and posting our experiences related to band moving forward. In May of 2012, I started broadcasting podcast style using the platform BlogTalkRadio (BTR), discussing topics related to marching band and any updates about my experiences building the network. I picked BTR because I follow HBCUDigest on Twitter and met Jarrett Carter Sr. who was brodcasting his show on BTR and things started to focus in my mind where I wanted to go. With Jarrett’s help and guidance I started the website for The Marching Podcast found a brand icon I could use for my show from a good friend from Nashville Marvin Haywood, started all the social media channels and been rolling ever since. I do want to send a shot out to John Pickens who designed all the icons for the three shows we created along the way. I also want to thank Christy Walker, Rashad Watters, Bridgette Bell and Ernest Stackhouse for being panelists on The 90 Degree Show podcasts. They were with me the longest including the season we did with NBC sports Radio. I have received help from so many people this blog post would be longer than I wanted, but I will say I never expected the love and support from so many people to get this going and I am grateful to all those people that have help me create something where I can give back to all HBCUs.

With all the advances we have made, we are at the point where we don’t need to have a blog in addition to the other platforms we are using to get our message out. We are going to discontinue the marching podcast blog on the 11th birthday of this venture, September 11, 2022. The site will close down and the domain themarchingpodcast.blog will be inactive. We will continue to send out news through social media and all the channels we share our content.

Thank you very much for all your love and support for this network and we will continue to see you on the interwebs as we continue to build for our beloved HBCUs!

Choppin It Up with Darius Austin

 

Introducing Darius Austin. Darius is the President of The National Show Band Association and is the CEO and Founder of Team PrimeTime. The NSBA is a show band network community rooted in musicianship and scholarship and their mission is to bring joy, excitement, and entertainment to every household in the world through music. Tonight we meet Darius to find out where he is from, how he became the president of a band organization and he will tell us all about NSBA. You can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast or follow our blog at blog4.themarchingpodcast.com

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The 90 Degree Show 2015 Week 11

 

Welcome to the 2015 90 Degree Show Week 11! We are getting to the end of the season and this week we have the SIAC Championship with Miles and Albany State and how this rivalry just got a little deeper this weekend. We also follow up about the connection between #ConcernedStudent1950 and #SilentShowTime from a post with 80 Minutes of Regulation, and more speaking out against administration at Shaw. We also talk a little about the women’s UFC fight, and the hazing video at Alcorn. Tonight we welcome the great Christy Walker and the owner and founder of Block Band Music and Publishing, Rashad Watters. You can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast or follow our blog at blog4.themarchingpodcast.com

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The 90 Degree Show 2015 Week 14

 

Welcome to the 2015 90 Degree Show Week 14! This week is the conference championship between Grambling State University and Alcorn State University. We also have someone from Grambling that listened to the show last week and wants to address the discussion about the halftime show and about why NBC changed the broadcast channel. We also heard from more people that attended the Miles vs. Alabama State matchup from a couple weeks back and will read the comments that they sent in to us. Tonight we welcome the owner and founder of Block Band Music and Publishing, Rashad Watters. You can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast or follow our blog at blog4.themarchingpodcast.com

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The 90 Degree Show 2015 Week 13

 

Welcome to the 2015 90 Degree Show Week 13! This week is the one and only Bayou Classic with Grambling State University and Southern University. We talk about the show Friday night and the Halftime show the next day. We also got a chance to see the old Soul Bowl with Jackson state and Alcorn State University. Did these contests have the usual results? The hosts also discuss if it would be best to have a format to follow to award a winner of our Battle of the Bands. We also talk about an article written by a Gary Chambers titled. ‘Why doesn’t Southern Receive Funds from the Bayou Classic Battle of The Bands’ to help bring awareness to the financial side of the event. Who is making the money in these events? Tonight we welcome the great Christy Walker and the owner and founder of Block Band Music and Publishing, Rashad Watters. You can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast or follow our blog at blog4.themarchingpodcast.com

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Choppin It Up with Ollie Liddell Part II


Welcome back to the second part of our interview with Ollie Liddell. Tonight we find out more about what Ollie is doing in his profession and he gives us some insight about things that happened in the program in the 90’s, most notably what happened with Alabama State in 1996. This is the 2015 season finale for the Choppin It Up Show. You can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast or follow our blog at blog4.themarchingpodcast.com
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Choppin It Up with Ollie Liddell Part I

 

Introducing Ollie Liddell. Ollie is the head band director at Central High School in Memphis, TN. Ollie marched in the band with our host and is also a Director’s Kid himself. Ollie has so many experiences that we could not fit everything into one episode and we hope you enjoy the first installment. Tonight we meet Ollie and find out about his background and what shaped the path he has taken. This is the 2015 season finale for the Choppin It Up Show. You can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast or follow our blog at blog4.themarchingpodcast.com

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The 90 Degree Show 2015 Week 12

 

Welcome to the 2015 90 Degree Show Week 12! This week is the great Florida Classic with Bethune Cookman University and Florida A&M University and we got a chance to see Jackson State against Prairie View A&M. We also talk about The Eagle Aggie Bowl with North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central and the hosts go into what they really thought about the movie Drumline 2. We also got a chance to see the fifth between Miles and Bama State and a caller gives their two cents about what they saw. Looks like we have our first band in the Celebration Bowl!! We talk about who that band is and the potential opponent they face. What school would you prefer as the opponent this year? Lastly we say what we are most thankful for the upcoming holiday week of Thanksgiving. Tonight we welcome the great Christy Walker. You can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast or follow our blog at blog4.themarchingpodcast.com

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