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A little GIS with The Marching Podcast.

A little GIS with The Marching Podcast. Check out our follower map from Twitter here! http://ow.ly/i/5L67H

The 2013 Marching Podcast People’s Choice Awards

Welcome back to the 2013 college football season, which also means it’s time to welcome you all back to the 2013 Marching Podcast People’s Choice Awards! The TMP People’s Choice Awards are based on voting from you (the fans) on our website. Each week in our featured match up, we are looking for some numbers from our fans so we can keep our ear to the street. If you can’t call in live, you can go to our website and vote on who you think won the featured match-up. On the following week’s show, we will close the polls and read the results live on the air. At the end of the year, we will present the winners of each week with the prestige of the award.

Just go to The Marching Podcast Website and vote today!!!

Hanief Saterfield and Minding Our Business

We are proud to announce a new show and a new host to The Marching Podcast Network, Minding Our Business featuring Hanief Saterfield. Hanief is the owner and founder of Bobspotter, a mobile application that identifies black owned businesses across the country. The power of the application is the knowledge of these businesses existing and what we, as consumers, can do with this information will make a huge difference in our community. Hanief will be taking the podcast world head on by informing our community and our nation of where we can go to spend our dollars and at the same time keep our dollars in our community. Hanief will be talking to the owners of these businesses so we hear their story and gives them time to plug their business using our platform. Hanief will also be empowering our young listeners on how they can become owners of their own business. Learning from people who are in the field as we speak will give some young person the influence and the example to follow.

We are really excited to broadcast this show because this service is investing in our most important resource, our children, and will provide and spread the knowledge across the country. The perception of our people in business and education is very important for our children to see. You can go to the website here to download the app and to register your business.

http://www.bobspotter.com/

Check out Minding Our Business with Hanief Saterfield coming this spring on The Marching Podcast Network!

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Butcher Black and the 2012 Black College Football with EA Sports!

It’s Football Season! And we are searching the web like crazy to check out as many bands as possible. Using mostly YouTube, of course, but I am also putting the names of the schools that I know in a search engine and adding words like ‘bands’, ‘hbcu’, etc.; and I have been surprised at my results. The results returned all of the black colleges that were playing in week 1, but the thumbnails looked like video games. I clicked on the Hampton vs. Tennessee Tech video, and I was surprised to see that this was a The actual game using EA Sports College Football ’13! I then looked to see who’s channel this was and saw that he has simulated all of the Black College Football games for that week. I immediately subscribed to his channel and sent him a message to say how cool this was. He responded with “thank you”, but told me about the game called Black College Football: BCFX: The Xperience and how excited he was when the game was first released in 2007. (Lolita Carter, the band director at Dominguez High School, told me about the exact same game.) I personally never played the game and vaguely remember much marketing around the product, but after talking with Lolita, I researched the game and the reviews condemned the game. There was even a part of the game where the user had to win the halftime show by playing with the band using something similar to the gameplay of ‘Guitar Hero’ and ‘Rock Band’. I will have to check it out for GP, but Butcher Black was upset with the game and wanted to do something to give back to the schools and to give a better representation of Black College Football.

This is crazy tight, and I am watching the games myself late at night after I put the family down and when there is no football on TV. Butcher Black is doing something great, and he will be a guest on the ‘Choppin’ It Up’ show in 2013. I have not talked with Butcher Black extensively, but it appears that he is a gamer and/or employed in the gaming industry. This is another avenue to present to our kids for career development, and we look forward to his show on our network. Big Ups to Butcher Black, and I have posted a link to his Black College Football with EA Sports below. Go to the site and subscribe to his channel!

HBCU Football by Butcher Black Productions!

Logos and more Logos

After doing some research, I found someone to create the company’s logos. I have placed the logo on the left-hand side of the blog, and in the near future, I hope to put the logo on merchandise to help plug the radio network. The logo is a happy face with a goatee listening to headphones. I wanted it to be super simple and to the point. I found an application called Logaster where paying so much per month allows you to select logos for your business. I was undecided whether or not I was going to use this application to select the logos for all of our shows, but then I decided that I would give the business to one of my friends. I really do like the logo, and I appreciate having it in a variety of colors as well.

       

My good friend Marvin Haywood, who was born in North Carolina and grew up in Nashville where he currently resides, created our logos. Marvin creates personal logos and is a Software Administrator in Franklin, TN. We met at the company I worked at prior to moving to California. We have kept in touch over the years, and as I started to build the radio network, I was reminded of his skills and thought it would be a good idea to contact him. We talked, and he created the logo (see below) for The 90 Degree Show. Marvin will also be creating the logos for Woodsheddin’ and Choppin’ It Up. I am really happy to be working with Marvin again.

One idea, one year later

Today is the The Marching Blogcast’s one year anniversary, and we would like thank you for all the support and love. Special thanks to the staff that helps put this all together! We are currently working to set up a ‘Do Business As’ which allows us to operate and establish The Marching Podcast as an entity of business. I am excited about obtaining this classification because it has always been a dream of mine to own my own business, and it is even more rewarding to promote something that is special to me and will help the future generations. When filling out the form, I came across the birth date of the business. I immediately think May 19 because that was my first radio show, but I have been putting together this project for more than a year. So, what date did I really put this in motion? I came to this blog and looked for my first entry, and it was 9-11-11. This is a good date to use as the start date of the business because it was when I published my first post, and it is the same month as my birthday and soon to be the birthday month of my son! Super easy to remember.

We have started our fall lineup with shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we now have six shows for the listeners to enjoy. The shows featuring Darian and Nicole may not come on every month because they are busy with their families and professions. We plan to get the information from them at the very least in this blog and/or connections to their websites. Our marching band battle recap show starts the 23rd of September with the Boombox Classic. We hope to get a good turnout and mold the format of the show. We want people to answer ten specific questions including time for their ‘two cents’.

In conclusion, I want to thank all the people that are following our blog, as well as all of my guests on the show and all the people who are working in this venture. Special shout out to my parents, who not only instilled in me the true value of being educated but also how important it is to educate and help those around me. I am very happy that I am still posting on this blog one year later, and I pray for many more years.

New Links Added to Our Blog!

Every day we are figuring out more and more about the functionality available within our blog. As part of this learning process, we now know how to include links to other pages and websites on our blog. Providing links to similar and relevant web pages and sites is important to us, because we want to ensure that our community is able to access a wide variety of information and what they need or are looking for may be on another site. So, now on the right-hand side of our blog, we have a “Suggested Links” section, which lists and provides you access to our related links.

One of the many reasons it is important to us to share related links with our readers and listeners is in reference to meeting Nicole Ford Calvary who works to build support for black colleges. She has put together a black college fair that I found out about via the Internet and wanted to be part of. Nicole works full-time to build our schools; and after speaking with her for quite some time about her experience, the events she has hosted and the contacts she has established, I realized how beneficial and motivating it would be if Nicole could become part of The Marching Podcast Family. We would like for her to bring her business to TMP and have her own show this upcoming fall, which will more than likely replace The Blunote Show. Nicole has hosted multiple events to help bring the black college culture to the West Coast, including HBCU Tours which is a bus tour that takes kids from California to the South for some exposure to the black college experience.

So, all of our hopes have come to fruition, and Nicole is going to be giving her expertise and knowledge in podcast form at least once a month on Tuesdays via The Marching Podcast. She will also have live episodes where people can call in and talk with her live on Tuesdays. The Marching Podcast crew is really excited about this program, because we want kids to be exposed to marching bands. Along with that exposure, we also want them to be preparing for college and with some insight into these schools, we are hoping that they can make a more well-rounded decision when the time comes. Check out the “HBCU Tours, Events and Scholarships” link on our list of “Suggested Links” to view Nicole’s site, Stepping in the Right Direction, which contains all the information there is to know about HBCU Tours. Until next time, keep practicing.

Fall Format Starting In September

Greetings bandheads! We really appreciate the feedback  and feel great about our future. In a previous post, we talked about Tuesdays and Thursdays being a part of the network. We will start a portion of our new programming in September with Chris Jones and “The 8 to 5 Show”. “The Blunote Show” and “The Dentist Show” with Darian Hampton are in the works, but they also will premier sometime in September with a proper introduction of each host. Then on Thursdays, we will be broadcasting another episode of “Woodsheddin’ with McFadden”. In addition, we will be talking with Collin Welbon who is the content editor for The Marching Podcast.

The majority of our Tuesday development series’ shows will be pre-recorded, so that we are able to provide you, the listeners, with more information within our 30 minute time frame. Before we broadcast a live episode, we will alert you so you can be prepared to listen live as well as call and talk with our experts.
We are most excited about the fall format for “The 90 Degree Show”. The fall format will be a recap of a battle between two college’s bands from that weekend. We are looking for any feedback on games to cover this fall. Currently, we are looking to follow Gerald Howard, the creator and owner of BandHead.org, who covers the biggest marching band matchups of each week. We will post what matchups will be selected before the season starts this fall. We are certain we will be at the JSU Southern game, but we want to find four games to highlight this season. If anyone has any ideas, please leave comments on this post, email us or tweet at us @marchingpodcast.