We are excited to reach another milestone here at The Marching Podcast, and we are honored and blessed for the support we received to get this done. We applied for a trademark for TMP in late 2012, and in May of 2013, we officially received the trademark…or so we thought. Later we received an email from Trademarkia, the company that published the trademark said that we needed to file a Notice of Allowance. “What is this?” I thought. The Notice of Allowance means the government will give me my trademark, if I submit a proof of use that shows that I am currently using said trademark.
I added a picture of one of the T-Shirts from the Marching Podcast Nalia Store and added all the information in the form. I then click on the next button and of course another fee!!! …and this is more expensive than the trademark form I filled out last year!!!! It is significant to acknowledge all of the hoops and red tape needed to push your business in our society. One of our investors, Jack Lukehart Jr., who supports the network, laughed with me about this when we asked for his help. He said that things like this are in place to deter anyone from running a business, it may seem like a lot of work and extra money every year, but the effort to cut through the red tape should be for the benefit of why the business stands. I sat back and realized how correct he was, because my initial thought should not be one of an obstacle, but more work and more savings to help provide scholarships to young people so they can learn about and become successful in the world of business and beyond.
Starting this business has been an incredible learning experience and my lesson here in this particular case is that I should be prepared for any fees and/or new taxes that may appear to hinder my path. In actuality, this is part of the work that I need to do to make the world a better place. Other than learning lessons, I want to send a shot out to the investors that without any hesitation donated to the cause. I talked to Chuck Moore about my frustration of needing money to make things happen, and he told me that choosing anger and frustration is a choice. I can also choose to do what I can to swim or to stay alive. Our Director of Editing Collin Welbon, was out of work, but still wanted to help us keep our trademark alive. Not too long after he said he would help, he found a nice, full-time gig. So in this process of establishing a trademark, I am learning from the business but also learning life lessons from the people that love and support the cause. All established through friendship which is essential to the soul. 🙂
I am very thankful for the type of people we have in our network and having good people around us is the real reason The Marching Podcast is alive and growing. Also shot out to our normal sponsors and patrons that donate every month. This Notice has been filed and I am awaiting further correspondence.
Collin Welbon and Jessie Parteno
Jack Lukehart Jr.
We are proud to announce another milestone here at The Marching Podcast Network. On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, we will be broadcasting our 100th episode on The Marching Podcast Network: Chop It Up with Joshua Cousin. We are blessed and honored to reach this milestone and would not have done it without the listeners and our entire staff. We also want to give thanks to all the people that have broadcast shows on our network and all the people that helped with each broadcast directly and indirectly.
We want The Marching Podcast to be a series of positive podcasts that help inspire young people to do great things and make a balanced decision concerning the college they choose to attend. It it also for the adults to have a platform to reach these young people and be a positive benchmark for the rest of the world. Our passion is to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). We strive to provide scholarships to help increase the number of scholarships available and create excitement for HBCU’s. Similar to The Cosby Show and A Different World, we want The Marching Podcast to be that beacon of light and prosperity.
Each podcast has helped with the growth of the network and has also helped bring more listeners to a variety of our network’s other shows. At this time, I want to attempt to say “thanks” to everyone. Thank you to all the shows that have broadcast on The Marching Podcast Network, the people that have helped with audio quality and creative presentation, and last but not least our sponsors and patrons that allow us to broadcast during peak hours (please see the list below for more details). Special thanks to Collin Welbon our Director of Editing, who just recently boosted his career by taking a new job editing for a software company where he lives in San Francisco but will still be able to edit our posts. Another special thanks to all the experts that call in and help me host the 90 Degree Show.
Talking HBCU News with The Reeds
That’s What I’m Talking About with David Thompson and Howard Payne
Medicina with Irene Vizcarra
The Wright Way with Bert Wright
Eight to Five with Chris Jones
Brass WoodSheddin’ with Avery McFadden
Percussion WoodSheddin’ with Kerian Cox
Audio Quality and Creative Presentation:
David Thompson – Male voice over, suggested the Blue Yeti
John Pickens – Gave us applications to record Skype calls and suggestions for audio editing
Erika Jones Purvis – Female Voice-over
Jarrett Carter Sr. of HBCU Digest – Listening to his show was the final influence that got us started
BlogTalkRadio University and BTR Support
Sponsors and Patrons:
Howard Payne (Patron)
Liquid Effex Photography
Big Deal Fundraising
Universal Credit Sources
Bandhead.Org and HBCUBands.com
Marching 8 to 5
Block Band Music
Well, we are proud to make it to another year in this endeavor of making the world a better place. I am honored to have this 2nd birthday and really happy for the future of this blog and our network The Marching Podcast. We are lucky to celebrate two anniversaries per year. May is our podcast/BlogTalkRadio anniversary, and the magnificent month of September is our blog’s anniversary. In May, we posted about our year with BlogTalkRadio as well as updates about our philosophy and how we got to where we are now.
In this post, I want to highlight one aspect of the network: focusing on other people to help build our mission. We feel with the current lineup, we will be set for our programming, and we want to use this anniversary to give you the programming lineup for The Marching Podcast:
The 90 Degree Show
Choppin’ It Up
HBCU News with The Reeds
That’s What I’m Talking About with David Thompson & Howard Payne
Educational Liberation with Chuck Moore
Networking 101 with Maleta Wilson
We feel with our current programming we are covering all ages and providing information about education, life lessons, and entrepreneurship while providing exposure to all forms of higher learning, so our youth can make more well-rounded decisions about the colleges they aspire to attend. In addition, our current programming provides the image of positive scholars and experts in their field while representing the schools they attended. We hope that more people will see these images and will follow in their footsteps for the betterment of society.
Thanks to all the people that follow our blog and shout-out to our editing director Collin Welbon for editing these posts.
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.
Since finding the applications to use I have created a couple of podcasts to get things going. I work with friend Collin Welbon to create a podcast and update a blog about our fantasy football league. I love sports and fantasy sports, so creating and writing about them provide a win win as they say because I am able to gain experience in this new media thing from two sides.
So to kick off this journey I would like to interview contacts that I have in the industry. Chris Jones, super bandsman, entrepeneuer, former drum major, creator of marching aerobics, Guiness book world record holder…if I sit here and think I may be typing for a while but most of all good friend. He was recently in Jackson, MS for a performance and is currently working in the Atlanta Public School system. I am going to talk to him about his performances, how he gets his business out and how he tries to spread love for bands.
The other interview is a good friend of mine Samuel Glover that works as the percussion director for a band in the CIAA. He is preparing for a battle in the next week and I am going to talk to him about what he does to get his students ready for battle. He also is going to talk to me about preparing his students for academia, martriculating on campus and growing into a productive citizen. I will post the interview times when they are confirmed.