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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!

The 2016 90 Degree Show: The Bayou, a Tribute and Traditions Part 2

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Welcome to the 2016 90 Degree Show. This is the second installment of the Bayou Classic Week. We talk to Kelli Charles about what she did for the holiday and what she thought about the performance from the two bands. We continue the discussion on the article published by HBCUDigest on the passing of Debra White the chancellor at North Carolina Central State University. Kelli gives her perspective about the Bayou Classic itself, traditions in our community, her experiences as a female educational admin, and recruiting athletes to HBCUs. This podcast is brought to you by Double Time Entertainment. DaEdge 1 Productions, Block Band Music & Publishing. Check out our website http://www.themarchingpodcast.com/ you can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast, and follow our blog at http://bit.ly/17Gl2e2t

Check out this episode!

The 2016 90 Degree Show: The Bayou, a Tribute and Traditions Part 1

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Welcome to the 2016 90 Degree Show. This is the first installment of the Bayou Classic Week. We talk to Bridgette Bell about what she did last week for the holiday and we get into an article published by HBCUDigest on the passing of Debra White the chancellor at North Carolina Central State University. This sparks a conversation about women in leadership roles at HBCU’s. We close out the show talking about the videos that we saw from the Bayou and we discuss various traditions in our HBCU band programs. This podcast is brought to you by Double Time Entertainment. DaEdge 1 Productions, Block Band Music & Publishing. Check out our website http://www.themarchingpodcast.com/ you can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast, and follow our blog at http://bit.ly/17Gl2e2t

Check out this episode!

2013 HBCU Award Winners: The Sonic Boom of the South

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HBCU Digest just finished hosting the 3rd annual HBCU Awards, and I am a big fan of the awards ceremony. The HBCU Awards ceremony presented awards for excellence in student life, journalism, academics, research, athletics, alumni support and leadership. The HBCU Awards and its accompanying training seminar, the National HBCU Media Summit, are the culminating events of HBCU Media Week, the HBCU Digest, a daily online publication covering America’s historically black colleges.  I was proud to see that it was hosted on the campus of Jackson State University and I wish I could have attended. After reading the post from the event I was excited to see the schools that won some of the awards hit home for me.

Spelman College, which is the college my mother attended, won HBCU of the Year. My alma mater, Jackson State University, won Best Marching Band, which really hits home because I marched in ‘the boom’. Here is the list of the award winners and a link to the article for you to read and to follow HBCU Digest.

http://hbcudigest.com/spelman-crowned-hbcu-of-the-year-at-third-annual-hbcu-awards/

Best Marching Band
Sonic Boom of the South, Jackson State University

Best Choir
Aeolian Choir, Oakwood University

Best Student Government Association
Albany State University

Best Student Newspaper
North Carolina Central University Campus Echo

Best Student Organization
Spelman College SpelBots

Best Alumni Magazine
Morgan Magazine, Morgan State University

Best Research Center
NOAA-CAS at Howard University

Best Fine Arts Program
Alabama State University Dept. of Theater Arts

Best Business Program
Paul Quinn College Business Administration Program

Best S.T.E.M. Program
Hampton University School of Science

Best Nursing Program
Dillard University School of Nursing

Best Social Work Program
Fayetteville State University Dept. of Social Work

Best Male Faculty Member
Dr. Kinfe Ken Redda, Florida A&M University

Best Female Faculty Member
Myrlie Evers-Williams, Alcorn State University

Best Male Coach
Connell Maynor, Winston-Salem State University

Best Female Coach
Toyelle Wilson, Prairie View A&M University

Best Male Athlete
Anaso Jobodwana, Jackson State University

Best Female Athlete
SiMon Franklin, Xavier University of Louisiana

Best Men’s Team
Southern University Men’s Basketball

Best Women’s Team
Hampton University Women’s Basketball

Male Alumnus of the Year
Chief Justice Tom Colbert, Kentucky State University

Female Alumnus of the Year
Nicole Bernard, Howard University

National Alumni Association of the Year
University of the Virgin Islands

Male Student of the Year
Polite Stewart, Southern University

Female Student of the Year
Olivia Stinson

Male President of the Year
Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, Alcorn State University

Female President of the Year
Dr. Dianne B. Suber, Saint Augustine’s University

Lifetime Achievement
Myrlie Evers-Williams

HBCU of the Year
Spelman College

It’s All Coming Together

This past weekend was the Memorial Day holiday, so most people ate good food and relaxed with an extra day off from work. I was honored to be contacted by the creator of HBCU Digest‘s Jarret Carter Sr., and he asked me if I wanted to be on his show that comes on every Thursday night at 6pm(EST) and 3pm(PST). I am very excited, and I am going to go for it and try to be on the show, if not this Thursday, very soon. I will keep you all updated, and I am looking forward to the interview. By the way, Jarrett also agreed to do an interview with The Marching Podcast as well.

I also talked with Timberly Simmons of Muzik Mill Radio and Muzik Mill Magazine, Darious Carter and AC Campbell (two of my fraternity brothers), who along with the list from the previous blog post, constitute my inital interview list.

I am also excited to come up with the names for the various portions of the flagship show and the name of the interview show. The 90 Degree Show consists of the following:

  • The intro
  • The fanfare
  • The crux of the matter
  • Shot outs and thank yous
  • We also figured out a name for our interview episodes: Choppin’ It Up with The Marching Podcast. The episode title will actually be presented as Choppin’ it up with:(person’s name)

    This week I am not planning to have a show, but instead, I will be busy preparing for the HBCU Digest show and contacting people to interview for The Marching Podcast. I still need to come up with an interview template of questions to ask, and I plan to have that completed this week. The next show will be next week, but I am still deciding on the weekend versus the weekdays. We are also trying to find the best time slot for the show.

It’s been a long time….

Ok.. I’m reloaded!!!! I was out of there for a minute with grown man stuff and some planning but I am happy to post another blog to document my journey. I have found a platform to broadcast my show and I believe that I am 90% to making this a reality. On Twitter I follow a HBCU Digest that gives all great information on black college news from sports to education and he has been posting his show to listen as well. When I started to listen to one of the shows I saw blogtalkradio running the show for him. I immediately started to follow his show and then did the research on the site for my passion and it all came together.

To make a long story short: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marchingpodcast

On the second side I needed content and being on the west coast where there are not any bands I wanted to create a way to keep connected and I can create interests here on the west coast and provide a future of the youth in this area and possibly this area of the country. I then went to bandhead.org and looked at all of the news about FAMU. I touched base with Joshua M. Cousin who is the ad administrator for the site and he told me that I will be able to use the content from the site for discussion. I also found out that the creator of the site is a Jackson State Grad so it looks like things are lining up in the right direction. 🙂

I now need to put together a time line of the show which at this point is:

I. News
a. press release
b. weekend matchups (during the season)
c. discussion topics, blogs, recruiting (possibly its own show)
d. upcoming events

II. Interview
a. introduction
b. content
c. advertise

III. Voices in the Crowd (open discussion)
a. interview person
b. any topic from I

IV. Closing
a. shot outs
b. advertise
c. Thanks

The interview section I need to come up with some good questions to ask. The segment may only get to be 6-8 minutes depending on the topics and what people want to talk about, so I need to hit the best areas to make a great interview. I also want some time at the end to allow the person to advertise any information to the public to expand their brand.

I am thinking that Recruiting can be its own show because of the time constraints. It would be more geared to high school students, high school and college directors to help kids find the band that they want to march for. Some of the topic can be touched upon here at the hub show 🙂