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!
Today is the world premier of the choppin it up show with our first guest Jarrett Carter Sr. We also have the next Choppin it up episode with Gregory Johnson next week the 17th which is Father’s Day. Our next set of interviews I am still deciding on because I don’t want to do too many interviews without putting out the last two shows. WoodSheddin is going to be a podcast and with some episodes to be taped live. We would like to have resident instructors that will give a lesson at the least once every two months. We would prefer a lesson per month but we want to crawl before we walk. In addition giving out this type of information for free we have to prepare to be realistic. Of course as the popularity of the network changes so will this. We will use Skype to talk with our instructor and I will use Audacity to record the conversation. Once the file is created I can play that file during the episode time. Listeners will not be able to call in but for Woodsheddin we will concentrate on the archive listeners. My first instructor will be Avery McFadden, my best friend from college and the best man at my first wedding. I was also the best man at his wedding so we are looking forward to working together. He will give trumpet instruction and I have to find more people who teach more instruments. I will have to advertise for the remainder of positions. The format of the show is still under construction. I will find similar podcasts on learning an instrument to see how we will use the 30 minutes. I will also leave this somewhat up to the teacher that is giving the lesson.
The last piece of this puzzle other than getting a website going which we have decided to go with Hostgator, is the format of the Blunote show. My idea is to contact some of my old band directors to see what they want in a recruiting resource. The first people who come to mind are Michael Magruder, Paul Adams and Duncan Gray. I would like these directors or any directors to be guests on the blunote show or guest on choppin it up depending on how the blunote show will run. I don’t really see having an interview with the director because that will be too much like CIT, but I would like to have them speak on a show to help with the recruiting aspect. We also want the blunote show to have some interaction through the website. Uploading video or audio of an audition and have them highlighted on the show. We would like for them to contact the show to put themselves out there but we will need more consultation to develop the Blunote show. Check out Choppin it up with Jarrett Carter Sr. creator of HBCU Digest today at 6pm eastern time at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marchingpodcast/2012/06/10/the-90-degree-show
The marching podcast is moving along! We are adding more people to the interview list. We talked to Jarrett Carter creator of HBCU Digest and it was an honor to speak with him. He gave me some great advice and something that I am going to put into action very soon, and that is to create my own website to push people too. All of the things that I have blogged about I can put into the website and make it grow from there. He suggested that I build that up some first and then come onto his show so I can push people somewhere. With the website he said that content is king, so as many articles, videos, podcasts etc etc I can push to the site everyday it will build the marching podcast. He suggested that I used bluehost.com which he told me was expensive but worth the price. I still offered to interview him for my show for the following sunday June 10, which takes me to the next annoucement.
We have decided to give the show the 6pm eastern time zone time slot. The marching podcast will present a show every sunday at 6. We have 4 shows under the marching podcast that will present each month. We have:
The 90 Degree Show; The BlueNote Show; Choppin it up w/ the marching podcast; WoodSheddin with the marching podcast.
Woodshedding will consist of a woodwinds, brass, percussion and i would like to have an instructor speak and answer questions. I would love to have a resident instructor for the marching podcast that can give tips every month and answer questions for people that need help. In addition to a resident instructor I would like to some ground correspondants that can tape the bands and give an analysis. These people give us content on the website and more discussion to each episode. We will put it out there because I will be looking for a woodwind person. I have a person in mind for percussion and a couple in mind for brass.
After some research we found a site called Halftime Magazine. Halftime Magazine presents the sights, sounds and spirit of the marching arts in a highly visual format. Their mission involves education, entertainment and inspiration for our readers–marching instructors, students, parents, alumni and fans. This is my exact idea for my radio show and I would like to interview someone to talk about putting marching band in the forefront.
I really understand now about how much you put into your own business is how much you get out off it, and its not the end goal that you work for but you fall in love with the chase. I have taken that phrase from a co worker friend of mine from Illinois, who focuses on working out and falling in love with the work out and not trying to get to a certain goal. To make it something that you are making yourself do but making it a part of you.
See you every sunday at 6pm!
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.