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!
We are happy to announce our 3rd Birthday at the Marching Podcast Network! We are moving in the right direction, and we are happy to still be relevant with promise of a productive future. Our main goal is to create scholarships and to expose the youth in the Western Region to bands and HBCUs. Our proudest accomplishment at this point is awarding the scholarships to the four students from our National Signing Day Show for Marching Bands. We were excited to hear their decisions, and we hope too assist them throughout their degrees as well.
We are also grateful in expanding our programing to four different podcast programs on the network. We believe that our current lineup will make a difference by opening the dialog to different ages and professions. The 90 Degree Show was our first and Choppin’ It Up was created shortly afterwards. Last year, we started the Directors Series with Dr. Kevin Davenport, that will continue every year, and our National Signing Day Show for Marching Bands where we will give scholarships annually. We will keep the current format and will make sure that those students selected will receive a scholarship from The Marching Podcast and its sponsors. We will continue to contact band directors for students to be on the show, but students are welcome to apply as well.
In these three years, we have also appreciated all the people that have assisted with the network through graphics, technical equipment, marketing and advice about how to make the show better. We love our new logos provided by John Pickens and Simply Dope Creative, and we really appreciate Christy Walker, and Charles ‘Cheese’ Watters of giving us great voice over work to market and present our podcasts. We also want to thank Kathleen Heuer of The Marketing Music Education Podcast for interviewing us for her podcast. She also enlightened us about Calendly, which has made a huge difference in how we schedule interviews and promo drops.
Again to all of you, THANK YOU!!!
Last and especially not least, we also want to give a special thanks to all of our sponsors that allow us to broadcast during the peak hours and build our scholarship fund. Special shout-out to Rashad Watters and BlockBand Music and Publishing for his ideas, criticism, and for providing an invaluable resource for interviews and networking for our craft.
See you Sundays and sometimes on Tuesdays on Blog Talk Radio!
One thing that is important to us here at The Marching Podcast Network is supporting businesses we believe in. One of our ‘Chopping It Up’ guests and friend John Pickens, is the owner and founder of Simply Dope Creative. We hired him to create a logo for the ‘Choppin It Up’ series!
We are pleased with the final product and we are excited to release this logo to the world here on our blog.
Check out our interview with John here:
Visit Simply Dope Creative here:
Thanks to John and Simply Dope Creative for their hard work!!
(Boom, Tick, Tick, Boom, Tick)
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