Should Washington’s Blog Launch a Radio Show?

 

We are toying with the idea of launching a radio show and offering podcasts.

I’ve been told that I have a great voice for radio, and I enjoy on-the-fly commentary (just ask my wife) and conversations.  I’m also good at talking to a lot of different kinds of people.

And while I am a busy professional and former professor, I’m also a long-time musician and singer, and so the program could be a mix of politics, economics, science and music.

I would only consider launching a radio show if I can get great guests … because I think my show would only be good if I spoke with great people.

I have previously interviewed (in print) some leading experts in various fields.  I also have numerous high-level readers.

So 2 questions:

(1) Are honest politicians, leading experts and commentators willing to come on my show;

and

(2) Would readers interested enough in this possible show that you would visit Washington’s Blog more often? Would people consider donating if we provided radio programming?

 

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  • Jim G

    There is a big market need for a radio show that has your / our perspective. Liberal shows are Obama cheerleaders, conservative shows too stupid. This site seems to be strong on Financial issues and thus timely on Occupy issues, good on constitutional / freedom issues, and understands the State (USA government) is bull-shitting and coercing the people rather than allowing democracy.
    The real question would be can you get on the air. I don’t use podcasts. If you down-load off the internet why not just read it on the internet.
    Much encouragement and good luck.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw The Patriot

    Yes, I would donate.
    Not sure how much I would listen.
    I generally prefer to read, mainly because I like citations, and links to reference material.
    Personally, I’m not as swayed by the spoken word as I am by the written word, but, if there is a market, which I believe there is, then, yes, go for it!
    I love this blog, and we need more sources than Infowars and American Free Press.
    Happy New Year, and keep up the good work.

  • some body

    Go for it. The world needs more truth. Maybe you can get Ron Paul to appear?

  • http://argivephoenix.blogspot.com/ Matthew Smallwood

    Seconded. I’ve appreciated your independent take, and although my philosophical perspective differs, I think there is a huge need/niche for what you could offer. Go for it.

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    Should be worth at least a try, a pilot. Jim G made good points.

  • PrissyPatriot

    Yes, allow call ins for Q & A please. I can help you get quality guests.

  • xaxado

    You’re #1, always my first daily destination on the web! My wife is tired of hearing me rave about you over dinner. With podcasts, she could listen herself during the commute, then we could talk in greater depth, help to educate the neighborhood, etc.

    Your blog has helped me find the courage to take action to change things. So I owe you one and would be more than happy to contribute funding. Go for it!

  • Wooten Berston

    Great idea, Wash. Go for it. But don’t get on one of those horrible networks that endlessly peddles snake oil, phoney health remedies, water filters, survival gear, blah blah blah. There are several shows I would like to follow except the damn commercials are so insultingly stupid that it puts a negative spin on the shows. I have to click off and then forget to click back on and miss the shows. You see, I have a real problem with snake oil.

    Anyhow, good luck with the idea,

  • Rick H

    I’d consider donating for podcasts. I can’t always take the time and sit in front of the screen to read all the news/commentary I’d like, but I can listen to it in the car.

  • Heisenberg

    I think diversification would be prudent. If SOPA and/or PIPA (or some unholy clone) passes your current vehicle of communication could be cut off at the knees.

  • Denny

    There’s a gnawing hunger for the truth out there. Go on, jump in!

  • Bob bobson

    YES! Radio show/pod cast would be fantastic, would definitely listen and donate. Hands down my favourite blog, keep up the great work and let us all remember: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” – Barry Goldwater.

  • Lightnin’

    I never listen to podcasts. I prefer the written word. I read quickly and I’m able to skim through the bullshit as I seek out grains of wisdom. It’s impossible to skim through a podcast. I’m a guy. I channel surf. It’s a guy thing.

  • Asha

    Well, have you considered a pure Internet based live “radio” broadcast? Is that what you are thinking
    I think that’s the future. With iOS and Android just about everywhere, you can’t lose, and you can get set up for free!

  • João Paulo Azevedo

    Until now anything that comes from your Blog is very welcomed.
    I see this blog as one of the Best blogs promoting freedom, non hatred, with maturity, unbiased, good argumentation and declaration of sources.
    As for economic viability, I really don’t know. I can’t afford donating. Maybe one time.
    Best to ask to other hosts of radio shows.
    Thank you for giving this to Society!

    P.S. Nice to see that you were a teacher and you sang, there’s two connection points :)

  • Whos on first

    Honest Politicians? –

    Thats a good one! A mix of politics, economics, science, music and comedy!

  • Michael

    I think your web-site is the single best news/commentary on the internet, all things considered. I have been a daily reader for at least 2 years and very grateful to get to read your work. Your insights into daily events have the ring of truth. I would encourage you to do radio also. You are making a difference at this incredibly important time in our nations history.

  • http://coyotescage.wordpress.com/ Charlie

    I would listen to a podcast.

  • RobertM

    Sounds good to me but let me warn you, it’s a LOT of work. I used to do a podcast, then moved it to multimedia and then it just became way too hard and I burned out. Best advice- get lots of help and divide up the work.

  • Mike S.

    I would listen, maybe donate but usually it takes me several months to make a decision on whether I like something enough to donate or whether I just want to freeload.

    Pointing out the obvious:
    The issue of anonymity… some posts on this blog have bylines, some don’t.
    I presume if you’re willing to put your voice out there then your name is already found somewhere on this site.

  • http://www.examiner.com/nonpartisan-in-national/carl-herman Carl Herman

    GW: it’s your call of how you’d like to best use your “hobby time.” You might want to clarify what you mean by radio show – with a broadcasting site? On a regular schedule, or as it works out and a recorded session to upload and place here? You could do recorded Skype-like sessions and post rather than just audio, too.

    GNC might sponsor you for radio and do a lot of the work, maybe (I have no idea – you’d have to contact them). Podcasts seem pretty easy to do and upload; you could do them as convenient and not on a schedule as you line-up interested and interesting guests.

    I’d be happy to talk on a show with you as your guest :)

  • Jay Michaels

    Yes do it!! Can I send some music for you to sing on??? I use a digital audio workstation,maybe you do also. i have some songs about the economy i write once in a while

  • Zorro

    Here’s my two cents:

    I like Washington’s Blog.

    I encourage you to continue to present your site as bipartisan. Too many of my conservative friends immediately turn from reading your site because you are not a conservative “team player.”

    But you are not exactly a liberal “team player” either.

    I would encourage you to maintain your stance as an American concerned with the country. But I would touch on issues, and touch on the vocabulary and buzzwords of both conservative and liberal values. If you do this, you will draw in listeners from both sides.

    Which is what the country needs right now.

  • Bill

    Capital Controls come to Italy

    The passing of an extraordinary edict making cash transactions of more than Euro 1,000 illegal (not subject to reporting – just plain illegal). Following Prodi’s own desire, the existing regime has indicated that this level will be progressively reduced to a limit as low as Euro 300. Hence cash is maybe for the first time in history no longer legal tender (over Euro 1,000, for now);

    A requirement that credit card companies report all transactions carried out by Italians, in Italy and abroad to the fiscal authorities;

    Delays and refusals by banks in allowing customers to withdraw cash balances of as little as Euro 10,000;

    Finance Police has placed cameras at the physical borders with Switzerland (see below) to register all license plates. In addition, currency-sniffing dogs have been deployed at the border

    http://www.cdt.ch/ticino-e-regioni/cronaca/56250/fiscovelox-riapparsi-no-mai-tolti.html

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-has-italy-gone-fascist

    • James Cunningham

      Thank you! This is actionable news. Why? Because we could experience exactly the same controls in the US. Withdrawing cash from your bank is tantamount to a sword thrust to the heart in any country with a fiat monetary system that is mega leveraged.

      And to Washington: Use your energy and resources to improve your blog. Ask for donations. We will respond.

  • Barnetnetdotnet

    Great idea but it seems there are readers and there are listeners media wise. I think you wold have to cultivate a different audience for that. In any case best of luck on it.

  • Bob Spencer

    Hummmm–It would be nice, but….

    A credible radio show will require lots of support and you will need to be spending quality time raising money to pay for that support. I greatly appreciate your Washington’s Blog and would hate to lose much of it because you are doing fundraising and background studies for an increased number of stories, endlessly finding guests, etc.

    Bob Spencer

  • http://dystopianvistas.blogspot.com Hugo First

    I love this blog but never listen to podcasts. I mostly avoid videos, too. I’m a reader.

    My fear is, making a regular audio production would suck all the free time that fuels the blog out of your life, with the result being, mediocre blog and mediocre podcast.

    Maybe you could pull it off: I’m often amazed at the length and complexity of posts here, but my instinct says that biting off more than one can chew is in the long run detrimental to achieving equalibrium — too many balls in the air; you won’t be able to handle it.

    if you do the podcast thing, take your time. grow into it, and find out just how much you can reasonably manage. Again, I’m mostly interested in the blog not suffering as a consequence of over-ambition.

  • http://99GetSmart.com greydogg

    Go For It!!! But don’t stop blogging. :D

    • http://Yep jo6pac

      can’t give any $ and just might try pod cast but like music better when wondering around the yard.

  • BeBCareful

    Given that dissent against the `Government’ is now considered `low-level terrorism’, the person who is sworn to destroy er … protect our constitution has signed into law his ability to `disappear’ or murder anyone he deems a threat to US interests (the interests of 0.1% not 99.9% of the US that is), and voice recognition technology is pretty sophisticated, if it was me I’d not be inclined to leave anything lying around that might personally identify me to the goon squads. They’re listening on your phone remember. I’d kinda prefer to be able to keep reading your revelations here than be left wondering if you’d been whisked off to one of Halliburton’s nice holiday camps indefinitely or got the concrete overshoes treatment if it suddenly all stops. Not much point publishing all these warnings on your blog if you don’t take them seriously yourself.

    P.S. I hope you use an anonymous proxy located outside of the US when you update your blog or this might not be continuing for much longer. If there’s one thing they’re afraid of it’s the truth getting to be known more widely.

  • http://jpaulson.blogspot.com Jody Paulson

    I can think of a lot of people you should talk to get some advice. If you’re starting a new venture, it never hurts to hear from like-minded souls who have been there, done that. Cindy Sheehan has been trying to keep herself afloat with her donation-based radio program for a while, and has really been struggling despite having first-rate guests on. Mike Malloy and Thom Hartmann were both on Air America together, they both know Cindy … maybe you guys could start up your own network! :)

  • http://thefarcebook.blogspot.com Droids rockwell

    Jorge,

    After reading through the comments, what seems to be the best solution is a weekly or biweekly production that incorporates not only radio but multimedia. The sort of production that allows people of all different learning types to view, read, see, and hear information/ideas/people etc. As a prpfessor you understand the impact presentations can have. PowerPoints alone are a great tool for teaching. It is this ability to walk people through information that is extremely helpful. I think that a radio show alone, like others have said requires a terrible amount of time and effort to successfully produce. Why not expand the idea to create a platform that allows serious, hard htting pieces using imagery as well? Whether that means pictures, words, illustrations, diagrams, interviews, you name it. I particularly like interviews, but you would have to make a decision about you anonymity. You prObably understand that, anyhow. I wAs surprised, however, that one of your contributors, Carl Herman, indicated via comment that he would be willing to be a guest. It made me wonder your level Of personal contact with him – I had thought you might have been closer associates with him. Maybe you are and I am miscontsruing it, maybe he chose a comment to indicate it to the rest of your audience. I haven’t googled him and don’t know who he is, but his pieces are quality. Well, either way, good luck.

    Thanks,
    Droid

  • http://www.byebyedemocracy.us Kerry

    Ask and you shall receive. Your website and Glenn Glennwald let me really know what’s going on in this crazy world.

  • Jonah Winters

    I vote no. Don’t stretch yourself too thin. Blogs have much higher readership than podcasts, and the content can be more easily preserved — I don’t expect you’ll want to spend an extra 3 hours/day transcribing audio.

    (Been a reader of your blog from the beginning.)

  • crazy_inventor

    If you do, I’ll air it.

    I’ve already been airing the video clips audio you’ve been posting on here..

  • Paulindurham

    A podcast would be good. I already listen to George Kenney at electricpolitics.com and Peter B. Collins at peterbcollins.com both interview on everything including 9-11 truth and electronic voting.

  • http://corbettreport.com noreply

    Yes! I would absolutely love a podcast from WashingtonsBlog! That is an excellent idea, I really hope it is developed.

  • adn

    pls do it ! cheers

  • http://twitter.com/jeromeharrison Jerome

    Yes, I would listen and encourage others to listen as well. Yes, I would plan to donate. Yes, you could get leading experts and hopefully politicians (like Ron Paul, but not sure who else because they’re all tools!). I say go for it either way! I would help spread the word. Keep up the great work, it is appreciated.

  • http://bigdanblogger.blogspot.com/ Big Dan

    Absolutely YES.

  • Dave Nemo

    Please please please please get started doing an online radio show! Please keep us all updated on URL and scheduling!

  • http://www.vulgartrader.com VulgarTrader.com

    I concur. Launch the radio show. We need more to listen to at work.

 

 

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