Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 27

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Did you know that the Bee populations in this Region has been under attack? Not just in the Mahoning Valley but in many parts in the Country? Actually the world wide populations of “pollinators” has been spurring a resurgence in looking at ways that we as a community and a world can begin to preserve the natural benefits of pollination. A linchpin of the natural world.

According to GreenPeace, Since the late 1990s, beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies.

Bees make more than honey – they are key to food production because they pollinate crops. Bumblebees, other wild bees, and insects like butterflies, wasps, and flies all provide valuable pollination services. A third of the food that we eat depends on pollinating insects: vegetables like zucchini, fruits like apricot, nuts like almonds, spices like coriander, edible oils like canola, and many more… In Europe alone, the growth of over 4,000 vegetables depends on the essential work of pollinators. But currently, more and more bees are dying. The bee decline affects mankind too. Our lives depend on theirs.

Here in the Mahoning Valley, we have an Organization who is doing something about it this weekend. American Food Forest is going to be planting flowers in one of their Urban Farms on the Southside. Click the link to find out more and plan on going over there on Sunday afternoon from 12-3PM. It is on Idelwild Avenue in the 3400 Block. You can’t miss it.

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Rock and Roll will be used as a weapon against Cancer this weekend. Head on over to the The Embassy Banquet Centre on 5030 Youngstown Poland Rd in Boardman, Ohio 44514 on Saturday from 6:30 PM to 11PM for Generation Rock and The Acoustic Jones show that will benefit in part the American Cancer Society here in the Mahoning Valley. Make sure to bring 35 Dollarinos for your admission. And prepare to be rocked by some of the Veterans of the Rock and Roll Scene here in the Valley.

Saturday during the day, The Ohio Young Democrats hold their first meeting of 2017 to regroup after a rather staggering and surprising loss in the Presidential Election. Help them regroup at their first meeting.

Good agenda with local leaders. We’ll be meeting at the YWCA in Youngstown (25 W Rayen Ave, Youngstown OH 44503) on Saturday, February 25th at 11am.

11:00am: Welcome, Introductions, Overview of the Agenda

11:30am: Remarks from Mahoning County Democrats Chairman David Betras

11:35am: Remarks from Ohio Senate Minority Leader Senator Joe Schiavoni

11:45am: Q&A session with Leader Schiavoni

12:00pm: Issue Advocacy Presentation – How Things Work at the Statehouse (Ohio Senate Democrats staffers Bethany Sanders and Rachel Coyle)

1:00pm: Lunch (during lunch we will hear from YD candidates and office holders).

1:45pm: OYD Business / Local Chapter Updates

– OYD Convention update

– Issue advocacy survey results

– Chapter building update

– Campaigns update

– YDA Convention in August

– Board member and local chapter updates

2:30pm: Presentation Revitalizing a Rust Belt City – how young democrats can promote revitalization efforts, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation Executive Director Ian Beniston

2:50pm: Closing Remarks

3:00pm: Adjourn

This meeting is open to all Young Democrats, you do not have to be a member of a chartered OYD Chapter to attend. Time to get involved in local politics? Here is your chance to get your feet wet.

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Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County PSA Get out and meet some people who need your help!

St Vincent de Paul is holding their Annual Fund-raising Banquet on Saturday as well. The proceeds will go to helping people here in the Valley who sincerely need the help and with your fifty dollars, you will be highly entertained.

This wonderful event will be held on the evening of February 25, 2017 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Social Hall in Youngstown, Ohio. This annual event is a major fundraiser to support the Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and other various charitable works completed for those in need throughout the year.

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This year’s event evening will begin at 6:00pm with Hors d’ourves and cocktails (Cash Bar is available) followed by Dinner at 7:00pm. Our Buffet Dinner will include Chicken Marsala, Pasta, Beef Tips, Italian Roasted Sausage, Salad and Dessert. Your ticket entitles you to the chance to win over $3,000 in cash prizes. The Grand Prize Winner (Need not be present) will take home $1,000.00. Additional winners of Bottles of Wine and Cash will be drawn randomly throughout the evening. A Chinese auction featuring Gift Baskets, Tickets, Sports Memorabilia, Art and many other exciting items will be available for your enjoyment. A 50/50 Raffle will also take place, along with other exciting events throughout the night. Live entertainment will be provided for musical entertainment throughout the entire evening. Tickets for this wonderful event are only $50.00 per person and will sell out fast, so order yours today!

Tickets can be ordered by calling our office at: (330) 333-3601

Maybe you don’t want to meet the Young Democrats of Ohio on Saturday. You can still get out there and do some good for our Valley at the Youngstown CityScape Cleanup Work Day.

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Join us this Saturday, February 25th from 10am-12pm for this month’s Downtown Youngstown Volunteer Workday. Volunteers will do a clean up of the Mahoning Commons area and finish installing fence line mural pieces at WRTA. This is a family-friendly event. All materials plus refreshments provided. Volunteers are asked to meet at the WRTA mural (604 Mahoning Ave) at 10am.

Please click the link above and let them know you are going to be there so they can plan on sufficient refreshments.

Interested in some history and learning in a phenomenal setting? Head on over to the Ward Beecher Planetarium on Saturday between 8-9PM. Natural Selection will be showing.

We will join Darwin on his voyage with the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his later theory of transmutation by natural selection.

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From the comfort of Down House in Kent, Darwin himself will explain the mechanism of natural selection to the audience, and support it by showing many beautiful examples in nature. The thrill of a scientific discovery, the adventure of science and the beauty of nature are central in this show. This program is a joint presentation of YSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Biology. For more information on how to get here, or other programs throughout the year, please visit http://wbplanetarium.org We look forward to your visit! For a preview of this show, check this link on Youtube.

Want to know more about Art? Well the Butler Institute of American Art wants to teach you. Sunday from 2-3PM

Join Butler Art Director Dr. Louis Zona for the second in a series of five lectures in A Butler Director’s Art Lecture Series-Winter 2017

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These free lectures are presented at 2:00 pm Sundays in Zona Auditorium on the first floor of the Butler’s Beecher Center. Seating is limited.

In this lecture series, Dr. Zona discusses a wide range of works of art including:

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Leonardo’s Mona Lisa

Rembrandt’s Night Watch

Cezanne’s Mont Sainte Victoire and The Large Bathers

Van Gogh’s Sun Flowers

Gauguin’s Vision After The Sermon and The Yellow Christ

Monet’s Impressions Sunrise

Matisse’s The Dance

Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’ Avignon and Guernica

Wassily Kandinsky’s Painting (Autumn)

Marcel Duchamp’s The Fountain

Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Daughters of Revolution

Edward Hopper’s Early Summer Morning

Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles

Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie

Giorgio DeChirico’s The Soothsayers Recompense

Salvador Dali’s Temptations of Saint Anthony

Willem de Kooning’s Woman 1

William Baziotes’ Dusk

Pierre Soulages’ Ceramic Wall

Jean Dubuffet The Gypsy

Helen Frankenthaler’s Interior Landscape

Robert Rauschenberg’s Retroactive II

Jasper Johns’ Flag and Target with Four Faces

The rest of the lectures in the series are scheduled for March 5, March 12 and April 9

Did you know that podcasts present an incredible opportunity for you to raise awareness about your organization and cause? About your personal brand? They do. Take for instance this Public Service Announcement that I created with conjunction with the Wild Earth Guardians.

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Our national forests are a treasure. A place of serenity and peacefulness that is restoring to the mind, soul and body. Our children deserve to have the opportunity to enjoy these pristine places in all their glory.

But the sounds of nature are under threat. If we don’t act today, the only sounds that we and our children may be able to hear are the sounds of 4 wheel drive trucks and diesel engines. The peace of the forest will turn into a nightmarish rush hour of loud motorcycles and dump trucks.

You have the power to preserve the peace. With just a few moments of your time, you can let the Forest Management Personnel know that you value the sounds of nature. And how important it is for all of us to have places where we can relax and enjoy nature’s wonderful symphony.

At the Helena Lewis and Clark National Forest, the future of these forests are under scrutiny. Currently the National Forest Service is accepting Public Comments on how this national gem will be managed going into the future. These public comments will be taken into consideration when any of our Public Land Management Plans are up for revision.

Your voice can make all the difference in how our Public Lands sound. Please take a few minutes to let our Official know that you value the sounds of nature.

To make your voice heard via fax, send your comments to 406-449-5436.

To make your voice heard via email, please visit https://goo.gl/ugoyve

Get involved with Wild Earth Guardians at www.wildearthguardians.org

Let’s keep the sounds of nature for future generations. Get started right now.

Now that they have an Audio PSA, they can request that it be played on any number of podcasts with just a little research and some requests. Here at the Mahoning Valley Podcast, I help organizations, brands and individuals do the same thing. Contact me and we will get started today.

Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 20 Transcript

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I started drinking when I was 14. I started by stealing liquor with my friends from my dad’s liquor cabinet. Initially the first time, like so many people who start drinking, it felt dangerous and completely different. There was an element of fun and laughter at how challenging it was to walk and hide the activity from my parents. We thought we were so cool.

Before long, I was also using tobacco. The two seemed to be like brother and sister. Take a drink, have a smoke. My parents did not want me smoking or drinking though. They were and still are nice people who were thoughtful and responsible parents. And of course, it is not like I was trying to do it in their faces. I was sneaky as were my friends.

It is important to note that my use of alcohol and tobacco did not start in a vacuum. I had peers who encouraged me and shared my predilection for getting high. We also had older people in our lives who thought that drinking and smoking was cool. These were the 1970’s. And much of society was engaged in the escapism that drinking and taking drugs provided. It was normal in a lot of places for the people who were just little older to smoke weed and drink.

And I stress that it was my own choice to get involved in this activity. Although my friends and the older children and young adults were doing it too, ultimately it was my own choice. And that is where it starts. It is possible and some recovery programs will start with the premise that alcohol or drug addiction is a disease. And it may well be. I do not want to to debate that issue. I can simply say for me that starting the abuse of alcohol and drugs was a choice for me. And I made it. Likewise, getting sober and leaving drugs and alcohol behind was and still is a choice. A daily one. Sometimes, and hourly one. But it still requires that I choose. And choose to be sober.

If you are thinking that it has been some easy road through drunkenness and impairment, I will tell you; it has been a very difficult and lonely road that has resulted in the loss of many things. The loss of relationships. The loss of opportunities. The loss of resources. The loss of time. Much of which there is no guarantee I can ever get back. I know the time I have lost to partying is not something I can get back. Time can only be spent once. And I have wasted a good portion of what was allotted to me chasing a drink or a joint.

I have gone through healthy relationship opportunities and cannot recover some of them. Friends and family who loved me and who I loved have moved on. And there may not be a chance to recover those relationships.

I have gone through jobs and opportunities that will not be offered again. That have passed for good. And now face a time in my life where I have to deal with the fallout. I have damaged my body, perhaps permanently and have to deal with the loss of my personal health. The cost of the party has gone far beyond just what it costs to buy a drink or a bag of weed. And now I may have to go to my grave long before I would have if I had made better choices when I was younger. Long story, short; It has not been a party. It has been a nightmare. But there is hope.

So if you are listening to this or reading this transcript, I want you to know that today you have a choice. Just as I do. I am choosing to stay sober. To deal with whatever comes today in my right mind instead of trying to run away into a bottle or a joint. That is my choice and it is a choice that you can make too. If you are thinking to yourself that it is too hard to face life without a drink or a joint or a pill: I want to encourage you. Yes, it is painful and sometimes difficult. It can even look impossible. But it all begins as a decision. A choice to seek help. And find a way back to a life that does not have the weight of substances as a crutch. You can do it.

Make the choice to start back now. And the first thing you can do is call someone. Call someone you miss. Call someone you love who you know is sober. Call 211. Pick up that phone. Turn this off and make that call and tell the person that you want help. That is the first step. Although it is your responsibility to keep your commitment to living without drugs or alcohol; you do not have to go at it all alone. There are resources to help you start and help you keep at it. But it all starts with you letting someone else know that you want to change. You want to win.

Here are a few phone numbers if you do not want to call your family right now. If you prefer to start this process and then seek support from your friends or family, you can start here. Call 211. Three easy numbers. 211.

211 is an easy to remember three-digit telephone number assigned by the Federal Communications Commission for the purpose of providing quick and easy access to information about health and human services. Professional Information and Referral Specialists work with callers to assess their needs, determine their options and provide appropriate programs/services, give support, intervene in crisis situations and advocate for the caller as needed. 211 is currently available to 93.4% of residents in the United States. Here in the Mahoning Valley, 211 is available to anyone in this area.

Admitting that you need help can be daunting. And is not something that you may want to do. We all think at times, that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But it is OK. You are loved. And we want to help. We want you to get what you need right now. And there are people who are in your life today or have been a part of your life who want to you get what you need. And want you to come back from the dark and loneliness place of substance abuse. We will welcome you with open arms, if you just decide that you want to come back. Call us, whether it be your mom, or your dad, or your brother, or your friend, or if need be call 211. But know that we are here for you still. We forgive you and want you to heal and recover.

One of the things that have and still does help me is having something else to do besides drink. Giving myself a healthy alternative to partying. For me, it is doing this podcast and finding people to help online and off. Making it my personal mission and penance if you will, to help people. If you want help with some problem you are having with the internet and your desire to use the internet to communicate; then I want to participate. I want to help you from a place of experience and knowledge. I do not know everything about using this here internet thing, but I know some things and I know people who know things I do not. If you want to put us to work on your problems or challenges online, just let me know.

You can call me at 330 519-1205 or reach me on my website. I would love to talk with you about using the internet to communicate.

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By now anyone who listens to this podcast knows that I like free events. Tomorrow, Laura Schroder of YSU will be discussing the Saga of the Mahoning River at YSU. as part of the Spring Semester Speaker Series on Energy and the Environment YSU CUSHWA B112. Free and open to the public. There is ample free parking at the on-street metered-parking spaces along nearby streets. Anyone needing assistance getting to the room should call the YSU Student Security Service at 330-941-1515

This will be a part of the Lecture Series on Energy and the Environment at YSU going on through April Click the link here to find out more.

Back to the Mahoning River:

According to a story on the WKBN Website, The Mahoning River has been part of our area’s history since day one. It was how John Young got here, arriving on the river’s bank, to land that would eventually bear his name. But mention the Mahoning River around Youngstown today and it’s more infamous than famous. Youngstown of the mid-1940s was the poster child for industrial pollution. The steel mills fouled the air and dumped their waste directly into the Mahoning River.

I am fairly certain that Ms Schroder will be discussing how far our community has come in restoring the River to a balanced and healthy waterway. In fact, the good news is that this once dangerous and polluted waterway has recovered so that when the weather breaks if you want to; you can kayak down the river and see the Valley from a whole new perspective.

Just a couple of years ago, our own Stan Boney proved this by kayaking down the river with a guide. According to WKBN, On Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 WYTV 33 News anchor Stan Boney was part of the first TV News crew to ever kayak down a stretch of the Mahoning River, which was once considered among the most polluted streams in the United States. What he discovered is that this river, which was once a centerpiece of America’s industrial might, is now being used for recreation.

His trip down the Mahoning River began at the kayak launching dock at the B&O station adjacent to downtown Youngstown. He was joined by Christine and Gerald Hurayt, a father and daughter from Austintown, and April Shirilla of Warren, a co-worker of Christine’s at Delphi in Michigan. Their guide was Chuck Miller.

“Water is low and very forgiving today. The level’s about 3 foot. It is recommended for beginners to go at this level,” Miller said.

Chuck Miller has made the 8-mile run to Lowellville 100 times. He did a small video on Youtube here to give you a little taste No offense to Mr. Miller, but you may want to turn the sound down just a little if you view this. This is of course is Mahoning County, but Trumbull County also offers many opportunities to put in and a few different locations.

According to The Trumbull County Metroparks Website, there are six different locations where you can launch your kayak to traverse the River. Click on the link above to find out more. You can also meet with some of the Friends of the Mahoning River at an event this Friday coming up.

According to their calender, Eclipse of the Hunger Moon on Fri, February 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH, 44406, United States

February’s Full Moon AND a Lunar Eclipse! Hope for a clear sky as we walk beneath the only lunar eclipse visible here in 2017. Meet at Kiosk at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm. Call Ford Nature Center for details. Easy, 1.5 mi.

You can also join the Friends Facebook Group here.

Congratulations to the Lowellville High School Band who has been selected to play at the Ohio Music Education Conference on Saturday in Cleveland.

According to the Vindicator, Bob Antonucci, Lowellville’s high school band director, sees an upcoming showcase as the culmination of decades of work.

The Ohio Music Education Association has selected the band to perform Saturday at a professional-development conference in Cleveland.

Lowellville’s band submitted a recording last May to OMEA. The state association, which is an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education, selects the ensembles it will feature via a blind audition process.

“What OMEA has realized is that they’ve been focusing on the big schools from the suburbs of the big cities – the school districts that have thousands of kids, tons of money, tons of teachers,” Antonucci said. “They’re realizing that there’s good things happening in school districts that don’t fit that. … So, this year they’ve made it a point to feature the top programs in rural and urban school districts, as well.”

About 3,000 music-education professionals will attend the OMEA conference this week. Lowellville’s band, which comprises about 65 students, will play six pieces from a variety of genres.

Like the OMEA Facebook Page here. For more information about Classical Music Events and Opportunities, Like the Orchestra Players Page here.

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Meet the New Police Dog. Sports with Western Reserve Radio. Honoring the Memory of Martin.

According to the Vindicator, A newly-acquired police dog will be introduced to the community at Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. Youngstown Phantoms hockey game at the Covelli Centre against the Sioux City Musketeers. The Youngstown Phantoms are assisting the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in raising money for the training and care of the 2 1/2-year-old Dutch Shepherd named Phantom.

The Fraternal Order of Police will be selling raffle tickets for various prizes at the game, with proceeds to be used toward the costs associated with the dog. Phantom and his handler will be introduced to the community between periods of the game. Saturday is Free Youth Jersey Night for the first 750 young people attending the game.

So used to be afraid of Police Dogs. Well, German Shepherds anyway. When I was growing up in Pittsburgh; I had a morning paper route. I walked about 3 miles every morning no matter the weather and delivered papers. It was the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Most days, it was pretty light duty; but back then they also had the Sunday Paper. So 7 days a week, I was out there usually before sunrise delivering the News for my neighbors.

There was one house that had a German Shepherd. And most days it was in the house. But it did not like me walking up to the porch and dropping off that paper. Not at all. In fact, I think it was able to smell me. Sometimes, it would start making a ruckus before I even got there. And it was scary. It was a big dog and it barked loud. And it barked at me.

One morning for whatever reason, the owners left it out on the porch and it was untied. I started coming down the road towards the house and it started barking. And I saw it on the porch. I start thinking, there aint no way they are getting their paper today. As I got closer to the house, with the full intent on walking right by, it started coming off the porch and down the yard at me.

I nearly fouled my jeans. It was running up to me and I was scared. Seriously scared, thinking I was about to become dog chow. I stood there. Cause I knew there was no way I was outrunning this thing. So I start thinking, if I survive this; I am going to sue the pants off these people. It keeps coming, and I stand there frozen. Getting ready to try to beat it off me with my paper carrying sack.

It runs up to me and sniffs. It starts sniffing at my junk and legs. I am standing there waiting for it to take a chunk out of me. It keeps sniffing and then I slowly put my hand out palm up so it can smell my hand. He/she keeps sniffing and I start to pet it a little under the neck. I keep scratching and it starts to wag its tail a little. I start patting it on the head and it starts rubbing up against me a little. As it turns out, it was nice big dog who just wanted some attention.

Moral of the story. Sometimes the thing we are afraid of is the best thing for us. Sometimes we have to stand still and face our fears and hope for the best. That big ole dog was out a few more mornings, but those people always got their paper. Because I had a job to do. And their dog was a big puppy at heart. And now I was his friend.

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On Monday, we as a community and nation honor the memory of one of our great civil rights leaders. A man who was assassinated for his beliefs and commitment to equality. A man who was honored during his life and also after his death. And is still considered to be a beacon of light in a dark time in American History. When people refused to allow the fundamental values that our Constitution espoused. A time when for whatever reason, men and women had yet to see the fact that our Bill of Rights applied equally to all members of our society and citizens of these United States of America.

I will get to naming him momentarily, but not before I rant about the grievous evil that many people held so fast to. By now most of us know who I am talking about anyway. But this man had cajones and conviction. I think he had an understanding that his mission would likely lead to his demise. We never know when any of us are out of time, and he may not have been expecting to die on that fateful day when evil finally had it’s moment. What evil never knows in the moment is that it all works together for a greater good. That is why good always triumphs over evil. Because the greater good can use evil’s work to bring a greater good about. And that without evil never knowing it is coming.

This man though; I think he knew it may come someday. His assassination that is. He knew that he was causing narrow minded and selfishly blinded people to feel as if they were being encroached upon. He surely knew that in speaking out against wickedness, it would look for some way to get him back.

Yet, he was unafraid. He was stalwart. He was bold and spoke the truth that he knew. Because someone had to do it. Someone had to speak for those who had no voice. And this man that I speak of did exactly this. He took to the streets and told the truth. He took to the airwaves and told the truth. He would speak the truth whenever given the opportunity knowing full well that eventually it would be the reason that some sad lost soul would use to justify killing him.

So Monday January 16, we honor this man of courage and faith. Martin Luther King Jr. We are still honoring his memory despite the fact that he was killed nearly 40 years ago. And not only will we honor his memory but people will go out and do good things in his memory. That is a legacy. When people remember what you did and are still inspired to go out and do good.

The YNDC, one of my favorite non profits here in the Mahoning Valley will be working with one of our local communities of faith to get out into the streets of Youngstown and do some work. And I for one applaud the good work that these nice people are doing. Because in many ways, the YNDC and Family Life Ministries are exemplifying what I consider to be a good thing. Following the example of Mr King. Getting out into the streets and cleaning things up.

It is easy for me to sit in this nice comfortable makeshift recording studio and talk ab0ut doing things to help our community. I admit it. It is easy for me to do it. Don’t get me wrong, there is a bunch of work that goes into podcasting. But for me it is pleasant and easy work. Enjoyable even. Part of that may be because as most people who know me would tell you, I love to hear myself talk. I admit that too. I love the sound of my own voice.

But there is one thing that many people may not understand about a project like this. Not everyone likes what I have to say all the time. Sometimes, I am boring and preachy. Sometimes I may point my finger at someone I think is a sucky waste of space as a means of showing all of us what a bad example is or to show that to do wrong has consequences. Like in one of my earlier episodes I referred to some local officials as excrement. I was wrong. Even the most wretched sinners are still people too. And although I am glad they finally decided to give up and go home when their ringleader was indicted; I still could have been less derogatory and more respectful of their humanity. For that I am sorry and want to assure my listeners that it will never happen again.

So I am not going to cry about how much hard work it is to do these podcasts Because I do them by choice. But I am going to ask you to help me to continue to showcase the good things here in this Valley. For much the same reason that MLK Jr spoke out in his day. Because someone has to do it. Someone needs to focus on the good around here. We all know that this valley has a lot of good stuff going on all the time. Yes, we have problems. I have problems. But one thing that many of us can agree characterizes the Mahoning Valley and most of our citizens here is that just because there is a problem we don’t just tuck our tails between our legs and scamper off. We stand up for what is right and do what is right in many cases.

You, if you have been following this project have a heart to do what is good. And you want to hear about what is good here. And you know the value of telling people what is good here. And that it is important work that someone has to do. So partner with me and sponsor this project. It will be worth your while. I will make sure of it. Click on this link and make a commitment. If you have a non profit, I will make it worth your while. If you are an individual, I will give you credit if you want. If you want to remain anonymous and just do something to help our Valley; I will keep discretion and make it our secret. If you are a business owner or someone who is responsible for digital communications, take the idea to your boss if need be and get the money to keep these coming.

I am going to keep at it either way. I am not going anywhere. I am in it for the long run so join me and send some money to participate. Invest in our Valley and our community and we will make it better together. Thanks.

Why Sponsor a Local Podcast?

Naturally I am talking about the Mahoning Valley Podcast here, but here are some really good reasons to invest a few dollars to get involved whether you are a business, organization, or an individual.

Why Sponsor the Mahoning Valley Podcast?

1. Educated and Affluent Listeners. The average podcast listener is between 18 and 55 with access to time and resources. According to Rain News, Approximately 46-million Americans listen to podcasts at least monthly (17%), and an estimated 27-million listen at least weekly (10%). The weekly number represents a 25% lift over the 2014 snapshot. The podcast audience profile is markedly well-educated and prosperous. Forty-five percent of listeners have a college degree, and 52% are in $100k-plus households. This translates into your messaging being heard by people who actually can spend time and money to patronize your business or organization.

2. Positive Positioning of your message. When you sponsor the Mahoning Valley Podcast you are telling your audience that you care about our Community. The Mahoning Valley Podcast is filling a niche and a thirst for positive news and information about the Mahoning Valley. Although traditional mainstream media outlets do cover some very high profile events and people in the Valley; they have severe limitations when it comes to really reinforcing and showcasing information, news, and opinion that ONLY serves to show the good things that are happening. As most media consumers know, there is a lot of gloom and doom broadcast as news. With the Mahoning Valley Podcast, you become affiliated with the good things that happen. You don’t have to worry about your message being played after a News Story involving shootings or fires or national tragedies. Or having your message broadcast during a crime show or some show that is in some way denigrating traditional values.

3. The Trust Factor. Most consumers know that advertisements on traditional mainstream media are not vetted. If someone has the money, they can buy advertisements. So many enlightened consumers are turning more towards media they can and do trust. Reviews Websites and Social Media Channels are starting to become the trusted sources of information for Consumers and Businesses when they are ready to spend money. The Mahoning Valley Podcast does not accept sponsorships from just anyone. We actually try the services or products of our sponsors and make sure that they live up to our expectations. If you have been contacted by us for sponsorship it is because we already know about your organization. Our listeners know that we trust you and that is an implicit recommendation.

4. Customer Connection. People feel a sense of intimacy and connection with podcasts because it is right in their ears. Videos and Blog Posts (textual communications) do not foster a sense of connection like someone speaking into a microphone. Consider how when you hear a piece of music that you can relate to, or have listened to an audiobook or talk radio show and something that you heard resonated with you. It makes you feel like the speaker or musician is speaking directly to you. This sense of connection and intimacy brings with it a top of mind experience. Your message is easily recalled and brought to mind because it reaches inside you. So people remember what they hear. Your message is stored in their long term memory and people will remember what you have told them as a sponsor.

5. Portability and Longevity of your Messaging. Podcasts and Audio have the advantage of being on demand and portable. Most people are able to easily download a podcast and listen when they want. This means that they are already to hear your message. Because they have taken the time to listen. They are already engaged. Unlike TV or Radio where your message goes out one time and then it is gone, your podcast sponsorship is available forever online. Someone may hear it the day it is published, and other people may hear it a week from now and then even more a month from now and so on. That is not the only way that sponsorship brings people to you. Every transcript is posted on our website and a number of different blogs. We publish our transcripts and your links stay on line forever.

6. Digital Communications Strategy with a Local Partner. We publish the podcast in Boardman Ohio. Not in India or Great Britain or Australia. But right here in the Mahoning Valley. And we don’t just publish a podcast, but we also publicize it and distribute it. We conceived of the concept and set up all the distribution and Social Media Channels. We set up the blogs and accounts where the transcripts are published. And we are local. We are available to partner with you on your Digital Communications Strategies. Podcast Sponsorship with us is a tip of the iceberg when it comes to partnering with us. We don’t employ subcontractors overseas or rely on consultants in other cities or regions. We are committed to using local resources and building this community. And have a local phone number for you to talk to us personally about your challenges and goals. And we know other resources here to make your digital communications strategies succeed. We are here for the long term. Not some toll free number and post office box, but a real person in a real place to help you.

7. Commitment to Excellence. Our podcast and indeed all Digital Communications Strategies are works in process. We are dedicated to provide excellent service and advice. To provide excellent results and excellence in all of our efforts on your behalf. When you sponsor our podcast, you are committing yourself to excellence as well. You are gaining a valuable resource and a professional partner who is unrelenting in his pursuit of excellence. We all have much more to learn, Learning and growing together towards our potential is one of the things that have brought about this project in the first place. The idea that as a community we can all reach our potential together. And demonstrate an excellence for all of the world to see. Together.