The Covid-19 Vaccine is now available wow!

Wow this is amazing. This only shows what is possible when positive forces align to save humanity. This virus has killed millions worldwide. In the United States the death toll is over 300,000 and still growing. Several drug companies had sprung into action seeking a vaccination to curb the spread of the virus. At least two companies have vaccinations that have entered the marketplace and are being distributed and citizens across the US are getting vaccinations.

The UK started their vaccination roll out last  week.

It can only get better from here. It’s a great day for the US and the world.

The Electoral College has voted and your confirmed POTUS Is?

 

Well the waiting and validating is over, Joe Biden is your new President of the United States. To his credit and to the determent of outgoing President, Donald Trump, President Elect Biden stayed cool and calm under the  verbal attacks and complaints of “voter fraud and vote rigging” by the  outgoing President and the scores of lawsuits filed Trump and members of the Republican Party.

The Electoral College has validated the votes cast in all fifty states and have confirmed the results of election night and the few weeks beyond.

To the majority the belief is that the republic is still strong and has survived the  onslaught of of bogus claims of the outgoing President.

Congratulations to the President Elect and blessing to America.

Your 46 POTUS-Elect is?

Ok is there any doubt about this? It was confirmed. The will of the majority of  people on election night have voted their choice, but President Trump didn’t want to believe or concede the fact is that is lost.

All the recounts, that mostly have gone against him, that he’s paid for can never change the fact that he’s lost.

Congrats to President-elect, Joe Biden

Your Projected 46 POTUS Is!

Congratulations to former Vice-President, Joe Biden who is projected to be the nations 46 United States President. This was Biden’s  third  attempt for the office, and the first after being Vice-President for President Barak Obama. Many news outlets  have projected the Biden win, amid complaints from Republican President, Donald Trump and his allies. questioning the legitimacy of the outcome.

Trump has launched and will launch several lawsuits over this outcome. Many of the states have not certified the outcome, which is forthcoming after all of the votes are counted.

Stay tuned for more details.

 

Simply Vote!

It is roughly a month away from election day in the United States. This election for many means so much for so many reasons for the Independent voter, and  members of the Democratic and Republican parties. It’s more than important, it’s a mandate from the winning side.

If you like the direction that the country is going.. VOTE !

If you don’t like the direction that the country is going.. VOTE !

If you think your vote does not matter.. THINK AGAIN !

 

If you don’t vote and then you complain about the outcome, it’s on you !

 

President Donald J. Trump has tested Positive for Covid-19

Wow! This is truly ironic. President Donald J. Trump, has downplayed, mocked and trivialized this virus from the beginning  and now has come down with it. His failure to wear masks and to dissuade others to do so as suggested by the Center for Disease Control, (CDC) and others has essentially polarized the issue likening this to the right of free speech.

The issue of wearing or not wearing masks to control the spreading of the virus was further blurred by the President by not adhering to the science of how the spread of the virus occurs.

In practice he went on to hold a few political rallies during the Summer in markets where he was beloved by his base. He was smart enough to have those who attended his rallies to sign waivers to hold him harmless as mask wearing was discouraged.

One of the attendees  of his rallies was the late Herman Cain, former Presidential candidate, who came down with the virus and subsequently passed away.

Reports began to surface about a few of his staffers had come down with the virus in  the White House awhile back.  He still downplayed and discouraged mask wearing in the White House. He wore no masks  at any public events at the White House and encouraged his staffers to follow suit.

It’s been widely suspected that Hope Hicks, his Communications officer in which he maintains a close working relationship has tested positive for the virus. It’s strongly believed  it’s how he and the First Lady, Melania contracted the virus as they were not wearing masks.

The President and the First Lady are now quarantined  for the next two weeks and maybe longer depending how their recovery proceeds.

Now it’s hit you Mr. President and the First Lady, what do you say to that?

Happy International Podcast Day!

 

It’s hard to believe that Podcasting is 16 years old. It’s still a teenager! Although it has grown in fits and spurts, Podcasting is still a viable option to share your point of view with the world. Today is  9/30/2020 is International Podcast Day and it’s a great way to celebrate the medium.

It doesn’t matter if you are a new, veteran, professional, or hobbyist, Podcaster  it’s never too late to begin listening to one, or better yet starting one!

Although many believe  that being on You tube is a podcast that’s only partly true. If you have an RSS  feed, that’s what makes it a podcast. If that audio from the you tube video appears on your website or on a pod catcher i.e. your smartphone then it’s a podcast. If not it’s a you tube video. It’s a subtle, but  discernable difference.

But regardless celebrate the medium tomorrow by listening, telling a friend about it, or better yet create one yourself. The world could be waiting to hear your voice next.

Are The “Big Boys” About To “Take Over” Podcasting?

 

For years since we started Podcasting, we’ve heard many Podcasters say,”If we could get more recognition, Podcasting would be bigger and we all would benefit from it”.

The Groovisphere has been skeptical of that. As a matter of fact, our belief has been, “be careful of what you wish for”.

I remember hearing bout Podcasting as an alternative to Radio and Podcasting was a medium to, “stick it to the man”.

Their position is/was that Podcasters use this medium to develop and produce their own content, and not needing Radio.

Point well taken. The good thing is anyone can start a Podcast. The bad thing is anyone can start a Podcast.

As Steve Jobs of Apple added Podcasting to Apple first on iTunes, and now Apple Podcasts, referred to it as the, “Amateur Hour”. And he was right. When I first Podcasts, they were abysmal. Bad audio quality, three to four folks talking into Blue “Snowball” condenser microphone 3-6 feet away,and meandering thru topics that were only interesting to them.

I’ll say this from my Radio bias. It was terrible! It was Radio guys like Leo Laporte, a  Radio and New Media guy who upped the production values. Along with Adam “The Podfather” Curry, a former Radio and MTV VJ and really invented Podcasting, along with Programmer Dave Weiner, laid down the source code to what is Podcasting today.

That is not to say there aren’t other good Podcasts since it’s beginnings. It’s improved.

There was once a time when all of the original Podcasters actually knew each other! The debate was once, “Should Podcasting be  a hobby or a business”? There was passion on both sides over the issue which was never resolved. Ah, those were the days.

There were many points of inflexion in the growth of the medium. Podcasting began from then Audioblogging in 2004. In the Summer of 2005 Apple adds what’s known now as Podcasting to their iTunes platform. Companies like Libsyn, and later Blubrry began hosting services for MP3 files and RSS feeds for Podcasters in 2004, and 2005 respectively.

Podcasting would continue it’s growing pains in fits and spurts where in 2014 the Podcast Serial, an investigative journalist show which many believe put Podcasting on the map due to it’s impressive download numbers. That’s a debatable point still today.

The number of Podcasts have exploded pushing the number of shows being created   are over  a million or possibly more at the time of the publishing of this blog post.

What was once considered a joke by the mainstream media was being recognized. TV shows about the subject were highlighted including a show by Comedian and Podcaster, Marc Maron’s  show called “Maron” on IFC. The show was about Podcaster, Marc Maron.

Startup Podcast Networks formed from Gimlet, Wondery, and National Public Radio promoted their shows via Podcasting. Advertisers are spending ad dollars on Podcasts and are getting results too.

Then it happened: Other media companies entered the space. Spotify, a music streaming service invited podcasters to add their shows on their platform. iHeart Radio, formerly Clear Channel, a Radio group invited Podcasters to do the same.

Sounds like a good deal right? Well not exactly.

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