144 – Joyce Asack – Oscar Mike Radio’s First Sponsor

144 – Joyce Asack – Oscar Mike Radio’s First Sponsor

I met Joyce at a the Brockton Veteran’s Day Parade in 2016. I was getting ride with my Marine Corps League Detachment. Detachment 1115 Ist Lt. Brian McPhillips Metro South. She walked up and thanked me for my service. I had just met Mayor Carpenter so I asked what she was doing here. She whips out her business card and introduced herself as a real estate agent and someone who works in the community. I told her about Oscar Mike Radio, and she asked me for my card. I didn’t have cards at the time and Joyce said I needed to fix that. I gave her the link to the podcast and asked her tell me what she thought of the podcast.

As time went on, Joyce would tell me about podcasts she liked and didn’t like. She told me she enjoyed working with Veterans and wanted to find out more on how to help. Joyce started looking into programs the VA and other providers offered to help Veterans get financing for home loans.

I was getting a crash course in how to market myself and Oscar Mike Radio from Joyce. Knowing what to do to “sell” myself does not come easily, so I took her advice and made changes that worked for Oscar Mike Radio.

About 8 months ago, Joyce and a couple others approached me about supporting this effort in a substantial way. It took me a while to warm up to the idea. Joyce was the first to bring it up and I liked that concept she has of working hard to achieve one’s goals. A simple idea that this Marine could understand.

I am humbled and honored to proudly welcome Joyce on board as Oscar Mike Radio’s first sponsor. It is my desire to keep working and improving to make Oscar Mike Radio the best podcast it can be. Thank you

Joyce’s Contact Information

Email: joyce@asackrealestate.com

Phone: 508-942-7146

Website: asackrealestate.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AsackRealEstate/

143 – Sacha’s Questions

143 – Sacha’s Questions

Introduction

Sacha reached out to me on Facebook Messenger. She wanted to ask me some questions about podcasting. Here are my answers that I wrote her. This podcast is the oral answers to the same questions, but come off differently. In a way, these are questions that many people have asked me over the course of making Oscar Mike Radio.

Question One: Why did you start making podcasts? What were your inspirations?

When I was thinking over the concept of Oscar Mike Radio, there was a lot of things going on in the Veteran Community. There were issues around Veteran’s Suicide, and other Veterans were trying to build their lives after serving their country. I wanted to do something that would provide hope, allow Veterans to connect with each other and tell stories about the military one wouldn’t hear anywhere else.

I liked radio growing up. However doing a conventional radio show would be costly with no real idea if it would even be effective.

I met a man named Keith Hayes at the Ist Annual Dale Dorman Media day and he said go for it. We got together later and he showed me how to do podcasting and not quit!

Question Two: What do you think is the hardest part of the process? (uploading regularly? Coming up with content ideas? Finding people to collaborate with?)

Doing anything with sound is very technical. I did not have an audio engineering background so learning what equipment did and did not work was frustrating. It is much easier now, but I am always learning. So I would say learning about making sound technically good is hard.

The other difficult part is making a story or situation connect with people that listen to my podcast. It can be challenging making a story about a military aircraft appealing to someone who doesn’t know anything about military airplanes.

The rest is simply being adaptable, open to learning, and not quitting. I can’t say this enough. There are times when the process (story search, audio setup, editing, blogging, and promotion) is challenging, but not quitting is the key to overcome any difficulty.

Question Three: In your opinion, what makes podcasts stand out from other formats such as radio shows or blog posts?

I don’t believe there is any other format that allows someone to connect an idea, advocate for cause, or tell a story like podcasting. You can take a simple recorder or an advanced sound studio and tell a story your way. Your way, how you want the story to be told on your terms. 1 person may listen, or 100,000 people might listen, but the point is, they chose to listen to what you produced. You can take a podcast and use it to effect change locally, be that ripple in the pond that keeps going. Look at this answer now, I don’t know why you reached out to me, but if I wasn’t podcasting we would have never crossed paths. Maybe, something I am doing here will allow you to move your podcast forward. There is a possibility you may learn something from my mistakes that allow your podcast to shine.

You can’t connect like this with a TV show or movie. YouTube is one thing, but people get distracted easily looking at their phones.

Blog posts are great, and I do one for every podcast, but nothing beats the sound of the human voice in your ear. There is simply nothing like podcasting.

Question Four: Do you make any money making podcasts? Does your listener count matter to you? If not, why do you still do it consistently?

I do not make any money at this point in time. That is not to say I wouldn’t like to get a sponsor or sponsors;). Wishful thinking is I will be the next “King of All Media”, but I learned something from guest I would like to share with you.

Steve Kimball owns Kimball Painting. I did a podcast on him in #120 (https://whoobazoo.com/oscarmike/2018/11/09/episode-120-army-veteran-steve-kimball-owner-of-kimball-painting/)

I asked Steve for some feedback about his experience. I told him it was to improve and grow. Steve looked at me and said if I approach guests with the mindset of adding value to their lives, cause, or business, the rest will take care of itself. Sure enough, when I quit worrying about downloads, subscribers, Facebook Likes, and ensured my podcasts were about adding value people gravitated to what I am doing.

This method keeps me honest and constantly looking to improve what I am doing while having fun doing it.

142 – Bride vs Marine

142 – Bride vs Marine

I heard about an article on reddit where a bride asks a Marine to leave her wedding. (https://www.reddit.com/r/AmItheAsshole/comments/b3v1yg/aita_for_asking_my_wedding_guest_to_leave_for/)

Now, I don’t know if this is for real. I haven’t seen where the Marine came forward. So again, I have no way to know if what happened in the article is true.

Many people weighed in on the bride’s question. Some said she was right to ask him to leave, others thought she was in fact an a$$ho!3.

What do you think? Was this bride right to kick this Marine out? Let me know!

https://youtu.be/2TUnkCXNAWk
Credit – Royal News
141 – Elephant Walk

141 – Elephant Walk

I saw this video on US Military News and was intrigued. You can watch the video below.

I had no idea what an elephant walk was or where the term originated. Good old Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_walk_(aeronautics) said that this term originated during WWII when up to 1000 planes would take off at a time.

Elephant walks require planning, coordination and teamwork to pull off. Even in peacetime, it is good to practice to do operations like the one here to keep skills sharp and demonstrate capability to project force. I thought it was pretty cool.

Upcoming Stuff

Keep checking out all the intel on social media and here for things that will be taking place over the summer. If the scheduling holds, I will be doing Livecasts every month from April through October this year. Good stuff.

140 – Defaced WWII Monument

140 – Defaced WWII Monument

I read the story about the defacement of a WWII Monument in South Boston, and got mad. Really mad. This podcast was to express my frustation with this cowardly act.

The men and women who served in WWII, answered to call to defend our country from people who were trying to destroy us. They deserve better than this disrespect.

I am going to go to the monument this weekend. It is my desire to see the ones who did this brought to justice. Nothing more to say.

139 – Why Not Guilty

139 – Why Not Guilty

EA 6B Prowler – Wikimedia.org

As I said in the podcast, I was watching a Sopranos episode when this got me thinking. Tony, Paulie, and Christopher were in Italy, and when an Italian found out Paulie was an American, he said something to the effect, “Your plane cut our ski lift.” and walked away.

That got me thinking, and then looking around. I remembered this happening while I was in the Marine Corps. A USMC EA-6B Prowler cut a ski lift line in Italy and killed all 20 people on the lift. It was significant because the pilots were found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/marine-jet-severs-ski-lift-cable-in-italy

Not guilty? No guilt at all for killing 20 people? The pilot,
Captain Richard J. Ashby was flying about 300 feet off the ground. 300 feet was well below the mandated 2000 feet for operating in that area. Also, the pilot, Captain Ashby and navigator, Captain Schweitzer destroyed the video flight recorder.

While they were acquitted of the charges for manslaughter and homicide, they were found guilty of obstruction of justice. The end result being they were kicked out of the Marine Corps.

Captain Ashby argued that equipment failures on the aircraft led to the ski lift being compromised. Suffice to say, the Italian government did not see it the same way. I would say that an experienced pilot knows the difference between 300 and 2000 feet altitude wise.

The fact that the flight video recorder was destroyed leads me to believe that there was some measure of guilt. I don’t know, and I can’t really understand how these pilots were found to be not guilty. I am sure the families involved still have a difficult time answering that question. OMR sends

Upcoming Events in Massachusetts

South Shore Veterans Assistance

Meat Raffle – March 30th 7 PM Whitman, MA VFW – Go to https://www.facebook.com/SouthShoreVeteransAssistance/

Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes

Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction – East Bridgewater Commercial Club 6 – 10 PM. http://www.wildheartstherapeutic.org/

Project New Hope

Veterans Wellness Retreat – May 17 – 19 – Grotonwood Camp and Conference Center – https://www.projectnewhopema.org/