I could not wait to talk with Julie again because 2019 marked the 10th year anniversary of Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes. An anniversary like that is an amazing accomplishment for any non-profit.
One thing that must be said from the outset, I love getting to podcast in Julie’s barn. Every time I have done a podcast in her barn, I have learned something that made me better. This time was no different.
We sat down and I asked her about 10 years of doing Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes. For those who are reading this for the first time, Julie is the founder and CEO of Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program. Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes provides equestrian therapy to Veterans in need.
Julie explained why the 10th year Anniversary was so special to her and people who support the work. This year’s Gala is a way to reflect, but also celebrate the Veterans Julie serves.
There is a sense of excitement that comes through when Julie talks about her work. She isn’t just working with Veterans. Julie also works with the horses that serve the Veterans. She is always moving, and never still. That is what it takes to operate a non-profit that faces all the typical challenges of running a business. Julie makes it look easy.
There are thousands of non-profits in Massachusetts. Many do not get to three years of operation. Ten years of operation for any non-profit means something is going right. Even if you can’t attend the Gala consider supporting Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes.
Congratulations Julie, I can’t wait to see what is next.
“Under the Stars & Stripes” 10th Anniversary Celebration
Thanks to my sponsor Joyce Asack for supporting Veterans!
“There is a Veteran’s Archery event at Reedy’s Archery.” Jason Cox, who is the Middleborough, MA Veteran’s Service Officer, put on an event for Veterans with Chris Reed of Reedy’s Archery.
The event was on a Monday night, and I was expecting 12 -15 people. Over 60 people showed up to try out archery and meet other Veterans. It was cool to see so many people enjoying themselves. Chris and his staff worked with all the Veterans the entire night. People who had never picked up a bow before were putting arrows on target. The looks on their faces was worth the ride.
I had my bow out for the event. I hadn’t shot it in quite a while and figured why not bring it. Once I started going through the process, my mind kind of clicked and said remember how much you liked this? Archery was fun again!
At the close of the evening, Chris Reed put the word out that he wanted a Reedys Archery Veterans Team. The women Veterans jumped all over this and within 24 hours, a team was formed with practice times.
Being able to talk with other Veterans while practicing archery has been great. This isn’t active duty service, but more and more we are acting like a unit. We encourage each other when we off and celebrate every bullseye.
All this would not have been possible without Chris Reed, his family and the wonderful staff and coaches of Reedy’s Archery. We Veterans are looking forward to dominating!
Check out this video on Chris Reed and Reedy’s Archery
Four years ago I went to Massasoit Community College to learn more about podcasting. I have said before that podcasting appealed to me because I could use my voice and I could create my path for Veteran’s Advocacy. Over the last couple of years Keith Hayes of Whoobazoo has asked me to come along to watch and participate on some level. The 4th Annual Media Day proved to be memorable in so many ways.
LiveCast for 4th Annual Media Day
The 4th Annual Massasoit Radio and Digital Arts and Media Conference took place on April 25th. This year Keith asked me do my podcast live. I was excited. This was chance to showcase my “rig” and make it work for us.
I brought my streaming PC, Zoom H6, Microsoft Web Cams, and microphones. The goal was to show that all these items can work together to make the experience good for those watching and listening.
The room started filling up and during the livecast people came in and out. Keith and I got asked some great questions. I thought it was awesome that Massasoit and high school students were making their own podcasts! Four years ago podcasting was nothing like it was today.
A big thanks to Keith Hayes and Anthony Arnold of Whoobazoo for taking the time with me those years ago. Dr. Lisa Zinsius Supka, I appreciated the opportunity to present what Oscar Mike Radio is to an interested audience.
Make sure you go to – https://www.facebook.com/RadioMassasoit/ and check out all the photos and information about Radio Massasoit. I am already looking forward to 2020. I can’t wait to see what will happen before year five.
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
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
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.
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
This method keeps me
honest and constantly looking to improve what I am doing while having fun doing