Every year, we do two listener support campaigns for three weeks each. I’ve been toying with the idea of introducing Patreon as a replacement.
Patreon allows listeners to give regular to support a podcast or Internet show in exchange for certain rewards. A couple examples of how Patreon works for other artists and podcasters can be found here and here.
Both sites combined individual rewards as well as overall promised improvements and changes to the site.
Potential individual rewards might be:
Early access to the raw or early access to the commentary.
The ability to record a bumper and have that used in rotation. (Hello, this is Dave Winslow and you’re listening to the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio.)
Recording an after-show ad for your business or service.
Getting a vote on specials or future show ideas.
Getting to request a single episode of any series (detective or not) be played as a special.
Ebooks or Audiobooks.
Signed Paperback Books.
Potential goal based rewards might include:
A larger server for the show. (we occasionally run into slowness as our audience grows and a better server could solve lag problems)
Moving ads to “After the Show.”
Replacement of Listener Support Campaign with Listener Support Specials.
Creating an additional old time radio podcast (subject to be voted on by select listeners.)
Licensing Copyrighted Series for a Limited Time Podcast (for example: Licensing a series of Harry Nile but with each episode available only for a limited time.)
These are just a few quick ideas. I think there’s a lot to commend the idea of doing a Patreon campaign. I’d love to hear if listeners would like the option of monthly giving to support the show and what type of “rewards” they’d feel would be appropriate.
Unexpectedly, Blip.TV, who had been hosting all of our videos that we used for our monthly video episodes, deleted our accounts because we were just posting videos without adding any commentary.
At any rate, this month’s current episode is posted and further, all prior episodes will be restored starting with the earliest videos that were posted prior to us using Blip as these videos are already on our servers. The rest will follow over the next few days. Please patient as it will require uploading and downloading videos which does take time.
The Lux Radio Theatre version of, “To the Ends of the Earth” will be our 500th Episode Special. I listened to the program today and it’s fantastic. I look forward to bring it to you on September 24th. Below is a video clip from the movie the radio show is based upon:
Welcome to our biannual listener support campaign. It will run from August 19-September 9th.
We face many expenses here on the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio to keep the show going with $60 a month in hosting and $300 a year in malware protection.
You can contribute in one of two ways. Either: 1) You can send us a donation by Paypal or 2) If you would rather mail in a donation, email me and I’ll be happy to provide an address.
All Year Financial Support for the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio
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I’ve owned a Roku for years and it’s a great little device that can allow to stream from Netflix, Amazon, MLB.TV, Pandorra, and countless other places right to your TV. You can even listen to Great Detective through the blubrry app. If you buy it through this link, a portion goes to support the show.
Totally Free Ways to Support the Show:
If you like the show, rate it on Itunes. While reviews are appreciated, you can rate a show without reviewing it.
Let your friends know about the show. You can send them a direct link to the home page or share on Itunes. Also if you’re following us on Twitter, you can retweet episodes or on Facebook, you can share the episodes from our page right on to your own wall.
Link to us on your Blog Roll. (Let me know by email so I can link back to you.
Every week, I post an article here at GreatDetectives.net and now you can have these articles automatically streamed to your Kindle by subscribing to it.
These articles can discuss detective stories (classic or modern) or classic television or movies in general. Sometimes, these are book and DVD reviews like this recent reviews of, “Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu” or “Johnny Staccato.” Other times, I’ll do a series on a popular mystery series like our recent “Columbo” and “Rathbone-Bruce” series we’ve done. Of course, sometimes we venture out of the detective genre entirely such as with my look at Eddie “Rochester” Anderson.
With a Kindle subscription, the articles will automatically download themselves to your Kindle and be available for you to read right there on your Kindle. This is a nice convenience to everyone who has a Kindle and would love to be able to read about mysteries and classic entertainment while on the go. You can take the service out for a free test drive for 2 weeks with no obligation.
Of the course, the articles are still free to read off the website as that may work best for most people. Also, if you don’t have a Kindle, and you’ve enjoyed the articles, you can hit the “like” button on our Amazon page which makes it easier for people to find our blog, and even write a review to give prospective subscribers an idea of what to expect.