The title… has nothing to do with anything.

This past season, I have been striving to act much more as a director on my own show. One of the biggest problems we’ve had over the years is keeping the show on time and on track. But now, I run a much tighter ship, transitioning from the opening/monologue/news section, into the interview, and ultimately Fragments of Silicon in a vastly more timely fashion. I think this has done some wonders on listener retention, if our weekly “live” count is any indicator. It’s still an interesting beast, though, as we seem to have traded our decent downloads for a fairly significant presence on the live broadcast.

This year also saw some pretty significant changes in the staff and format, as well. We added live music, necessitating the inclusion of a “Music Director” position, which Keith W. has filled quite admirably. We brought in guest and now co-hosts Naka Teleeli and Elemental Ogre, who have added an almost incalculable dynamic shift in how we are presented on-air. All-in-all to the better, I might add. So, we’ve had some bumps and technical snafus. My “favorite” being my “blackout” period when I had no reliable internet. That’s always fun. And of course, TalkShoe deciding it just REFUSES to quit recording some weeks. But in the end, it all works out pretty well. And in spite of guest burps and scheduling conflicts, we have not failed to make a show this year. (Season 5, episode 4? I have no idea what you are talking about.)

A lot of these changes for the better are based on reader and listener input. None of this would be possible without you, and certainly none of it would be possible if some companies out there didn’t think there was money to be made allowing “upstarts” like MSP and our ilk to broadcast for free. It’s like Public Access Radio, only from the convenience of our own homes…

That’s enough rambling for one night. Until next time…

~Mac