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In May 2022, we will be starting our 6th year as newclevelandradio.net. Prior to 2017 both my son, Alex and I podcasted both independently as well as through other small podcasts groups in the Cleveland area. However, a small financial inheritance from Alex’s Baube (grandmother), my mother, provided us with some capital to create newclevelandradio.net. The concept was to bring Sports and Story Telling to a new level. We chose not to be a cookie-cutter venue, we still claim we are bringing our authentic selves to the platform.
Within months of starting up, newclevelandradio.net Alex took a position with one of his favorite Sports Teams in Ohio, slowly removed himself from podcasting with us, and handed over the reins to me. I began with a number of grassroots podcasters and have continued to grow the brand in and outside of Cleveland, Ohio – #WERNOTJUSTCLEVELAND.
We are streaming on just about every service available as well as on Youtube for those that want an up-close and personal look at. We offer what the listener wants to hear and our theme for 2022 is HOPE.
I have just begun reading, American Stories, by one of my newest favorite authors, Charlie Weiner, aka, K. Adrain Zonnerville. It always takes me a chapter plus to get mesmerized by his storytelling and descriptions of life as seen and approached by his characters. This morning, waking early, as usual, I picked up the book and began my day reading. I stopped at the point when the main character identifies that she is a collector of sorts. She collects stories! I realized at that moment in time why this book as well as the sequel that I read first, speak to me. I too am a collector, not of stories, but of people.
Don’t get nervous; I am not collecting people and keeping them bound up. I am collecting people, like you, and me and encouraging them to live free, sing, dance, and express themselves in the medium that provides them joy. I am not a Pollyanna and do not expect that happiness means never feeling sad, angry, unappreciated, or any negativity. What I do expect at least from myself is to face each obstacle with as much positive energy to move around it or through it when the Wonder Woman in me pushes onward.
I have spent the better part of my almost 69 years trying to be like you, and I now know, I want to be me. I once believed in the lyrics sung by Frank Sinatra, “All of me Come on get all of me Can’t you see I’m just a mess without you…” Spending one’s life trying to fit in when you feel like the square peg in the round hole, is not living. However, lessons can be learned, and one day you may wake up and become a collector of sorts. As I gather new friends and revive relationships with old friends, I appreciate how precious life is. It is a gift to follow our journey and share our experiences. We are all guides in this amazing universe.
Although Carrie, the main character in American Stories may be dying, in reality, she is alive. She teaches us that death does not have to destroy; it can be a lesson that teaches us how to fulfill dreams and appreciate each other. By taking one step in front of another, we can create a path that provides us joy as we journey forward.
Join me here at newclevelandradio.net as we continue to podcast and provide you with opportunities. Let us become empowered to appreciate our strengths!