Better gear is needed for my one-man outdoor-related podcast to improve the production quality of the radio show, blogs and videos.
Hovey's Outdoor Adventures
Sixty episodes of the prize winning WebTalkRadio.net podcast of Hovey's Outdoor Adventures were produced by one guy during 2011-12. That guy is me, Wm. Hovey Smith. Kickstarter funding is being solicited to replace XP and Vista computers, install a telephone-recording system, get better video stuff for my supporting YouTube videos and move me out of the kitchen.
Geographic areas where last year's shows were recorded ranged from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to Butler Island on the Georgia coast, to Las Vegas, Nevada, to Kellogg, Idaho, and points in between.
A boost to small-town America is given in my occasional Hunt Destination series where I feature locations like Seward, Nebraska, and Currituck, North Carolina, to give them a bit of an economic lift with radio and video coverage.
Show topics have been as varied as the locations. Items covered included not only hunting deer, bear, elk, turkey, geese, swan, squirrels and snipe; but also environmental restoration of the Gulf Coast, how to start an outdoor-based business, holistic health and human relations - all done with a touch of humor.
Diversity is also exhibited in the shows' formats. Trade show coverage sometimes featured as many as 20 exhibitors, while on other occasions I have carried the hour-long show by myself, as when I described my home town of Sandersville, Georgia. On other occasions, I have employed a bit of old-time radio drama complete with the sounds effects of a back-alley bar at closing time.
The thrusts of my outdoor books, radio shows, blogs and videos is to provide factual and entertaining information about the outdoors that a person can use to provide for himself and his family. This is not about me killing so big a such-and-such animal, but is more likely how to drag a road-killed deer home and make meals from it for yourself and your pets as inexpensively as possible.
Because this is the equipment that I mostly use, write about and know; muzzleloading guns of all sorts, crossbows, axes and knives often figure in my stories and sometimes unexpectedly appear even in the cooking sections. This makes for interesting radio and videos as well as providing tangible links to past times and recent history.
Cooking and eating wild game has always been a part of my life, and I purchase almost no store-bought meats. I have adapted and developed many wild game recipes that are often featured on my radio show and YouTube videos. Perhaps the most outlandish of these was Bear Paw Pumpkin Soup for Halloween. This recipe was not all that tasty, but was interesting to cook - maybe with a touch of nutmeg?
My creative ability to produce ground-breaking radio is still going strong, but I do need some updated hardware and a move out of the kitchen to continue in an effective manner.
I have posted a new video on YouTube "Rewards for Pledges to Hovey's Outdoor Adventures at:
http://youtu.be/lxzeEeAhOfs to explain the value of my reduced priced out-of-print "Practical Bowfishing" which sells on Amazon for $55-$200, but which is given to those who pledge $15, 8-hours of consulting for a pledge of $500 (normally $200 an hour) and a one-month live-in Internship for new writers, videographers, broadcasters and photographers for $1,000.
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For those not into hunting and fishing a new CD, "My Home Town" describing the evolution of a Southern town from the 1500s to date.Estimated delivery:
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Receive an autographed copy of "Practical Bowfishing" which is out of print, and is sold on line for $55 to up to $200.Estimated delivery:
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Autographed copies of all four of the author's outdoor books plus two day deer or turkey hunt broadcast on my show. Or eight hours of outdoor business consulting over a 10-day period.Estimated delivery:
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Resident internship for 30 days during the Summer or Fall of 2012 to learn about outdoor radio broadcasting, video production, magazine and book writing. The intern will leave with a folio of products and a clear plan for future work. This reward is transferable. See www.hoveysmith.com for possibilities.Estimated delivery:
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