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Glenn RiekerBy Glenn Rieker
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Glenn RiekerBy Glenn Rieker
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About

We want to go beyond the limitations of traditional media monologues which include three minute stories, no follow through and fluff journalism.  And the fast growing segment of getting and staying healthy called silent sports is not high on the list for traditional media outlet coverage.

Our goal with silentsportsusa.com is to develop a community where we can embrace technology to share the stories of people who love to participate in the wide variety of outdoor activities via long form journalism.  With our streaming online "radio" show we can have an open interactive conversation with people who are passionate about their respective sports and allow listeners to call in and share their questions in regard to the current broadcast, guest or topic.

I am just an average guy who wants to stay healthy and active and when I take up a new sport/activity I want to find someone who is doing it and why they prefer certain equipment or geographic locations and what mistakes they have made and how they would recommend getting involved long or short term in their particular sport.

I have talked to sporting goods reps who say when they go into stores to provide educational workshops to the staff in regard to their new products and it is not uncommon to develop a crowd of 30-50 shoppers hanging around the edge of the workshop who want to learn about the product she is talking about.

There are several ways we want to expand silentsportsusa.com which include our streaming "radio" show, live video broadcasts, embedded videos into our website and our blog to share links and stories from each of our broadcasts.

We currently have broadcast six shows on www.blogtalkradio.com/silentsportsusa with over 15,000 listens collectively and over 4,000 listens to each of the last two shows.  Our only promotion has been through postings on linkedin groups which are related to silent sports and guests promoting their appearance through their social media. Our broadcasts are also now available on itunes by searching for silentsportsusa. 

We have some great rewards which include t-shirts, inclusion in our website calendar or a printed calendar, being part of our broadcasts, our website and quarterly newsletter.  We have thought long and hard about what rewards to offer which will represent us as well as the community of people who participate in silent sports.

This is the high quality t-shirt you get for supporting us at the $30 reward level.
This is the high quality t-shirt you get for supporting us at the $30 reward level.
When someone scrolls over your day the information we entered will pop up.
When someone scrolls over your day the information we entered will pop up.

We are also developing a printed silentsportsusa calendar where you will be featured on either one of the 365 days or on the monthly photo depending on which reward you select. You can choose to have your name and/or your website listed on your day (we retain the right to determine if your website is acceptable to our readers)

Typical printed calendar page with a great shot of Lake Michigan and names of supporters on days and on the monthly photo.
Typical printed calendar page with a great shot of Lake Michigan and names of supporters on days and on the monthly photo.

We have three rewards we would love to share with supporters where we will travel to your city(in the lower 48) and broadcast live from your office or home and dedicate a page on our website to the event in your home city.

We have included a couple of videos we have shot using our go pro camera and in 2013 we will be adding videos to our website which support our streaming radio shows.

Sample cover of our hard cover journal
Sample cover of our hard cover journal
Typical 2 page spread inside our journal
Typical 2 page spread inside our journal

There are costs involved in all aspects of developing this idea such as logo design, improving the website, travel to cover events and technology costs.  With your help we will be able to reach out to individuals who are willing to share their passion with each of each of us through our radio show.

We have invested in most of the technology we need and now we are looking for help to produce twelve, two hour broadcasts, one each month in 2013. If you love to be outdoors and enjoying biking, kayaking, snowshoeing, paddle sports, roller blading or sailing, please help us out and see which reward fits you best and help us Celebrate the Power of the Human Spirit!

Risks and challenges

Our most important challenge is to gain the trust of you the listener, outdoor reps & companies, tourism boards and event organizers so they are willing to participate in our broadcasts. We earn our trust everyday with our gardening clients and when we lived on the east coast we organized special events for large east coast ski resorts so we understand how to build long term relationships with vendors and guests.

Our next challenge is with changing technology and how that would impact how we interact with our community and the expense needed to update apps, software and hardware. What we have found is when technology does change, we have learned to embrace it and be ready to adapt and learn the new technology, which we think is usually better than what we were currently using and often less costly and more efficient in the long run. And since we intend to stay small and agile, change would result in lower costs to upgrade what we are using than if we were a large company.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    We will give you a hardy thank you on our newly launched facebook page and thank you for your support of this project

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    Quarterly newsletter and a listing on our silentsportsusa.com website events calendar

    We will randomly assign each of the purchasers of this reward a day on our 2013 silentsportsusa.com WEBSITE events calendar. You can simply have us post your name on your day as a kickstarter sponsor and/or a link to your website which you would like to have on our events calendar. This reward will run on our calendar from Feb 1st of 2013 to Jan 31st of 2014 to allow us time to enter everyone's day by February 1st of 2013.

    You will receive our quarterly silentsportsusa.com electronic newsletter which will be available only to our kickstarter.com supporters during 2013. The first issue will be sent out in March 2013.

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    Get a great silentsportsusa.com t-shirt....

    In addition to getting our quarterly newsletter you will get the first edition of our high quality Hanes 50/50 Black T-shirt which will be available in sizes from small to 2xl. The front of the t-shirt will have silentsportsusa.com silkscreened in white and the back of the shirt will have "Celebrating the power of the human spirit" also silk screened in white. Let people know you are passionate about silent sports.

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    Be featured on one of the days on our PRINTED silentsportsusa.com calendar..

    Your name or the name of your business will be randomly assigned to one of the 365 days of the year on this printed calendar and you will get a copy of the printed calendar to hang proudly in your office, home or dorm room. You can have both your name and your web address listed on your day (as long as they are legal websites) In 2013 we will take photos of various events/activites/locations we participate in and we will select photos from 2013 to be featured on the calendar. This calendar will run from Jan 2014 to December of 2014.

    And you will get our newsletter as well...

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    Sponsor a month on our calendar

    Your name will be added to one of the 12 monthly photos we use in our calendar and you will receive a copy of the calendar to proudly hang on your wall.

    And you will get our newsletter as well...

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    Streaming radio show sponsor....

    We would love to have you as a sponsor of one of our twelve, two hour episodes in 2013. We will have up to four sponsors per episode and you will be mentioned at least three times during your episode. We have had over 15,000 listens to our first five episodes and each of our broadcasts are now available on itunes as a podcast and embedded in our website. Each of these sponsorships will be randomly assigned to one of our broadcasts starting with our first episode the end of January.

    In ADDITION your website link will be part of the show notes we post after each broadcast in our blog on silentsportsusa.com

    And you will get our newsletter as well...

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    A limited edition numbered 2 through 51, autographed, hardcover book chronicling our 2013 season of broadcasts which will include both stories and photos. This book will allow us to share the journey we have been on during this, our first full season of broadcasting on silentsportsusa.com And you will get our newsletter as well.

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    Home page link to your website....

    If you are a silent sports related company or a company which would like to support silent sports and want to have your logo on our home page, yes you and only you, and linked to your site, then this is the reward for you

    We will have one linked logo available on our home page for each of the 12 months of 2013 and we will also have your logo and link in our quarterly newsletter for the quarter your logo is on our website

    and you will also get our quarterly newsletter

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Your hardcover book will be number 1 of 51 printed of our limited edition, autographed, hardcover book chronicling our 2013 season of broadcasts which will include both stories and photos. This book will allow us to share the journey we have been on during this, our first full season of broadcasting on silentsportsusa.com And you will get our newsletter as well.

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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    Wow! You are committed to advancing silent sports and in exchange for this dedication we would travel to your town (anywhere in the lower 48 or maybe even just across the border in the lovely country of Canada) at our expense to broadcast a live episode of silentsportsusa from your home or place of business. All we need is access to wifi and we will be going live and sharing everything about silent sports in your town

    anyone from the Seattle, Chicago or Austin area reading this....all great bike towns!

    We will record some great video and embed that in our website to share with everyone and develop dedicated pages to these events which would be on our website throughout 2013 and promote these events through all of our social media platforms.

    And we would love to schedule a meetup bike ride, snowshoe or paddle in your town and and see the sights through the all knowing eyes of the locals....

    You would also get a copy of our hardcover book which will journal our experiences in 2013 through stories and photographs. And on the inside dedication page we would list yourself and/or your company along with the three other people who may have selected this reward.

    In addition you would also get 2 T-shirts and of course our quarterly newsletter and our eternal thanks for supporting us in such a big way

    This reward would be scheduled throughout the season at a time which would work for both you and us and could be as early as February.

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