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What is Bandwagon?
Bandwagon is a new narrative podcast that tells stories about the people who give momentum to growing fan bases. Each season will delve into a different type of bandwagon – a sports team no one thought was worth anything trying to change the hearts and minds of a town. A band on tour trying to make it big.
This is a show about being a part of something larger than yourself. Welcome aboard.
So...what about Season 1?
Season 1 will explore a bandwagon that has taken the nation by storm – The Bernie Sanders campaign. Bernie’s a longtime senator from Vermont. He’s always been known to be a progressive voice. But he’s from a state with the most cows per capita. So nationally he’s had a somewhat limited reach. But after announcing a presidential bid he transformed rapidly from huffy Vermont Senator to the leader of a political revolution. And now he’s overfilling arenas coast-to-coast.
Bernie might not win the nomination. Or maybe he will. You might agree with his politics. Or maybe you don’t. Disclaimer: I do agree with most of his politics. But this show is not about those things. That’s not the point. The point is that he’s gone from unknown to everywhere. He’s created a bandwagon and struck a major chord with the American people. So I want to know – who are these people? What are their stories?
It doesn’t matter our age, we all define ourselves by how we choose to associate – from being a deadhead or a Red Sox fan to being an environmentalist – these things mean something about who we are as people. Participating in these communities, these bandwagons, satisfies a craving: the need to feel like we’re a part of something – like we belong. I’m fascinated by this phenomenon. And being a radio producer, the next logical step was to make a podcast about it. So...here we are.
The season will continue until March 1st, 2016 - that's Super Tuesday, the day on which the most states hold their primary elections. I have no idea where Bernie will stand at this point – and it doesn't matter. The idea is to follow the trajectory of his campaign through stories about his followers. I will release 1 episode each month.
Where is your money going?
Good question. Here's a breakdown of my budget:
- $3000 – Travel Expenses (gas + airfare for pursuing stories)
- $2000 – Web and Design (website, hosting, logo, printables)
- $1500 – Mixing and Editing (editing software, scoring, theme music, transcription service)
- $1000 – Recording Equipment (recorder, microphone, home studio)
Important: Most of these are one-time costs. If funded, Bandwagon will be in great shape to move forward not just with season 1 but with more seasons down the road.
Risks and challenges
My biggest challenge will be producing Bandwagon independently. Finding stories, gathering tape in the field, and editing and mixing episodes on a monthly basis is a tall task. And that doesn't even include promoting the show so that people actually listen! That's why I need your help. Your support makes this possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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