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A podcast about being a part of something bigger than yourself. Each season features stories about a different type of bandwagon.
A podcast about being a part of something bigger than yourself. Each season features stories about a different type of bandwagon. Season 1 follows the followers of the Bernie Sanders Campaign.
A podcast about being a part of something bigger than yourself. Each season features stories about a different type of bandwagon. Season 1 follows the followers of the Bernie Sanders Campaign.
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Bandwagon: Season 1

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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. 

Bandwagon Season 1 Artwork (from elizacarver.squarespace.com)
Bandwagon Season 1 Artwork (from elizacarver.squarespace.com)

 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?

Why?

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.

Bernie interacting with his bandwagon after a speech in Bow, New Hampshire
Bernie interacting with his bandwagon after a speech in Bow, New Hampshire

Logistics:

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.

In the press section of a Bernie rally dreaming about becoming a real podcast
In the press section of a Bernie rally dreaming about becoming a real podcast

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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.

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