Radio Brendoman is a weekly live podcast featuring Brendan Creecy and Phil Vecchio. We talk (at great length) about all things pop culture, nostalgic, and geeky. We think we're kinda funny, but we also hope to inspire others to express themselves creatively, enjoy life, and read more. To all our regular listeners out there, Welcome! Thank you for making our show something special, a community of awesome people!
The show began in 2004, when a young Brendo started recording himself and putting it out on the internet in what would become a very early podcast. The show has changed a lot over the years, and the current incarnation with Phil as co-host has been going for about a year. We record live, using Google hangouts, so that our listeners can participate in the creation of the show as it happens. We also stream the video of the show on Youtube, so we can be viewed as a "web series" as well.
Anyway, we have the world's greatest listeners. They've been contributing questions, ideas, fan art (see our project image), and promoting our show to the world. So, we hope this project allows us, in a small way, to give a little back to them. Our main goal is to make t-shirts, as well as stickers, with the Radio Brendoman name, so that our fans can display to the world that they are a part of our community.
We decided to do a Kickstarter because, honestly, we wanted to get these items into our listeners' hands without breaking the bank (ours, or the fans). This allows us to gauge interest ahead of time, so that we can make exactly the amount of merch that we need. However, we based the goal for the project on an estimate of 30 shirts and 250 stickers. It's not a huge number. We're not trying to become millionaires. But we sure do appreciate your interest in what we're doing, and hopefully we've been able to keep the prices for the rewards reasonable for you.
Now, some additional info on the rewards. You'll notice that several rewards include items that are related to other creative endeavors of Brendo and Phil. We figure it all kind of fits, since we talk about it all on the show, and part of our goal is to encourage others to pursue their own creative passions. So, you'll see things like songs from our band (BMAS) and a book collection of our webcomic series (Brax). That's all Brendo and Phil too, just so you know.
Also, it is fairly common practice to do this on Kickstarter, but we wanted to point out that ALL reward tiers include EVERYTHING from the lower level rewards. We think there's some cool stuff in there, and hopefully you will too.
We'll be posting updates as the project is underway. Of course, if we over-fund, we may be adding additional goals and such, so please stay tuned...
NEW STRETCH GOALS!
We've hit our funding goal, and our first couple of stretch goals!
So, we're now adding some new stretch goals. In case you're not familiar with the idea, we've added additional funding goals, and at each level we reach, we'll add bonus rewards to our backers! This is just our little way to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of us.
Check out the updated list of goals and new rewards below...
$750- MP3 download of our (previously exclusive) "Top Ten Video Games" podcast for all backers.
$850- MP3 download of a brand new Backer Exclusive show for all backers. (Topic to be voted on by backers.)
$1000- MP3 download of a movie commentary track by Phil and Brendo for all backers. (Movie to be voted on by backers.)
$1100- Phil and Brendo will record a brand new BMAS single, and all backers will receive an MP3 download of the song.
$1200- A "backers only" Netflix instant movie night, via Google Hangout, for all backers.
$1300- We'll make stickers for BMAS and Webcomics Advocates (some of our other ventures). All backers at $5 or more will receive one of each.
$1400- Phil and Brendo will record a brand new BMAS EP, and all backers will receive an MP3 download. Backers at $50+ will get a CD-R of the EP.
$1500- A "backers only" Team Fortress night with Phil and Brendo for all backers.
$1600- Phil and Brendo will record a custom rap song, and all backers will receive an MP3 download of the song. (Please note this will be silly, and probably embarrassing, but our fans requested it, so we deliver).
$2000- Backers at $75+ will receive a DVD-R containing the entire recorded archives of Radio Brendoman.
$3000- Phil and Brendo will do a 12 hour live couchcast, and donate any money raised during couchcast to charity!
$4000- Phil and Brendo will up it to a 24 hour live couchcast, and donate any money raised during couchcast to charity, plus all backers at $100+ will get a second shirt!
Alright everyone, let's meet some stretch goals!
Risks and challenges
Of course, with any project there are challenges. First and foremost, it's difficult to ascertain exactly how many listeners we actually have. So, there's always the possibility that we just won't have enough interest to fund a project like this. We feel we've set the goal at a reasonable level so as to be sure we can reach it.
Also, there is the issue of fulfillment. We've got some rewards that will require shipping, design, and ordering shirts, stickers, and even travel. It's a lot of work, and depending on the level of response, could turn out to be very time consuming. However, we feel we're pretty ready to handle fulfillment. Phil works from home, and has been running a mail order business for many years. His experience in this area will be valuable when it comes to getting the rewards out.
Time is also an issue, but we've built what we believe is plenty of time into the rewards fulfillment estimate (we'll do our best to fulfill earlier). Of course, prices fluctuate as well, but we've done the research, so we have a pretty good estimate as to how much this stuff is going to cost. Also, we already have the t-shirt design completed (to be posted in a future update) so we have a head start on the project.
Finally, there is the travel issue. We'll need to make arrangements to get to the supporters who have pledged at the higher levels. Scheduling can be tricky, and there are many challenges that affect travel as well. However, we have both done extensive amounts of travel, including booking our own arrangements via online travel sites. We are confident that we can make the travel aspect of our rewards a great success.
We're confident that we can fulfill all of the rewards we've laid out, and most of all we are so thankful to you, our supporters, for helping us to achieve our goal...
- (30 days)