Here's the nuts and bolts, folks: We want to revolutionize and change how talk shows are done, with a completely unique 3-hour interview style that really lets us get to know our guests, and allows you to participate. We want to make it a completely interactive experience, and create a community for you around the show.
To do this, we need an equipment upgrade. Every social media share helps, every pledge gets us closer to our next goal. You can give any amount you like, even if not listed in the rewards. Anything you do helps us succeed. Details below.
I'm Travis Sivart, creator and host of Talk of the Tavern, which was created in 2007, became a weekly internet radio show in October of 2012, switched to a live video talk show in early 2017, and has been going strong the whole time. I do this out of my home and cover all costs out of my own pocket, and love every minute of it!
Talk of the Tavern is your at-home, interactive, weekly GeekCon, blended with wit, sarcasm and a pub-like atmosphere. It is done in the style of the great offenders, such as; Lenny Bruce, Wanda Sykes, Sam Kinnison, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Redd Foxx, George Carlin, Chris Rock, Lisa Lampenelli and others. If you are easily offended, you will find we will keep you busy without even trying.
I've gathered a diverse group of people, and we've covered topics ranging from silly and comedic to serious and hard hitting, all with drinks in our hands. We laugh a lot and include our live viewers in the conversation via Twitch and other social media.
Talk of the Tavern is a community-oriented show. We have supported, interviewed, shared, and encouraged authors, artists, musicians... and the list goes on. We have had international best-selling authors and film makers as guests, but also others who are just starting out.
We need your help. Your support is invaluable, and it doesn't matter how much you can give, just that we all work together to continue to get the show we all deserve. I want to continue to interact and communicate with each other, creating our unique community and camaraderie.
Take a look around and choose one of the awesome reward levels, or just contribute a flat amount. I can’t do this without great people, people like you. And it wouldn't be worth doing without you. And most of all… thank you.
Thank you for your support, and for sharing this Kickstarter campaign with others.
Our base goal is to get a cell/mobile signal booster for my home studio. This is necessary because the internet here is atrocious. We tried satellite, hotspots, etc. We had to fall back on broadcasting from Retro Daddio out of Williamsburg, VA. The owner moved in December of last year, and hasn't been able to get her internet hooked up yet, so Talk of the Tavern has had no place to broadcast from. And though we made temporary measures to keep the show running (after all, the show must go on), we needed a permanent fix.
Minimum Goal: $605 For that we need a booster. Thus the title of this Kickstarter, plus it "boosts" our signal in other ways, and a fundraiser is often called a "booster". Triple word play! The booster costs $549.99 on Amazon (Free Shipping with Prime), and we add in the Kickstarter fees of 10%, and get a total of $605.
If we get more than the minimum, we have a plan in place to use the extra to further improve the show. I will detail it below, but the short version is we'll get an even better booster; then get the co-hosts gear they've been missing to improve the quality of their sound and video, and the show as a whole; a mobile studio for live shows; followed by a mobile PA system so we can broadcast in a larger indoor or outdoor venue without needing extra gear. Oh, and each stretch goal comes with extra rewards for ALL of our Kickstarter supporters. Warning: We dream big.
First Stretch Goal: $990 - We will set it up and get the better Wireless Booster which will cost $899.99 on Amazon.com (free shipping with Prime), plus add in the 10% Kickstarter fees, for a total of $990. And to show our appreciation, we'll add an extra reward which will go out to all of the people who supported us on Kickstarter; A series of eBooks from Travis I. Sivart. We'll also begin to set up a second weekly broadcast... Talk of the Tavern: British Pub, which will feature our European friends as our regular co-hosts and guests, thus bringing attention to our community overseas and introducing the US to new and creative concepts! Other possible broadcasts are Tuesday Tunes (all indie music), Wednesday Game Stream (Video game stream), Two Martini Lunch or Pickle and Beer Lunch (an afternoon drink and discussion).
Second Stretch Goal: $1500 - We will shop around for two monitors, two headsets, two webcams, and other needed miscellaneous equipment that is needed to bring Andrea's, Kevin's, and Ed's broadcasting setup to match Travis's. It will also help to cover the cost of website and online fees. The bonus reward for all of our Kickstarter supporters will be a postcard with the autographs of the cast of Talk of the Tavern mailed to you and the possibility of a third Talk of the Tavern broadcast each week.
Third Stretch Goal: $2200 - If we hit this level, then we're taking the show to the next level. We will shop around and get what we need for a mobile broadcasting studio, including microphones, stands, mixer, cables, etc. This will let us go to a convention or anywhere else and setup for a full show without needing any equipment from the venue. We will also add a phone number/line so that viewers can call in to the live show. As a bonus, all Kickstarter supporters will be mailed a Talk of the Tavern patch, designed exclusively for the Kickstarter.
Fourth Stretch Goal: $3500 - This was going to be our final stretch goal, so we can take the show on the road. If we hit this we will purchase a mobile PA system (like the Fender Passport system), so we can broadcast to a large crowd at any venue. As an additional reward to our supports, we will set up one of the two following special broadcasts; A Live Studio Audience Experience where we invite you to come out and join us in a live show, OR the All Nighter Show where we broadcast from our usual 8 PM until the dawn's early light.
Fifth Stretch Goal: $6000 - I wasn't even going to put this in, because I consider it a bit presumptuous, but I love the idea of making it to the level, so I will include it. If we reach $6k we will fly our British co-host here to the USA and do a live broadcast with all of us in one room. Oh, since it is the 5th stretch goal, each of us on the show will also get a fifth of liquor and toast all of you with it!
The reward levels are explained in brief on the right, but I will expand on the explanations here.
If you pledge:
$5: We will mention a name of your choosing on the live broadcast of the show. It can be your name, or one of someone else, it will be your choice. If we know you (like if you're a regular "Hot TotTie"), we may mention you when you first support us, and in the episode after the Kickstarter ends when we mention everyone else.
$25: You know that box on the bottom of the video when the show is on? The one that has the rotating ads showing our social media, Travis's free ebook, and all that? Well for $20 we will put in either an advertisement of your making (600x600 pixels and 300 dpi in jpg format) or personal message (same size as the ad requirement, and you have to make it) in the slide show rotation for one month.
$50: Ok, it starts getting really good now. For this level of support, YOU choose a topic and we'll discuss it for 20 minutes on an episode in May or after. We will have one or more shows where we do the topics folks from this level suggest. Now, the topic must be approved by us, and on a case by case basis, there are lines even we won't cross.
$75: We will review your product, live and on air, and make a YouTube Video Review for the Talk of the Tavern YouTube Channel. If you don't have a product, we can record a video about you, or your dog, maybe your favorite ice cream. We're flexible. But we must approve the topic or product, because we don't just do anything, especially things that will get us banned from our beloved broadcasting platforms.
$100: Want to come on the show? Talk about yourself, your projects, something you're selling, or maybe just hang out and stare at us and wave at your friends? This is the one for you! You get to make a 20 minute appearance on an episode of our choice on Talk of the Tavern. Smile, you're going to be on the show!
Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal. I've run this show for over five years, and I'm initiating my co-hosts in the technical side. They're skilled with computers, recording, etc. I don't foresee any issues.
When dealing with technology there are always risks of delays. To counter such possibilities I have a team of experienced and expert eggheads waiting in the wings. If by some chance there is a technical issue that cannot be fixed, then we'll find a work around.
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