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TBJS Radio Network – DEMAND IT

Hey all,

    Just a quick update (or two)…. We launched another video for the TBJS Radio Network. You may recall from a recent blog post that there was plans to get more aggressive with the way were were getting the message out there. You will see a lot more of these types of simple videos on our social media profiles. If you haven’t checked it out, you can see the new video below:

 

    One another note, more of a reminder that I will be out at the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair inside Kay Rogers Park this next week. Click on “Events” tab above to see which nights and times so maybe we can meet. It’s always a good time and I look forward to seeing everyone out there. 

 

    Thank you for your time,

        Big John

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Mindful of frustration and thought

I hate feeling so frustrated over so many things at once that I can’t fall asleep. Sucks trying to hold it all in. My mind won’t shut down. I keep thinking why the hell did I come back from the beach? I was happy there. Clear headed and at peace. So much damn drama and Bravo-Sierra going on right now. I sometimes hate being the “nice guy”. Taking the “high road”, “doing the honorable thing”, who writes this crap? Who sits around and comes up with a to-do list of what they think are “honorable things?” Oh I know, the same people who play politics that want to have attention or crooks who want to hide their intentions. Same-difference, right?

So what do I do now? Well that’s the million dollar question, now ain’t it? Give me a million dollars and you’ll never see my @$$ again. No, I’ll be back at the beach in SE Texas. Pay off all my bills and “see ya”. Ham Radio, Internet radio, and God’s giant ball of fury rising up over the sand and water. At this very moment, I’d prefer to be sippin vodka through a pineapple while kickin’ crabs back into the water as the moon shine down her sparkling blessings onto the sand. I almost want to yell the famous words, “Ya’ll can go to hell! I’m going to Texas!” Yep, even with the hurricanes, I think it would still be better than what I feel right now…

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And The Hits Just Keep On Coming

    Saturdays…day’s off… PFFFT, what’s that? I’m married, with kids, and when I’m not working my normal gig, I’m working on the show, behind the scenes at TBJS Radio Network, doing booked gigs whenever I get em’, and doing what I can to help out here and there. So I get no time to myself or my thoughts. Hell, I’d drink if I had the time! That’s probably one of the big reasons I charge for my time when I do gigs. Those who want to “book” me know first thing that I don’t like to have my time wasted nor do I want to waste anyone’s time. When I go into work, it’s not something I prefer to do because in radio, time is money. Whether you are doing it for :15 seconds or for an hour, each single second counts. How much that counts, well that’s up to each individual person. It’s another reason I highly dislike going into a Walmart store. Too many people there don’t know what they hell they’re doing in there and they just stand in my way. Literally, they will stop in the middle of the isle with their cart and talk with someone else down another isle or on their cell phones. It’s annoying!

    Anyway, I got side tracked. You know what I did today? Outside of running errands in town and posting my thoughts about pictures posted by women on facebook almost immediately waking up;

“I think some of you ladies / girls are confusing Facebook.com with F*ckbook.com with your pictures. I understand it’s the weekend, you knock a few drinks back, you start to feel a bit frisky in those poses(?). If you’re using Facebook to look for a mate, that’s like advertising ground beef in the Minnie Penny. Some pictures I’ve seen have women who I honestly believe got their make-up tips from Home Depot. Look, I’m 100% with you showing off how good you may (or may not) look, but the only thing missing from your pictures is the 1-900 number and how much you charge per minute. Take that as a compliment or not, but as many as ya’ll complain about not “finding a real man”, then stop advertising yourself as a side entree and add a little more meat and potatoes to your plate so a “real” man might find it more desirable. Give yourself more credit and respect, not make-up and drama.

    Yesterday after work, I’ve been playing with some video editing software until wee hours of the morning, then got back into it as much as I could today in-between errands to Price Cutter Foods Store where I watched a elderly man make a complete ass of himself in the store in front of everyone over a pair of what he said was $0.95 pair of flip-flop sandals that the store had listed as $1.50, it took all I could do to not tell him to shut up, but when he spoke to me about the milk jug in my hand, I let him know I was moving to another register as polite as I could. Then I told the other register worker about it and he said the manager is about to throw him out. I smiled and as I walked past the previous register, I tipped my hat and said thank you to the poor ladies working there taking the verbal blunt of this old man. I should have done more, but he was a veteran (according to the hat he was wearing) and the ladies were about to come unglued on him, so I didn’t want to stick around for that.

    Side tracked again,…. Anyway, I busted my hump to create a short little video to promote the TBJS Radio Network app! Yes, it took me about a full 24 hours to create a :16 second clip, but Adobe never makes anything easy to understand. I never though I would be saying this, but thank God for Googles’ YouTube videos for DIY purposes. We’ve unleashed it on TBJS Radio Networks website earlier this evening. SO if you wouldn’t mind, sharing it around on your social media and help us spread the word about the TBJS Radio Network app. Click play to watch it below:

 

 

    In other news, if you’ve heard my show at all over the past few months, you know that I have a LOT on my back. Every little thing I can do on my to-do list is another step forward to help this show, station, and dream grow toward achievement. My parents used to tell me to dream big, and so I did and it’s made me a slave to the grind (awesome song by Skid Row), keeping my eyes on the prize will be the death of me, but it’s not in me to give up so easily on anything I put my heart into without a fight. That’s why I’ve been asking for your help to promote the show on your social media, by word-of-mouth, and by listening at work. There are so many ways you can listen to the show on the TBJS Radio Network. The app is just one of the more convenient ways to listen because it’s right there on your phone or tablet. I listen in my car using my smartphone via bluetooth connection. It’s great to know that I can listen in good quality sound while driving down the road like any other AM, FM, or XM station. BTW, I know this for a fact that whenever I drive into the underground parking area at Central Mall in Fort Smith, AR., the TBJS Radio Network still has a good enough connection that it keeps streaming while the other three fades or cancels out. So yes, technically, depending on your mobile device and service, you can get us when the others can’t be heard. Like the video says, it’s free to download, folks.

    It has been brought to my attention by a couple of listeners of the show who seem confused about why I ask for ya’ll to contact your favorite AM or FM stations and demand that they carry The Big John Show. The answer to that is not everyone is able to hear this show as often as they would like. Sometimes it’s a scheduling conflict. Hey, life happens and you have to do what comes up at that moment. Some stations get their radio programs and shows live, but then have them play at a later time slot. Yes, we would be willing to do that because it’s what allows you to be able to hear it in your market and because that’s how the show grows.

     On the other question about contacting your cable and satellite provider and demand they carry the TBJS Radio Network, that is because I know for a fact there are many cable TV companies not just in the USA, but in other English speaking parts of the world that carry their local radio stations as well as specialty audio programming on their systems for their customers. I know that there are some listeners in Australia that would like to have us on their provider. A little closer to home, listeners in Kansas and Texas have told me they contact their cable company once a week asking for them to carry our station. I’ve also got a lady friend in Arizona that works for an FM radio station that is carried on their local cable company and she is talking to them about carrying us.

    The trick to all this is that it’s all about licensing. Once you cross over than digital to analog line, you enter into a whole new bracket. It’s not cheap either, but that’s where financial issues come into play. Most stations who touch internet-only radio because they thing the programming (mostly lack there of) is sub-par at best. Yes, I tend to agree for the most part that’s out there in internet land, but that’s not who we are. We’re not your some, run-of-the-mill jukebox audio streaming hobby. No, we’re in it to become a respected part of what makes broadcasting so great. Take your average radio station market, how many of them are locally owned and operated, hmm? Yes, you have a small group (skeleton crew) who do their best to keep up with a boss that demands they pull small miracles out of their hat with the threat of them losing their jobs over their heads. Yes, mom and pop stations are still around and God bless each and every one of them, but for the past two decades, I’ve witnessed the dwindling of actual personality on the air. A lot of DJ’s got out, into something else like Sales or another industry all together. There are a few who have still kept with their listeners and crossed over that digital divide and broadcast on we, at the TBJS Radio Network, call the “Digital Airwaves”. Basically, as technology advances, radio stations have been able to condense their costs by cutting staff and replacing them with automation systems and recorded shows.

    What we want to do is offer our services to those providers in the markets you are in so you can hear this show. I’ve had the pleasure of talking with some people recently who are interested in giving me a shot on their stations. They have bosses / owners who have to agree (hopefully they will soon) to take that risk because I don’t know everything that will work, but I have learned an awful lot of what won’t work by my own personal experiences and watching others make their mistakes over the past 15 years of my career. If the offer came tomorrow that The Big John Show (as you hear it on the TBJS Radio Network) was going to be added to an AM/FM station, that would be the best news I’ve heard in a long time. Believe me, that would be a shift in the paradigm that is keeping me in a very tight spot.

    Speaking of spots (in radio a.k.a. commercials), I ask that you please visit and shop with our advertisers on the show and the TBJS Radio Network. They help keep this show and network going. Our weekly specialty shows have their own advertisers and we encourage you shop with them too. The more you shop with them, the more they are likely to buy advertising on all the shows which support them. If you want to advertise on the TBJS Radio Network or The Big John Show, send us an email at info@tbjsradio.com or call (918) 708-TBJS. All of us have a “day job” if you will and we pull double duty by putting in anywhere from 12-16 hour days/nights into what we do. I can’t speak for the other shows hosts, but I know that for me, it’s 5-6 hours of sleep per night at best. My point is that putting in all this hard work and long hours should be paying off, which in a lot of ways it does. It’s causing growing pains and not being able to expand in ways that I feel we need to only hurts what is trying to be accomplished. 

    Pretty soon, we’re going to start something new. It’s not new under the sun, per say, but it’s new to TBJS Radio Network. You know we have the TBJS Marketplace offering everything from advertising to merchandise to voice-overs. We are going to start offering some pretty interesting deals in there sooner, rather than later, much to what I would prefer. I say that because we’ve got to get some things moving toward where we really need to be. I am setting a goal that just over a year from now (October 1, 2018), we move into a bigger facility. It’s something that we needed to do for a while now. I’ve tried to hold off on it as long as I could, but it’s needed urgently. I’m talking about like a month ago. Even six months ago! Equipment is stacking up around my desk as I type this. It’s not going to be easy, gonna have to find some extra gigs, time, and a whole lot of Pepsi, but it has got to be done ASAP. So that might mean taking donations to help out in exchange for TBJS Radio Network swag too.

    I’m not above doing voice gigs, such as for being an MC for an event. Done that many of times and I love speaking out in front of a large crowd at entertainment events. It’s been a while, but that’s only because of scheduling conflicts. To kind of fill that void (if you will), I’ve offered up on-demand parts of my show here and there. I know we talked about doing an on-demand section of past shows on my website and that is still very possible in the near future. I am looking for those business’s who would be interested in sponsoring those, or at least the page. Again, that goes back to what I talked about earlier with the “interesting deals”. It probably won’t be any music, just me talking. Not sure if there would be an interest in hearing me blab constantly like a drone. I fill four hours a day, let’s say I talk about 10 minutes an hour, times that by four, and get not quite an hour of gab? Then again, if you’re still reading this and I’ve not bored you out of your wits yet, that is quite amazing in itself.

     So with that being said, let me move on to the rapid fire portion of this blog:

  • I want to say my prayers go out to Billy Joe Shaver who took a hard tumble earlier tonight at a show in California. God’s speed on healing and get plenty of rest, sir!
  • Pornaudiography is going through some changes. Those of you who use the service may recognize that we have changed it from “things that make you go…WTH?!!” to “The OFFICIAL Show Prep of the TBJS Radio Network”. It’s still going to have it’s odd stories and updates. We will be adding some audio to that site starting the next quarter.
  • We have recently acquired a new internet domain, www.tbjsnetwork.com, as we will be looking into expanding into that field soon. At this moment, it’s directed to TBJS Radio Networks’ main site.
  • TBJS Radio Networks’ main site is going to be revamped soon as well. It’s still going to show all the services available and more to be added before Spring 2018.
  • For those of you who are interested in my voice-over / commercial producing services, The Big John Show website will be adding a section for “voice-overs” that will be client specific. Meaning you must be a client to log in and get your audio. The framework is being set up and will hopefully be in place in the next week or so for beta testing.
  • We do plan on making more video’s similar to the one made today. Actually, I made two in the past two days and I don’t think they are too bad at all. The first video was an intro to the video’s we will make in the future and the one above is out to promote the TBJS Radio Network app. So far, it’s gotten some good feedback via social media.
  • We did add a technical engineering page to the TBJS Radio Network and The Big John Show websites for those of you who need it. Just type in “Technical” in the search box or click on the link on the bottom right-hand side of the site.

    And I think that’s about it on my end. As you can read, I’ve got a busy time ahead of me. My sincerest apologies to ya’ll for not being on here as much as I should and would like to be. Instead, it’s easier for me most of the time to fire off a quick witted comment or rant on social media instead of actually taking my time and clearing my head so I can give you an update on here. Granted I’ve said a lot on here, but there is a lot more that I can not say at the moment. There’s about three big announcements that I would love to tell you, and when that time comes, I don’t care what I’m doing or where I am, you better believe I will stop what I’m doing and make that announcement here first! Meantime, thank you for all that you do and may God bless you!

 

    Thank you for your time,

       Big John

 

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IMO – Poteau & Wolf Ridge Country Club Deal

    Every city and town around the world has its share of management problems. Some more than others and some may be related. It’s no surprise whenever money is involved that it can upset the balance of those who view the city leaders as gatekeepers and shepherds. We mostly elect officials who we feel will help steer our communities and towns in the direction we would like to see that preserves our way of life and to keep our families safe. Whether it’s a growing process or re-birthing, there’s always a little pain that goes with it. Although not everyone will agree with the decisions made, it’s the clear understanding of “why that decision” was made that is important. At all costs, it must be revealed without prejudice and bias.

 

    Recently, the Poteau City Council convened for a special meeting for a public hearing on a proposed budget for the new fiscal year. While I do not know the actual number of town’s people who showed up to this meeting, my understanding is that most of them were there to voice their concerns over an agreement with Wolf Ridge Country Club and the city of Poteau, in which the city would give Wolf Ridge about $3,000 per month for kids to play golf since the city pool is now closed due to badly needed repairs. I couldn’t make it to the “special time” of the meeting, which is a bit flakey to me why they would make it at 5:15pm on a weekday. My guess is that they didn’t want to have much resistance to the decision and had previously planned to shove this thing through. So I, personally, took to social media like so many others who voiced their concerns against the Poteau-Wolf Ridge Country Club proposal.

 

    Let’s do a little history on this really quick. Word came down in early February 2016 that the city of Poteau planned on closing the pool down for some much needed repairs, citing it would cost an estimated $919,000 to bring it up to reliable working condition. At that time, several options were discussed, including building a new pool estimated at $1.2 million as well as to fill in the existing pool and replace it with a splash pad, which would cost around $425,000 and target only younger children. It’s obvious that the city of Poteau couldn’t afford to do anything else concerning the pool.

 

    Now to bring it back a little closer to the present, all of the sudden, we hear that Wolf Ridge Country Club is proposing a deal to allow kids a place to go this summer at the tax payer’s expense. That line alone should raise some red flags. What makes this sound a little tricky to me is the fact that first of all, Wolf Ridge Country Club is out of city limits. The actual physical address is 24175 Clubhouse Ln, Wister, OK 74966. Secondly, the meeting time of the June 13th starting at 5:15pm when most people are either still at work or on their way home. The city manager’s / council members are surely not giving ample time for the tax payers / residents and business owners of this town to come in to voice their opinions. Oh, and even though so many people turned to social media to express their concerns over this ordeal, the city officials chose to ignore the people for whom which will pay for a select few to play golf in the summer time, not for free either, but at a big discount.

 

    According to a recent poll by the Poteau Daily News, 95% were against the agreement. Granted there were only 60 people who took the survey (57 against, 3 for), statistically, that number is a strong indication that most folk knew this was a bad idea from the start. As one citizen said at a meeting, “Wolf Mountain Golf Course is not in city limits, how can the city be subsidizing a privately-owned business that is not even in city limits?” If you ask me, that is the question of the whole issue. And if that’s not the question, then why wasn’t the other golf course inside our city limits not invited to participate or be involved? Representatives from the Choctaw Country Club said they were not approached by the city to see what kind of deal that could offer. However, City Councilman Clay Bennett said “They (Wolf Ridge) were pro-active enough to come to us”.

 

    What’s more disappointing is that the city pretty much blew off Poteau High School boys golf coach Mike Thomas opinion when he voiced his disagreement with the contract at the hearing. He stated that the Choctaw Country Club, a nine-hole course also located near Poteau, offers camps and discounted prices to play or join at the club. Other opponents said Wolf Ridge should offer discounted passes without the city’s involvement, or the city should have hosted a bidding process between the two courses. Unfortunately, by this time, the council had already voted to go ahead with the agreement, although the vote split five yes, three no. To say honestly, I was a bit surprised when I read the “No” votes included councilman Monte Shockley II. However, it’s also good to know that Councilmen Tommy Robertson and Jim Sommers listened to the people and voted down the idea.

 

    For the city’s expense of approximately $36,000, (anywhere from $2500.00 to $3000.00 monthly), the town’s children between the ages of 5 to 18 are allowed access to the Wolf Ridge Country Club 18-hole golf course  after having to purchase passes to play at $2 per day or $25 a year at City Hall or at Wolf Ridge. According to the agreement, those under 14 will have to have a parent or guardian with them. I guess the silver lining is that Wolf Ridge provides the equipment as the contract was entered into June 15. The premise of the contract reads, “Recognizing that the city’s swimming pool is no longer open, the city is seeking to provide alternative outdoor activities for the children of the city and surrounding area.”

    So my next question is, “who will take them out there?” Honestly, I’m not so confident that many parents will take their kids toward Wister and back to Poteau (or beyond) to the golf course to babysit their kids before heading off to work for 8-12 hours. Don’t get me wrong, stay-at-home Mom’s and Dad’s are great, but not everyone can afford to do that lifestyle. Some, not by choice either. This town (much like the whole Arklahoma area) is going through some hard times. So how is the town going to get the money if the people can’t afford it? Yes, Taxes. Yes, there are fines that can be issued to get more money. Now the city officials say there is a 30-day trial period – to see how many kids will utilize the course and see how many kids are interested in golf. The agreement contract will be finalized at the next city council meeting on July 3, 2017. They claim the board meeting will take place at city hall at 7pm.

 

    However, if it’s a “Golf” thing, can’t the public school system offer a summer program since PPS already offers golf anyway? BTW, where do they train at? The $36,000.00 that will be spent for the summer break (2-3 months) could have been used for teaching kids how to play golf by utilizing what’s already in place. But if you take what Steve Scowden with Wolf Ridge Country Club told the council during their meeting earlier this month, he called the golf course an “underutilized asset” for the city. Well, that’s what I call Bravo-Sierra. Make no mistake about it, the Wolf Ridge Country Club IS A PRIVATE BUSINESS and that statement tells me it’s a business currently experiencing financial issues and someone in the city offered a bail out. It may not be much of a bail out, but it is $36,000.00 that doesn’t need to be given to a private business.

 

    If you want to give it to an organization that helps children this summer, here are a few suggestions to offer freely to the community:

  • Start up a community First Aid / CPR training class
  • Pay certified instructors to teach self-defense
  • Set up a park that has confidence courses
  • Let kids shadow / ride along with cops or fire department during the summer that don’t go out on calls
  • Let the teachers have it a either pay raise or bonus if they earned it.
  • Better yet, just give it to the schools! Three schools would be $12,000 each.

 

    Hell, give it to me. For $36,000.0 a year, I’ll become the spokesperson for Poteau. I’d sell you advertising on the TBJS Radio Network. If the Wolf Ridge Country Club considered as an “underutilized asset to the city”, then TBJS Radio Network is a major underutilized asset that this city could have used for a long while. But you know, I’ve made enemies with the management of this town because I’ve pointed out the obvious time and time again. I ticks them off when I’m right, which I usually am when it comes to the bad practices I’ve seen these officials do.

 

      This sounds similar to the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center debacle of 2014, but on a smaller scale. I would be laughing at that thought if there wasn’t certain people who were also involved with that issue that are involved with this situation. Of course many of us know what happened to the CEO of that hospital, being fired earlier this year and other members being investigated. The one thing that sticks out to me the most is that it feels like they’re playing the “good ol’ boy” system here. It’s bad for business and a bad business practice all together.

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It’s all about knowing who your friends are…

     For some time now, I’ve been thinking about how we, at The Big John Show, TBJS Radio Network, and Pornaudiography.com, could expand and improve our relationship with our respected listeners and readers. Sometimes it’s not that easy to make that first initial contact without someone on either side to make the first move. Since day one, inception, of The Big John Show, I’ve wanted to make that extra move for that connection, something that most other radio DJ’s in my respective market didn’t do or have. To have direct access to the show that would be a better way to interact, even if locally, with each single listener. Sure they’re was email, but that only when so far. So then I went to Social Media. Remember Myspace? Yeah, I still have it. That was so much fun in the early days. Great way to interact with so many listeners, artists, and industry people. Unfortunately, even as it was evolving and ever changing, it was running down.

    So then, in late 2008, I set up thebigjohnshow.com, the show’s official website. A place that no matter what time it was, what event was happening, it would act as a digital landmark, a gateway for you to reach me or to find answers about the show. Over time, it has evolved. Adding things to, taking things away from, designing it as this and that. You make that call on a lot of it, just like the show. It has and still is a very useful way to interact with the show. So much that other Country music DJ’s currently use it for information for their shows. For the record, I know who some of you are that use my site, but hey, somebody has to do the job because you “cheap bastards” obviously don’t. Even though I don’t get to talk about all the information on the website during my show, that’s what it’s there for so you can go see it when you have the free time.

    Not only could you get music news, local concert updates, and other information at that time, it also had a merchandise section where sold t-shirts. Remember the pink and black t-shirts? Pretty basic, but they went out like crazy. We quit selling them when we changed from that manufacturer, but the point is that it allowed you to help support the website. All the money raised went to maintain the site, to keep it going. All the support was and still is very much appreciated. To this day, I still get asked for a t-shirt from the show as well as for TBJS Radio Network. In which, that begs the question what’s it worth to you to have one? In other words, would you still spend your hard earn money to support the very show and network you like? If the answer is yes, then may I direct your attention to the TBJS Marketplace on our websites. It’s available at thebigjohnshow.com, tbjsradio.com, and at pornaudiography.com. Right now, it’s limited, but we do have some choices for you to look over and decide on. We have had suggested items and are looking into making some of these a reality, but it’s up to your support if we can do that. Your support can make a difference and every dime goes back into the show, along with the network the show airs on, and other services they provide.

    Speaking of TBJS Radio Network, since it’s idea was created, it’s main intention was to give the listeners of our geographic area of Southeast Oklahoma and West Central Arkansas (a.k.a. Arklahoma) what they wanted to hear that wasn’t being provided by any of the local radio stations. I wanted to share some of what I could do on my website and broaden it across the immediate horizon. Take what I knew to be true, make something tangible out of digital, take the audience that seemed unhappy by what other stations lacking, and give them a place to come so they could hear the music they wanted. It brought other listeners from other states and around the world, soldiers away from home as well as people who longed for something different other than the cookie cutter sounds that were being made across the radio industry. I’ll never forget what two of my former Program Directors told me: “there’s no demand for Red Dirt around here” One of them started playing it after 2 years of me harping on him. When he finally did, I asked him point blank: “what took you so long?” I’ll never forget that goofy look on his face. It’s mentality like that keeps good ORIGINAL radio down and cookie cutter crap you hear on the analog dial bursting into your ear drums 50,000 watts at a time. That’s why I have to do my own thing, I never could do anything that anyone else wanted me to do and they get so pissed off at me. It’s like they don’t know what to do with me, literally. I’ve had two different people earlier in my radio career, a PD and GM, tell me that. It’s not that I wasn’t doing what they wanted in particular, but the GM told me that I need to be in bigger markets where I would be allowed to do more.

    That’s why I launched TBJS Radio Network in January of 2011. Granted, it’s always been a big dream of mine to actually own a real AM/FM radio station, but this was the next best thing. Most importantly, it granted me a way to do my show how I wanted to do it, for the most part. I had to do it, I could feel it in my body like it had happen. So it did, and it did have some rocky start (technical), but piece by piece, bit by bit, and listener by listener, it is still here. I can’t ask enough for people to share us, TBJS Radio Network and The Big John Show. Sharing us is supporting us. It’s giving a breath of fresh air to each new potential listener and to us. It’s a new connection to that person who needs to know we exist, vice versa. It goes without saying that I would love to see us continue to grow and do more, interact in new ways that make solid bonds between all sides of the spectrum. A way to keep the peace, a place of commitment to set aside our pesky little differences, to come together for common love and music.

   Something else happened over the years on my show. People asked me, “where do you find some of these strange stories you talk about on your show?” Well, it’s simple for me. I’ve always found things in a different way that most others do in this business. A lot of jocks will search for showprep using gossip pages or dirt sheets, hire prep services find things to talk about on the air. Don’t get me wrong, some of it’s really good stuff, but way over priced for what really little intellectual stuff I talk about. I don’t know, maybe I should switch to talk radio, huh? When it comes to Pornaudiography.com, I want to show people where I get my information because it is out there. Really “out there” for you to see. Honestly, I could care less about that the Kardashians are doing, Taylor Swift is dating this week, or what Blake Shelton is tweeting about now. Who cares? You have a life, go live it! I want to talk and share about the other things that seem more intelligent and interesting to me. Share my thoughts (not that it should matter to a hill of beans) and hear yours as well. It’s called “Dialog”. Start a conversation and see where it ends. You never know, it might take you on a wild adventure in your mind, spirit, and soul. Then again, it might spark a change in your whole perspective to make a difference in life.

    Since we are on the topic of having a conversation, there have been a few who have noticed we have something called “The Hub” on our respective sites.  That link will take you to a forum, similar to what a social media site might look like. We are experimenting with that notion of giving you a place for like-minded people to talk without the drama you see of bickering back and forth about politics, shaming, and other Bravo-Sierra that you may see on places like Facebook and Twitter. Honestly, there is no place for a troll in The Hub. So again, it’s an experiment / Beta mode right now, but if you would like to join, please feel free to sign up. It’s free and all we ask is that you keep it real. Who knows where it might take us in the future if we keep it going with enough support from people like you.

    I don’t want to forget to mention the TBJS Radio Network app, it’s a great way to stay up with us no matter wherever you are. Even if you don’t have the data or a wifi connection, we have a couple of phone numbers that you can dial up and listen to us from anywhere in the world. Over the years, we have racked up a really good amount of affiliates who support us by sharing us onto their respective platforms / services. You can see the list of services that offer TBJS Radio Network by clicking on the affiliates link at the top of tbjsradio.com. We are in the works of adding more to that list in the near future. Different platforms allow us to reach more listeners like you.

    I hope you understand the underlying message here tonight. It’s all about earning your support. If you keep sharing us on social media or with your friends, listening to us at work and on the go with the TBJS Radio Network apps, keep up with our services that we offer or purchase items out of the TBJS Marketplace, you help build us up stronger and keep us on longer. For those of you who have and continue to show support, we can’t thank you enough. Not only do we thank you, but the artist as well will also thank you because the more you share us, the greater the chance that the artist get’s heard. Great the chance the artist or song is heard, the more you (the listener) will be listening and satisfied. Don’t believe me, check out the TBJS Radio Network twitter. We keep track of what’s responded to on our social media. You tell us what you like, we try to give it to you. See how that works, it’s all a part of a cycle. Just like anything else you experience in life, if you like it, you keep coming back to it.

    I know this is a bit long tonight, but like I said, I’ve got a lot on my mind lately. This is some of what I wanted to share with you. Who knows, I may lay down more words tomorrow after both shows. Yes, incase you don’t know, I do TWO shows a day. Each are four hours long, one both sides of the great divide. Both are framed differently. The one on TBJS Radio Network is more relaxed, wider variety of topics, and 100% of what I talked about on here tonight while the other one is on 93.1 FM in Fort Smith, AR. I don’t talk much about that one because it’s for another company. What I focus on is all things strictly TBJS related. All I can say is that if you like what you hear during my first show weekdays 10am-2pm on TBJS Radio Network, then please contact your local AM/FM radio stations, Cable or Satellite provider that offers radio stations or music services, or XM Sirius Satellite and let them know you want The Big John Show heard on their platform. It’s a great way for us to be heard and it shows your support for us. Again, I can’t say “Thank You” enough for those who have gone that extra mile for us already.

    Thank you for your time,

        “Big John” Horton

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This Time…

Oh my gosh, what a VERY busy past couple of months it has been! Finally got some time to sit down and try to catch up on what all I missed, including doing this blog update. Kinda funny, I’m listening to TBJS Radio Network right now and Waylon Jennings song, “This Time”, is playing. Absolutely one of my many favorites of his work. So let me take a little time to share some behind-the-scene details of what all has been going on, but where do I start? I’ll try by taking a deep breath and exhaling slowly…

First of all, my apologies for not getting in touch with everyone sooner. I really wanted to get in touch sooner, but schedule conflicts and sudden changes happen. As my old drill sergeant used to say, “the only thing constant is change”. He’s right (and I give credit to Drill Sergeant Brass @ Fort Jackson 1998-99) and changes come when we least expect it. I can’t go into all the details, but I can say we are closer to phase 3 of our 4 phases that we are hoping to conclude by the end of the year.  As I’ve mention before and you may have noticed, we’ve made changes to our websites (TBJS Radio & The Big John Show) and launched a new project call “Pornaudiography”  in which I can’t wait for you to see it at it’s full capacity. 

Second, TBJS Marketplace is up and running. We have so many options on what we can do and want to see happen. I promise, once the overall transition is complete, each of these sites will make so much more sense and flow together. We are going to also have a site that will list ALL of our services together, yet keep them separate because each are going to be their own entity. 

Third, we also have another project in the works that for now is called “Hub”. So far, we have some good results with that during it’s test run and we are tweaking that before we release it out to the general public. I can not go into all the details on this one either, but it will be cool. The “Hub” and “TBJS Marketplace” are pacing together and will be out by the end of our transitional phases. Please continue to bare with us. We are really excited about these two projects and can’t wait to hear what you think about them when it’s all said and done.

Forth, we WILL be making some changes when it comes to licensing. Legally at this time, nothing more can or should be said about that.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who came out to see me during my recent event appearances. Whether you listen to my show on the TBJS Radio Network, Today’s Country, The New 93.1, or both, I want to say from the bottom of my heart…thank you! I can’t say enough how much of an awesome feeling it gives me to hear someone say they enjoy listening to either of the shows I do. I always try to connect to at least one person at any of the remote broadcasts / appearances / events I am involved in as you can see below:

 

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Thank you for every moment you share with me, I love you all!

 

    Sincerely,

“Big John” Horton

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Catching Up During This Wet Weekend

(Big John, Pokemon GO 5K participant, & Race Riley of KISR 93.7 in Sallisaw, OK 8-17-16)

 

    What a wild week (or two) it has been on my end. I’ve been “keeping up with the Jone’s” when it comes to staying active. Running and gunning to different towns each night helping people chase invisible creatures from another realm. 

    No I’ve not been sippin’ on peyote (yet), I’ve been representing Today’s Country, The New 93.1 FM, along with KISR 93.7 & La Raza 92.3 FM Pokemon GO 5K events across the area for (in my humble opinion, the best damn group of people in this radio market). If you’ve been keeping up with the events section of this website, you may have noticed that there have been several of these events for the past couple of weeks. Many 12 hour days to say the least, but these events allowed me to go over to:

  • Van Buren, AR (Main Street)
  • Alma, AR (Main Street)
  • Greenwood, AR (Town Square)
  • Sallisaw, OK (Cherokee Street in front of the Memorial Library)
  • Fort Smith, AR (UAFS Clock Tower)

    Let’s not forget the other remotes and appearances in between. Yes, I have been popping up in places at last minute like media meetings for the AR/OK State Fair and the United Way. Fortunately, this is all just a warm up of what is about to come rushing my direction in the near future.

    Don’t get me wrong, I have no complaints. I wish I had more time to just “hang out” with people who showed up at these Pokemon 5K events. Honestly, they were more fun than I expected. A (BEEP!!) ton of work to do as well. Whenever I get to out to work a live event, I feed off the energy that I feel from the people who show up. No matter if it’s an Wrestling Announcer gig, Emcee gig, Radio Remote Broadcast, or when I have to get up in front of a group of people, I always try to feel the energy and give it back to the people.

    Again, needless to say, get ready to see my smiling face all over the Arklahoma area again. I got a gut feeling things are about to explode soon, so I will try to keep you updated on here. I do have a few events listed in the events section, so you may want to check on them and maybe come out to one. I would love to meet with you and maybe actually have a face-to-face conversation! I honestly look forward to seeing people at these events, getting to know listeners on both sides of the fence, analog (Today’s Country, The New 93.1 FM) and digital ( TBJS Radio Network ). It’s always good to know that someone out there is giving you their time because they believe in you. I just pray that I never let you down. Until next time, kiddo’s…..

 

    Thank you for your time,

         “Big John”

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Back To School Supplies Givaway

Earlier today, I got to represent Today’s Country, The New 93.1 in Fort Smith, AR for the Back-To-School Supplies Giveaway event held at Central Mall and let me tell you, it was an event! The station along with it’s two sister stations, KISR 93.7 & KREU 92.3, teamed up with the River Valley Smile Center to help out the community. Great turnout, no hassles, and a whole lot of thankful people who showed up. Over 2,000 bags where handed out to school children. That’s quite a lot of supplies when you think about it!

Anyway, I wanted to say thank you to all those who showed up. You all are the reasons why events like this are such a huge success! Keep up the great work!

 

  Sincerely,

     Big John

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Welcome to the updated version of The Big John Show Website!

First of all, thank you for checking it out. If you are reading this blog, then you must have already noticed that we have updated / changed things on this website. It is much different that our previous version which means we will be able to do more in the future when the time comes.

Secondly, this is part of a transition that has been taking place for the past couple of months now. If you have been listening to my radio show only on the TBJS Radio Network (for now), then you’ve may have heard me talk a little bit about what we will be doing in the future. Again, this website change is all part of that. As we launch this version and into the rest of this month, we will be continuously tweaking the features. We also ask you for your feedback on this site. Let us know what you like or don’t like. Let us know what you would like to have us add to it or take away. Your opinion counts and we want to make it the best we can.

Third, as much as I would like to tell you what we are doing behind the scenes, I can’t. At least not yet. Some things are better left seen for yourself and can’t be explained in words. I ask you to please bare with us as we continue to roll out what I feel is going to create a very interesting experience with The Big John Show, Pornaudiography, and TBJS Radio Network.

Fourth, if you look at the top menu and click on “Events”, you will see what I hope to be a growing list of events in the near future that I will be involved with. The reason I let you know this is because we will have all future events I’m involved with posted there with details on how you can come out and be involved. This will include events that I am involved with concerning TBJS Radio Network, The Big John Show, as well as Today’s Country, The New 93.1 FM in Fort Smith, AR.  For booking purposes, this will also be a way to show when I am not available as to when I am. However, that option is explained above the list when you go to that page.

Fifth, you may have also noticed our social media listing on the right side of the screen (those of you on the mobile or tablet may see it closer to the bottom of the page). One thing I want to point out is that we have decided to list our facebook fan page instead of my personal like before. I also mentioned this fan page during my show and some people started “liking” it. Initially the page was created a while back to catch the “overflow” of people who like the show since my personal page was filling up. The facebook limit is about 2500 or so, and I believe I am already close to that. So if I put the people who like the fan page and put them on my personal page, it would put me over the facebook limit.

Something else I didn’t really touch on before, but back in June, I finally got something I wanted to get for over a year. Many of you webmasters may know this trick, but about two years ago, a guy contacted me asking if I wanted to purchase the domain, “bigjohnshow.com“. I’m sure some of you may have typed that in your web browser by accident or not knowing that the word “the” needed to be placed at the beginning and instead of coming to my site, it went to a porn site. That turned off a few of the fans, but after explaining to them what the difference was, they came to my site eventually. Back to this guy who contacted me, he wanted to know if I would buy the domain and I humored him by asking for how much. His reply was over $1400.00! I thought no, and told him so. He kept contacting me, hounding me over and over and finally he stopped after contacted the internet web company who was selling it for him. A little more time went on and I figured it was sold to someone. Well, last June, I ran a check to see if it had been and who were the new owners so I could let my listeners know as a warning when trying to find this site. It was a relief when I saw that no one purchased it. So I bought it at a much lower price than what the man wanted. So, if you haven’t already tried, please know that we are not changing domains, nor the name of the show. It’s still The Big John Show and even though the address is a bit different, it will take you to the site, www.thebigjohnshow.com

Again, thank you for your continued support and loyalty over the years. You have no idea and I can’t put into words on how that makes me feel. May God bless you and continue to be with us.

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