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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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