This Tuesday marks the passage of a decade of working on this show, and I'd be lying if I said anything less than this: I'm feeling very proud... I know it hasn't become quite the phenomenon I've sometimes fantasized it might, but it has become much, much more than I ever imagined it would, when debuting the program on January 27, 1999. It's been totally worth it.
Check out our special 10th Anniversary episode, uploaded just a couple days early, with big thanks to the Evolution Control Committee's Mark Gunderson for his part in planning this week's show. Which gets me thinking... Maybe I should take this opportunity to thank a few people. After all, it's not every weekend you commemorate a decade's worth of work.
Catherine Campion and Kate Iverson come immediately to mind. Both have been invaluable in promoting the show, both here in Minnesota and to the rest of the world. In fact, if it weren't for Catherine, we'd probably still be on just five stations, and feeling pretty good about that! With her help, the show has been heard on as many as sixty stations at one time, and we've enjoyed being broadcast on over two dozen individual stations, each week, for a solid five years.
Thanks to Steev Hise as well. In the early days, his support and encouragement were instrumental, especially with regard to establishing and maintaining a web presence. More recently, stAllio! made a big difference, by helping with the development of the current website. KUOM deserves a big thank you as well, for giving me the opportunity to prove the show on their internet stream, and then for being the first to broadcast Some Assembly Required.
I'd mention all the artists who have been interviewed, but you can just check out the list HERE. The interviews and Q&A's, to me, are the most important part of the show. Without them, this would just be a weekly playlist, and a big part of my goal when starting the show was to promote the artists whose work I felt was so important. I feel like that goal is well on its way to being met, and I hope to be able to continue to do this for at least a little while longer.
There are a lot more people who deserve a nod, but I'll try to keep this short and sweet. Check out this week's program (Episode 224) for more about the history of the show, and for just a little insight into what in the world it is I think I've been doing for the past ten years...
Thanks for listening,