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Introducing The Complex Simplicity Radio Show (And My Future Co-Host, Rochelle)

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So the “Ghost Writer” who’s been writing on my blog is finally being revealed. I’m starting a new weekly radio show with the same name, Complex Simplicity, in May. Her name is Rochelle. She’s a sophomore at JMU. I met her at RCC early last year and have since kept in pretty much constant contact with her. Sometimes for a few hours a day on the phone. The fact that I’m not even a phone person (with anyone) and I always have something to talk about with her, sometimes for hours, is astounding to me. Enough so that I thought it’d be a pretty cool idea to have her as co-host of my show I’m bringing back. You might remember the show I had before with another one of my friends, “Evolution Of Thought.” This is a revival of that concept, but it’ll be exponentially better this time. I have big plans for this. But I’m starting small.

Rochelle will bring a multitude of creativity, charisma, and insight to the table. She’s a sweet girl and a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to working with her on this project that’s really a fulfillment of a long-time dream I’ve had to get a real radio show going via podcast.

Jason Paige, former Q94 disc jockey and voiceover talent for many Richmond area radio advertisements (including big names like King’s Dominion) recorded an intro for it a while back and it sounds awesome. I’m stoked to get this thing on the air!

A Media Revival

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Sorry for the big gap in posting, I’ve been extremely busy between college, work, and volunteering at church this past week. I just wanted to give an update about some media-related things I’ve done before that I want to revive in the not-so-distant future.

 The first is my podcast. I had a podcast for a while, entitled “Evolution of Thought,” a show that was co-hosted by my friend Alex Legum. We were actually on a roll, averaging 350+ steady listeners each week. After a while, though, I just let it slip away and recorded the show less and less. They can still be found in the iTunes Music Store, so take a listen if you want. I’m bringing the show back, this time with a new name, new direction, and some exciting new guests that I’ll announce at a later date as they’re confirmed. Anyway, the show is now entitled “Complex Simplicity,” just as my blog is. At first, I thought this would work because it was just a cool name that incorporated an oxymoron, but when I thought about it more, it perfectly describes myself! A simple mind talking about complex issues! But all joking aside, I’m really excited to bring it back bigger and better than ever and really get some interesting topics and guests on. About a month ago, I contacted Jason Paige, the former Program Director for Q94, (WRVQ) who does voiceover work in many of the commercials you hear on the radio in Richmond on any and all stations. He’s the voice you hear in a lot of the nightclub commercials as well as for the King’s Dominion ones. I asked if he would do a voiceover for the music intro I already made. It sounds really professional and I can’t wait to use it. Stay tuned, I’ll post more details about the podcast in the coming days.

Another endeavor I’m aiming for is starting a community newsletter and distributing it freely across the Short Pump area. I actually did this a long time ago back when I was about thirteen years old, and it was called the Glen Allen Observer. I want to bring it back in a much bigger and obviously a much more mature and professional manner. It’s going to be called “Short Pump Panorama,” and I’ll have some advertisements to offset the cost of printing and make a little bit of extra money hopefully. If you’d like to write a column or just a one-time article for it, please let me know- I’d be happy to give you some space in there to share just about anything you want! The newsletter will compliment the website I started last year, (needs to be updated) www.downtownshortpump.com. The site is intended to be a mini Richmond.com of sorts, featuring a shopping guide, restaurant listings, movie times, etc. just in and around the Short Pump area. I’ve gotten one advertiser for the site thus far but plan to grow it in leaps and bounds in the next couple of months. I actually get a lot of traffic to the site because I have free advertising. It’s really a funny story. About two years ago I was driving along Broad Street and noticed www.downtownshortpump.com printed on the Downtown Short Pump entertainment complex sign in front of the movie theater. For some reason, I went to the site when I got home, and noticed it was no longer up. I proceeded to register the name for only eight bucks because the developer, who used the site for promotional purposes, let it expire!

So anyway, that’s what I’m up to lately. Comments? Suggestions? Want to be a guest on the show or write for the newsletter? Let me know!