Well, that's over, right?
Here's to hoping that everyone out there has survived the holidays relatively intact, rested and ready for the struggles to come. We thought we'd reach out to share some broadcast updates, some links to recent interviews that were conducted with us, and a change in our approach to Patreon.
Last things first: Patreon
We've had an ongoing struggle here at TFSR to find time to produce a weekly hour-long show, engage in local organizing and work our jobs. This is a struggle we're willing to engage and we get things we need from each of these things. We appreciate very much the support of folks here on Patreon and by other means that help us pay our podcasting bills and have money to pass onto other projects, to prisoners commissaries and invest in new equipment. Bursts often says that we don't expect to live off of the Patreon or other donations, but that the money goes far and we are thankful for access to it.
One thing we've struggled to find time to do has been transcribing episodes. Well, with the help of a chat with our very smart friend Margaret Killjoy, we've come up with a solution. We are going to retire the Wordsmith category and create a new tier to raise funds to pay for transcription service from a comrade. We haven't worked out all of the kinks, but the hope is that for every $120 we raise from the new category and above tiers, we'll be able to pay for transcribing one of the four episodes we air a month. This will get money into working comrades pockets, allow search engines to find the words of our guests more easily, allow for easier translation and access for folks who have hearing difficulties, and will get interviews into prisoners hands via their supporters. The ideal would be to raise enough funds in this manner, via a push through our platform, to transcribe all 4 regular episodes a month. Subscribers in the US to this new tier will be able to receive paper copies of the transcripted episodes monthly should they desire (sorry, but the costs and paperwork of regular shipping internationally for something that's printable would detract from the purpose of the tier). So, that's the plan! You'll hear more soon.
Interviews of the hosts
There were recently two interviews that the hosts of TFSR appeared in, and we thought we'd inform you in case you'd like to hear or watch them. First up, Bursts was a guest of David Rovics on FE -Live, via Fifth Estate Magazine. You can watch the video of it or listen to the audio if you care to.
Bursts and William of TFSR were honored with the ability to join our friend Sole for the "Final" episode of the Solecast, which is on the way to being reborn under the title "The Institute For Post-American Studies". We hope you enjoy!
Finally there are some ups and downs with our broadcast situation. Sadly, KODX-LP in Seattle is currently without a studio space. So as they seek a new space they'll continue broadcasting online and could probably use some funds to find real estate in the expensive Seattle market. Secondly, we are apparently no matter airing on KOWA-LP in Olympia, one of the first stations to syndicate us, so if anyone has a contact with KAOS-LP on Evergreen's campus and wants to get us airing there or elsewhere, no competition. Finally, starting tomorrow, January 2nd 2020 we'll begin airing on WFVR-LP in so-called Royalton, Vermont, on Tuesdays at 5am and Saturdays at 10pm! Anarchyyyyyyy! Remember, we are available for free to air on any radio station, weekly producing an FCC-friendly, 58 minute episode for free, details up on our "Broadcasting" page. Contact your local community radio station and propose they pick us up!
Anyway, you don't hear from us much on here. We'll be reaching out soon with details about the new tier. Much love, glad to see y'all on the other side of 2020. Let's destroy America!