Aldous Tyler is creating TMI with Aldous Tyler
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I've been producing and hosting TMI with Aldous Tyler since April of 2009, when I realized that the only way to help ensure that news, views and interviews on topics that were going unreported, under-reported or being just plainly distorted got their due was to do it myself. From that point, TMI spread from a simple streaming show from my apartment to being broadcast weekly on a great non-commercial radio station here in Madison, WSUM 91.7FM. While expanding TMI's podcasting capacity, upgrading its website, and experimenting with video streaming the live broadcasts, I'm very proud to have had the honor of interviewing mayors, state assemblypeople, congressional representatives, secretaries of state, investigative journalists, television personalities and more! Names from Congressman Alan Grayson to Senator Tammy Baldwin, Comedian (and host of the now-defunct CurrentTV's ViewpointJohn Fugelsang to DeSmogBlog's Research Fellow Steve Horn and more grace the list of repeat guests on TMI, every last one of them joining us in the service of holding the media accountable to the truth.

Yes, in under five years, TMI has gone from a simple personal undertaking to a driving force of media. TMI has never once taken advertising, meaning that it is beholden to no corporate sponsors, and exists for no purpose other than to get the truth to you. That means tmitmitmi.com has never had ads, and the audio podcast recordings and live audio streams have always been available to everyone for free. Yet, I know it can be more, and yearn to do more with it more often. The thing I need to make that happen? Your support. If you can't send anything towards making real media happen, trust me, I get it - to support me, simply spread the word about TMI and this Patreon page. I'll still make TMI to the best of my ability, just like I've done now since the beginning, either way. But, if you can spare a dollar a month, five dollars a month, or more, and you're impressed by what I've been able to do so far, and you want to be a part of reclaiming the media from the for-profit commercial model that squelches anything that exposes you to stories that run counter to the sponsors' interests, here's what we will build, together:

At $100 a month, I'll expand the podcasts to video, so that the fleeting LiveStream recordings that vanish after 30 days instead remain in perpetuity.
At $500 a month, I'll be able to afford the equipment and time to expand TMI beyond the radio studio, producing more frequent episodes to keep you up to date on what's going on.
By the time we hit $1000 a month, TMI will be able to go to no less than five days a week, and the equipment and software available to make it happen will have been overhauled to create a truly unparalleled experience in independent media, including hiring support staff (accounting, etc) as needed to ensure the best possible future for the program.

TMI has always been focused on serving you the best way it can. with no government funding to lose (unlike PBS) and no corporate sponsors to offend (unlike many other fine media outlets). Supporting TMI is your way of saying you deserve better than you get from the corporately-owned 24-hour cable news cycle or from the constantly-compromising middle-of-the-road work that public broadcasting is famous for. Let TMI be YOUR Cure for the Common Media.

But, what is TMI with Aldous Tyler?

“The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.” – Edward R. Murrow

For decades now, the media has become more and more compromised. While you have always needed to question what is given you, it once was that the networks ran their news bureaus at an operating loss, buoying them with revenue from the rest of the network in order to meet their public service obligation. That meant that they didn't need their news to entertain, to bring in ratings, to sell advertisements.

No longer. Now the “news” is run for the same reason as any commercial program: to sell advertisers air time so they can reach audiences they otherwise wouldn’t have easy access to. This means that commercial news sources generally dare not report too strenuously on things that might go against the interests of the sponsors, lest the offending news program find itself pulled off the air. Worse, misinformation that the sponsors prefer to be aired can be let loose via the purchased ads or even more insidiously, within the news content itself.

Recognizing this, many media consumers set their sights on PBS, only to see the once-reliable source compromised by their need to censor themselves in the interest of not offending their major underwriters, a recent example being the pulling of the exposé “Citizen Koch” off of PBS’ schedule, noting that the Koch brothers themselves have given over $20 million to public broadcasting. I assure you, that money was spent precisely to give the Kochs the very leverage they exercised there.

TMIis designed to have no sponsors to be beholden to, so that the news, views and interviews that are going unreported, under-reported or just plainly distorted have an unfettered point of release. I happen to be a champion of those causes that focus on helping people and protecting their rights. I proudly wear the label “progressive” which translates to “anti-authoritarian left”, politically. I believe in the rights of the individual and in the support of your fellow human being, and if there is any bias toTMI, it stems from that.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some good people who work within the commercial and public broadcasting models who regularly do good work, and I look up to them as inspiration for how one can hold fast to one’s values in the face of intense pressures to deviate from them. I simply knew it was necessary to make manifest the ideal of the media: information being given with honest analysis, the only filter being the conscience of the person bringing you the information. That is what I mean by saying thatTMI with Aldous Tyler is “The Cure for the Common Media”.

Will you support a real alternative to the corporately-owned-and-run media sources that are difficult to avoid? That’s an answer only you can give.

Sincerely,
Aldous Tyler,
Host,
TMI

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
"Point of Support"

For even the smallest amount of monthly support, you will gain access to the Patreon Stream for TMI, and I will gladly add your name to the Supporters Page at tmitmitmi.com (if you wish). This page will be uploaded March 28, 2014, so get your name on it in time for its debut, and show that you support the need for real media.
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
"Line of Support"

For tripling the base amount, you'll get, again at your option, your name listed on tmitmitmi.com's Supporters Page, plus you'll get access to an exclusive email address just for my Patreon supporters that will allow you to submit ideas for upcoming episodes, research you want to make sure I know about, and more!
Pledge $9 or more per month
0 patrons
"Area of Support"

For tripling the Line of Support level, you'll receive everything that gets, plus you'll be invited to a monthly video chat with me, where you and others at this level and above can all discuss, off-the-air, whatever you want. You know from my interviews that conversations with me can take many unexpected turns, so make sure not to miss out!
Pledge $27 or more per month
0 patrons
"Depth of Support"

For tripling the Area of Support level, you get rewarded with that level's benefits plus once a year I will record up to five minutes of audio of my voice for you doing whatever you wish: want me to read your favorite bedtime story? No problem. Want me to record a new outgoing voicemail message for you? Absolutely. Want me to sing "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha? Okay. Have fun!
Pledge $81 or more per month
0 patrons
"Dimension of Support"

For tripling the Depth of Support level, you get all of those benefits plus your name will be moved from "Supporter" to "Producer" credit. Further benefits are negotiable.
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At $100 a month, I'll expand the podcasts to video, so that the fleeting LiveStream recordings that vanish after 30 days instead remain in perpetuity.
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I've been producing and hosting TMI with Aldous Tyler since April of 2009, when I realized that the only way to help ensure that news, views and interviews on topics that were going unreported, under-reported or being just plainly distorted got their due was to do it myself. From that point, TMI spread from a simple streaming show from my apartment to being broadcast weekly on a great non-commercial radio station here in Madison, WSUM 91.7FM. While expanding TMI's podcasting capacity, upgrading its website, and experimenting with video streaming the live broadcasts, I'm very proud to have had the honor of interviewing mayors, state assemblypeople, congressional representatives, secretaries of state, investigative journalists, television personalities and more! Names from Congressman Alan Grayson to Senator Tammy Baldwin, Comedian (and host of the now-defunct CurrentTV's ViewpointJohn Fugelsang to DeSmogBlog's Research Fellow Steve Horn and more grace the list of repeat guests on TMI, every last one of them joining us in the service of holding the media accountable to the truth.

Yes, in under five years, TMI has gone from a simple personal undertaking to a driving force of media. TMI has never once taken advertising, meaning that it is beholden to no corporate sponsors, and exists for no purpose other than to get the truth to you. That means tmitmitmi.com has never had ads, and the audio podcast recordings and live audio streams have always been available to everyone for free. Yet, I know it can be more, and yearn to do more with it more often. The thing I need to make that happen? Your support. If you can't send anything towards making real media happen, trust me, I get it - to support me, simply spread the word about TMI and this Patreon page. I'll still make TMI to the best of my ability, just like I've done now since the beginning, either way. But, if you can spare a dollar a month, five dollars a month, or more, and you're impressed by what I've been able to do so far, and you want to be a part of reclaiming the media from the for-profit commercial model that squelches anything that exposes you to stories that run counter to the sponsors' interests, here's what we will build, together:

At $100 a month, I'll expand the podcasts to video, so that the fleeting LiveStream recordings that vanish after 30 days instead remain in perpetuity.
At $500 a month, I'll be able to afford the equipment and time to expand TMI beyond the radio studio, producing more frequent episodes to keep you up to date on what's going on.
By the time we hit $1000 a month, TMI will be able to go to no less than five days a week, and the equipment and software available to make it happen will have been overhauled to create a truly unparalleled experience in independent media, including hiring support staff (accounting, etc) as needed to ensure the best possible future for the program.

TMI has always been focused on serving you the best way it can. with no government funding to lose (unlike PBS) and no corporate sponsors to offend (unlike many other fine media outlets). Supporting TMI is your way of saying you deserve better than you get from the corporately-owned 24-hour cable news cycle or from the constantly-compromising middle-of-the-road work that public broadcasting is famous for. Let TMI be YOUR Cure for the Common Media.

But, what is TMI with Aldous Tyler?

“The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.” – Edward R. Murrow

For decades now, the media has become more and more compromised. While you have always needed to question what is given you, it once was that the networks ran their news bureaus at an operating loss, buoying them with revenue from the rest of the network in order to meet their public service obligation. That meant that they didn't need their news to entertain, to bring in ratings, to sell advertisements.

No longer. Now the “news” is run for the same reason as any commercial program: to sell advertisers air time so they can reach audiences they otherwise wouldn’t have easy access to. This means that commercial news sources generally dare not report too strenuously on things that might go against the interests of the sponsors, lest the offending news program find itself pulled off the air. Worse, misinformation that the sponsors prefer to be aired can be let loose via the purchased ads or even more insidiously, within the news content itself.

Recognizing this, many media consumers set their sights on PBS, only to see the once-reliable source compromised by their need to censor themselves in the interest of not offending their major underwriters, a recent example being the pulling of the exposé “Citizen Koch” off of PBS’ schedule, noting that the Koch brothers themselves have given over $20 million to public broadcasting. I assure you, that money was spent precisely to give the Kochs the very leverage they exercised there.

TMIis designed to have no sponsors to be beholden to, so that the news, views and interviews that are going unreported, under-reported or just plainly distorted have an unfettered point of release. I happen to be a champion of those causes that focus on helping people and protecting their rights. I proudly wear the label “progressive” which translates to “anti-authoritarian left”, politically. I believe in the rights of the individual and in the support of your fellow human being, and if there is any bias toTMI, it stems from that.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some good people who work within the commercial and public broadcasting models who regularly do good work, and I look up to them as inspiration for how one can hold fast to one’s values in the face of intense pressures to deviate from them. I simply knew it was necessary to make manifest the ideal of the media: information being given with honest analysis, the only filter being the conscience of the person bringing you the information. That is what I mean by saying thatTMI with Aldous Tyler is “The Cure for the Common Media”.

Will you support a real alternative to the corporately-owned-and-run media sources that are difficult to avoid? That’s an answer only you can give.

Sincerely,
Aldous Tyler,
Host,
TMI

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
"Point of Support"

For even the smallest amount of monthly support, you will gain access to the Patreon Stream for TMI, and I will gladly add your name to the Supporters Page at tmitmitmi.com (if you wish). This page will be uploaded March 28, 2014, so get your name on it in time for its debut, and show that you support the need for real media.
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
"Line of Support"

For tripling the base amount, you'll get, again at your option, your name listed on tmitmitmi.com's Supporters Page, plus you'll get access to an exclusive email address just for my Patreon supporters that will allow you to submit ideas for upcoming episodes, research you want to make sure I know about, and more!
Pledge $9 or more per month
0 patrons
"Area of Support"

For tripling the Line of Support level, you'll receive everything that gets, plus you'll be invited to a monthly video chat with me, where you and others at this level and above can all discuss, off-the-air, whatever you want. You know from my interviews that conversations with me can take many unexpected turns, so make sure not to miss out!
Pledge $27 or more per month
0 patrons
"Depth of Support"

For tripling the Area of Support level, you get rewarded with that level's benefits plus once a year I will record up to five minutes of audio of my voice for you doing whatever you wish: want me to read your favorite bedtime story? No problem. Want me to record a new outgoing voicemail message for you? Absolutely. Want me to sing "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha? Okay. Have fun!
Pledge $81 or more per month
0 patrons
"Dimension of Support"

For tripling the Depth of Support level, you get all of those benefits plus your name will be moved from "Supporter" to "Producer" credit. Further benefits are negotiable.