Request For Proposals: New TMOA Shows
As mentioned in the TMOA/TMUnderground changes thread here, it's time to start looking for new programing on TMOA. Regular turnover over the past couple of months has reduced us down to 5 shows a week, and I think there's room for more if we have people willing to do them. But we're not going to just throw any old crap on - we have plenty of old crap already - ever listen to the Sunday Show? Six freaking years of old crap and still going strong!
If you have a show idea AND the time/willingness to do the show on a regular basis, we'd like to hear it - missing an occasional show because of an emergency is one thing, missing most of them because your life has changed or you're bored or whatever is something else again.
In the past, we've been easy about this process - somebody pitches a show and if it sounds good, we give it a go. Which is why, in part, we've had almost 30 different shows on TMOA over the past 6 years, and more than 20 of them have fallen by the wayside. Sometimes after a 4-5 shows....
The mechanics of doing a show on TMOA is easy. All you need is a stable high-speed internet connection, Skype, and the ability to speak. We do the rest. But the process can be difficult. You need to set aside the time for the show, every week or two weeks or whatever the frequency of your show and be there for the show. You need to give some thought to each show - in the beginning, it will take more time and as you become comfortable with doing a show, perhaps less. But unless you've done this before, it can eat up some time (getting guests, watching movies, preparing bits, whatever) beyond time on the air.
And you have to have the gift of gab, as they say. If you're shy, if you don't have a lot to say, if you're easily thrown off when things don't go the way you thought they would....this ain't for you. 99% of the time, things will just flow nicely - the other 1% of the time, guests don't show up or they have terrible connections, your internet connection starts crashing every 5 minutes, your co-host becomes so annoying to you that you want to reach through the network and twist his or her head off.... At times like that, you need to be able to laugh it off and keep on moving forward, keep the chatter going. It's not the end of the world, so don't make it more than it is.
Doing a show should be fun. It should be AT LEAST as much fun as listening to it, sometimes more (see comment above about the Sunday Show). Our most successful hosts are our happiest hosts, the ones who look forward to their show, enjoy talking to their co-host or the audience, consider their show a fun way to spend an hour or whatever.
What we're looking for:
Something we don't already have. If you're going to pitch a show that's like another show we already have with different hosts, don't waste your time. We're looking for variety. I will say that I'd like to see another review show, like the sadly-ended Weekly Look, but that's the kind of show that takes a lot of time (ask Chris or any of his co-hosts) because you have all the show stuff AND you have to watch a lot of movies. We also plan to put together some kind of radio play show as we move forward, but that will be more contributory than one or two people doing it every week.
Shows can be live OR pre-recorded. If you want to put something together on your own, with sound effects and processing and all that kinda stuff.
Shows have to be on a schedule, but it doesn't necessarily have to be weekly. If you want to do a show once every two weeks, or even monthly, that's cool. They can be half an hour or an hour (if you want to do a longer show, we might be able to work something out depending on the day and time). I'd suggest an hour show, but it can be longer or shorter depending on the nature of the show. Whatever the length, you'll be expected to fill the time.
Times and days currently open for programming (in Eastern time...figure out your own time zones...)
- Monday: The hour before the Wolf and Dulci Hour, beginning at 9 pm Eastern.
- Saturday: An hour or two block after 3 pm Eastern (Monk broadcasts the Saturday programming, so it's really up to him, but those are the hours that used to be occupied by programming)
- Sunday: The hour before the Sunday Show at 2 pm Eastern. If I have a lot of interesting proposals, I might be willing to do two hours of shows before the Sunday Show, but no more.
- Thursday: Don't know if Monk would want to broadcast a show before or after the Spotlight - that would be up to him.
Other times and days might be possible if you're willing and have the computer setup to broadcast yourself - it's not THAT complicated, and the biggest thing is decent internet connectivity and two sound cards (built-in sound plus either an internal or external sound card) - I have two unused broadcaster licenses so if you have the setup and interest we might be able to work something out.
With all that out of the way, here's the procedure for proposing a new show:
We'll announce the new shows on the 6th Anniversary Show on February 19th, 2012, and probably have the hosts of the new shows in during that 24-hour show to talk about what they'll be doing. The new shows will start by March 1st. So you have plenty of time to think about it, put your proposal together, line up a co-host if necessary, and get yourself ready to begin.
To make your proposal send me a PM with the following information:
- Name of the show (least important, since you can change it before you hit the air)
- Hosts: You can do a show solo if you like or have a co-host. I'd suggest not having more than three regular hosts, since it can get kind of chaotic, though Kinte has like 20 co-hosts on The Spotlight, so what do I know.
- When you'd like to do the show: Day and time (and mention the timezone if you're not using Eastern - I'll figure it out myself)
- Length of the show.
- One sentence description of the show: What is the show about, in one sentence. For example, the Sunday Show is "three hours of machinima-based discussion with news, guests, and special segments." If you can't condense the idea into a sentence, you're probably trying to cram too much in to one show.
- Extended description of the show: Here's where you explain, in more detail, what you'd like to do with the show. What's it all about? Will there be guests? Will it be pre-recorded? Basically a paragraph or two (or as many as you need) about your vision for the show.
- Audience: We'd like to hear who you consider your target audience to be. We do shows to entertain (and sometimes enlighten) listeners, so who is going to want to listen to the show? (We'll also be considering this, but we'd like to hear who you're aiming the show at, if you've given it some thought.)
- Anything else: Anything additional that we need to know when we consider the proposal. No begging please, though begging with a large cash donation to TMOA might be considered....I'm kidding of course. Well, maybe....
And that's about it. Send me the PM, we'll look at them, and make our decision on the go's and the no's by February 18th and have those we've selected on the Anniversary Show on February 19th.
A Sort Of Revival of The Friday Night Show
I'd like to see something similar to Roger's Friday Night Rock Show, it would be really cool to see (or hear) something music based radio show. A show that's totally open to music requests, maybe could give musicians within the community to get their stuff out, that could be used in future machinima projects, if no-one is up for hosting it I wouldn't mind taking an hour out of my time. But I really think this would be a great idea.
Who's with me?
i have the time now to host a show on this sunday FEB 19th after 7pm pst(even if im dead ill do the show with ROGER'S SPIRIT flowing through me
1. things that make TMU great and all the things that make TMU suck pixie dung
2. review the releases of all 2012 TMU films
3. opinions on "mainstream" animated movies i.e dreamworks/disney/sony/ect
4. call in questions
5. Nudity in movies...why its necessary..."that' right i said it"
I have skype
Ive hosted podcasts before on weekly basis