Evan Slack Deserves the Broadcasting Hall of Fame

So, after the passing of a SECOND snowstorm dropping more than two feet of the white stuff here in Delaware I spent some quality time with my new best friend, the snowblower.

A couple hours later, driveway and sidewalks clear, I plopped into the chair for a Sunday night breather and started to think about content for Radio Newark.  I remembered one show, back in the late 70’s and early 80’s when I was in the Army, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.  Up verrry early three days a week for PT (group exercises).  I loved those mornings — but not because of the PT.  Because of a radio show I would hear on KOA radio — the farm and ranch report.

A man named Evan Slack flew all over the Rockies reporting on feeder cattle, soybean prices, Big Sky country, upcoming bull auctions, legislation in Washington and hundreds of other farming and ranching topics that were all Big Unknowns to me.  He was fascinating — weaving in and out of a story, bringing in respected experts for rare insight, speaking warmly — slowly — reverently like your best friend’s grandfather.  I really didn’t grok his subjects but I loved Evan’s reports, humor, intellect, and interviews.  I remembered a couple of his broadcasts distinctly.

Still, I was surprised that after 28 years I remembered his name — Evan Slack.  Curious and wondering, I Googled him up and found him here.  I sent him an email with my remembrances and sincere thanks for all those good mornings in Colorado.

He called me the next day.

And I got to meet an old friend I never knew.  His warmth and interest were genuine.  He asked me about Radio Newark.  After learning about us, he talked about broadcasting, saying “Speak to one person, that person being a combination of a stranger, a good friend, and an intimate family member.”  When I listen to his broadcasts now, I hear him doing that.  It’s in the DNA of each segment.  The listener, the broadcaster, and the topic become mixed together.  The story has a deeper impact and more longevity that way.

If you want to hear what I mean, try this.

So, even though you may not ever have thought about Evan’s report as one of your interests, you’ll likely hear him because interest in his broadcasts go far beyond his target market of farmers and ranchers.  He told me, “I’m bragging now, I’ll warn you.  Four times a lady’s come up to me at a stock show, pushing a toddler in a stoller saying, ‘Evan, meet Evan.  I’ve been listening to you for years.  Don’t always know what you’re sayin’, but I know you’re talking to ME.'”

Thanks, Evan.  See you in the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

RADIO is more than music!

To me, Radio is more than music.  Radio is arts and entertainment, news and information, stories that expand my understanding, word pictures that describe places I’ve never been.  It’s not just music, nice as that is.

Radio Newark is a project designed to deliver the ideal mix of audio content to individuals around the world.   As a concept, it’s WAY over the top.  But that’s the goal anyway.  Are you with me?  Because I need your help.  Can’t do this by myself.

Here’s the vision:

I am interested in uplifting, mentally stimulating, scientific-, historical-, and internationally-oriented spoken work programming.

What is an InfoBloc?  InfoBlox are our way of delivering knowledge, entertainment, spirituality, and fun.  They are short (say, three to seven minutes long), well-produced segments of the spoken word in English.  Perhaps a talk from Ted.com, a story from Fox Sports, a podcast from the Jet Propulsion Labratory, an challenge to be better from Robin Sharma, an insight from Roy H. Williams.  There is a vast amount of content out there.  Radio Newark wants to find this content, catalog it, and bring it to an appreciative audience.  We (meaning us, you and me) may even generate some of our own content at some point.

So there it is.  Over the top, impossible to reach, can’t be done.  By me, anyway.  So I’m giving this idea to you, and asking for your help to make it happen.  Because I know that WE can make it happen.

Steve Worden

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