Introducing My New Logo, the Mighty Retrobot

After doing a podcast for a few years now, one are I’ve really dropped the ball is in producing an original logo. It makes iTunes happy, it makes Blubrry happy, and it hopefully makes listeners to the podcast happy.

I’d like to say I did it myself, but people around here know better than to put things in the hands of the blind man that could be potentially dangerous. Among them are guns, steering wheels, and crayons. Amazingly they give me sharp pointy things once in a while, and hammers, I can’t forget hammers. Hey, it’s only my thumb on the line here, and little dents all around the nail.

But I digress.

The image was concocted in about 30 minutes, and I’ll bet it looks like it. It’s all I got, I like it, and I’m keeping it.

However, if you think you can do better, I have a prize to give away to any of you artistically gifted people. Here’s the deal.

Send me an image in a jpg or png format. You can draw it then scan it into your computer if you like. If you snail mail me original artwork, you’ll have to pay the postage, and entries become the property of the Retro Radio Podcast. That means me, but if you really want them back I’ll see what I can do.

The image needs to be up to the standards to post on iTunes. 1400 by 1400 pixels.

Draw me a picture of what you think my Retrobots look like. The whole gang includes:

David, not my first Retrobot, but the one I’ve had around the longest. He can be pretty ornery, and likes to tease people.

Callie, his sister who is a no nonsense kind of announcer. Loud and even tempered, but don’t rock her boat, because she knows how to sass back.

Dunkin, their slow talking Scottish uncle. He doesn’t talk much, but when he’s not announcing, he can put the unruly bots in their place.

Anna, the genii in my computer’s lamp. OK, she’s just the Microsoft Anna voice that comes built in, but she managed to bail me out of a tight spot when all the bots went on strike. She can be a little naive, and I think she has a crush on somebody in the crew.

Lee, he kind of showed up when Jill came back after the Retrobot walk out. I haven’t found a role for him yet, but he has a nice voice for announcing the shows.

Jill, yeah, what ever happened to Jill? She came back, then disappeared on me again. I hope she just didn’t get tired of Lee, and dumped him for some other bot. She could be counted on for just about any hosting job I could throw at her. Maybe she left me for more money somewhere else.

Tom. A no nonsense kind of guy. A little dense, but he could read a line and make it sound good. He just never came back after the big Retrobot uprising and walk out. I hear he has a job working for the weather alert channel on my cable company.

There were a few other early Retrobots, but they just never had names, and the technology to power them is a thing of the past. They’ve had to retire to that big Retrobot graveyard in the… um… where ever it is, they’re there.

So, there you have it. A brief profile on who the bots are. Will you do it? Will you draw me a picture to enter into a contest?

The prize.

I have a boxed set of old time radio shows. If you listen to Dennis Humphrey, and the many shows he posts in the Radio Memories Network, you may know he offered this set from his podcast a couple years ago. It is no longer available, and Dennis now offers other products.

The DVD’s originally were sold for $12.95 apiece, and the 10 disks when purchaced together were $112.90. They come in boxes that, when lined up on a shelf make a nice picture. There’s about 6000 episodes, that’s 600 in each of the 10 genres that they represent.

I’d hate to break up the set. It’s still in close to new condition. That’s why I’ll give it away for the prize to the winning entry. It’ll be good for me, and good for you.

All it’ll take to win this prize is to send me your best drawing, or an image of whatever creative artwork you can take a picture of to illustrate the Retrobot hosts in the show.

I don’t know how many people might respond. I’ll keep the contest open at least until the end of the year, December 31, 2013, and see what happens. I hope I hear from you.

If you need to smail mail me something, you can get my mailing information from my podcast page.

http://retro-otr.com/contact

If you need to attach an entry to an email, you can send it to: keith.

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New Memberships are Now Available Join Today

New Memberships are Now Available Join Today

Here’s the quickest way to get started, and with the least obligation on fans of the podcast, just go to the main page of the Retro Radio Podcast.
Click the piggy bank icon that looks like this: .

Piggy bank with a coin going in. Bonus 30 day membership for $5.payment

This piggy bank doesn’t work, so for more options see: Register.

If you’re already a member, then you’re still in. Thanks for being there for me already. If you like, you can choose one of the paid options on the register page, but you don’t have to upgrade unless you want.

Why am I doing this, charging money for a membership? Believe me, it’s not to make money. I really don’t want to put a price tag on what I do with the podcast, and web site. I’d still do it, even if nobody found the site. It’s fun and it keeps me busy. Writing the episode articles is a labor of love, and offering an archive of some of the shows I have is just a fun way to distribute this nearly forgotten form of entertainment to a future generation.

I believe that podcasting is the way to go, especially when accompanied with the notes I write up. Anybody can stumble on an archive of a particular show, but more often than not, all you get is a long list of dates, and titles that don’t describe the action in the show very well. You might as well just flip through a library card catelog. Boring. Sure, there are better, and more complete archives of radio logs out there, with the sentence or two long synopsis of what appeared in the limited space of the original newspaper, or radio guides. There are better reference resources if you want to know all the actors, engineers, writers an producers of a show. All I do is listen to the show, jot down a few tidbits to do a mini book report on what happened in the episode, and occasionally add in a few extra observations and notes. I’m definitely not the best writer around, and you’re sure to find plenty of typos, misspelled names, and grammar that needs work.

My real goal is to help the visitor find something interesting, and be tempted to be drawn in enough to get hooked on listening to the episode.

Back to my question. Why am I making people pay for a membership? It’s all about putting a throttle on malicious robot web crawlers.

On any given day I would have over a dozen new member sign ups, and sometimes 3 or 4 times that. A great deal were being filtered by email spam filters, and a lot of the rest were using a bogus email account. The result was me getting a lot of bounced back emails, a bloated database of fake users, and spam comments that I kept having to delete. I was putting in nearly half a working day just dealing with it.

I want people to sign up. I want people to be members. I want people to be active in leaving comments for me. Notice the glaring lack of the words “robot”, or “spam ads” in those statements? Unfortunately the spammers are in it to direct traffic to sell their junky products, and it leaves real people holding the bag if they want to participate. The only robots I even want anywhere around is my Retrobot show hosts.

I like this project, and building the web site that helps to deliver it. It would be nice to keep it clean, family friendly, and easy to use.

With all that said, I hope people will understand. By placing even a small dollar value on the membership, it hangs at least a little value on what I do. It offers a minimal amount to show that a real person agrees that there’s value in these old shows, and tidbits of pop culture and history of a time gone by.

Honestly, if you think I’m wrong, and think I shouldn’t be charging any money, drop me a line. You can find all my contact info on my contact page. I’ll gladly let you in, as long as you’re a human. I’d gladly refund your money if you don’t feel that the membership is worth it. However, due to the way Paypal makes their money, I’ll refund you back, less the charges they take out.

If you think it’s a great deal, then wonderful. You know what to do. You can also contact me to let me know what added features you’d like to see in a member area. If you have some files, pictures, ideas for growing the site, I definitely want to hear from you.

I hope that explains it all, but if it didn’t, feel free to leave a comment.