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Are you a fan of radio hosts like WBEZ’s Ira Glass from This American Life? Sarah Koenig from Serial? They all started somewhere! With public radio’s resurgence as a platform for new voices, stories, and sounds, the importance of college radio stations only grows. With colleges and universities dealing with budget cuts, their radio stations take a hit, too. Some shut down and students miss out on incredible opportunities.

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Here are 5 reasons to support a college radio station

  • First of all, they’re a starting point for students interested in journalism, music, broadcasting, mechanical and electrical engineering careers. So, it’s the perfect place to experiment in mixing the arts and sciences.
  • Hands on experience. Ultimately, radio hosts can discuss news in an on air format, research and organize a story, DJ and mix music, learn to use recording software, radio equipment, and FCC rules and regulations.
  • Furthermore, it diversifies the airwaves with freeform news and music programming. DJs and news anchors often have content control. Both often feature news oriented towards the community like local music or cultural events.
  • As a listener, you’ll find that college radio stations are often noncommercial. Consequently, the music or news program you’re tuned in to will have very few, if any, annoying interruptions.
  • Finally, college radio stations often let community members join, so anyone can reap the benefits!
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Blog Post How to Make a Great Martini Martini There’s been a lot of ink spilled debating the gin vs. vodka martini wars and as a residential expert on the matter, here is my recipe for drinking excellence:
  • Ice
  • Properly chilled, stemmed martini glasses (Properly chilled means your glasses should be in the freezer for a minimum of one hour prior to making the martini).
  • Add one cap full of dry Vermouth.
  • Add Grey Goose or Belvedere grain Vodka.
  • A glass pitcher or metal shaker. Most martinis are stirred, you can have it shaken of course, but if you ask any bartender worth their salt, they’ll tell you should stir a martini.
  • Add some olive brine or olive juice to the mix.
  • Garnish: Olives, 2 max on the toothpick. A lemon peel can work as well.
  • And last, but obviously not least: Enjoy the King of Cocktails. Here is a video in case the need arises:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jq4tPutdGQ
Some background on the drink: A dry Martini is made with dry, white vermouth. By the Roaring Twenties, it became common to ask for them. Over the course of the century, the amount of vermouth steadily dropped. During the 1930s the ratio was 3:1, and during the 1940s the ratio was 4:1. During the latter part of the 20th century, even 50:1 or 100:1 Martinis became considered the norm.

A dirty Martini contains a splash of olive brine or olive juice and is typically garnished with an olive.

A perfect Martini uses equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth.

James Bond famously drinks a “vodka Martini, shaken, not stirred.”

  • The phrase first appears in the novel Diamonds Are Forever (1956), though Bond does not actually say the line until Dr. No (1958) but says it “shaken and not stirred” instead of “shaken, not stirred.” It was first uttered by the James Bond character played by Sean Connery in Goldfinger in 1964, though the villain Dr. Julius No offers this drink and utters those words in the first film, Dr. No, in 1962.

Martinis are serious drinks, for serious people. Case in point:

 Frank

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I am behind the times when it comes to the world of content marketing. Sure, it makes sense to produce relevant information to interested customers. But who feels like it when we are already generating plenty of leads? Well, as the leads from direct response slow down, appreciating that content marketing is now a necessity for reaching new plateaus in our business. So, finally got my head in the game and am excited to put time and focus into a cohesive content marketing effort, but is it too late?

BlueSky’s Blank Canvas Content Marketing

If I am lagging in this, so is all of blueSky Marketing. We have never produced content like infographics or videos to distribute to interested customers to drive future engagement. While we have provided basic information for free on webpages, nothing is focused beyond immediate lead capture. Planned initiatives pumping out useful, funny or interesting information to other spheres like social, would drive engagement and boost our SEO in the longer-term. With an increased pace of content creation, you can see how it would be easy to think that we will simply not be able to catch up. The pitfall we need to avoid is pushing out slap-dash content just to say we are ‘doing content marketing.’ After reading articles for class this week, slapdash content would be counter-productive. There needs to be an interlocking plan between different platforms. An optimized content marketing plan that has us promoting relevant information to our target audience(s) across all channels with a semblance of coordination.

A New Hope

After reading Scherer’s article on content marketing via social, I have real hope that we can get in the game! He describes the ‘glacier’ method of content creation. This methodology would be a great place for our team to start. In that model, we would create a very rich piece of content deeply describing our product. I am envisioning this piece to be as broad in scope and as detailed as possible with features and benefits. In my world of writing, it takes an arduous process of writing and revising to come up with something truly insightful. The unpopular fact is, this will require labor hours to be taken from other projects. However, the ROI will be there! From that initial detailed piece, stats and insights can be taken and broken into ‘slivers’. Slivers can be made into ‘snack-able’ content pieces to be distributed across all platforms. Enhancing visibility will be a long process, but the ‘Glacier’ strategy gives me a simple roadmap. Unfortunately, the results will not be immediate so management will need to be convinced. This is where managing-up begins for me. Not getting started with content marketing is not an option. The longer we wait, the further we fall behind the 8 ball…        
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After living in the US  for 10 years, I’ve realized how little people know about Honduras. A country smaller than the state of Ohio is easy to get lost amongst 197 countries. Far and few in between I’ll meet someone who has travelled to Honduras. But for the most part the country’s image is plagued by negative media and advertising. The US state department is constantly issuing travel warnings and if Honduras makes it to the news, it is never a good headline. While Honduras faces many challenges, it is a captivating country filled with biodiversity, pristine beaches and historical sites. It is the perfect destination for thrill seekers and curious adventurers.

Destinations

  • Bay Islands
The Bay Islands are known for its spectacular marine ecosystem, white sandy beaches, and its tropical forest.The islands’ reefs are the second largest barrier reef in the world; hence it is a top destination for divers.
  • Copan Ruins
Copan is one of the most important archeological sites found in Central America. This ancient city showcases the creative genius of an advanced ancient civilization, the Mayans. Most noteworthy are the city’s pyramids and colorful temples.
  • Ecotourism
Due to its geographical location, Honduras is home to the second largest tropical rainforest reserve in the continent. The Rio Platano Biosphere is a preserved area and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This region contains a wealth of plant and wildlife diversity. Other destinations include beaches along the Atlantic; such as Trujillo, Tela and La Ceiba. Furthermore, visitors can also enjoy river rafting expeditions through the Rio Cangrejal. Or you can travel inland and visit the historic old capital of Comayagua. So whenever you read a not-so-nice headline, you now know that amidst all the chaos, it is truly a great country. And hopefully next time you plan your next tropical vacation you will think about Honduras.
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