buy ivermectin It was one year ago tonight that I sat at this same couch and typed on this same laptop and wrote An Open Letter To Kevin Kietzman. Â What was to follow was unanticipated, unexpected and incredible.
That was the night â€œFake Nedâ€ was born. Â Sure, Ned had been a twitter loudmouth for almost a year by then, but the Open Letter started a chain of events that is startling to me even a year later.
The immediate aftermath was that Kevin Kietzman responded to it on his show the next day. It went â€œKansas City Viralâ€ meaning that it was referred to by many blogs, articles and posts. Â At this point, I recognized that it was going to be an opportunity for me, personally. Â Having never done anything overtly â€œpublicâ€ before, I said to myself that I was going to really have some fun with it. Â To quote a Kardashian sister tweet, #YOLO.
I canâ€™t tell you why I decided to live this year with a â€œbucket listâ€ mentality, but I stopped talking myself out of things and start saying to myself â€œwhy the fuck not.â€
So I began to blog more passionately. Â The #RadioWars stuff had really struck a nerve with people who, like me, are ardent followers of one station or the other – or one show or the other.
I began podasting, first with KC Royalman on his already established Royalman Report podcast at 31st & Wyandotte and later on my Rambling Morons podcast from a studio I made out of our downstairs TV room. Â Dubbed, â€œThe Man Caveâ€ we have seen local celebrities such as Danny Parkins, Nick Wright, Mick Shaffer, Rustin Dodd, Sam Mellinger, Danny Duffy, Brad Westmar, Kent Babb, Chris Merrill and DannyBoi. Â Iâ€™ve also helped with several other podcasts and appeared on almost a dozen others. Iâ€™ve also started writing a weekly column (and a few other articles) for an actual newspaper, The Platte County Landmark while learning so much from their editor, Ivan Foley.
I was part of a cover story for INK Magazine with a picture of me actually on the cover. Â I was selected for a Bloggers Night event at Kauffman Stadium and last month actually covered an Omaha Storm Chasers game as a credentialed reporter. My Twitter handle was chanted on ESPN2 and I had a Minor League Manager attempt to talk me out of posting a video on the internet for fear it would go viral… because it did.
In the year that passed Iâ€™ve made a shit-ton of new friends, both on twitter, in real live and in the media. Â Iâ€™ve also picked up more than a few enemies and haters. Â All of whom have fueled me to do more.
Iâ€™ve accepted (and probably earned) a total of $0 for all of this. Partly out of learning that thereâ€™s no money in podcasting, blogging and tweeting and partly because itâ€™s not about the money and partly because itâ€™s been an entertainment value to fuck with the system the way I have this past year. You canâ€™t put a price on that. Â Itâ€™s about producing content that people seem to enjoy reading, listening to and watching. Â I canâ€™t tell you how many people have watched, read or seen anything Iâ€™ve done this year, but I can tell you itâ€™s more than watched any of the shit I wrote in previous years, which was nothing.
And now, here we are. One year ago tonight, I wrote that letter to Kevin Kietzman about what I thought his radio show should be and decided to become part of the solution… or the problem… I forget. Â And on the same day that the phrase I coined, #RadioWars claimed its first real casualties as Jared Carter and Mark Carman, both of 610 Sports Radio, were fired. Â Tonight, I am host of a radio program that is recorded at the studios that Kevin Kietzman owns. Â Life is funny.
This post may simply seem like a string of #HumbleBrags. Â And I get that. Â But my point here is that for the first time in my life I decided to get off my fat ass and do something and here we are a year later and Fake Ned has over 5,600 followers, weâ€™ve got a Podcasting Network working and weâ€™re planning our first major event at the Negro Leagues Museum during All Star Weekend. Â Oh. And I turn 40 in a couple weeks where Iâ€™ll probably get Alzheimer’s and forget all of this.
Point is… As the Kardashians always say… You Only Live Once.
Happy Fake Ned-iversary.