Thanks for Everything (So Far…)


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — Hey Now. What Up Doe, y’all.

I wanted to to write this to personally thank you for being so supportive of me and JSC throughout 2017. We just finished another insane year and I couldn’t have made it through without you. So, Thank You. Dammit, thank you. It is greatly appreciated. 

JSC Illingsworth Big LogoThe toughest part of doing all of this is that it’s been a titanic feat getting support — both financial and emotionally — for the work that I do. It’s HARD, y’all. So I’m also writing this to let you know that your support has not been in vain. Little by little between here, Instagram, and my page on Patreon, the show has slowly gained a foothold. For that, I am definitely appreciative.

The reason I started the Patreon page was as a way to give back to fans and supporters who were willing to put their literal money where their mouths are. The money itself helps keep JSC Radio and THIS Website alive (i.e. paying for upgraded equipment, paying for the website subscription, the Dropbox and Adobe subscriptions, buying a mixer and new mics, etc.). Well, very soon, the fruits of that labor will start to come to fruition as I will be getting a new mixer and at least one new microphone for better sound quality.

Your continued support made this happen and will make things such as a second mic — which would make in-studio and more face-to-face interviews possible — the next move as this year rolls on. Again, THANKS TO YOU! Y’all are awesome.

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I wasn’t joking. That battery been gone.

Going forward, the next major goal is to get a new computer. I’ve joked about it a few times in blogs on this site, in person at seminars, and on the show, but I seriously do this from an Apple Mac Book that I bought when I started graduate school nearly a decade ago. To give you an idea of how old this computer is: the battery basically gave out four years ago. Apple no longer makes replacements for it. Therefore, this thing must stay plugged in at all times and it moves as slowly as an old Windows PC on dial-up at times, which makes for even longer nights editing shows and getting new stuff out to YOU. There’s a reason there’s often a bit of a lag time between when shows hit Soundcloud, iTunes, Audioboom, etc. and when a blog hits here. The shit literally takes hours to do because of the computer.

So going forward the rest of the year, look for an even bigger push for Patreon and Sponsors because I would really like to turn this old computer into something new that will help me get better content out to you faster.  I want you to continue supporting JSC because it is definitely working, but also I could always use more help.

I have hundreds of likes on the Facebook Page — which is amazing — along with nearly 3,000 followers between the two handles on Twitter. But I have the damndest time getting some of these page views and downloads up. So what I’m saying is that if you support me and this show, I need y’all to be vocal about it. Be loud. It’s cool. How do I know what to keep doing if you’re not saying anything?

So feel free to drop this site’s link in your social media and as well as a link to the Patreon Page (which, by the way, if you aren’t a Patron, you should be) on your social media and help get the word out for me. The more people I get, the more money comes in, and the more great stuff I can give back to you.

Plus, if you have a business or nonprofit that could use some promotion, let’s work something out. I’m trying to help you build too.

Feel free to support this show by subscribing, sharing links, giving me a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and/or Stitcher and telling others as I continue to build this thing.

In closing, I wanna once again thank you for being brave enough to take the leap and support JSC. Look for the Return of #JSCWOW as well as I need to get back to dropping these gems on you too. Thank you for everything in 2016 and 2017. Let’s build in 2018.

Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ

 

JSC Radio Ep. 50: Stick To Sports


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What’s good people! So, somehow, we made it to 50 Episodes — FIDDY! — of the People’s Podcast. But this one is going in a completely different direction from the rest of them.

For the first 49 shows, most of them have had some kind of intro or compelling hook or fun tag. This one’s a stone cold commentary that goes back to my roots. It’s threefold. I’m defending my friend (Jemele Hill). I’m defending my chosen profession (journalism) and I’m defending my people from the silly scourge of “#StickToSports.” The idea that “sports is an escape from everyday life” is a laughable lie. The thought that we have to “keep politics out of sports” rings hollow when most of the major sports stories of the last 100 years have been “political” in nature — Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, John Carlos & Tommie Smith, The 1972 Munich Olympic massacre, The 1980 Miracle On Ice, etc. — and have shaped the face of sport around the world. To say otherwise is intellectually dishonest and disingenuous.

So here’s Episode 50. A commentary that refuses to #StickToSports.

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudApple PodcastsStitcher Radio, and Google Play! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

A New Episode drops every week — usually on Thursday or Friday.  Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 50: Stick To Sports

Updates: JSC’s New Look, JSC Radio Season 2, Episode 38, and Moving Forward!


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What’s Up y’all! So, ummm, if you’ve noticed, a few things have changed around here at the good ol’ Mothership. The #JSCBlog has become JayScottSmith.com, for starters. It’s been years in the making getting this blog to become an actual site and over the course of the next few weeks, you’re going to see all of the changes. JSC Radio has become much more of a THING since I last posted here back in September. The People’s Podcast still doesn’t have a set genre, which is by design. I’ve taken to calling it a lifestyle podcast. It’s a podcast that uses sports as a backdrop for everyday life. In the Last few months, the show has expanded from SoundcloudiTunes and Stitcher Radio to adding Google Play to the network! Also, as you’ve seen on the JSC Radio page, we’re now up to 38 full episodes, with the most recent dropping last night. Going forward, expect there to be an update every week when a new show drops — usually, but not always — every Thursday. The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

Head over to the JSC Radio page to catch up on Episodes 18-37 including where I interviewed a rising star at ESPN, talked to a dynamic young woman who is changing the way we look at Feminism, managed to apologize — then un-apologized — to the Detroit Lions, talked about Ric Flair’s greatest hour, and we passed a milestone one-year anniversary that also talked about WrestleMania and so much more. There’s also the detail of This Week’s show, where I get serious about mental health, Steve Stephens, and Aaron Hernandez.

Continue reading Updates: JSC’s New Look, JSC Radio Season 2, Episode 38, and Moving Forward!

JSC Radio – Episode 2: Social Outcasts


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  Fresh off of a week where we damn near had a riot in Chicago during an alleged Presidential rally, it’s time for Episode 2 for JSC Radio. This week’s subject: Is it possible for us as a society to start to treat each other better? Judging from some of the crap I see on such wonderful places such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others, probably not. I’m an 80s baby. I’m not so old that I don’t get that times change (and please don’t think I’m gonna sit here and say that “My day was better than…” or any of that garbage. But what I will say is that we seem to be in a battle to take things back to a time when people were pretty trash to others and it was readily accepted. If I had the patience and the time, I’d scour Twitter to find some really reprehensible things that people say to each other — trust me, it wouldn’t take me very long — as an example of how sh*tty we are to people these days. This week’s show is my take on how social media, and social dialogue in general, has headed down the toilet and how we need to think about being better people. Let’s Go.

Continue reading JSC Radio – Episode 2: Social Outcasts

Hate Crimes: My Manifesto on “Haters”


You’ll Probably Hate This…

“If you are talentless, without ambition, morbidly obese, illiterate, or foul smelling: You do NOT have Haters! Some people just don’t like you.” — Carmelita Wingate. Longtime friend, from Twitter in 2009.

DETROIT (JSC) — I sit here at this desk as a 32-year-old Black man from inner-city Detroit. I have a small number of people I call my true friends. I have an even smaller contingent of people I call family. I have acquaintances, confidants, Frat brothers, Sorors, and people who are just fans who are along for the ride (thank you for the support by the way). I also have people who don’t like me, care for me, despise me, or even waste a nanosecond of their time thinking about me. This too is just fine with me. The one thing I do not have, will not have, and never have had are “Haters”. Not one. Nobody. I mean, I’ve had people who didn’t support me or what I was doing. I’ve had countless people who didn’t like me. Hell, when I was in Lansing six years ago, there was a cat that I’d never met running around Lansing claiming that I was bisexual and he had seen me in a club with a man. When I confronted him about it, his ass suddenly bailed off the other end of the phone and hid behind his girlfriend. TRUE STORY! I get it. MFers are not going to like me, and guess what: I’M FINE WITH THAT! Hell, I’m an acquired taste as it is. Not everyone is gonna get it. But here’s my issue, part of the problem with this country as a whole, and the black community in particular, is that we are too busy worrying about people who don’t like us. We crave their approval and use it as some sick & twisted motivator. It’s time to face facts: You don’t have “haters.” As the above quote says: “Some people just don’t like you!” Let’s Go. Continue reading Hate Crimes: My Manifesto on “Haters”