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!

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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.

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#TBT on #JSC (May 9, 2013): Hero Worship


Believe It or Not… ♣

DETROIT (JSC) — Greetings, people. It’s once again time for another edition of #TBTonJSC. This week, we’re talking heroes. In the couple of days that have passed since Charles Ramsey became the most hilarious hero this side of Darkwing Duck, I got to thinking about what this week’s #TBT would feature and it immediately hit me. Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a child of the 1980s (Not to be confused with being an 80s Baby — I was born in 1979). One of the best things about having grown up in the 1980s were the TV shows. In many cases, the shows had some of the greatest theme songs ever. Often the theme would be better than the show. Whether it was Diff’rent Strokes, The A-Team, Knight RiderMagnum P.I., Dallas, The Thundercats, or one of the numerous variations of The Cosby Show, TV came very strong. The TV of the 80s is why I think today’s television stinks. One 1980s show, however, had arguably the best theme ever: The Greatest American Hero. The actual name of the song is Believe It or Not. It got as high as #2 on the Billboard charts in 1981. It was legit. I was much too young to have seen much of the show’s original 1981 to 1983 run. I was just 4 years old when it was cancelled. In terms of the show itself, truthfully, it was straight basura on wheat toast. The premise of it was that this English teacher is visited by aliens and given a suit that gave him weird super powers. Unfortunately, he loses the instruction manual (!!!) and has to figure out how the damn thing worked for himself. The fact that show lasted two years, in my opinion, was that kick-ass theme song. Anyone who is over the age of 30 already knows how that song starts. Welp, in honor of Charles Ramsey, this week’s #TBTonJSC is the first of what will be many great TV theme songs from the 1980s. Let’s Go. Continue reading #TBT on #JSC (May 9, 2013): Hero Worship

Charles In Charge: The Birth of the New People’s Champ


And then a Hero Comes Along…♠

“I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway. DEEEEAD GIVEAWAY!” — Charles Ramsey.

DETROIT (JSC) — In this internet crazy age, things go viral faster than Chicken Pox in a pre-school. It is virtually impossible during a given day to avoid the latest internet pablum that spreads like wildfire. Whether it’s a stray #hashtag on Twitter, to an innocuous trending topic, to one of a multitude of ridiculously hilarious memes on Facebook & Instagram, to some ridiculous YouTube video trend that gets way out of control (see: Shake, Harlem), you couldn’t avoid this crap if you tried. Some of the most notorious are the man-on-the-street TV interviews that eventually find their way onto YouTube. I think we all know someone who uncorks the obnoxiously overplayed “Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat!” from last year’s Tennessee internet “superstar” Sweet Brown. Others remember Antoine Dodson, 2011’s internet champ, getting everywhere with the “Hide Yo’ Kids. Hide Yo’ Wife” and managing to parlay it into such things as free tickets to a UFC Event at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Every so often, however, some absolute Gold falls from the heavens. Something that is the perfect combination of topical, unbelievable, and brimming with soundbytes. That’s where Charles Ramsey comes in. This dude’s startling act of heroism yesterday in Cleveland — and the subsequent interview for the ages — has made him an unexpected superstar and proved that regardless of who you are or how you look, you can still be a true champion. Let’s Go.

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