"Radio affects most intimately, person-to-person, offering a world of unspoken communication between writer-speaker and the listener”. - Marshall McLuhan
When I was in college, I wanted to be on the radio.
The college I attend had a radio station and I thought being on air would be a cool and fun thing to do. But I never pursued it; instead, it just remained an idea that was in my head. I did not know what I wanted to say on air. All I knew was that I felt from somewhere deep within that I had something to share, but I did not know what that something was.
But besides music, I loved listening to talk radio. I don't know how old I was when I first began listening to this type of radio, but for someone like me who loves learning and has a broad interest in a variety of topics, it was natural that I would be drawn to it. I am intrigued by people who have interesting ideas and information to share on a host of topics ranging from art, culture, politics, entertainment, and anything and everything else in between. I love the exchange of ideas. I love the power of information, especially when it is used in a way that makes a positive difference in some one's life. And I also love being able to expand and enhance my knowledge base.
The idea of being on the radio never left me and it would pop up from time to time over the course of my life. For example, several years ago, I was writing primarily for myself and the idea of being on the radio came up again. The problem was the probability of this happening was zero. By this time I was out of college, a new mother, and working full time. There was nothing in my life that said this idea of mine was doable.
But the idea would not leave me alone. So I started "practicing". I would record myself reading my essays onto cassette tapes. Yes, cassette tapes! I recorded several tapes and for some reason unknown to me, I believed with each recording I would one day share my words and ideas with other people. What I did not know was when that day would come.
Fast forward to five weeks ago, when I launched wordsbytara.com Podcast series. This is my version of "being on the radio". When I started my site over a year ago, creating a podcast series was one of the things I wanted to do. I did some initial research on podcasting and created a plan for my series but it took a while for me to put it into action. This is attributed simply to fear wanting to take over. I knew that it was something I had to follow through on and it was a culmination of all those times the radio idea would never leave me.
The wordsbytara Podcast series takes you behind the scenes of what it is like to be a Dream Maker. I share stories from my journey, ideas, and information with the intention of saying something that will encourage other women to pursue their dreams.
While podcasting is still a new experience for me, it has confirmed the importance of paying attention to that small voice inside of you that gives you clues about who you are and what you came to do in the world.
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