New Community Website

There is a great place I have found to connect. It is so new that there are only a few people on it so far. It’s like Facebook meets Twitter meets WordPress meets Google Docs!

It is designed for Vancouver Island however I’m sure it is okay for others to join in. It is for adults only and you must create an account to get in. Data is not sold and it is self moderating. Be kind and don’t be a troll!

Vancouver Highland

Subscription

The best way to support my show if you are not able to purchase a sponsorship is a free email subscription! The traffic on my website is just as important as a sponsor to let broadcasters know that my shows are being followed by ‘real’ people! So don’t let the social media giants take all the credit, let’s support all the real people that try to make your life better and click on our pages once and a while! I share a lot of information of the local websites of the people I interview. Now with all this said…

All you have to do is fill in the two fields below. One is your name, the other is your email address. Once you have done that then just click subscribe.  You will receive a confirmation email, in a minute or so, and in the email  you have to click the confirmation link. Then you are done! After this point, you will receive an email from me whenever I add a new post or page to my website.  You can always cancel the alerts at any time. I send around one or two emails a week at the most. And I would never sell the information on file.

Just a note, If you do not see the confirmation email, you may have to watch your junk folder because, well, just because a lot of real mail actually ends up in there.

-Martin

Support Local Programming

Our community is something that we cannot live without. Why not support local programming?

Martin @ the Crossroads is a TV program that shares the people and places that make our community on Vancouver Island unique. The program first aired in the summer of 2017 and has aired a new show every two weeks. As the producer and host I, Martin Anthony, have worked in media for many years both as a technical consultant and as creative talent.

The show is co-produced by ShawTV (North Island & Powell River) and myself. I’m what’s called a volunteer producer. I’m not paid for producing the show and to offset the costs of production (gas, guest meals, website, etc.), therefore I want to offer to you the following proposal that is a ‘win-win’ offer to your company or to individuals alike.

The Deal

For only $200 (+GST) you will receive an invoice for pre-paid services from  Systems Solar. Once the billing is complete, I can provide:

  • technical or creative services, and
  • mention you or your company in two upcoming show closing credits, and
  • write a blog post on my website of your support to the show, and
  • Each show also airs on YouTube, so your support will reach far beyond the local community.

The Services

The following pre-paid services are yours by appointment, in any combination, totalling $200 dollars:

$200.00

  • One page (500 word) voice over
  • advertising/marketing consultation
  • solar energy consultation
  • indoor acoustic consultation
  • outdoor noise consultation

$100.00

  • Small website SEO analysis and keyword update
  • 1 page (500 words) ad copy

$50.00/hr

  • Solar energy system repair & service
  • audio & video system service
  • electronics repair
  • audio or video production
  • web design
  • video editing
  • computer service or training

Note: The prices shown are less the taxes (which are paid in the offer) and do not include parts and travel outside the Comox Valley/ Campbell River area. Powell River will require ferry expenses to be paid by the sponsoring company.

How to Get It

Just click on the  ‘Pay Now’ image below to order. The order will be processed using Systems Solar’s billing system.




Once you have completed the purchase, I will personally schedule your services. For more information please use the contact page.

Fake News

If you know me, you know I know something about news. You know I was editor in chief of the English news department of an independent Turkish news agency for three years. I also have shared what I believe as pivotal world news stories. Given I was situated between Greece, the Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Cyprus for a decade and a half, maybe, just maybe, I have enough street ‘cred’ to choose a story.

However, my knowledge didn’t all come from within. It came from many people that I worked with. The people who I call journalists, correspondents, and reporters. These people all know their jobs. Some of them, never came home after an assignment. Some were in the field for months and even years. Some I trusted, others, trusted me. (I may explain this comment one day.) You see the trust of support and news-gathering is symbiotic. The most difficult part of working in news is seeing a story die before it is ever shared to the public. I saw thousands of news stories being produced around the world via my computer. The software that combined 10 different news sources that streamed all their news. Including the news I sent out to the world.

That news, which was prepared for broadcasting clients, typically panned out to four or five stories on the evening bulletins. Not really indicative of all that ENG work we thousands of people around the globe spent all day working on. News outlets rule the roost. Period.

This is a screen grab from Instagram that I took this morning of a former colleague of mine. This is the reality of how a story happens. My friend, on the left, is out there doing his job. Yes. His job. Be thankful you have people like this out there keeping you informed. Just like this blog post, you need to be reminded of where your news comes from.

I hope to see some comments here. Not just ‘likes’ on Facebook. Your ‘duty’ to be an informed news consumer is to make an attempt to filter fake news. The news reading public should actually visit the site where the story originated from. I see so many people share stories from third parties. If your going to share a story, share the link to the site, not some paid advertising Facebook page.

Like this blog post I have spent over thirty minutes preparing, writing, editing, and posting. I really would like to see some comments below. It lets me know you’re awake.

Good morning!

Martin @ the crossroads