Episode 41 is HatRadio!’s first year birthday celebration.

I love milestones and embracing the opportunity to celebrate an accomplishment. So, this episode is metaphorically the blowing out of 40 candles and expressing gratitude all over the place, for this gift, my freedom to actualize my creativity and share the bounty of HatRadio! with others. Hopefully, you consider this a gift as well. How lucky we are!!!

So, episode 41 is 1 hour and 40 minutes of my thoughts on each and every show we’ve broadcast since day 1. A lot has happened over this time, including:

  1. Of course the show was launched. That was a tad daunting as any decent podcast requires good equipment, and an ability to use it. I’m a slow learner, but I sort of figured it out.
  2. I worked closely with Howard Pasternack, my post-production guy, on tweaking here and there to ensure a great sounding show. I believe we’ve mostly achieved clarity and a pleasurable listening experience. Listeners have told me that. Of course, I still have to work on keeping my hands off the table and occasionally hitting the microphone, so Howard doesn’t have to clip out some crazy-ass noises.
  3. And then there are the shows. 40 of them. That is a decent body of work. I am deeply proud of this accomplishment. Remember, each show is about 1 hour and 30 minutes long, without pauses. While that is long according to some, most comments reflect the belief, it’s just right. Apparently, it’s a good drive-home show. I like that. It’s been good. Not yet my magnum opus but getting there.
  4. And most importantly, the thing I hear a lot from HatRadio! listeners is that schmoozes with my guests feel safe, warm and inviting. Out of this, the beginnings of a community has developed, one which embraces openness, authenticity, passion, one which is inspiring. It’s the HatRadio! community, one I think, is refeshing.

So have a listen to episode 41. I break up the 40 shows into groups of five, by order of calendar date. I talk about each one and then focus on 1 particular show in that group, with some deeper thoughts. My choice to concentrate on specific shows was mostly arbitrary. I love them all! I really do.

At 14:00 minutes listen to a monologue I do about the JEWISH PEOPLE and the stereotype about us, we are PENNY PINCHERS. I explain vociferously, how that is the furthest thing from the truth. Hopefully, some will listen and adjust any negative thoughts they have about the JEWISH PEOPLE.

Thank you to Jimmy Bensimon who is a huge social-media professional and supporter. Jimmy’s encouragement makes me move forward even in the toughest times. And there are tough times. Hugs to David Nefesh, a friend since we’re 8, for the HatRadio! song. It is a blues piece which I adore. David is a brilliant singer/songwriter and he gifted us with this gems. Thanks to Howard Pasternack for our Thursdays together and the professional work he’s done on editing the show and bringing it up to broadcast speed. We became pretty close during the year. Yashar Koach (Yiddish for ‘well done’) to all my guests who had the nuts to let people into their souls, answer my questions no matter how I positioned them, and essentially, sometime anyway, made me look like an okay interviewer. A special shout out to Gary and Paula, Vic and my nephew Yechiel – all of whom get what I’m trying to do on HatRadio!, are loyal listeners and compel me to get better. One needs such supporters. Thanks too, to Joan and Joseph for subscribing to HatRadio! They are my two subscribers and I am so humbled by their generosity and kindness. They are podcast soulmates. And of course,  a huge embrace to my boy who inspires me to wonder about life and to see truth, when I frequently miss it.

Broadcasting is my dream. It is my passion and I couldn’t have loved year 1 more. God willing year 2 should rock our pants off and this entire frickin thing should go viral. 🙂  (Watch what you hope for, dear! Ya, you’re right. Thanks. No problem).

Happy birthday to everyone. We are all a year wiser, hopefully. Let’s hope and pray all good people, everywhere, have the ability in the coming year to actualize their dreams, to be free, to be joyful…just like we have. Man, we’re blessed.

HatRadio! The show that schmoozes.

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