Reasons to Become a Podcaster on BBS Radio
Become a globally syndicated podcaster on BBS Radio and syndicate your own show files, and all your attached episode information, to a global market. Our system is extremely powerful and effective! It has the ability to make your information search engine lovable! Once your information is entered, your podcasting data becomes highly relevant and search engine preferred due to meta-tagging and coding properties, which ultimately makes your information highly visible! Our system sends your information almost everywhere, instantly and automatically. For a list of all the amazing benefits, please read below, then call us if you have any questions 888-710-8061! We do talk shows right!
Shows can be scheduled during any open time slot for live professional call-in talk shows with a board operator. We do it all for you! You just do good radio!
Shows can be scheduled during any open time slot for live professional interactive call-in talk show with a board operator "show engineer". Live, interactive, on-demand professional broadcasting services will be made available during any open time slot on Station 1 or Station 2! A professional program engineer will micro manage all aspects of your broadcast. This qualified "board op" calls you and your guests prior to your broadcast and facilitates all interactivity during your show. They are courteous and professional when communicating with you, your co-host(s), your guest(s), your callers, sponsors and/or advertisers. They screen call-ins to the show, in any manner you desire, and offer continuous support throughout the program, making sure everyone's sound levels and dynamic ranges are optimal, making sure all live streams are functioning normally, calling your scheduled guests on time, and adding call-ins to your show into the que, all the while notifying you of everything. Dropped calls are quickly handled and recovered! All program clips are inserted properly (and as requested) along with all your bumpers and liners, commercials, intro and outro files. The board operator handles half a dozen call-in lines and gets everyone, guests, callers and hosts on the right connection, based on the device they are using like a phone, analog or digital connection, codec, computer, iPod, iPad, conference system, other network studio stream, Skype, IP telephony software, etc. When the broadcast is finished, the show engineer will edit out any problems (noted during the broadcast) like loud noises, background mistakes, dial tones, false starts, overly long pauses, video glitches, etc., when required, or when desired by the host. The broadcast will then be added to your show page, with all the necessary information added to the broadcast episode details so that your broadcast is complete and already in syndication! (On Demand Live Interactive Broadcasting with Live Service!)
Live on-demand broadcasting of your chosen podcasts at times and days of your choosing! Livecast your podcast.
Live on-demand broadcasting of your chosen podcasts at times and days of your choosing! You may choose any open time slot on either Station 1 and Station 2. If there is no show scheduled during a desired time slot, you can choose to broadcast a podcast to our live audience during that hour! Your Show will appear on the Main Schedule and on the Station Schedule prior to your broadcast. Simply email us your show name, your podcast title and the time and date you wish to broadcast. (On Demand Live Broadcasting of your Podcasts! Livecast your Podcast!)
Free set-up of your universe. We spent the few hours it takes to create you a highly customized and changeable program page, bio page, and podcast universe with almost unlimited expansion capability, at no charge!
Free set-up of your universe. We spent the few hours it takes to create you a highly customized and changeable program page, bio page, and podcast universe with almost unlimited expansion capability, at no charge! Obtain a highly visibly and fully customized professional program website page(s) that you can later edit at will. All content posted to your program profile page(s) is editable via a simple user interface. This includes giving you a live instant and dynamic chat board, donation buttons, feature rich blog and article pages, personalized program banner, and much more. A complete universe built for you using cutting edge software! We create and customize this universe for you and then give you the "Keys to the Kingdom". Many broadcasters receive significant traffic to their websites via their presence on BBS Radio. You will be able to easily promote your books, courses, workshops, videos, online classes and other products and services, advertisers and sponsors! Write blogs and columns in your area of expertise. Attract new clients to your business and donations to your cause! Exciting new and interactive features are added regularly to the website! (Personal and Highly Customized Pages!)
Obtain a vast array of statistical variables to give you all the performance statistics you'll need, and more!
Obtain a vast array of statistical variables to give you the performance statistics you need, and more, for your live broadcasts and "on demand" podcasts, that are being globally syndicated. This dynamically driven data is available anytime your are logged-in from your own statistical Dashboard. A powerful tool to help you gauge your audience and see what works. We capture the meaningful data, not the fluff. Exactly what you need! (Statistical Dashboard of Meaningful Data!)
Mass coverage at the click of a button! Complete Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest integration for all major posts!
We are fully integrated within the World's largest five social networks. Whether featuring your next guest, highlighting an upcoming show, writing an article or posting a blog, that information gets instantly posted to all three of your social networks and BBS Radio's own Facebook, Twitter LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest pages. Mass coverage at the click of a button! True social network syndication! This is an extremely powerful feature! If you have a strong social network presence or not, you'll benefit. (Complete Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram & Pinterest Integration!)
Feeds that properly submit your data automatically to Google Play and Apple / iTunes with your own podcast feed. We also podcast your productions to iHeart Radio, Google Play, TuneIn, Spreaker, Player.fm, ListenNotes, Blubrry, Podbean, YouTube, Spotify, CastBox, iVoox, Pocket Casts, PodBay, OverCast, Chartable, Whooshkaa, Radio Public, etc. There are over 50 podcast portals you can be in, quickly, easily and dynamically.
Global syndication of your podcasts to major portals. We automatically syndicate your talk show programs to iTunes / Apple and Google Play, and we provide you with a dynamic feed link that can syndicate your podcasts to as many other podcast affiliates as you wish. We also podcast your productions so that they will be picked up by iHeart Radio, Google Play, TuneIn, Spreaker, Player.fm, ListenNotes, Blubrry, Podbean, YouTube, Spotify, CastBox, iVoox, Pocket Casts, PodBay, OverCast, Chartable, Whooshkaa, and Radio Public. In less than a minute you can be visible somewhere else, where everything, from then on, is done for you automatically. We syndicate your programs to other networks and the world via wonderfully customized XML feeds. You will have your own RSS feed! We set this up for you. All of our many feeds are correctly coded and formatted for syndication. Once you start broadcasting with us, you'll have the opportunity to be heard by millions, whether live or non-live. These feeds then properly submit your data automatically to iTunes and other broadcasting networks like Stitcher, PodGallery, Podcast.de, PodTail, Anchor.fm and dozens more, quickly, easily and dynamically. At the push of a button! (Easy Global Syndication to all Major Radio Portals!)
When content is created, episodes uploaded, guests featured, shows headlined, blogs posted, and articles written, this information is posted to our Newsroom!
Feature and syndicate all your original content in our Newsroom, where all content is syndicated via RSS feeds for each category of news. Whenever something new happens on the network, when content is created, episode information is uploaded, guests featured, shows headlined, blogs posted, articles written, or music added to the network, this information is posted to our Newsroom! (Newsroom Syndication of Your Content!)
Have your promos and/or commercials aired throughout the network on both live station streams for maximum network commercial exposure.
Have your promos and/or commercials aired throughout the network on both live station streams when you sign up for the premium plan. These can be used to help promote advertisers, sponsors or oneself. You receive one 60-second commercial or two 30-second commercials, your choice, that will air throughout the network; on both station one and station two live streams. This is a fantastic way to advertise your show, your products, your services, your favorite sponsors, or whatever else you desire. Each commercial airs approximately 1-3 times per day per station. (Network Commercial Exposure!)
Our system accepts the podcasting of all audio files from 8 bit to 320 bit stereo sound, in most common audio formats! Our system also accepts mp4 video formats.
Our system accepts the podcasting of all audio files from 8 bit to 320 bit stereo sound, in most common audio formats! We also accept mp4 formats when syndicating / podcasting video productions. You can literally add podcasts whenever you want and podcast your shows 24/7. Simply upload your production files into the system and fill out a few questions regarding the show and the rest is done automatically for you. (Podcast in Almost Any Quality and Format!)
Easy, friendly, and reliable customer service 7 days a week, 14 hours a day, no exceptions.
We make finding answers and obtaining customer service easy, friendly, and reliable 7 days a week, 14 hours a day, no exceptions, so that you can do what you do best! We have a toll free customer service line and two direct lines available for almost instant service! (Always Live Customer Service!)
The ability to privatize, or take out of syndication, almost everything at the push of a button.
The ability to privatize every field (every piece of content) related to you, the user, and every individual show podcast, which you can checkmark to syndicate or take out of syndication! (Extreme Control at a Push of a Button!)
Full HTML code allowed, and source code visibility options for content input and display, and copy and past functions!
Full HTML code allowed, and source code visibility options for content input and display, and copy and past functions! Easily eliminate all unwanted code behind the content you paste into a field, so the information comes in correctly and displays itself correctly! (HTML and Source Code Edit and Visibility Options!)
Every link has information that will show up by hovering over it and every field has instructions below it! You can find, access, edit, publish, remove, modify, or make invisible almost everything at will!
Simple to use system with complete instructions. We have a quick read manual! We label everything! Almost every link has information that will show up by hovering over it. Every field has instructions below it, so in case you are wondering, you won't be left guessing. All aspects of your data can be easily found, accessed, manipulated, and changed, by you, at will, easily, at anytime, using a simple Internet connection device! (Find, Access, Edit and Publish everything easily!)
Quickly feature a guest on all BBS Radio's main pages, on your show page, in the Newsroom, on BBS Radio's top social sites and your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest feeds instantly.
Quickly feature a guest on BBS Radio's home page and on your show profile page just be selecting your show name, guest name and providing a broadcast date. This takes seconds, but will appear everywhere instantaneously. This information will also show up in the NEWSROOM and the largest and most visible Information SCROLLS at the bottom of BBS Radio's home page and Station 1 and Station 2 main pages. Even more impressively, this information is automatically posted to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn profile pages, as well as all BBS Radio's major social network pages (which include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & LinkedIn). This occurs automatically once you've connected your social accounts with BBS Radio, which only takes a second. Therefore, even if your social networks are small you'll have the advantage of promoting/syndicating/pre-marketing your upcoming information to our vast social networks. Ultimately when you press SAVE, your information becomes highly visible! (Feature Your Guests!)
Quickly headline a show on all BBS Radio's main pages, on your show page, in the Newsroom, on BBS Radio's top social sites and your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn feeds instantly.
Quickly headline a show on BBS Radio's home page and on your show profile page just be selecting your show name, a bit of text (the headline) and providing a broadcast date. This takes seconds, but will appear everywhere instantaneously. This information will also show up in the NEWSROOM and the largest and most visible Information SCROLLS at the bottom of BBS Radio's home page and Station 1 and Station 2 main pages. Even more impressively, this information is automatically posted to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn profile pages, as well as all BBS Radio's major social network pages (which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn). This occurs automatically once you've connected your social accounts with BBS Radio, which only takes a second. Therefore, even if your social networks are small you'll have the advantage of promoting/syndicating/pre-marketing your upcoming information to our vast social networks. Ultimately when you press SAVE, your information becomes highly visible! (Headline A Show!)
Write short blogs and special interest articles that show up everywhere automatically!
Write short blogs and special interest articles which post to BBS Radio's home page and on your show profile page. This information will also show up in the NEWSROOM and the largest and most visible Information SCROLLS at the bottom of BBS Radio's home page and Station 1 and Station 2 main pages. Even more impressively, this information is automatically posted to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn profile pages, as well as all BBS Radio's major social network pages (which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & LinkedIn). This occurs automatically once you've connected your social accounts with BBS Radio, which only takes a second. Therefore, even if your social networks are small you'll have the advantage of promoting/syndicating/pre-marketing your upcoming information to our vast social networks. Then use our robust, feature-rich system to globally syndicate your content with dedicated RSS Feeds providing XML data of your content for easy and automatic syndication to other sites accepting your posts via xml and for easy subscription by users wishing to subscribe to your materials and be sent your materials automatically (straight to their own devices) at the push of a button! Ultimately, all your blogs and articles will have statistics. You can add headlines, images, attach your show program link, add summaries, long or short body descriptions, using a feature rich WYSIWYG editor, add sponsor links, add key tags and phrases, and even add an unlimited number of additional supporting images. Articles and blogs can be published and unpublished at will. (Write Blogs and Articles!)
RSS Syndication feeds have been created around all content types, for easy and automatic syndication to other sites.
RSS Syndication feeds have been created around all content types, for easy and automatic syndication to other sites accepting the information via xml, and for easy subscription by users wishing to subscribe to the materials and be sent the information automatically (straight to their own devices) at the push of a button. This includes written blogs, articles, podcasts, featured guests, headlined shows, new music artists, and other content worthy of syndication and subscription! (Content has Syndication Ability and RSS Feeds!)
Add Program Handouts, PDF files, fliers, media kits, press kits, documents, etc. to your program page as downloadable document files.
Add Program Handouts, PDF files, fliers, media kits, press kits, documents, etc. to your program page as downloadable document files, to help further educate and enlighten your audience! (Add Documents to Your Pages!)
Upload audio clips, commercials, show promos, audio advertisements or any type of audio expression, even music, to your program page and episode pages!
Upload audio clips, commercials, show promos, audio advertisements or any type of audio expression, even music, to your program page and episode pages! (Add Audio Tracks to Your Pages!)
You can upload video files to your program page or embed video clips (via a simple embed code) into almost all your content creations!
You can upload video files to your program page or embed video clips (via a simple embed code) into almost all your other content creations that provide a WYSIWYG editor (including your newly created podcast episode pages, blogs, articles, headlined shows, profile page, show page, etc). This is a great way to promote YouTube videos, video endorsements, TV commercials, sponsor or advertiser presentations, and more! (Add Videos to Your Pages!)
Add small and large graphic banners (advertisements) to your show program page and to almost everything else, easily, with hyperlinks to your websites.
Add small and large graphics (banner advertisements) to your show program page and to almost everything else, easily, with hyperlinks to other locations. Sponsors and advertisers will love you for this. You can easily upload images that link to your website, of almost any size, and have them appear on your program page, podcast episode pages, and other locations, as easy as 1, 2, 3! (Upload Graphic Banners and Ads with Hyperlinks!)
Interact instantly with your listeners and visitors by having a dynamic interactive live chat board added to your profile page.
Have a dynamic interactive live chat board added to your profile page. Just ask! Interact instantly with your listeners and visitors. Share information and communicate during live broadcasts or at any other time! Use it as a message board update system for your audience or use it as a way to get listener questions during your live broadcasts. Sometimes people would rather type their questions vs calling in live during a radio broadcast! (Your Own Live Interactive Chat Board!)
Make and receive comments to columns, blog posts, featured guests, show episode descriptions, headlined shows, indie music artists, etc.
Almost all content created by a user of our system can be commented upon by members of BBS Radio. Membership is free and only requires a valid email address. Once a person signs up as a member they can make comments to columns, blog posts, featured guests, show episode descriptions, headlined shows, indie music artists, etc. Comments can also be turned off by the author of the content. Comments can be easily edited or deleted by the author! (Leave and Accept Comments!)
Add feedback to your show page and feature it throughout BBS Radio!
Feedback can be added, which will show up near the bottom of your show page. It will also be featured in the information SCROLLS on BBS Radio's home page and Station 1 and Station 2 main pages! (Add and Feature Your Feedback!)
Email notifications of content created in your name, with important links!
The system will automatically keep you informed by sending email notifications of content created for you or by you. The email notification will provide links and information to content in your name, whenever someone comments on your content, emails us to send you their contact information, desires to be a guest on a talk show, or when content is authored in your name like blogs, articles, featured guests, headlined shows, and show episodes! (Get Instant Notifications with Important links!)
Content meta-tagging ability allows you to use key words and key phrases, and highlight key information, for search engine optimization
Content meta-tagging ability allows you to use key words and phrases, and highlight key information, for search engine optimization; to search engines like Google. Meta-tagging options show up at the bottom of the content! It is automatically done by using snippets of code for your field inputs. The system does this all for you automatically, by picking out key phrases in titles and tag words from fields, etc., however, you can do this for yourself, and gain full control! By focusing on proper keywords, titles and phrases that repeat in your content and then adding this information to our meta-tagging fields, you can almost ensure that search engines will show only what you want, making the content more relevant and personal. It's an art and our system is the artisan, but you can use your own paint and our brushes at will! (Metatag Control for Search Engine Maximization!)
Your main Program Banner (568 px width) will be created free of charge.
Your main Program Banner (568 px width) will be created free of charge by our graphics department if you want one and don't have one for you show. Just send us any images or ideas you wish us to incorporate into the design and we'll take it from there. We're extremely good at this, and therefore need only one attempt. If you wish to hire our services for further image enhancement or development it's $69 per image/banner! (Free Program Banner Creation!)
Your main RSS Syndication image for RSS feed readers and syndication locations like iTunes, will be created free of charge.
Your main RSS Syndication image (1,400 x 1,400 image that must be less than 500 KB in size with RGB colors) for RSS feed readers and syndication locations like iTunes, will be created free of charge by our graphics department if you want one and don't have one for you show. Just send us any images or ideas you wish us to incorporate into the design and we'll take it from there. We're extremely good at this, and therefore need only one attempt. If you wish to hire our services for further image enhancement or development it's $69 per image/banner! (Free Syndication Banner Creation!)
Choose from over a thousand audio tracks for use as background music in your productions.
Choose from over a thousand audio tracks for use as background music in commercials, audio promotions, broadcasts, livecasts, videocasts, podcasts, during audio breaks, as bumpers, liners, intros, outros, etc.! Simply select a track and email us your choice! (Get Fee Background Music for Program Developments)
Receive a continuous supply of guests that wish to be interviewed from all over the world.
Receive a continuous supply of guests that wish to be interviewed from all over the world (almost daily) on a talk show. Once a potential guest enters their information into our system, it is automatically emailed to all our hosts. Hosts can even review our database of interview candidates (potential guests for your show) at any time by clicking on the Interview Candidates link or the Candidate Overview link on their User Menu! (Receive Regular Guest Submissions!)
Easily become a guest and appear on other talk shows on the network!
If you would like to appear as a guest on one or more of our BBS Radio Network talk shows, simply answer a couple of questions, and your information will be automatically sent to all of our BBS Radio Hosts and other hosts from other networks that desire this information (within seconds after review). Podcasters and Broadcasters will then contact you directly if they have an interest! It's easy, free, and can be very rewarding, as it leads to more contacts, and the spread of your information! (Easily Become a Guest on Other Talk Shows!)
We can help you create your own professional bumpers, liners, commercials, show audio advertisements, and other audio expressions, inexpensively.
We can help you create professional bumpers, liners, commercials, show audio advertisements, and other audio expressions, inexpensively, especially liners/bumpers/scores between 30-60 seconds. All we really need is the ad copy (text for the adverts/audio track). We will then tape a voice, usually one of us, or you, or someone else you have in mind, via phone or Skype, then embed selected music in the audio track, music you send us (that you have derivative rights to use) or music you select from our large database. We will then send you the finished product! This process usually takes about 24 hours! (Inexpensive Audio Commercial, Promo and Liner Productions!)
We are professional audio editors and can edit your audio productions for a reasonable price quickly.
Use free software solutions or feel free to ask us what we use, or what works best. We'll point you in the right direction, or use our services for a nominal fee. We are professional audio editors and can edit your audio productions for as low hourly price. Most audio files are less than one hour in length. Turn-around time is usually very fast, within hours! (Inexpensive Audio Editing Services Available)
Our site is considered one of the most friendly, intuitive, powerful systems ever created for broadcasters and podcasters. And an online manual that can explain everything!
Extremely easy interface and navigation, it's almost intuitive, and an online manual that can explain everything although it's probably not necessary! Everything is self-explanatory! All links have hover-over information and all fields have instructional data! Our site is considered one of the most friendly, intuitive, powerful systems ever created for broadcasters and podcasters. We get raving reviews from even the blind, people that may require highly intuitive, simple and explicit access and display to all website functions! (Easy and Intuitive Interface, with a Manual and Free Customer Service!)
We do not hassle you! We will not give out your information to third parties! Your information is sacred! If your information has not been made readily available to others, we will do our best to keep it that way!
We do not hassle you! We won't ever call you to convince you into anything (even hosting a show on the network)! If you want to be a host, we'll wait for you to call us (we won't call you)! But when you become a podcaster and/or broadcaster, you privacy will be very important to us. We will not give out your contact information to third parties (even if you are dying). We will not give out your phone number or email address to relatives (even if they cry). We will not give out your contact information to others, even if you've made it available online! We will not give out your show statistics to inquiring parties! We won't even give out your name if it is not listed on your program page! Your information is sacred! If your information has not been made readily available to others, we will do our best to keep it that way! (Hassle-Free Contact with 100% Privacy!)
We won't limit what you say! We won't edit or change your words, unless asked! We have no desire to censor you!
We won't limit what you say! We won't edit or change your words, unless asked! We have no desire to censor you in any way! If your content becomes an issue to others, even regulatory bodies, you will be notified ASAP! (No Censorship!)
No contracts! Quit at anytime! No questions Asked! We don't hold you hostage!
There are no short-term or long-term contracts! Stay or go at no cost, easily, with no questions asked! If you can find a better system, or a better platform, or a higher level of service, or anything for a lower cost or at a higher level of performance, we won't hold you hostage! (No Contracts! No Cost to Leave)
There are no set-up fees. There never has been, nor will there ever be. We make service first! That's how we think!
There are no setup fees. There never has been, nor will there ever be. We make service first! That's how we think! That's how we keep your business! We will perform at such a high level, that no other company can compete! We are so confident of this, we are prepared to give you our time for free. We will do what others do at no cost, just to get your business (and at no obligation to you)! You will get service here! You will get answers here, knowledge, time and love from our staff! And if this is not the case, call us, PLEASE 888-710-8061! (No Setup Fees!)
We don't limit the number of people that can access your content or listen to your show!
We place no limits on the number of simultaneous listeners that can access your live listening streams, broadcasts, podcasts or feeds! We don't limit the number of people that can access your content or listen to your show! (No limits on Streaming Bandwidth!)
Audio archives podcasts ownership rights are shared, but exclusive rights can be obtained!
Audio archive podcast ownership rights are shared by BBS Radio and the podcaster unless otherwise stated prior to podcasting. In other words, both the host and the network have a 100% right to do with the audio files and information as they so choose, without the involvement or remuneration of the other. Exclusive rights can be obtained for $10/per audio episode and/or live broadcast! (Shared or Exclusive Rights!)
All advertising and sponsorship revenues are yours to keep!
All advertising and sponsorship revenues are yours to keep! Over time, we may recommend sponsors looking for a home. Hosts may advertise on their profile page(s), within their episodes, during their live broadcasts or syndicated podcasts, on their profile pages, and within any content they create. Show hosts are encouraged to advertise themselves, their advertisers and sponsors, and keep all the money! (Keep 100% of Your Earnings!)
All of your information on BBS Radio will only contain what you intend, and what you are aware of, and nothing else!
Unmolested content with no advertisement or content attachments to your shows page, content pages, feeds, or other content materials. No auto-tagging of your information! No automatic insertion of materials via code, text, or tagging system! All of your information on BBS Radio will only contain what you intend, and what you are aware of, and nothing else! (Unmolested Content!)
We do not advertise during your live program or in your on-demand podcasts. No advertisements or commercials are added to any of your productions.
We do not advertise during your live program or in your on-demand podcasts! No advertisements or commercials are added to any of your productions. We don't tag your audio files with code! We don't add sound files to the beginning or end of your broadcasts or podcasts. We don't physically add audio sounds or video aspects to your broadcasts or podcasts! All other networks we know of, want to promote themselves so badly, they will literally add sound files (commercials and advertisements) to your audio podcasts and broadcasts, add video bytes to your tv / video production, which later requires editing services to remove! They will also run commercials and network liners to your live broadcast streams. We don't! They will also use code to insert commercials and network liners! They will even tag your show with hidden code to reflect their ownership of your materials! We won't! You will love the way we do business! (Unmolested Live Broadcasts and Podcasts!)
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UPDATE - January 28, 2019
A Camp Fire Story on Change and Miracles
I am so overwhelmingly grateful, since that fateful day on Nov 8th 2018, the day my family lost everything in Paradise, CA, during the California Camp Fires! The day my twin brother, his wife and four teenagers, and myself, lost our home, our business, our possessions, our community, our sense of security and safety, and retirement savings. We don't have a picture of our parents or an item we cherished to hold on to anymore! And I can't stop saying, Thank you! Everyday is a miracle! Every single day since tragedy struck!
Last year, I wrote an article in the Lotus Guide, where I mentioned that BBS Network, Inc. (BBS Radio) had just completed it's solar installation (to do the right thing), and that we might be the first company in the industry to operate 100% on solar power. It was an achievement, along with others that were completed just weeks and months before the fire took place, which took years to accomplish (a lifetime). BBS Network, Inc. was at the apex of the industry, and well-situated to grow rapidly into the foreseeable future. Everything we'd worked for, we'd hoped to accomplish and set in motion, was finally complete and ready for launch. We were excited! A lifetime of work and dreams were emerging (converging). Then tragedy struck (we may never reach that level again)!
Great change of terrible proportion, is something we've experienced regularly. We've had everything taken from us or stolen from us more than ½ dozen times. We've also lost our home and possessions in three separate events. In a couple instances, my brother and I were capable of retirement prior to the event occurring. In every instance, we lost everything of financial value (and gained other things of more value)!
It was after one of these events, the most costly, that I gained the most personally. A spontaneous Kundalini after two years of inner reflection and hours of daily meditation. It was a time period when I had to forgive the world and embrace it, or quite frankly, go insane. I was seeking ways to make sense of terrible events, caused by bad people and nature; one after the next for a period of 20 years.
A human soul that wants to grow in wisdom and compassion can not do so in a bubble!
During times of great change, we evolve the most. This is true for every living thing, which changes genetically to adapt to changing circumstances. We know from history, that levels of higher awareness are most often obtained (abruptly), following major events (periods of fasting, long periods of quiet meditation, near death experiences, loss of a loved one, major life shifts, etc.). These Quickening moments help define us (good and bad) and we must embrace them (and be grateful).
The definition of insanity; being unforgiving!
My brother and I are extremely positive people. We love what we do, which has a positive impact in this world (we have a purpose). We tend to think outside the box. We set goals. We motivate each other. We thrive in competition. We are workaholics. We get over things quickly. Traits that come in handy when calamity strikes!
Yet for us, this time around, they were all seemingly unnecessary, because an outpouring of generosity from a thousand souls showered us almost immediately and continuously (even before we could recognize what was happening). As a result, BBS Network Inc. (BBS Radio) was back in business 30 days later. How does one ever describe the feelings that come from this level of awareness? How does one ever give enough thanks? And, it was a competitor in the industry that started, created and managed the donations (what company does that for another) because they cared about our well-being.
BBS Radio is our future! It is our way of empowering the world! It's our dream! It's our way of exploring and sharing many points of view, not just one! It's our chosen vehicle to affect positive change. It means everything to us, and we got it back due to the compassion of others (most we don't even know), unexpectedly (because of a competitor).
Donald and I have never taken from others. We've turned down every manner of gift and offer of help since we were boys. We are very independent, so accepting this generosity took even deeper levels of awareness (deeper levels of humility)! But, once we showed our need and vulnerabilities to the world, it repaid us with kindness; cradling us with support (weakness was our greatest strength).
I often surmise, change like karma, has a reciprocating affect, meaning don't be surprised if the force of change you release comes back at you (in more ways than you can expect).
Dogma or ignorance is the result of no thought... no more thought upon, that strangles the host. To come together, we must think of right and wrong, and good and bad, based on everyone else's point of view (not just our own). We don't grow from the known, but by knowing more! Ultimately, we'd like to find peace in that knowledge! (This understanding guides us)!
It can be said, a sense of purpose grants you clarity.
Donald and I knew what we had to do within hours of this tragedy. We had to get back in business as fast as humanly possible (because our work had a higher purpose)! Such a motivation in life has no equal. A purpose that goes beyond the self! Because BBS Radio affected so many people (positively), it gave us the motivation to overcome all challenges, and BBS Network rose from the ashes (during a period of total chaos) in a few short weeks.
A little advice... Ultimately, no matter what happens, when tragedy strikes, remain calm. Be more observant and try to provide assistance and comfort to those around you. This will help you as much as others from feeling sad, scared, angry, or some other undesired emotion (because you must now show strength). As soon as possible, create a plan of action; a list of things you need to accomplish. Just do it! It will guide you! See things in terms of possibilities. Embrace the mystery and newness, and tell yourself over and over, something good will come of this! Be positive!
When in doubt get help!
In this instance, given the magnitude of the financial losses, we sought out help. In most cases, it's not what you know or how you think, it's who you know that benefits you the most! In our opinion, the single most important person to know (to find) is a good lawyer! Period! This is true for every single major event we've ever had to deal with over the past 30 years.
Call our lawyers! They're impressive! 1-888-law-suit!
Douglas Newsom (and Donald Newsom), Founders of BBS Network, Inc. (BBS Radio)
UPDATE - December 16, 2018
We are back! (within 30 days),
Blessing to everyone this Holiday Season! What a time to be among family and friends, loved ones and and strangers. It is a magical time of year, filled with hope, goodwill and good cheer! It bonds people together, even after great distance, difference and time. We think about the stories, get excited about gift giving, laughing and singing (and embracing). We are intimately affected by it all!
We, the Newsom Family, have been given the most valuable gifts. We have been gifted heartfelt, endless love, immense support, emotional words of care, your endearing compassion and very thoughtful understanding, financial support and blessings, and more; from thousands; profoundly beautiful people! We have so much to be thankful for! And we are most thankful for YOU!
BBS Radio is back in operation, producing and streaming live talk shows!
(Lift a glass)
All telephone numbers will be the same! Call in numbers, customer service numbers, 800 numbers, etc...
We have noticed a bit of kinkiness in our Internet connection capability. High speed business Comcast (costing $750/mo) does not seem to provide a steady state current – even near San Francisco! We will need to bring in a T-1 line! There may also be a few time delays on shows, as we work out some of the kinks. With a lot of new equipment, it can be a bit of an engineering puzzle, beset by nuances, that might take a bit of time to resolve.
Today we start the next chapter! BBS Radio (2 point O); providing our hosts the very best service and platform on this planet, creating more success and visibility while empowering the world, and connecting all the pieces that make up the whole.
We love you all so very much! THANK YOU a million times over,
Doug & Don
UPDATE - December 6, 2018
Dear friends, thank you all so very, very much for your generous support! IF ONLY we could tell you how much your love and support has changed our lives, in profound ways... Yet, our thanks feels hollow in comparison to all the love we've been shown... If we could, we'd shower the earth a million times over, with roses and hearts, and four leaf clovers, to touch every heart and unburden each soul, and bless every moment of your lives...
Not a day goes by that we don't think about all the work we put into our lovely home... which is now gone, but life is full of transitions, and we are ready to begin the next phase of our journey. As you know, we were in Texas during the 100 year floods (and lost our home), and now the Paradise, California Camp Fire! Yet through it all, we've discovered how much love and support truly exists for Donald and I and the work we do.
It wasn't long ago, I'd think to myself, how our passing from this life into the next, would probably not be felt, and how we'd probably not be missed, that at our wake, only a hand few people might show up, and life would go on... It was a lonely feeling, and impossible to shake. But to learn that so many people care... How does one ever describe the feelings that come from this level of awareness... How does one ever give enough thanks...
A month has gone by, and I never thought it would be like this, from a life of excitement and exuberance about the future, to a life in turmoil. But we are the lucky ones... Everyone in the family is healthy and alive.
Now, four weeks later, we are in the process of making a critical move from the past into the future, but before I tell you about the future, I'd like to tell you a little bit our world, which no longer exists.
I, Douglas, ultimately worked myself too hard, making our past home livable and beautiful. It's all I ever did in my spare time, landscaping and improving the inside of our residence and office. My goal was to create a place of immense beauty, which could be enjoyed by everyone. I figured, because we work 80-100 hours every week (every day of the year), that if we couldn't take a vacation, I'd make our home and our gardens breath-taking, in essence, creating the retreat we'd travel to, to experience, something that existed in our own back-yard. The physicalness of this endeavor has done some damage to my body... Something that will have to be addressed in the not to distant future.
Donald and I planted every type of fruit tree and berry bush that could grow in the area, over 150 different types of edibles (strawberry trees, grapes, apples, oranges, kiwi, pomegranates, bananas, figs, persimmon, guava, wolf berries, prickly pears, plumbs, mandarins, pears, peaches, lemons, kumquats, etc.). Interestingly, the Department of Agriculture came out to our home a few times, just to make sure the plants were legal, and to let us know they had their eyes on us. I also created over 2,000 feet of rock walls, some as high as 6 feet, to terrace off the land, which dropped down stunningly toward a stream. All the rock came from digging and relocating earth from the property! We also created cement benches and outdoor lighting, paths and trellises, and other lovely features to captivate one's attention. We brought in 100s of yards of dirt, compost, dung and wood shavings (provided at no cost, only the labor to pick it up), to grow all the plants. We never used any chemicals, ever! We did everything the old fashioned way, and we allowed all forms of nature to co-exist with us. We had squirrels, gofers, deer, quail, chickens, rabbits, wild turkey, pheasants, owls, bats, frogs, lizards, and an amazing variety of other critters that trafficked the property. We were all blessed that so many living things desired to make their home upon our lands. It was a place of immense spiritual energy!
This is now gone, and the body pain is a constant reminder of all the work that no longer bares fruit. But we shall endure, and we shall do it again, given the opportunity.
GOOD NEWS! We have found a place to stay for the next 6 months (maybe longer). It is a home located in Lafayette, CA. It is a nice area of rolling hills and spacious grounds, quiet and serene; perfect for work. Most importantly, it has high speed internet. We will be moving in this Sunday. We feel very confident that we can begin Live Broadcasting Wednesday/Thursday of next week. We have 99% of the equipment in hand; ready for operations!
Donald and I are still struggling with bills, but we know, with a little luck, we'll make it! If we can be operational next week, which we fully expect, we will have realized a miracle in 30 days. How can we ever thank you all for being OUR MIRACLE! Thank you all, with so much love, it would fill ever corner of every room in every part of this world.
On Thursday, 30 days from the day this all started, we will discontinue our donation page on gofundme... and eternally give thanks! Your generosity has made all the difference in the world!
UPDATE - December 1, 2018
I have this little girl Nikki, a precious min pin, she was the runt of the litter, almost 16 years old this coming April, sleeping next to me... since forever, and eating from my finger tips, as she can no longer see or hear very well, and won't eat without this form of giving, from my hands. She has slept behind my chair, since birth, never more than an inch from my body, for most of her life. I got the end of the chair, but I have great posture!
Now, little Nikki is in a strange place, bumping into things when she walks, and peeing where everyone else walks. With each passing day, I have more compassion for her. The older she gets, the more I care for her, and the more I love her, and the more I feel her needs, and the more I strive to make her happy. And the more I am grateful! She is that endeared to me, and I her!
This is one of the hardest things to endure, knowing each time she looks up, lately, I am not there! I am running errands and doing a million things necessary to manage this crisis. There is SO MUCH LOVE in this little being, and yet, because of so much change, I cannot give her very much time.
Yet, here I am, receiving so much, SO MUCH LOVE, compassion, kindness and goodwill, it's beyond expression. It is humbling, and I am so very grateful! Many times an hour I find myself breathing deeply, filling my lungs, breathing out gratitude, with an emotional desire to hold everyone tight in my arms, and radiate my love... Your kindness touches me so many times each day, it's awing! I am changed by the magnitude of it! We all are!
What you have given to us, so generously, has allowed us to start back our streaming operations and acquire all the equipment necessary to once again be broadcasting original programming. 95% is built and ready for operation. We still have parts coming, in transit, but it won't be long! We need a day or two of testing from that point! If the lines can handle the bandwidth load, we are set. We hope within the next 5-7 days (maybe sooner).
Donald and I (and the Family) are still working through a lot, and so much work is now a priority, like finding a place to live, and lately, each task takes a lot of time, and often you spend a day doing something without ever really accomplishing anything (or so it seems), standing in lines for hours just to get your mail, which is a 40 minutes away, and ½ dozen postal locations, who may or may not have what they confirmed they had (for some reason), and spending a day getting mail (half of which is found).
I suspect Donald and I will be somewhat in over our heads for another month or two, dealing with stuff, like creditors, banks, insurance companies, in locations that move around a lot. Getting a person on the phone, like a tax assessor, is not impossible (per say). But you are encouraged to visit their temporary location in another town, to get answers.
Prices have gone up for almost everything of convenience, I think! A bottle of pop seems to cost 20 to 40 cents more, at a gas station, but then, as our Dad used to say when he was alive, “What do I know!” And laugh (I can remember this fondly)!
As a family, we are taking matters of finding a new location to reside into our own hands. We hope to prove more successful than our insurance company, which recommend we wait for them to do it for us, 2 weeks ago, and now everything is booked solid for two hours in every direction (go figure). So now we are trying figure out a location as far as 4 hours outside of Paradise, CA, which will mean a splitting of the family (for a few months), as two boys will remain in Chico, ca (right next to Paradise, CA) to finish their objectives in school. It's what they want most!
Through it all, we are still very hopeful, and working non-stop to get to more solid ground! And thanks to all of your love and support, we will soon be able to say, “ARISEN” from the ashes! And BETTER then we were!
With long moments of loving you all so much,
Doug (Don, Melissa, John, Sean, Thomas and Kayleigh) Newsom
UPDATE: November 23, 2018
To everyone, our beloved hosts, family, friends and BBS Radio listeners...
THANK YOU! Our family truly couldn't make it without your kindness, prayers and love!
Two weeks have gone by since the California Camp Fire took our home, our business, our vehicles and everything we've ever owned, collected, saved and created as a family of seven! To say it has been difficult is an understatement, and the realization of so much loss seems to become more evident with each passing day. Through the years, our work was often accomplished in very little time, because we had something in the past that we could refer to, as a guide for all future work. We relied on this database of knowledge. Donald and I were meticulous. We created reports on everything!
If we planted a tree, we'd have an excel file documenting its location, age, cost, what it produced, it's species, how to care for it, etc... This is true of almost everything we did! As you all know, we had backups for everything, and redundancies for everything so we could overcome anything. We prided ourselves in this fact, and endeavored to always find a way to make sure nothing was ever lost, and under all circumstances, still accomplish our tasks.
Thanksgiving has now passed, and we haven't had much time to reach out and update everyone (forgive us), as so much work needs to be accomplished, and there is never enough time (it seems), but we want to THANK YOU ALL and WISH YOU ALL, with infinite love, every possible blessing, and give thanks for your prayers, friendship, wisdom and donations.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We are blessed! And each day we realize how truly blessed we are, to be alive, and to have such love, kindness and goodwill surrounding us!
Simple tasks like making a doctor's appointment, seeing an animal vet, going to the mail, buying something to eat, etc... now takes a lot of time. We must travel a long way to accomplish these tasks, and often, everyone and every establishment is booked solid, out of supplies, or there is a very long line... Given the magnitude of this catastrophe, it's understandable!
We are still trying to find a more permanent location to reside, but this has proven more difficult than we surmised. Everything within a 90 minute drive of Paradise is booked solid, all apartments, all home rentals and all bed and breakfasts. We have been told that our insurance company will help to locate a place on our behalf, however, after numerous assurances, and positive statements that this would be accomplished, we still haven't heard a peep. Once again this is understandable, albeit very inconvenient.
(CAPTION FOR IMAGE ABOVE): That's me, Don, standing there in shock. It's truly not an experience I ever wanted. Nothing is left from all the things we ever collected. All gone. Truly a humbling and saddening experience. Makes me wonder sometimes just how important 'things' are. I now contemplate the worth of 'things', as they never stuck by me..... but all you wonderful, loving, caring and generous people are what's truly valuable. WE THANK YOU ALL for standing by us and all the prayers and blessings sent!! Truly loving and kind and we sincerely appreciate it!!)
Currently we are staying in a small home, an Airbnb located on a small vineyard. We are also renting out a small building where we can set up our computers and business. It is extremely expensive! Moreover, our home mortgage payments, insurance, taxes, etc... on our incinerated home in Paradise, CA must still be paid every month, even though there is no longer a home or office to go back to... When you add this all up, and include our monthly debt payments, the costs of food, clothing, gas, insurance, etc... for seven people (the financial burden is awesome)...
Donald and I are ever hopeful, and we are maxing out our credit cards in every direction to acquire all the computers and broadcasting equipment necessary to be fully functional again. We are also asking for a grace period on many debt payments, and trying to get a small business loan to help bring down our monthly overhead. It is stressful, and sometimes feels impossible, but we will make it work, no matter what, we will make it work! We do not believe in failure! We will overcome these challenges, and WE WILL arise from this situation MUCH STRONGER! Of that, have no doubt!
Good news! We have finally ordered ALL the equipment we need to be fully operational! We expect to receive all the hardware and software within the next 7 days.
Good news! We have our 24 hour station streams up and running for Station 1 and Station 2, which are now running around the clock and playing RERUNS of prior Talk Shows, with music, commercials and BBS Radio promos playing in between talk shows (AS BEFORE).
Good news! We have been working tirelessly to retrieve all the BBS Radio promos, Station ID's, host commercials and indie music back from the ashes. This will be accomplished within the next few days. Ultimately, all the data on BBS Radio will be available! We have lost only a small portion of information (maybe 2 or 3 percent missing, that we cannot obtain), which is a miracle! And for that we are extremely thankful!
Donald and I (Douglas), and our family, Melissa, Kayleigh, Sean, John and Thomas are forever in your debt! We have almost reached our goal of $25,000 in donations (almost $21,000 received), which is almost enough to purchase all the equipment we need to be fully operational, although there is more that is required, we can make it work, and over time, acquire the rest. In many cases we have purchased slightly used and/or refurbished equipment, which makes this all possible, given limited capital.
Our next objective is to get back to work as soon as humanly possible (within a week to ten days). We are just waiting on equipment to arrive!
We humbly ask your forgiveness for the delays in getting back to full operation, and we thank you all for keeping us in your hearts and minds, for your continued support and donations, and for sticking with us through this crisis! We are so very, very grateful!
From the bottom of our hearts, with so much love,
The BBS Radio family, Doug and Don, Melissa, John, Sean, Kayleigh and Thomas
UPDATE: November 17, 2018
Thank you, to everyone, so very much for your kindness and support. To be shown so much love and goodwill makes us all truly emotional. How does anyone express and return such generosity and love, which comes from so many beautiful souls, and feel worthy?
We are now at 60% of our goal, which is so close to being able to rebuild and purchase all the necessary equipment to have BBS Radio up and running within days of finding a more permanent place to stay. This is a blessing beyond words. How can we possibly thank everyone for being so kind and thoughtful. We pray, someday to have this chance, to repay your kindness.
We hope to locate to a permanent place within one week. We will have our station streams back on within 48 hours. We will be able to broadcast RERUNS at that time! As soon as we are moved to a new location, we will be able to produce radio shows and be back to normal. IT WON'T BE LONG! Thank you for staying with us! We are working tirelessly to get everything done as soon as possible, and WE WILL BE at 100% capability if we reach our goal on gofundme (which is a MIRACLE if it happens). We are so, so, so very grateful! Donald and I are so blessed to have such FANTASTIC HOSTS! We already miss talking to you all! It almost feels like a year has passed and yet it has only been a little over one week!
Each day Donald and I, Melissa and the children go to bed thankful to be alive. We, like so many, barely escaped the fire, which was a harrowing experience. So many lives were lost, and so many unaccounted for, it makes this one of the biggest tragedies of all time! Before we left Texas to come to California, Donald and I were also caught in the 100 year flood. An event that cost us dearly! Now we must overcome the loss from the California fires. Sadly, this time, our losses were complete and total. The loss of our pictures, family history, personal items, books and poetry, diaries and family memorabilia is the hardest to think about, but we know, we have been blessed. We are alive and together!
AND BECAUSE OF YOU, and your kindness, we so close to being able to rebuild!
Please help us reach our goal, by sharing our gofundme page and/or our paypal donation link!
From the very depth of our being, THANK YOU! We love you all so very much!
Doug, Don, Melissa, John, Sean, Tom and Kayleigh (The Newsom family)
UPDATE: November 15, 2018
Donald and I lost all our contact information to almost everyone we've ever known, and sadly we cannot reach out via email to thank everyone who has donated to our gofundme campaign or direct to our BBS Radio PayPal account at
We are so deeply touched, it's impossible to relay how grateful we are. We love you all so very much! Thank you to everyone who is sharing our gofundme link, your continued support love and prayers has humbled us to our very core, and has often brought tears to our eyes. We owe you all a lifetime of dedication and diligence to a higher cause, to the manifestation of love, piece, and good will on Earth, to the proliferation of information that can up lift the human spirit and empower everyone to realize their true potential, and to the creation of systems that can bring down all walls that separate us, and ultimately elevate human happiness. We will not let you down! We will broadcast again, and we will infuse into our labors into our hearts that overwhelming selfless love and energy you all have so richly blessed us with in our time of need!
A PRIOR MESSAGE from DON & DOUG and BBS RADIO:
Dear friends, BBS Radio Listeners and loved one,
Donald and I, and our family, found out on Saturday evening, our home, our business, and everything we ever owned, collected or built has been destroyed by the California Camp fire that almost completely obliterated the town of Paradise, CA. We barely managed to escape the all consuming fires. We didn't even have a chance to grab necessary documents or clothing. It is tragic and a very emotional time for us. We were on the very cusp of taking BBS Radio to the next level of it's development, something which took all our efforts and resources. As you all know, we completed everything over 2 years to become Gov't contractors, to be able to accept money by various agencies that wished to advertise on BBS Radio. We wanted to be the ones to bring the advertiser to our hosts. We also were just approved by iHeart to be a 24 hour station stream on their network. We also had our Company syndicating our live 24 hour station streams to almost 70 of the largest networks on the planet. We also did all the research to prove our standing in the industry. We were set to grow to levels far beyond what other companies in this industry were capable of, and we were excited about the future, and for future of our hosts.
The fire and our losses have created a roadblock, which will result in some down time, but IT WILL NOT STOP US from reaching our goals, to empower the world and change as many lives as possible in a positive and meaningful way.
Our hosts DESERVE the best platform in the world to reach as many people as possible with their knowledge, love and positive energies. And we will not let you down!
We have already moved forward, going into further debt, as far as possible, to acquire all the necessary equipment to be back in operations within a couple of weeks, but the costs of this endeavor, the costs to survive, with food, shelter, clothing and the purchase of equipment is beyond our current capabilities. We wish we could, without help, but we literally have nothing, and we don't know how much longer we can go on, before the situation becomes too dire.
Sam, the owner and founder of LA Talk Radio, kindly set up a GO FUND ME account for us! And we are eternally grateful! It brought us to tears to think that others cared so much for our well-being, they offered help, even without being asked. Donald and I feel so much love from so many beautiful spirits, family and friends, it's overwhelming! The community around us, their support, the offers of assistance, the kindness and love by everyone, the words of encouragement at this time, are so well intentioned, it can't help but make us emotional, humbled and thankful. Our society is without question, built on love and kindness at its core, and we have been blessed to witness this, here and now, and words are not enough to express our deep and heart felt appreciation.
Please, if you can find it in your heart, please help us raise some money so we can get through this situation over the next 60 days and be able to rebuild. It may take months to be back at 100% capability, but we can be in limited operations within a couple of weeks. If we can manage this, it would enable us to move forward to ultimately be bigger, stronger and better than ever before. It is so important to keep moving forward, as our network touches so many lives, million and millions, and that is worth more to us that anyone could possible know, and it is the reason we will walk through the fires to keep moving forward, regardless of the costs to ourselves. We have lost everything, but possessions are meaningless. It is BBS Radio, our hosts, and their good works that ultimately have the real value. We can and will move forward, even if at the end of the day, we never have anything to call our own, because, in truth, we have everything that matters, the love of our community, our family and friends, our hosts and the lives of everyone BBS Radio touches. Please help us, by sharing the gofundme link, and posting it to all your social sites, facebook, twitter, linkedin, etc.. even on your websites if possible.
Please, if you have the means, donate. Donald and I have never asked for help. It's hard to do, especially when you want so much to give, and when there are so many other people in need, but alas, we don't know what else to do, and we don't want to see BBS Radio fade away. It would destroy us more than any fire could possibly do! Please share the gofundme link and ask those you know to also share it.
We also have a paypal donation link
With infinite love, well wishes, and deep thanks,
Douglas Newsom, Donald Newsom, (and family - Melissa, Sean, John, Tom and Kayleigh Newsom)
ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION TO THE GOFUNDME ACCOUNT SET UP BY SAM HASSON WITH LATALKRADIO.COM:
My dear friends Don and Doug Newsom, the indefatigable owners of BBS Radio, and their family lost their home, business and memories in the Camp Fire that obliterated the sleepy town of Paradise, California.It's painful to think of the heaviness of their unimaginable loss. How do you deal with something like this? Where do you begin?
We felt it our duty and responsibility to reach out and lend a helping hand. Please help us to help them find a new home (the family includes Melissa and the kids) and start rebuilding the radio station, which has been their whole life for over a decade. Let's turn this tragedy into a story with a happy ending! And thank you for your generosity.