It Is Almost Here! – By John Young
This week’s article will be a bit different. Instead of sharing something about functioning online or how to improve your business, I wanted to share a bit about a new project we will be launching on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
A bit of back story first. In 2014 we launched what was at the time the only weekly live video shows in the mobile DJ industry with our DJNTV channel. Each week we created programming and would stream the shows live to an audience from around the world. This project had its ups and downs as all projects do. We have had issues with equipment, software, internet access along with our streaming websites having growing pains as more and more started to use that medium. It seems in the first year we were finding and fixing problems with the live shows every week! But, as time went on, we developed a system to stream semi consistent quality shows (there are some days that we still have hiccups) and it has helped develop a community of small business owners who enjoy gathering each week for our live shows.
We knew the concept of live shows produced on a smaller scale would be popular. We wanted to take some of the best from our experience with our weekly live shows on DJNTV and bring that to the Hometown News.
The Hometown News is a unique publication in the print publication arena. While many newspapers suffer from falling circulation numbers and fewer readers; thanks to great folks like yourself, the weekly numbers and circulation of the Hometown News has been steady and slightly growing each year. This is so unusual in the print industry to have a publication stay so strong in the internet age!
You might have noticed that in the past few years, we have started to develop our online side with more information on our social media channels as well as on our website. We have live covered many local news events over the past few years and have developed a great following of viewers. It is so neat to see comments from viewers who get to see a local parade they might have missed!
Now, the time has come to put together the experience of creating weekly live shows with our local coverage on social media channels to help reach more in our local communities!
Our new local news show will stream live on our Youtube Channel and Facebook pages starting September 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Central. Each show will include local news stories (many submitted by our viewers and readers), upcoming events, local school happenings, anniversary announcements, birthday announcements, birth announcements, death notices, and the local weekend weather. We will also share your ‘what made you smile this week’ stories, and items in our show wrap up to leave you with some positive vibes from our community! It will be a fun and relaxed locally produced show from the Hometown News hosted by Lori Young and myself.
You can be part of these new shows also! You can grab photos of local area happenings or short video clips of news events that we will feature on the next weekly show. You can hit this website URL to find the page that gives you information on how to send your information to our Hometown News TV channel for inclusion: http://www.htnewstv.com
You can also find links to the past shows at http://www.hometownnnewstv.com
We are excited to be bringing our communities together and share the information and stories that are missed by the larger media outlets on the happenings in Central Minnesota!
We will see you September 7th!
John Young is the founder of Small Town Business Do It Yourself (DIY). You can send questions on social media and website design to John at [email protected]