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Alternatives’ Media Legacy

Posted on: May 12, 2014

370-SunriseI’m hoping this blog post will prove that I’m more than a sentimental old fool. And that Alternatives has a timeless message.

Much of Alternatives’ early years is recorded on newspaper clippings. It’s revolutionary ideas were indeed newsworthy! Our founder even appeared as a guest on the Phil Donohue program on national TV.

Alternatives produced three videos in the first 25 years. All are still available on YouTube and the audio of each has been produced in a series of podcasts last fall.

More recently, I was the guest on numerous radio programs and some of those are available on the SLW! site.

I’m hoping that you’ll listen to one or a few and be inspired to contribute to our ongoing efforts, especially Whose Birthday? and Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? Submission Guidelines.

We produced a series of 90-second radio programs called More-with-Less Christmas. (The sample in the archives can’t be used as-is because the contact information is out-of-date.) The series of six 30-minute programs called Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? largely for religious radio stations has been revived as podcasts last fall.

Now that Alternatives’ mission is being extended primarily through social media on the internet, I hope you’ll benefit personally from these programs and will share them with others, maybe even use with your congregation or group. I’m available to consult with groups via the internet. All for free.

Audio/Video Stories about Alternatives by Others

Alternatives’ history is well documented through stories in newspapers and magazines and in still photos. Here are some of the AV stories done by others.

  • CONTACT Radio Program, Jesuit Productions, 4/30/00 (14:00). NOTE: These are short and regular length versions of the same program. Since it is no longer on the air, the contact information has been removed.
  • CONTACT Radio Program, Jesuit Productions, 4/30/00 (29:00)

The CONTACT program included interviews with a couple who had used Wedding Alternatives and also with Brenton Dodge, a financial advisor (see Travel Journal, Post #110). Read the Producer’s Letter at 4/25/00.

CONTACT was well-produced. When I discovered the CD’s in the process of sending Alternatives’ material to the ELCA archives, I tried to find CONTACT on the internet. No luck. So I tried calling because I would prefer to link to their site’s archives than to upload the program in SLW! Site. The phone number is now a phone sex company! Oh, would the Jesuits be annoyed!

  • The Osgood File: Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network, 12/20/01, guest Bill McKibben (2:00)

Want to hear Bill McKibben before he founded 350.org? Recently I found a recording of The Osgood File, a two-minute series carried on the CBS Radio Network hosted by Charles Osgood. Bill had written the reflections for “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” and I arranged him to be interviewed about it.

The Grace Matters interview was part of a national radio series produced by John Marty for the ELCA. Although the program has ended, all the past programs are still in the ELCA internet archives.

I was honored to represent Iowa in the making of the national documentary YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip. The crew recorded 50+ interviews, at least one from each state.

After my first interview on The Common Good Podcast, I became co-host and then producer later. This experience taught me how to become producer of the Simple Living Works! Podcast.

My latest interview for The Healthy Planet was for WUSB, where Bob DiBenedetto volunteers. His monthly 60 minute program is aired live on Friday evening from Long Island, NY, over the air and on the internet, then made available through their web site in the archives. Although The Healthy Planet is not a faith-based group, my faith-based message was welcome. Bob founded The Healthy Planet 20 years ago and has hosted the radio show for some seven years. This was the first episode on simple living. They sponsor local events around healthy food. Unfortunately, the archives for their new web site are not complete yet.

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GRAPHIC – Worship Alternatives #370

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative Giving. Give away at least 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

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