What’s up the Patio Show?

One of the problems with podcasting is that life tends to get in the way. Plans are made, then pushed aside for more urgent issues, and often just slip between the cracks. With this in mind, I wanted to let everyone know what’s happening with the Ready To Patio Show.

To understand our plans, and the delays on season 3, we have to look back to the end of season 2. Dave and I finished recording season 2 in August of last year. Unfortunately, the primary recording system experienced a little bit of trauma in the form of concussion and memory loss. To put it more simply, I took the laptop with me on a flight to Massachusetts and it was…mistreated…during the trip, causing some data loss. This put an abrupt end to season 2, and reminded me to make better backups.

Fast forward to the beginning of the spring semester (I’m still trying to finish my B.A.) and a documentary film project. I chose to make a documentary about the Ready To Go Patio Show for one of my courses. In the process, I found a few of the unpublished reviews and a wrap-up episode for season 2. I’ve released one of the “lost episodes” and will be releasing the others as soon as I have time to edit them.

For those of you who watched Stalking Umbrellas (the previously mentioned documentary), you probably caught that we are working on season 3. Dave and I have a full slate of new patios and a few re-visits in the works. We’ve already been to Hidalgo’s in Edmond, OK and The Mont in Norman, OK. Those reviews will be recorded and out to you as soon as possible.

In case you’re wondering why it takes so long to go from choosing a restaurant to publishing a show, there are a number of reasons for that.

The biggest issue is time. As much as we would like it to be, the Patio Show is not able to support us as a full-time gig. Dave is a full-time student at UCO, works weekends at a casino, and regularly performs with two different improv troupes. I am a part-time student and have been looking for a “day job” since shutting down my consulting business in December. (Hire me! You can see my qualifications here.) For us, just scheduling time to plan, review, and record is an unusually difficult task.

The other is the cost of making the show. We don’t ask for and wouldn’t take free meals when we review to avoid skewing our results. We are committed to providing unbiased, if occasionally blunt, opinions through our reviews. Unfortunately, that means we haven’t been able to take on sponsors for the show and we pay out of pocket – anywhere from $50 to $100 – for each review. The result of being so independent is that we can’t always review as often or where we would like. There are plans in the works for a crowdfunding campaign, but those are in the early stages of development.

Finally, while the Patio Show is the flagship for the network, we are also working on other podcast concepts and trying to find the best way to offer the Patio Show on video without losing the parts that make it unique. Our pipeline includes the Ready To Go Cafe Show, which is taking much longer to get off the ground than we’d hoped, and an as-yet-unnamed project that will focus on nonprofit and advocacy communications. Neither will be available tomorrow but both should be available before the end of the year.

As always, thank you for listening! We really do appreciate it.


See you on the patio!


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