What a feeling. We didn’t know if it would last six months when we started. We didn’t know if the stream would be dependable for a large audience. We didn’t know if there would even be a large audience.
And yet, when the first year ended, we had worked about 50 weeks out of 52, the most I’ve worked since 30 years ago in Albany, New York. When I was at Westwood One and CBS Radio, we worked about 45 weeks most years with seven weeks of vacation and holidays.
I had no idea it would be like this: working seven days most weeks, often frustrating, exhilarating, and the most fun I’ve had since my first three years in LA 1988-91.
As we went along, it appeared that we had created something bigger than a call-in show for the internet; we created a social network of our own, a social network of P1s that goes beyond being loyal to our show, they now support each other in so many ways. AND us.
For many months now, I have begun to believe that our P1 concept is more important than our show itself.
The show is the town square of our own social network. And, it’s my belief that, no matter how lousy the economy has been for six years and continues to be, our P1s can become more successful, personally and professionally, by ignoring “Big Box” companies and private equity bottom-feeders and simply supporting the people we know, the people we trust, the people who share our values and want the same things we all want, in short, the population of our P1s.
To see the P1s supporting each other’s businesses (and, by definition, each other) is pretty damned special. And it’s growing exponentially. Every time you guys send me a picture of the bread you bake, the pizza you make, or the coffee you brew at home rather than spending five bucks or more at Starbucks, it really resonates that people just need a little reminding once in awhile that the power is really in our hands.
I am happy to have brought a little idea (the new version of our show) to share with everyone. I am even happier to see where you have taken life on our show and turned it into the ultimate living remixes and mash-ups. Your input, your suggestions, and especially your fracturing of classic rock songs on Be Funny, really make me feel that investing in what I believed in, betting on myself (and, by extension, you) was the right way to go.
Remember what I’ve often said on the show: ‘I’ve never lost money betting on myself.”
Let’s not stop here. I will keep going if you will. Support the people who make our show possible. Support your fellow P1s in any way you can. And we will all support you as well. If I felt the need to quit today, which I definitely do not, I would never forget how you guys responded at the 2012 holidays, after the recent “State of The New Normal Union” email, and after our ruined First Anniversary eBay auction. These moments remind me of what happened to the character George Bailey in the later moments of the movie It’s A Wonderful Life. A holiday movie for sure, but if you think about it, the characters in it are the original P1s.
What we have all created here together is special. This really is our “wonderful life.”
Before anyone says it to me, let me say it to you: Happy Anniversary!