by Patrick Bromley
After much planning, preparation and promotion, our 18-hour F Breast Cancer! live podcast-a-thon was a success, raising over $7,000 for The Magnolia Tree Foundation.
I had no idea what to expect from a day like this. I didn't know if a live broadcast would work. I didn't know if I'd be able to make it for 18 hours. I didn't know if the technology would come together or do the things I needed it to do. I didn't know if we could fill the time or book guests or stay on schedule. I didn't know how much money we'd be able to raise and I was terribly nervous about the whole thing crashing and burning. After raising $7,000 and getting many of my favorite people in the world to come together and talk for 18 hours, it's hard to call the day anything but a success. I have so many people to thank for that.
Thank you to Chaybee Barber, aka Brahm, for being such a supporter of the site and of this event and for allowing us to play his excellent music. Everyone check out and download more of his stuff here.
Thank you to Ryan Ziolko and Kevin Coulton for all of your help with the technical side of things. I would have been lost without being able to turn to you with so many questions and glitches. Your assistance and patience is the only reason this thing actually got up and running.
Thank you to our friends at Dorking Out, Nerds of Nostalgia, Book vs. Movie, True Bromance, How Is This Movie? and Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers, all of whom stepped up without hesitation and recorded fun, heartfelt messages that reminded us of what it means to be a podcast family.
An enormous thank you to Erik Childress, Ian Simmons and Leo Brady for being so willing to pitch in and offer great insight into film criticism. It's an honor to know you boys.
Daily Dead: Jonathan James, Scott Drebit, Derek Anderson and Tamika Jones. It was great to talk horror movies with you all. Thank you for staying up so late and donating your time. I'm proud to write with such a positive, knowledgeable, good group of horror fans.
An extra special thanks to my friend Heather Wixson, not just for helping organize the Daily Dead roundtable but for helping book several of the day's guests. I hope I didn't embarrass you too much by being a fanboy dork.
Thank you to Erika Bromley for being endlessly supportive and encouraging of this event and patient with me when I was panicking and for making me to want to try and be a better person. Schmoop.
Thank you to the Rodheims: Dianna, Steve, Alexa, Zach, Kendall, Aubrie, Hannah and Connor. Your incredible family was the reason for the entire day. You inspire all of us, and I thank you for allowing us to organize this event in honor of your incredible daughter and sister and The Magnolia Tree Foundation. You guys are the best.
We did it, everyone. In the words of listener Kyle Hall, we stared into the face of Rahn and he spoke only three words: "Do for it."
Thank you all for doing for it.