Podcast Advertising … Heck Yeah!

Michael Shawn host of Free Range Texan
Michael Shawn – Host

We all need to discuss something ever so briefly.  I know what you’re thinkin …. A-Team PR is not filthy stinkin rich …. yet!  Our production budget on the podcast episodes, web platform, travel, interviews, artwork, and copywriting can make for some late night production meetings in the conference room.  So there …. I said it.

And you thought we were just selling all the cool stuff in the Free Range Texan House of Treasures for fun.  Well …. it is fun!  But, advertising on our podcast is an important piece of the puzzle.  You might say Michael Shawn’s Campfire takes a certain amount of fuel (wood).  Bearing all this in mind, we are placing an active banner on this blog.  DON’T GO THERE …. unless you are interested in putting our podcast to work promoting your cause/business.

Yes, brothers and sisters, we are selling promotional announcements on our podcast.  We have found that our production studio works best when the electricity is turned on, etc.  It is a fact that the Free Range Texan is now being listened to throughout the United States, and by English speaking people in Canada, The U.K., over the wall into Mexico and South America, the EU, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, and Vietnam …. and did I mention Texas?  So you see, what kind of red blooded American (Texan) podcaster would not, should not hang a billboard or two on that?

Advertise on Free Range Texan podcastMaybe you can help.  If you have knowledge of anyone who would like to advertise on the Free Range Texan podcast, bring them here and tell THEM to click on this banner.  We will graciously do the rest.  Thank you my friends.

New Podcast Player Added to FreeRangeTexan.net

MenuI think it’s time that we stop the presses for just a moment and recognize the value of having an outfit like A-Team PR on your team when and if you decide to produce your own podcast.  The latest example of their efforts is our newly designed podcast player that presents not only our latest show, but also easily displays our entire “Free Range Texan” library.

Free Range Texan podcast player

We have discovered that many of our listeners are not quick to latch on to iTunes, Google Play, Tune In, etc., but instead are more comfortable just going to FreeRangeTexan.net and receiving full access to our podcasts.  So, “knock yourself out!”

Stan Troy’s De Lux Cafe Now Available

MenuWe have waited, all the while knowing that Stan Troy’s De Lux Cafe would be a gift that up until now was a hard thing to find.  Stan is featured in our”Free Range Talent File” in Episode 6 of our podcast.

Stan Troy's De Luxe CafeWe are glad to tell you that his music is now available for download.  Click the album cover above and enjoy!

The Lights Burn Dim at Los Rancho Mucho Broke-o

MenuIt was approximately 1975.  It was after dark in the Terlingua desert on a ranch called Villa de La Mina.  I stood with a friend by a lone campfire under a canopy of breathtaking stars.  It was a cool evening as nights in the desert often are.  And the blanket of silence that the Big Bend wilderness is known for lain all around us.

Desert sky at nightThen in the distance, back down the long dirt road that lead in to our camp, we heard the throaty rumble of what sounded like an armored division throwing dust and rocks.  Then what turned out to be five or six trucks pulling trailers laden with equipment enough to build a small town roared past us and pulled into the rocks and cactus just beyond where we stood.  One of the trucks had already blown its transmission and was being pulled by chain onto the two trucks in front of it.

This intrepid group of chili cooks / demolition experts / oilfield roughnecks had roared into my life and began a four decades long kinship that would teach me a lot about what I know concerning friendship and brotherhood.  There is no reason in the world why they should have adopted me into their family, but they did.  One of the more colorful characters among them, and believe me … they were all colorful, was Vietnam Veteran Dave McCarter and his wife at the time, Deb.  Fast forward to 2018.  Life happened to all of us.  When I hit a number of low points, like being hospitalized and non-ambulatory for a number of months, I could always count on the fact that Dave would be the first one to call.  I never knew him not to be repeating the same phrase over and over throughout the years.  Whenever we would part company, he would take my hand and hold it to his heart, look me in the eye, and say, “Any time, any place, any where.”  I never knew Dave McCarter to fail to make good on that promise.

Terlingua cemeteryI got a call this afternoon from his son, Zack, who said, “They found Dave doing what he did best … He was at home, at his family homestead outside of Snyder, Texas, in his barcalounger, watching Gunsmoke.  He went peacefully.”  I can never think of those times back down the way in God’s most beautiful wilderness and not think of Dave ….. Any time, any place, any where Brother Dave ….. Adios.

Recorded Sasquatch Audio


Glen Gerard was very clear when I interviewed him.  He is not a Sasquatch hunter.  Instead it would be more correct to label him as one who has for over a decade been heavily involved in studying the habits of Texas’ Big Foot creatures.  We here at Free Range Texan have spent enough time with Glen to consider him a reliable and trusted source of information.

This week, I received an e-mail from Glen that contained a remarkable recording.  When it comes to Big Foot evidence, we are always looking for clearer pictures and more distinct recorded sounds.  This recording occurred in the forest north of Houston, Texas.  Turn up your speakers.

As always, we wish it was clearer and more distinct.  But nonetheless, you can hear three distinct Sasquatch whoops.  We feel certain that Glen Gerard has enough experience to recognize actual Sasquatch communicative sounds, and he and the people with him at the time are in complete agreement.  They captured actual Big Foot sounds.

Stan Troy’s Coming and He’s Bringing “Panhandle Hell” With Him


Popular Texas Hill Country singer / songwriter Stan Troy has agreed to be part of the Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 6.

Stan TroyStan has just released his latest album “De Lux Cafe” and honestly friends, it is a toe-tapper.  Stan has written and recorded a true Texas music treasure, containing a song he wrote about the wild fires last year in the Texas Panhandle.  He titled it, “Panhandle Hell”.  In the interest of full disclosure, I will confess that Stan Troy and I were in Boy Scouts together, and his father, John Troy, was our Scout Master (yes, Free Range friends, Michael Shawn was a Boy Scout).

Stan Troy and the BandStan Troy's De Luxe CafeAt the time of this posting, “De Lux Cafe” is so hot off the presses that it is not yet available for public downloads.  However, it will be soon and we will update you.

We are really looking forward to having Stan Troy and his song about the tragic prairie fires that recently occurred in the Texas Panhandle on our podcast.

Roger Dykes – A Certain Kind of Hero


By Episode 3 we were still experimenting with our format, not to mention our remote digital recording gear, when we suddenly realized that a Hero was living right in front of us.  While I have known Roger since I was a young teenage radio announcer, and he owned and ran the best record store in the county, I feel as though I have for decades taken him for granted.

While he has lived his entire life with cerebral-palsy, his mind, his heart and his personality seemed to make ones brain overlook that he was confined to a wheelchair.  I am proud to say that he is my friend, and his Roger Dykesaccomplishments are to say the least impressive.  He occupies the lead position in our “Heroes and Heroines File”.

A longer more detailed version of the interview is available on the Free Range Texan YouTube Channel.  He still is working on behalf of cerebral-palsy sufferers throughout the United States.  As always, if you wish to communicate with Roger you’re welcome to contact him through info@freerangetexan.net.