The Space Show Prepares to Turn Four

The Space Show is rapidly approaching itsfourth anniversary as a radio talk show devoted to furthering space tourism,the expansion of space commerce, and the development of a space-faring nationand world. When I started this radioprogram in May 2001, it was known as BusinessWithout Boundaries (BWB) and was heard on a small Phoenix, Arizonaradio station. There were no archivesnor was the program streamed on the internet for a wider listeningaudience.

Originally, BWB was designed to be aprogram about small business consulting, planning, and problem solving, however, I decided to invite Dr. Patrick Collins onthe program as a guest in early July 2001 to speak about space tourism. The show clicked with an exciting audiencereaction and I made a quick decision to refocus the program on commercial spaceand related topics. The Phoenixstation soon added streaming services and that enabled many others to listen tothe show. For business reasons, the showwas moved from Phoenix to Seattle in the fall of 2002 and the name waschanged to The Space Show.

Our show is guided by a strong vision and mission. My vision calls for space to be like any other placewe choose to visit, work in, or call home. It should be just anotherdestination, like Tahiti, Hawaii, or any other location available tous now. When this vision becomes reality, we will be space-faring in ourculture, our economy, our society, and in our lives. Our world will be vastlyimproved by countless space-related benefits, transforming our lives both inspace and on Earth. I believe this to betrue and I strive to make sure that each program is in alignment with thisvision.

It is mypersonal goal to promote future economicopportunities, scientific discoveries, and medical advances for all humankindthrough peaceful and cooperative ventures in outer space, as well a being the forum by which space exploration becomes an integral partof our culture, our economy, our country, our world, and our global vision, inwhich all nations unite in creating a thriving future through the enormouspotentials afforded by off-earth opportunities. This is being accomplished witha commitment to advancing integrity and responsibility both in our off-earthconduct and in the potential long range consequences of our actions inspace. I firmly believe that thisprogram is helping to make the dreams of space today the reality of tomorrow.

Up to this date I've aired well over 300programs interviewing space leaders from all disciplines and from manynations. Through word of mouth, thearchived programs at www.thespaceshow.comnow have over 50,000 listeners per month and the number of archived listenersis increasing by significant amounts each month. We're heard in over 50 countries includingsurprises such as China, Iran, The Ivory Coast, India, Israel,and the full Middle East. Interviews have been conducted with guestsfrom Holland, England, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Australia, Belgium,just to mention a few. In addition,there are now two weekly programs and often there will be a third or fourthprogram.

Soon, there will be a regularly scheduledthird weekly program reserved for the discussion of timely events andsubjects. Other changes are being madethat should enable the program to grow and expand into new markets. These new changes will be happening shortly.Each show gets calls, e-mails, and chat participation from people around theworld. We covered all the Space Ship Onefights live with each broadcast running about four hours.

During these broadcasts, mirror streamingsites were appearing around the world to help carry the demand for thisincredible and historic event and more than a thousand emails were received foreach flight from people everywhere listening to the events unfolding inMojave. I even heard from people in Australia whowere keeping their young children up into the very early morning hours tolisten to our broadcast of events as ours was the only nonstop coverageavailable.

The Tuesday evening program airs livefrom 7-8:15PM Pacific Time. Seattle listeners canhear the first hour on KKNW 1150AM plus the KKNWstreaming site and all other listeners can hear the full Space Show program onthe live365.com streaming site which can be accessed from the website. The Sunday program from 12-1:30PM PacificTime can be heard on live365.com streaming site, as can all special programs.

All shows are archived on the website andstarting this year, the programs are archived in the MP3 format for easydownloading, use with all MP3 players and to facilitate podcasting which willbe implemented in the near future.

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