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The week beginning Monday June 22nd will be devoted to the Chuck C. series of speeches titled A New Pair of Glasses. This series of talks was first given in 1974, and became the basis for the book by the same title. My sponsor suggested I read that book early in my sobriety and it was an eyeopener for me as a newcomer to the idea of recovery. I hope it might produce the same enlightning effect for you it did for me. This is actually a series of six talks so, we will finish up with the last post on Monday June 29.
On a related note, the Recovery Radio Podcast only publishes new shows five days a week, Monday through Friday. The weekends are reserved for the actual work that goes into preparing the indivdual episodes for publication. Once prepared, they are then cued up on the site and automatically scheduled for publication using a scheduler application. This gives your station manager time to attend to his regular job. The one that keeps food on the table and a roof over his head.
Traffic to the site has picked up since we started publishing to iTunes. I have noticed about a 25 percent increase in visits to the site and about a 50 percent increase in first time visitors. Even though they get their audio directly from iTunes in many cases, people come to the site to see what we are all about. As of this writing, people have checked in from 28 different countries since April. If you click on the Cluster Map in the right hand tool bar, it will enlarge, and show you the names of the various countries from which our visitors have been coming. To my mind this goes to show two things. First, just how wide spread the problem is and, secondly, it lets me know that the solution is the same everywhere.
Thank God for modern technology that helps us stay in touch in even the most remote locations. I say this because I recently received an email of thanks from a listener who, knowing he was going on an expedition to the Brazilian rainforest had downloaded several episodes to his ipod to take along with him. He writes to say that as the only alcoholic on the expedition, it gave him great comfort to listen to recovery speakers in the evenings, and that the connection to Recovery Radio helped him ward off feelings of loneliness and isolation. He says that even though he was far removed from the rest of the world, he never felt out of touch with the worldwide fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous thanks to his ipod and Recovery Radio. We were humbled to have been of service in such circumstances.
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We start this week off with Milt L. giving a step workshop at a 1997 conference titled The Dumb Guy Approach to the Steps. It is a four part series so we will begin it on Monday and wrap up Thursday, delivering a different part each day. Milt has some very interesting observations on step work that are valuable to newcomer and longtimer alike. I hope you get something from it. We will finish up the week with Tom B. speaking on the subject of Emotional Sobriety from a 2002 conference. This talk addresses the part of recovery after, plug in the jug, where you have to start to grow up as an individual and brings important insights to the process. I think you will enjoy it.
Remember, if you miss an episode, you can find it in our archives section on the website. From there you may listen to it online or download it for future use. If you are an iTunes member, you can download it from there directly to your computer or iPod.
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We have a good lineup of AA speakers coming up this week.
First off is Jim K. from Brainerd MN speaking on the topic of service work and how important it is to personal recovery. Then, we have Mark H from the Big D, Dallas TX, speaking at the New England Fellowship of the Spirit Conference. He is followed by Pat P. from Cleveland OH,speaking at the C.A.H. group in Euclid OH. Next up is Scott B. from Jamestown ND speaking to the Northern Plains group in Fargo. And finally, to round out the week, we finish up with Sonya B. from Golden Valley MN. speaking on the topic of “Came to Believe” at Speakerjam 2009 in Waverly. These are people carrying the message of recovery with the hope that someone will hear it.
On the technical side, we had a little trouble with our feed to iTunes not working properly but, it looks like we got everything worked out finally. You can now subscribe to the RRN podcast through iTunes by clicking on the Advanced menu within iTunes then selecting the “subscribe to podcast” item and entering the following url into the popup box. http://recoveryradionetwork.podcastpeople.com
In a few days, after the changes have replicated through the iTunes system, you will also be able to browse for us in the iTunes store under the podcasts section, or just type recovery radio network in the search box to find us. Since this is new for Recovery Radio, we will keep an eye on things to make sure everything is working as advertised. Our job is to be technical so you don’t have to. This is one of the reasons we decided to launch the Recovery Radio Network on iTunes in the first place.
Late breaking update: We just received confirmation that the podcast feed for the Recovery Radio Network has been accepted by the iTunes review committee. Here is the direct link to the program provided courtesy of iTunes .
You will need to have iTunes installed on your computer for it to work of course. If you do not already have iTunes installed, here is a link to get it.
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Well, we have finally finished the Joe and Charlie series on the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. It seemed to be well received as it was downloaded many times and, although I got a lot of nice e-mail about it, I have to tell you I was beginning to tire of seeing the same tag about it on Itunes. Something about the way the feed was formated for Itunes caused extra characters to appear in the description. I guess this goes in the “Live and Learn” category.
Yes, I said Itunes. Recovery Radio is on Itunes and you may subscribe to us through them as well, if you are using an Ipod. The subscription on Itunes is free of course, and we thought that having another distribution channel could not hurt, especially if it was the largest, most popular podcast repository on the planet. Stop by Itunes and check out our new “Cover Art”
We are moving on from Joe and Charlie this week and will start with some Al-Anon speakers. We have a two episode Mary Pearl talk that is, as usual, hilarious. I think everyone can relate to Mary Pearl regardless of what program might be their primary focus. Give it a try and let us hear your feedback either by leaving a comment on the site, or by dropping us an e-mail.
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By popular demand,we have added a “Subscription” button on the right for your convenience. Clicking it will allow you to take advantage of our $5.00 per month membership plan. For those of you, who would like to express your ongoing support for Recovery Radio in a simple and painless way, this plan is perfect. Simply authorize the one time sign up, and we’ll take care of the rest. Your credit card will automatically be billed $5.00 per month and, you will have the satisfaction of knowing your contributions are helping support the mission of the best Recovery Station on the Internet.
Or, if you prefer, there is a “Donate” Button on the lower right that will take one-time contributions of differing amounts. Either way, your contributions are fully tax deductible and will be used to help carry the message to an ever growing audience. Please join us in this effort to be of service to the recovery community.
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Starting the first week in April we will begin the Joe & Charlie Big Book Study. This effort is segmented into 35 audio files roughly following the chapters as set out in the book Alcoholics Anonymous. We will upload a file a day for you until finished, and of course, the entire set will remain in the archives once uploaded. I use the word “roughly” simply because Joe and Charlie add some discussion elements to the books content in an effort to help the newcomer understand the basic principles of recovery as set out in the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is the Grandfather of all step-based recovery programs, and the principles set out in this book are universal and apply to them all. Joe and Charlie were the Grandfathers of Big Book Studies, traveling around North America for decades, giving weekend workshops on this text. Whether you are trying to recover from alcoholism, substance-abuse, co-dependency or some other form of obsessive-compulsive disorder,what the clinicians might call sedativism, a better understanding of this text can only help.
If you are looking for additional resources for recovery related information, I recommend visiting the “Faces and Voices of Recovery” website. It is one of America’s best run charities keeping in touch with lawmakers in Washington, and on the State level, as an advocate for people in recovery. Go see what they are up to on your behalf these days!
Speaking of connections to Recovery Resources, you might check out our own collection of links. We have listings for recovery clubhouses, speakers, treatment facilities and many other things as well. They can all be found by clicking the link above. This will take you to the “Links” page on our original site. While you are there, you might look around and find some treasures on our collection of speakers and workshops as well! We have over a Gigabyte of files online ready to stream Recovery to you with just the click of a button!