Ara and Braden,
Thanks for your impetus; perhaps Alan and David agree that your initial efforts are akin to the "early days" with AVS...andwe enthusiasts can expect more and more wonderful things! I envision/predict your "niche" show as rapidly expanding in terms of regular, captive audience members (not least from AVS members), and wish you the best. I remember day-dreaming during my "radio days," during and just- post-college, about a freeing up of FCC spectrum for such niche programming, and dismissing my own daydreams as fantasy. You giys are making it very cool--and, not least--reality, in ways one never envisioned, a decade ago. A kudos to you!
Alan and David: Wow, how nice to "put voices to the faces and written words!"
Having worked in commercial radio, I'm acutely aware that "expected voices," given "known images," aren't always congruent...funny how you guys just "sounded" right--i.e. right-on, given my expectations, and given a ton of posts that I've reviewed, over the year and a half+ of my membership...all my expectations about "congruity of message, forum design, and honest intent" have been fulfilled.
I'm happy to be a (slow) contributing member...slow to let my humor out, slow to let my beliefs out...mainly, 'cause it's often better to listen than to preach, if you ken.
Meanwhile, the vibrant forum you've created is a blessing to all, and I personally thank you. I don't sell audio and video products, anymore (although I did from about age 14 through 18--a passion!); now, with an MS in Industrial Relations, an MBA, and an Ed. S. in Leadership Studies, I'm thinking about re-entering the field, at a higher level (one should follow one's true passions, n'est-ce pas?)...and I have the excellence of this forum as exemplar: as your well-over 150K+ viewers attest, there is a strong base of truly knowledgable afficionados (both within and without the CE industry) that exist, apparently, to serve others. Anyone presuming to serve up their resumes, as I am, in any capacity in the industry must be, given reality and appropriately-given respect, prepared to accept that there's a large, and respectable base of knowledgable consumers that must be deferred to.
Again, one of the reasons why this is so is because of your efforts. Thanks, the symbiosis is so mutually beneficial! (Sometimes relevatory...)
[a.k.a. "willdao= 1) "Where there's a Will there's a way!"; 2) paradoxically, "the 'tao' of willpower transcends only to the extent that "will" transcends the larger stream...not always a good thang, nor a decent bet; one hopes for balance, and consumate good fortune. A balance. One informs and directs the other, ever...and to say "vice versa" is to be "repetitively redundant," my best sly joke...I'm sure you guys know full well how fortunate you are, given that a combination of will and effort have combined so spectacularly, with larger, societal needs, into a critical mass of enthusiasts and customers all finding a compelling "stream" here...and a few folks determined to provide a uniquely high-qulaity expereince at all levels. Thanks! You guys are the gold standard.]