When I started this all some years ago, I didn’t think it would get to where it is now. Even if my presence is quite small, I am still here. I’m glad I’ve made it so far.
Along the way, I’ve made friends. Loved, lost, and loved again. Been places I would have never dreamed. Done things that a young me would be proud of. Wrote poetry about it all, or as much as I could remember.
Radio Reality City started as a joke, in my sophomore pre-AP English teacher’s classroom as part of a poetry club meeting. My editor in chief at the time was stressed about a lack of student submissions, making light of the fact that I had enough content to make a volume of just my work. I laughed, everybody else did, too, but that December of 2014 I began to take the idea seriously; I could possibly print my own issue of poems. The name followed, the logo after, and the rest is history.
A lot has happened since 2014.
It may only be 4 and a half years since then, but for us now Year Five is approaching in a few weeks, and the station is infinitely more capable than it was that distant year ago.
Thousands of pieces of media later, there are big organizational changes coming. What form they might take is still unclear to me, but planning is well under way. It turns out that there is a bunch to do, even after the site navigational updates a while back in March.
The whole time, I’ve had each and every one of you to thank for keeping me going. Knowing any kind of audience finds solace of any sort in my work, is pretty much the essence of making things. You are appreciated.
Ipso facto, then I shall continue to be better and continue improving Radio Reality City.
Thank you all so much for continuing to tune in. Year V is coming up, and it’s going to be amazing.
– The Host, Jake Thomas Shaw