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I know none of us are thrilled with sponsor plugs. When we read something or watch something or listen to something, if there are ads we try to ignore them, right? If you have a DVR, don’t you just fast forward through the commercials when you think of it? Sometimes I get all the way through the commercial break before I realize I could have TLDNetworkskipped them. Between singing your favorite songs on the radio or with a streaming music service like Pandora or Spotify, aren’t the ads where you spend time talking to your friends or just zone out? Watching Hulu or something on YouTube that doesn’t give you the option to skip through (I know that some YouTube ads do allow a skip) comes on, isn’t that the time to go to the bathroom or make a sandwich or something? Yeah, we, as a society don’t care much for listening to sponsors’ ads.

But, the reality of it is, without their money and/or wares, your favorite music, video and bloggers/podcasters/vloggers wouldn’t be much to see, hear or read because we’d have to do other things like get jobs and such. Not that some of us don’t already have jobs, but I think some people would take the job of communicator less seriously if they weren’t making something from their sponsored work. It’s been a while since I’ve talked about mine, so that’s what I’m going to do, Talk all aspects of them. I know, I know, you’re going to click off, but remember how we provide you the content that we do.Give some consideration to me and them.

Let’s start with The Less Desirables Podcast, since it’s the biggie. I have six sponsors right now: City Beverage, Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub and Kitchen, King’s Crab Shack and Oyster Bar, a/perture cinema, The Garage and Washington Perk & Provision Company. They make sure that I have materials, content and/or funding to bring you the best that WSNC can get as far as pop culture podcasts go. I pride myself in our production and our content. It’s less a “magazine” show than it is a fun conversation between friends, even if we’ve just met. I couldn’t bring that to you without the six sponsors and sponsors from our past that got us where we are. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to revisit how each one helps us and what they may be able to do to make your life more enjoyable and enriched. Yeah, I said it. Anywhat! Again, I ask that you humor me and give them consideration for what they do for me and the content I bring.

For The Beer Dads Podcast, our presenting sponsor is Small Batch Beer Company. They are located at 241 W 5th Street and provide the Twin City Quarter a fantastic spot to imbibe in some very small batch craft brews and enjoy a good burger, chicken sandwich or pile of nachos. What is a presenting sponsor? Well, it’s basically who makes The Beer Dads possible. It’s what helps to pay the rent. The Beer Dads is presented by Small Batch Beer. 12 taps of their very own goodness, a new food menu and we can promise you won’t be disappointed. Much thanks to them for a) having fantastic brews available and b) for keeping the show going. We can’t tell them how much we appreciate them. Look for a remote The Beer Dads show to be recorded there in the future.

The Man Who Ate the Town food blog (and soon to be vlog and podcast) is also presented by Washington Perk & Provision Company. They have two locations: 228 W Acadia Ave in Washington Park and 301 W 4th Street downtown WSNC. I like to say that they’re more than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store. They do provide groceries. They have Homeland Creamery Dairy products such as cheese and milk. They have bread and things like that. They have plasticware, napkins, toothpicks, dog and cat food, hot sauce, canned items, peanut butter, etc. They have a deli that has some great tasting and great priced sandwiches with daily sandwich specials and sandwiches that are available all day, every day. The serve Wolfie’s Custard. They have a coffee shop that serves Larry’s Beans Coffee. They have biscuits in the morning (chicken, steak, bacon/egg/cheese, sausage, sausage/egg/cheese, etc). They have a wall of beer. It’s a few coolers lined side-by-side but it’s not just convenience store beer fare, they have craft beers and great wines to choose from. Really, it’s your neighborhood corner market that’s there for you all day. The Man Who Ate the Town loves bringing you the food info around town and we are so proud to call Washington Perk & Provision Company our sponsor.

Oddly enough, this blog, the one I do every day, isn’t actually sponsored by anyone, yet. I haven’t pursued that, yet, truthfully. I would like it to be. I like writing for you every day and whilst it doesn’t really cost much to do, it does take time and as we all know, time is money. I’ve gained a pretty good following and readership and I don’t think it’s too much to ask to get something back out of it. But, it has to be the right sponsor. For me and for you, Dear Reader. It has to go along with the theme of the blog. I’ll work on that.

Anywhat. Thank you so much for indulging me here. I hope that some of you made it to here and didn’t just slide over like many people do. I am proud of my sponsors and what they do for me, my properties and my community. They’re all important to you, even if you don’t know it. Thanks again!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“It’s important to understand that you have to dedicate time to your sponsors…” – Ana Ivanovic