The void was felt and impacted what I doFor just over five years, that void from Internet radio was felt. No matter what I did, I felt like I was missing out on something. I loved having control of the programming of my own Internet radio station. No FCC regulation. Hosts can use the seven dirty words if they were so inclined to. It was my experience in Internet radio that led to my overseeing broadcast affiliate relations for a syndicated radio program and its flagship radio network. (Of course, I will not specify the names, as I have ongoing litigation against both entities on the issue of nonpayment for services rendered.) Even my work in journalism was dragged down for a while. All because I wanted to have a presence on Internet radio once again.
The resurgence and radio revivalMost people who know me personally knew that I was planning to return to Internet radio. They knew this shortly after I launched this news platform on New Year’s Eve 2016. I really wanted to revive WWPM MediaNet to its former glory with the same variety of programming I aired. There was only one major difference: broadcast royalties for music from 2013 to 2018 had skyrocketed. This means I would have to abide by the “fair use” copyright rule and not use more than 20 seconds of audio. Most of the programs I aired during that era discontinued production. That was a bummer. So, with that, I had already decided by the year before its revival that it was to be a news/sports talk station. The goal: to be like what TalkSuperstation.com was for talk radio on the Internet from 2006 to 2015. Then, on New Year’s Eve 2018, the former station rebranded as Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network made its debut. To date, as we near the radio network’s third anniversary and mark this platform’s fifth anniversary, I could not be happier with the radio product. Do I wish I had more listeners? Without a doubt! Am I going to bed or grovel for listeners? Nope! We’ve made programming changes over time and even featured players from our sister podcast network on occasion. We will adapt to situations as necessary, and our programming will reflect that.
Back to the old websiteIt’s funny how time passes. The former website for WWPM MediaNet has seen better days. But taking into consideration the website has not aged well, it was time to update the page. All other pages have been hidden except the homepage and About Us page. The main page ultimately includes a link to our radio streams. Sometimes, your past ventures ultimately need to give credence to their ultimate successors.
Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, wrestling editor and contributing writer for Ambush Sports, a contributing writer for My Sports Vote and Midwest Sports Network, and a former contributor to Bleacher Report and Overtime Heroics. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dog Buster.