It’s HUGE, It’s BIG — It’s Independent Underground News & Talk Official 2014 Mega Fundraising Campaign

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It’s Time for Independent Underground News & Talk to expand — BIG TIME!

Thank you for taking your time to read, support, listen in and follow Independent Underground News & Talk and IU Radio LIVE program.

In existence since April 2010, Independent Underground Radio News & Talk – formerly Reach Out Job Search (ROJS News) started with a vision: to change the way independent media is done in Michigan. 



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IU News & Talk Owner Monica RW & Congresswoman
Barbara Lee (D-CA)
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Owner//Executive Producer IU News & Talk Monica RW
and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D)

Our strong support for America’s Long-Term Unemployed job seekers led us to Washington, DC where we were proud to stand aside the Honorable Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-California) on February 9, 2011 supporting House Resolution-589/H.R. 589 – The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011.


One year later our media operation was the proud recipient of a Democracy for America scholarship to attend Netroots Nation -Providence, RI in July 2012. As the largest conference nationwide for progressive bloggers, podcasters and media entities – we were honored to meet former Vermont Governor and Founder of DFA Howard Dean and Chairman Jim Dean.

Additionally in 2012, our podcast media arm Independent Underground Radio LIVE had the unique opportunity to interview Libertarian Party Nominated Candidate for President, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

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The next year 2013 was a huge year for a small independent media entity which started off of a shoestring budget and a vision to expand the voice of common-sense Americans. Independent Underground News & Talk was a finalist for the Black Weblog Awards – Best Politics Blog and our podcast arm Independent Underground Radio LIVE received runner up status for Best Podcast.


Interviewees graciously accepting invites to appear on Independent Underground Radio LIVE included national change leaders former Asst. Secretary of Education and Author Dr. Diane Ravitch, Research Fellow at the U.S. Business & Industrial Council Educational Foundation Alan Tonelson, Michigan Democrat Candidate for Governor Mark Schauer and former Director of the State of Michigan Board of Accountancy, C.P.A Tom Barrow.

Our twice a week aired podcast program had the pleasure to reach over 230,000 live and archived podcast listens and downloads at the end of 2013. Respectfully in November and December of last year, Independent Underground Radio LIVE averaged over 110K listens each month.

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For 2014 we have again started out strong. Recently, the podcast was accepted into a Beta RSS program from Soundcloud API – where only 15% of shows that apply are accepted. Syndication mediums added to the show in late 2013 with Stitcher, iTunes, Soundcloud and leading podcast server Libsyn assisted with expanding reach of Independent Underground Radio LIVE. The show also has a dedicated Tumblr page.


Presently, we estimate by the end of this year the podcast will reach the premium podcast threshold of 1 Million live and download listens, and Independent Underground News & Talk will attend Netroots Nation Detroit 2014 – right here in our home town!

The blog and podcast program Owner, Executive Producer, Writer and Host is Monica RW. 

Obtaining a Masters of Business Administration/M.B.A. degree in 2013, Monica’s goals for Independent Underground News & Talk this year includes a vast expansion of the common-sense progressive media operation into a five day a week, three hours a day podcast plus videocasting. Similar to the path which highly successful independent media host Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks pathed years prior.

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Which leads to our announcement!

We are in the beginning stages of a Fundraiser Campaign to raise upwards to $25,000 to expand IU News & Talk to a five day per week — Podcast and Videocast operation along with our blog.


This is our big challenge thus far as raising $25K is not easy. But, if supporters of truly Independent Common-Sense media can assist donating to our fundraiser the challenge can be achieved. With the fundraiser success, IU News & Talk will add jobs and staff to the show.

The staff will dedicated two Advertising Sales Specialists, Production Assistant, Scheduling Assistant and Co-Host. Some of the positions will be filled on a Internship/Stipend basis and others paid a stipend based on sales revenue


Thanks for your continuing support of Independent Underground News & Talk, along with Independent Media. We look forward to sharing our future growth with you. 

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