I had the opportunity to be in the room and photograph about half of the recordings for DearReading podcast’s Season 2 episodes. DearRDG podcast’s first season kicked off in 2017 with an entire different cast, except for creator, Marquise Richards. The podcast to me seemed like an amazing idea, given that I didn’t know of any other podcasts in the City of Reading at that time. I believed Reading was in need of more digital content creators. The first season didn’t really go that well, as they weren’t consistent and the audio was pretty shitty.
However, they kicked things into overdrive 2018 with just two hosts Marquise and Bri Tyson. They got on a consistent schedule, as they put out episodes every Monday at 8am. They brought on two more hosts Marie Skyes and D. Will. The dopest part was that they were interviewing anyone from a wide range of fields like: Dr. Khalid Mumin, Superintendent of Reading School District (wild), Radarra McLendon, Moms Demand Action, Poets, Musicians, photographers, local entrepreneurs, and citizens of the city as well. They covered pop culture topics to heartfelt news occurring in Reading. They even partnered with a recording studio, Pagoda City Studio, to take their production to the next level.
I would login to social media everyday and I would see people talk about DearRDG and mention how it made their days or how they looked forward to start their Monday mornings because of the show. It was a pleasure to work with all the hosts this past year and I know they are going to kill it in 2019. They showed a ton of people in Reading what you can accomplish if you’re passionate and consistent!
I had them each write a recap on DearReading and what it meant to them to be a part of the podcast. Read them below and take a look at some of my favorite images from different episodes as well. Season 3 kicks off January 13th, 2019!
Hosted by Marquise Richards, Marie Sykes, Brianna Tyson, & Dayquan Williams, Dear Reading is a podcast that highlights how Reading has shaped us while also discussing pop cultures & news. Listen to DearReading podcast on Soundcloud , Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all other audio platforms.
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