Friday, July 10, 2020

Media Conversions

As we move on in to July, I have been adjusting to the new way of life, and part of that involves exploring possible ways to create income, as I touched on in my last post here. One of those areas is media conversions that I have talked about- my system of converting old media formats like VHS, cassette tapes and mini-discs  to newer formats like CD, DVD, and MP3 for your portable media players and computers.

I created a website and a domain to accomplish that objective, but after giving it some thought I decided against that approach in an effort to save money and cancelled the plan. So although the website is no longer active, I will use the space here on this blog to promote that activity and answer all questions about converting your media for you. Visiting my home page, at to learn about this will redirect you here.

I'll start by talking a little about prices- each video that gets converted will cost $20, while each audio unit (cassette or mini-disc) will cost $15 apiece.

The equipment I use is all set to go, it is a device which will work seamlessly with VHS and cassettes. Mini-discs will be captured through Audacity and exported to MP3.

Please feel free to reach out either by leaving me a message/comment on this blog or by E mailing me at

All updates on this will occur on this blog, so please check back for more!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

An Update

I thought this would be a good time to update things in the light of our changing world. One of my objectives with the newfound "down" time is to devote more time to the things that fell through the cracks , this blog being one of them. Reading being another one, I have read so much during this period of forced isolation. There is so much to catch up on.

The first item of note is that I am forced to take an unwanted sabbatical from my baseball broadcasting this summer. Minor league baseball will not happen in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last time I did not broadcast baseball was in 2004, the year before I got into the business. 2004 was also the year I was involved in the NESN Announcer for an Inning competition as a prelude to the future. The emotions of all this are many, and varied. Sadness, anger, emptiness, in some aspects, relief- in that I can devote time to my family- but there will be a hole and a void in my life, no question about it. I also can't help but think of the disappointment of not being able to finish what we started last year- being so close to a championship on that September evening in Brooklyn- having a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 7th and not being able to hang on, despite having a chance to win it in the 9th. With the uncertainty of minor league baseball's future, I am hopeful that I will get a chance to do it all again- I wouldn't want my last memory to be that final out in Brooklyn.

My attention now turns to hockey in the 2020-21 season and the hopes that we can start the season on time. The uncertainty is unlike anything I've ever experienced in my lifetime. It is all a waiting game, that's all we can do at this point.

In the meantime, although I have a summer off now, it by no means I will be resting on my laurels. I am in an unfamiliar position now- having to look for work - something I haven't had to do in almost a decade. And I'm not even sure it will be sports related. I am taking an inventory of my skills and interests- I really want to try to avoid doing work I don't enjoy- I have paid my dues in that regard. When I left the mental health industry in the early part of 2005, I vowed I would never go back. I remember that burned out feeling and how sick I was- both mentally and physically. I want to work and I want to be happy in that work. So it's a challenge- the options may be limited because of COVID. I hope to get back to baseball if possible in 2021, so we'll see.

To that end, I've been working with a couple of ideas and hopefully adding to them. I have a podcast now, which has been great fun. I am still very green and a novice podcaster, but I am learning and hope to get better each week. The podcast can be found here. I am trying to take care of monetizing the podcast, but that has been slow going. I also am revisiting my media conversion  business, which involves taking old media and converting it to newer formats like DVD, CD, and MP3. To learn more about that, please contact me.

And most recently, I landed on Cameo. I am very excited about this because I can use this to showcase my talent-music- and make some money and have fun at the same time. The platform allows users to book people on there to provide custom shoutouts for special occasions- like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, holidays, anything at all. I am throwing this out there for anybody- if anyone wants a custom made video shoutout for any reason, please consider booking me on Cameo.  It is very inexpensive and I promise to make it fun for you, and you'd be helping this broadcaster earn a few dollars along the way!

They say everything happens for a reason. We are all struggling right now but I believe somehow someway better days lie ahead. I'm always grateful for my family and friends, and my faith which helps get me through. I truly hope to be back in a broadcast booth soon. I wish you all good health, happiness, and safety.

Thursday, June 11, 2020


I hope this note finds you all safe and well as we continue to navigate through the stormy waters known as COVID-19. There is so much uncertainty and anxiety in our world today, as we all know. In my own particular case, I am facing disruption to my normal routine of broadcasting sports, needless to say, which is my primary source of income throughout the year. My 2020 baseball season is in great peril and I am facing potentially my first summer off since 2004. Nothing has been formally decided yet, but should it happen,  this is not something I am looking forward to (I will touch on that in a separate post) - and I definitely am challenged by down time. With that being said, I am now forced to think outside the box and get creative on ways to generate income in the hopes that I can at least stay afloat until college hockey starts again (and again, there are no guarantees that the 2020-21 season will start on time in October).

I am looking for ideas to fill the void, and one of those ideas is to re-open my services of converting old media like VHS cassettes, audio cassettes, and mini-discs to more contemporary formats (DVD and CD). I have invested in the equipment that I believe will make me successful. In the past, I was forced to suspend the service due to the rigorous demands of my sports seasons, but now with the new time available I feel that I can re-dedicate myself to helping those that want to preserve their old audio and video collections.

The process involves transferring VHS tapes to DVD format, audio cassettes to CD and minidisc to MP3 format which would allow them to be burned to CD so that you can listen and watch on your computer and portable music players.

I'd like to invite anyone who is interested in transferring those memories to contact me. I have a brand new set of equipment waiting to be used. I've got the time to devote to it. This is one of hopefully several options that I will be setting up for myself. So if you have media you'd like to convert, please contact me at You can also find out more at

Thank you and stay safe!