Why we do the Dayton Grassroots Daily Show

It’s funny- people are starting to recognize us around town. Generally, we’ve been getting encouragement. This is an experiment in public journalism, community building and issue awareness. After a prominent university president saw Greg at lunch today- and introduced himself- and says he watches, we thought we’d talk about why we keep doing this- even if our view count on Youtube is low- so here it is:

We appreciate all of our viewers- and those who’ve stuck with me on this site/social experiment.

We’re averaging 975 unique visitors per day- and around 15K unique per month. If you like what we’re doing- tell your friends.

If there is a topic you’d like discussed- suggest it. If you’d like to be a guest- let us know.

Thanks.

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9 Responses

  1. Pamela Harrington February 17, 2010 / 6:46 am
    Thanks for sharing David. I think youtube is a great avenue for the two of you to share your ideas. I know that you are misunderstood 90% of the time. This way you can speak your mind, get your point across, and the person listening has time to think about what you said. Keep up the good ideas!

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  2. Dad February 17, 2010 / 8:47 am

    Why do you call yourselves the tin men? I thought tin men sell aluminum siding.

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  3. Greg Hunter February 17, 2010 / 9:53 am
    Wizard of Oz: As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable. 
    Tin Woodsman: But I still want one. 

    Tin Woodsman: What have you learned, Dorothy? 
    Dorothy: Well, I – I think that it – it wasn’t enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em – and it’s that – if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?

    It has been claimed that I have no heart like the Tin Man and I agree, just like the Tin Man

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  4. Roger February 17, 2010 / 10:05 am
    It is time for you guys to upgrade a bit and improve your sound.  That echoing-through-the-room sound is one reason I don’t watch the videos very often.
    FWIW

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  5. Kimberly February 17, 2010 / 10:37 am
    I’m not sure who said you two don’t have hearts, the fact that you take the time that you do and that you seem to speak with a passion for what you are trying to get across are signs that you MUST have something going on inside, somewhere.  Not sure about Greg’s favorite 4 words “I told you so”, but that is another issue not dealing with the heart but with my least favorite 3 letter word EGO….  Keep up the good work!!

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  6. David Esrati February 17, 2010 / 1:46 pm

    @Kimberly Thanks for the props- and for commenting. Welcome. We’re trying.

    @Roger we keep working on improving the delivery- but, if my 82+ yr old parents can hear and understand- it much not be too bad.

    @Pam Thanks neighbor. Glad you are watching.

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  7. J.R.Erwin February 17, 2010 / 3:39 pm
    This is the only way to try to get…some truth out to the public.
    The DDN won`t print it..!

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  8. Teri Lussier February 18, 2010 / 9:22 am
    I love these videos. Y’all are human and caring, which honestly (and you are aware), doesn’t always translate across your written words, but is obvious from the video.

    I can read faster than I can watch, so I skip more videos than I used to read your posts, but for impact, the video is stronger.

    I do feel less inclined to comment on a video. You two are having a conversation with each other. It’s strange to comment about an overheard conversation. The conversation has passed, why comment on it now? You may not understand that, it’s an after-the-fact feeling. Written posts tend to be more of the moment? Maybe it’s me. At any rate, keep fighting the good fight.

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  9. David Lauri February 18, 2010 / 11:02 am
    The DDN won`t print it..!
     
    I’m not sure that the DDN is the best option Dayton has for getting information out to the public.  DDN has a daily circulation of about 100,000 (a bit better on Sundays). The Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of about 836,000.  That means that even if the DDN does print something, at least 88% of the population won’t see it.

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