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Friday, November 9, 2018

Evolution of this blog

Up to now the purpose of this blog has been two-fold.  First I began documenting the contact I had with To The Stars Academy and an associated production company regarding a documentary they are producing.  The series will feature servicemen who have witnessed alien visits while on duty.  The second reason for the blog was to document my progress in creating a UFO Podcast where I could hear from other witnesses, like myself, and let them tell their stories.

It has been nearly two months since I launched this UFO blog.  I have posted something every weekday.  In that time the blog has received over 1300 page views.  Not bad.  And thank you for reading.  I can do better.

The first purpose of the blog, documenting the documentary may no longer be relevant.  I have not heard from TTSA or the production company in a while.  I am guessing they have enough content for their series and they do not need my story.  A friend of mine suggested maybe TTSA is low on funding.  I do not know their financial situation so I cannot comment on that.  What I do know is it does not seem like I will be in the documentary.  If anything changes, I will post an update.

Moving on, the second purpose of the blog, documenting the creation of the podcast, will be evolving somewhat over the next few weeks, as well.  I have completed most of the tasks I needed to do in order to get the podcast online.  All I need to do now is edit the first interview, add some additional content, and start uploading shows.

So this blog will be changing slightly.  I want to continue using it as a way to promote the podcast and to discuss some of the everyday things I do which pertain to the podcast or to activities I participate in, related to sightings or interactions with extraterrestrial life.  However, if you have been reading all of my posts you have probably noticed I have lately taken to pontificating over certain theories on our contact, or lack thereof, with alien beings.  This is where the blog is now heading - more philosophy and analysis adhering to scientific method as much as is possible when speculating about the unknown.

I have been doing a lot of research lately into things like the Fermi Paradox and others' responses to it.  I am finding that I am not alone in my quest for answers, nor am I alone in some of the ideas I have hypothesized.  Many others have had similar thoughts.  I do have a few original ideas which I will publish here first and then try to disseminate via social media and the podcast.

Stay tuned, keep reading, and please share the blog with others when you like one of the posts.




If you have seen an alien spaceship or any type of unidentified flying object (UFO) contact me using the Contact form on this page or call me at 401-315-9102 between 6:00am and 7:00am Eastern USA (New York) time, any weekday.

You may remain anonymous if you want.  I will not ridicule you or try to tell you why you are wrong.  I get it, I saw one too.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Back to Work

Meanwhile, things are moving along with the podcast and all things associated with it.  I'm nearing 800 page views on the blog which is incredible, for being up less than a month.  Thank you for reading and please continue to Tweet and share the link.  I could use some followers too so if you've enjoyed the blog so far please click Follow to be notified of the latest posts before they hit social media.

Sunday there was progress with the David Marceau Facebook Page which I have not had a chance to crow about until now.  Facebook has a thing where they do not let you name a page and give it a readable URL until you have at least 25 Likes.  We exceeded that number some time over the weekend so I gave the page a name.  It is DavidMarceauOfficialPage or https://www.facebook.com/DavidMarceauOfficialPage.  If you have not already done so, please Like it.

Music Licensing

I keep going back and forth with this music licensing guy about the theme song for the podcast.  I thought I was done with him.  If you have ever haggled with a shop keeper in a third world country you will get what I am going through.  You know you never get the real price for something until you start walking out of the store.  Then there is a hand on your shoulder and it is, "For you, my fr-r-riend, special pr-r-rice!"  Now he tells me that the price he quoted me, which came down from $10,000 a year to $3500, is just for the Composition Rights which is the "lyrics and melody."  Then I need to get the Sound Recording Rights which is "a recorded embodiment of the lyrics and melody."

WHAT???

I thought that was what I was getting.  What is next?  Do I need to also pay for the Listening Rights, which is an "audible reception of the product?"  How about the Pleasure Rights or "the right to take pleasure in said audible reception, sucker."

I just want to play 15 seconds of a song by a band most people have never heard of and those who have have forgotten about because they never had a hit and have not released anything in decades because the front man died before they got big.

Eddie Murphy Staring at the Camera
I hate run-on sentences; sometimes you do what you gotta do.

So then after all that he tells me I will have to negotiate with some other guy (who knows who that is and how I get a hold of him) for the Sound Recording rights and that regardless of whatever price that guy holds me to whoever gets the best deal out of me, the other guy gets the same deal.  So if Composition Guy gives me the Composition rights for $3500 but the other random Sound Recording Guy gives me the Sound Recording rights for $5000 then I have to pay both of them $5000 each and now I'm back up to $10k.

Composition Guy says, "Once you have an idea of what you’re able and willing to spend, let me know and I’ll see if I can make it work on my end with our client."  What am I, buying a used Chevy?  To hell with that.  I think this guy is scamming me.  If any of my readers have any insight into this music licensing business please email me through the Contact form.

A good friend texted me last night saying he is a loyal reader of the blog and is enjoying it.  Thanks bud.  Shout out to you!  He suggested I put up a simple webpage.  Yeah, I know.  I have davidmarceau.com and need to link it to something.  I have been waiting to see where I am ultimately going to host the podcast and whether or not they offer a website or I'd have to use my own.  I think these are the final pieces I need to put together for the podcast.

On the radio front, I think I'm locked in to a station and a time slot.  I will likely be doing Tuesday Evening Drive at 6pm on 1460AM WVOX.  It is a tiny 500 watt station but it reaches most of Westchester, a good deal of northern NYC, and parts of Jersey, CT, and Long Island.  That is all I need for now.  I can say, in all honesty, that I am broadcasting to NYC and the surrounding area on the live broadcast.  I like that.

But the real prize for me is not even the initial broadcast it is the studio and the production.  I will have a place to sit down with guests outside of my home where there are real microphones and recording equipment.  We can take callers.  And there is an engineer who will man the board and handle all of the production.  All I have to do is book my guests and sell advertising and then do the broadcast.  At the end, they hand me an mp3 file for me to upload to my podcast site.

Speaking of booking and selling, I reached out to my alma mater, SUNY Plattsburgh, to let the Communications Department Chair know about my radio show.  I wanted to see if they could put a couple interns on the booking and advertising roles.  I may get interns to help out from the college because I thought it would be good experience for someone who is going into radio to say they worked on a show handling bookings or advertising.  Someone should get course credit for that.  But that would not start until January at the earliest.  So, if you are reading this and you are interested in volunteering some time on the show, please email me via the Contact form.

That's it for updates.  I will continue to make every effort to blog each weekday so keep and eye out for new posts every day during the week and do click that Follow link for instant notification.




If you have seen an alien spaceship or any type of unidentified flying object (UFO) contact me using the Contact form on this page or call me at 401-315-9102 between 6:00am and 7:00am Eastern USA (New York) time, any weekday.

You may remain anonymous if you want.  I will not ridicule you or try to tell you why you are wrong.  I get it, I saw one too.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Wait, how much?

Music Licensing

I have been corresponding with someone from Universal Music to find out how much it might cost me to license a certain song for my podcast theme song.  I figured it shouldn't cost too much.  The band I have in mind has never had a hit song and they haven't put out any new music in decades.  The lead singer died a long time ago.  Plus I'm only getting under 100 hits a day on the blog (which, since it's only been up for just over two weeks I'm proud of that) so I would anticipate similar download numbers on the first few episodes.  How much could they possibly charge for something like that?

How much?  How about ten grand!  Yup.  Ten thousand dollars to license a song by a washed up, no name band, for a podcast which does not yet have any sponsors and has not had a single download.  These music guys are smoking crack.  No wonder music pirating is so rampant.  Why pay for something you can't even consider affording, when they put it right out there in front of you for the taking.  It's like if a fruit peddler pulled his fruit stand up in front of a homeless shelter and announced that his over-ripened bananas were $200 each and then went home for the night, leaving all his goods sitting there on the stand.  What do you think he would find when he got back to his stand in the morning?

I'm not going to steal the song.  I'll wait until I have some sponsors and then add the music.  I'm just saying, I can understand why some people would.

I emailed the guy back to see if there is some type of limited use license I can use.  He wrote back and said he'd work with me, that maybe they could license the song to me for 26 episodes, paid in advance.  So still ten grand but only half of it up front.  Thanks for working with me, pal!  I'm checking now to see if the radio station I visited the other day has a license for the song.  I'll just use theirs.  Or I won't have music.  Whatever.  Ten grand.  Really?

I thought I had the podcast delivery platform for my UFO Podcast nailed down.  I was going to use SoundCloud.  I checked it out but I don't think it's the right place for my show.  After more research I've narrowed my choices down to either blubrry or Libsyn.  I should be able to announce the location by the end of next week.  After that, all I need to do is book my guests and begin recording.  I should put up a website too.

The first interview was forty minutes long.  The show was going to be thirty minutes but now if I'm going to do it live on the radio it will have to be an hour.  That includes an intro and some gaps to insert sponsors in the future once I reach ten thousand downloads.  That's the magic number.  It seems like a lot but when you consider there are hundreds of millions of people in the US and billions around the world who could potentially download the show, it's not that many.  I won't earn much from the sponsorships but if it covers my costs then that's all that matters.



If you have seen an alien spaceship or any type of unidentified flying object (UFO) contact me using the Contact form on this page or call me at 401-315-9102 between 6:00am and 7:00am Eastern USA (New York) time, any weekday.

You may remain anonymous if you want.  I will not ridicule you or try to tell you why you are wrong.  I get it, I saw one too.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Radio Ga Ga

Fate has a funny way of finding you just when you need it to - for better or for worse.  Sometimes it's when things can't get any worse, the other shoe drops.  Other times, just when you need a piece of the puzzle to fall in place, it does.  And just like that, now I'm ready to start signing on sponsors for my podcast.  I may begin broadcasting as early as October 23.

Yesterday was one of those fateful days, in a good way.  As I've been preparing this upcoming podcast one of the biggest struggles has been the technical aspect of producing the show.  The first interview last week went great but the sound and video quality was horrible.  Despite the name you can't produce a  high-quality Pod-cast on an i-Pod or other handheld device.  You really need a studio.

I toyed around with the idea of using a local cable channel to host the show at.  My mom volunteers at one and she introduced me to the station manager.  He was willing to train me and a crew to use the equipment, all I needed to do was to put together a crew.  It sounded great.  But after talking to one of my other podcast buddies last week I decided it would be too much work for a small crew of volunteers with day jobs to do.

I was resigned to the inevitability that I would have to produce a low-budget, low-quality show.  Then yesterday I was driving on a familiar route through Westchester and my eye caught something.  I have driven by this radio station dozens of times and wondered what's happening in there.

I have a background in radio from back in college.  I was a DJ on the college radio station and a Newscaster on a Public Radio station.  I would record interviews with politicians and business leaders from around Northern New York and Vermont, produce segments, and read the news on the air.  This was the real deal and the station had pretty high ratings.  I loved that job.  But it was the early days of the Dotcom Boom and I got sucked into IT.  I often think fondly of my days in radio.  So when I see a radio station, I sometimes imagine what's going on in there.

I drive by this station all the time.  Yesterday, as I was about to drive right by it again, at the last second I whipped into the parking lot.  I'm sure the guy behind me must have cursed me out for being a bad driver - I'm not and no laws were broken but in hindsight it was kind of a jerky move, I'll admit.  So I went in and introduced myself to the station manager and found out they actually have an opening on a day and time when I am available.  Are you kidding me!!!

The way it works is I basically rent out the station for an hour and they provide an engineer and all the equipment.  At the end of the show, they'll give me a recording that I can upload to my UFO podcast site so people can download it.  All I have to do is sit down in front of a microphone with my guest and find stuff to talk about for an hour.  I can do that.  What I can't do is fork up the rent money and hope that people find the show and eventually some sponsors will sign on and I'll stop bleeding cash on this project.

So here's where I reach out to my audience for a helping hand.  So far this blog has had over 600 page views, despite having been up for only two weeks.  Yeah, SIX HUNDRED!  In two weeks.

Thank you, everyone.

Some of you must know someone who could sponsor a radio and UFO podcast show about Alien Spaceship Sightings.  Maybe it's a small business owner in the Tri-State New York Area.  Maybe it's someone who works for a large corporation which underwrites things like this, either through a philanthropic arm or just via plain old advertising.

Please put them in touch with me.


If you have seen an alien spaceship or any type of unidentified flying object (UFO) contact me using the Contact form on this page or call me at 401-315-9102 between 6:00am and 7:00am Eastern USA (New York) time, any weekday.

You may remain anonymous if you want.  I will not ridicule you or try to tell you why you are wrong.  I get it, I saw one too.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

First UFO Sighting Witness Interview

Yesterday I completed my first guest interview.  It went really well.  My guest traveled from about an hour away to meet with me.  I appreciated her doing that.


UFO Podcast


I Saw One Too

At first we were both a little nervous but once we got into the telling of her story the conversation flowed very naturally.  I had a lot of questions prepared but found that I didn't need to do it Q&A style because it was a pretty normal conversation except that we were discussing an abnormal topic - something taboo that most people don't like to talk about.  Overall, though, I was really happy with the playback as far as the content goes.

The production was a different story.  I had some help from the one podcast buddy I've mentioned but working with an iPad and iPhone doesn't produce studio-quality sound or picture.  I can make the sound work, with some minor editing.  But the images won't work.  The files are huge, for one thing.  And we really should have had a three camera shoot but we only had two cameras.

Later in the day I met up with one of my other podcast buddies.  After using him as a sounding board I decided I should scrap the video production all together, for now, and just stick with the podcast.  That will make things a lot easier until I get off the ground.  For now I just need to focus on getting those first few guests and completing more interviews so I can launch the show.

This buddy also gave me a lead on another witness I can interview.  He's going to have her call me so we can discuss her sighting on the phone.  I'm looking forward to hearing from her.



If you have seen an alien spaceship or any type of unidentified flying object (UFO) contact me using the Contact form on this page or call me at 401-315-9102 between 6:00am and 7:00am Eastern USA (New York) time, any weekday.

You may remain anonymous if you want.  I will not ridicule you or try to tell you why you are wrong.  I get it, I saw one too.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Putting the Show Together

Today I'm interviewing my first guest.  We'll sit by the fireplace in rocking chairs and talk about her UFO sighting.  The fire won't be going, of course.  The high today will be 71, unusual for October.  But in future interviews I plan to have a nice fire going in the background.

The friend that I've been talking about, with the special lens for his phone, is coming by to help out with the production.  He's going to do some of the recording with his phone.  It's good practice for him, for his own Podcast he's planning.  Good motivation too.  Whenever I see someone else succeed it makes me want to succeed.  I hope I can do the same for him.

I need to make a point of lining up my other guests later today.  Once things get going I will need to keep up the momentum.  I have two scheduled, so far, and sent out an email this morning to set up the third.  The fourth, I'll probably get to today.  The fifth is the other witness who saw my sighting.  That's going to be tricky because he told me he's OK with talking to the documentary production company but he doesn't want to be on camera and wants his voice disguised.  I don't suppose then, that he'd want to be on the Podcast without the same protections.  I can keep him off camera but I haven't figured out how to disguise his voice.  I'm open to suggestions from my readers.  Post comments below or on my Facebook page.

The plan is to release an episode once a week.  I've thought for a while that Friday mornings would be the best day to release it.  There are a number of reasons.  It's a weekday so people can download it and listen to it on the way to work.  But it's also close to the weekend so people can listen to it when they have more spare time, over the weekend.  It's also a day when other media options may be fewer.  Howard Stern, for example, runs reruns on Fridays.  He has millions of listeners.  I used to be a big Stern fan when I had a commute.  If even a small percentage of these folks don't feel like listening to reruns of his show on Fridays maybe they try something new, for half an hour.

Riley Martin

As an aside, any longtime Stern fans reading this might find it funny to know that when I posted my sighting story on a friend's Facebook page, I got the predictable trite ridicule from a few predictable trite people.  One of the comments was "O-Qua Tangin Wann."  You have to be able to laugh at yourself when you put yourself out there like I'm doing now.  I can take a some heckling from my friends.  I have the feeling that this was just the tip of the iceberg.  Once the documentary comes out next year, I'm sure I'll be the butt of a lot of jokes.  What are you going to do.  This story is bigger than my ego.

I'm big on research and I don't mind poring through data to find out what's right or true.  Plus if I'm trying something new I don't want to reinvent the wheel.  When it comes to content I don't want too many other influences because I want to create something fresh and unique which hasn't been cross-pollinated by someone else's content or style of delivery.  But as far as the production of the show goes, if someone else has figured out how to do things then I'm going to do what they did.  So I did a search on what's the best day of the week to release my Podcast.  The article had some great data on this subject.  I plan to peruse the site some more to see what else I can learn.

Podcast Theme Song

One enduring challenge I've been working on involves the theme song for the show.  There's one certain song that's been going through my mind for weeks, since I first started thinking about doing a Podcast.  I like to do the right thing, whenever possible, so I've done many searches on this subject to see if I need to get some kind of licensing rights to the song.  It's harder than I imagined to get definitive information on this.  You'd think in these post Napster days that the recording industry would want to make it as easy as possible to inform people about legal requirements for music licensing and then have a shopping cart feature to get the license.  But it's taken me weeks to finally track down someone who may be able to help me.

Just when I was starting to think, F-it, I'll just start using the song and deal with whatever happens later, I got a response from Universal Music Publishing yesterday, telling me I'd have to license the song.  There was no other information like how the licensing works, i.e. per download or a flat rate, and how much it might cost.  Again, why do they make it so difficult?  There are individuals with this personality disorder, where they won't simply volunteer information, they want you to draw it out of them.  It's exhausting to speak with people like that.  Could an entire industry have this obtuse personality disorder?  The site I linked above should be the first hit on Google when you search "music licensing" but it doesn't even come up in the first four pages.  I gave up my search after that.  Hopefully I'll get somewhere with person who emailed me yesterday so I can use the theme song I have in mind.



If you have seen an alien spaceship or any type of unidentified flying object (UFO) contact me using the Contact form on this page or call me at 401-315-9102 between 6:00am and 7:00am Eastern USA (New York) time, any weekday.

You may remain anonymous if you want.  I will not ridicule you or try to tell you why you are wrong.  I get it, I saw one too.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Forward Progress

Yesterday was a big day for both the Podcast and the documentary.  I made tremendous progress.

UFO Podcast Set

I spent the morning prepping for my first Podcast guest.  I moved the furniture in the living room to create a little set, by the fireplace, pictured.  

UFO Podcast
I Saw One Too Podcast Set

I set up a couple cameras and tested them to make sure the blocking was good and the sound would be audible.  It was tricky getting the iPad positioned just right and the PC with the editing software kept crashing - I think it's not compatible with the laptop's built-in camera.  The production quality on this first interview will not be great.  But Perfect is the enemy of Good.  If I wait until everything is perfect it will never happen.

One of my friends I mentioned in yesterday's blog who is also planing a Podcast dropped by to show me a lens he has for his phone which would be good for shooting guests with.  He said he's going to help me with this first interview so maybe I won't need three cameras, just yet.  There's always room for improvement.  And Jello.  There's always room for Jello.

UFO Sighting Location

The other big development was I think I finally nailed down the exact location of my sighting.  I've looked at Google Maps many times over the years (and MapQuest before there was Google Maps) and was never able to narrow it down.  The base where I was is enormous.  It could take over an hour to drive from one end to the other.  When I was there I did not drive anywhere, myself, and usually when I was transported somewhere it was in the back of a Deuce and a Half so I never got a good lay of the land.

As an aside, if you've never ridden in the back of a Deuce and a Half, it is an over-rated experience.  It's like sitting in the back of a pickup truck that seats two dozen people.  Often, you'll be riding on rocky, unimproved dirt roads so you can't just sit back and relax because it's too bumpy. If you don't hold on, at some point you'll be sitting on the floor, especially if you have a careless driver who brakes too hard.  Fortunately, accelerating too quickly is not an option for the careless driver because they do 0-60 in, well, no one knows because no one has ever gotten a Deuce and a Half up to 60.



The worst part, though, has to be the dust.  On the dirt roads, if you drive over about 20 mph there's so much dust being kicked up that you have to cover your mouth with your t-shirt or a handkerchief, to breathe.  I'm surprised more soldiers haven't died from dust pneumonia, just from riding in the back of a truck.

David, the Associate Producer from the documentary sent me a map of the base which has some details that Google does not (believe it or not) and that got the ball rolling.  It took several hours but I was finally able to find the site.  For 26 years, I've envisioned this place, etched in my mind's eye.  I can't believe I finally found it.

I took into account the amount of time it took to drive from the PX on the main base to our camp site, which was about half an hour.  Then I looked around that area for a small lake or large pond, which we had bathed in a few times - I don't mean we went swimming, we stripped down and took baths in the pond because there were no facilities.  I remember taking a left off the main road and I even remembered the main road's name because it's so unique.  Then I looked for the three locations, out in the woods, where the other two guards and I had been stationed, in a spot that was a left turn off the main road, about a half hour's drive using Google Maps.

After searching and searching I spotted a clearing which looked identical to where I remembered being, near two other clearings, each a little under 1/4 mile away from each other.  It was a few minutes' drive from a clearing which looked like where we had set up our Motor Pool, which was a short walk from an area where you could be in the woods but still have room to set up a GP Medium tent.  I cross referenced this with David's map and there was a tepee with a flag in that spot on the map.  Success!

The only problem was, the site that looked like mine was on the north side of the road and I've always thought I was on the south side.  But I did some research and was able to find out that the moon was to my south that night which would have made it impossible for my site to have been on the south side of the road.  It was a little mind-blowing, having my whole perspective of this memory flipped around on the compass but I got over it quickly because I was so excited to have finally found the site.  This is a big deal.  Huge!

Now I'm looking forward to heading there and doing the shoot so I can finally get my story out there.  It's been bottled up in me for way too long.  It's time the world heard it.



If you have seen an alien spaceship or any type of unidentified flying object (UFO) contact me using the Contact form on this page or call me at 401-315-9102 between 6:00am and 7:00am Eastern USA (New York) time, any weekday.

You may remain anonymous if you want.  I will not ridicule you or try to tell you why you are wrong.  I get it, I saw one too.

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