What's really surprising is the diverse backgrounds these people represent: teachers, lawyers, old-school bikers, Greek shipping magnates... well, not so much. But the common thread is they're all folks looking to enjoy a Sunday afternoon, discovering Oklahoma. And that's exactly who we were hoping to reach- people interested in exploring their own back yard.
And while we prefer our adventures served on two wheels, that's not the important part. How you choose to get there is your choice. We hope to appeal to viewers no matter whether they drive, push, pedal, walk or limbo down Route 66. And therein, my friends, lies our rude awakening.
Actual Conversation:The above exchange illustrates the challenge. Two Wheel Oklahoma doesn't fit neatly into any of the slots at Blockbuster. It's not your typical Biker TV Show, with copious amounts of chrome and silicone. And it's not your run-of-the-mill travel show either. We saw many examples of the "formula for success," then went our own way. Yet, in spite of this obvious disregard for categorized genres, people seem to like it.
"So this is a motorcycle show?"
"Actually it's a travel show. And yes, we happen to ride motorcycles."
"All I see are motorcycles."
"Well, we do show the motorcycles- since that's how we got there."
"We wouldn't be interested in sponsoring a motorcycle show."
A small number of local shops have supported us, and we appreciate them immensely. But so far corporate sponsorship has eluded us. I firmly believe it's out there- it's just a matter of seeking out the right organization. But in the meantime we're scrambling to keep up our momentum, burning DVDs, working on new shows and seeking financial support to keep the cameras rolling.
We've been told the wise thing to do would be change our format- after careful consideration we're proposing another option:
Our Sponsor: You
At this point we hope to produce new episodes in the coming months. While we are still diligently working to entice visionary corporate sponsorship, we're beginning a grassroots appeal now. We ask for your financial support to underwrite production costs, travel expenses, Brad's wardrobe and my hair transplants. (Not really, I cover all my own travel expenses).
Any amount helps. And to show our appreciation we've created the very official sounding: Big Giant Two Wheel Oklahoma Thank You List. Depending on the amount you're willing to contribute, we're listing our sponsors, like you, on this list along with acknowledgment on the show throughout the 2010 season.
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