Many social media companies exercise severe censorship practices against truth-tellers like Jesse. Given these threats, I branched out to free speech friendly platforms as well as the well-known websites. The majority our live viewers and new audience watch through YouTube, for which I’m grateful. But we now also stream live on Facebook, Periscope (Twitter), and Stream.me (a newer platform) — where we interact with a growing audience of new viewers! Additionally, we post videos on the new anti-censorship platform BitChute. We maintain some presence on independent social media sites like Gab.ai, Minds.com, and Steemit.
We also offer audio podcast available through SoundCloud, iTunes, TuneIn, Spreaker, and Stitcher. One couple visiting from Africa attended Church, saying they discovered Jesse via TuneIn!
Taking the reins from Esteban, I’ve been able to build out more of my website TheHakeReport.com. I’ve also worked with BOND’s website designer to improve and maintain Jesse’s radio show and Church webpages. If the powers that be remove us from major social media platforms, we can still be found on our own websites. Although our strongest presence is on YouTube and Facebook, we can easily switch focus, if needed, to our alternative media accounts that we’ve already established.
Making money and improving quality
Last year I also designed T-shirts and other items for our three different outlets: Jesse Lee Peterson, BOND: Rebuilding the Man, and The Hake Report. Just this month, Jesse received a new coffee mug celebrating his first 500 units sold on Teespring!
Last year Jesse’s show aired live on Newsmax TV, as well as on YouTube and our website. The experience commanded a more visual focus for Jesse’s radio show. We show pictures, b-roll video, news clips, and Skype video guests. I’ve maintained this with Joel, who works as an engineer on our shows. We make sure to exercise fair use of media, while avoiding potentially damaging copyright flags. Years ago, we did a story about a Grammys performance, showing some video of it. Unfortunately, CBS gave us a copyright strike that hamstrung our YouTube output for six months!
Now that we stream on YouTube and other platforms, people donate to us on YouTube via “Super Chats.” The excitement that viewers experience in watching live and chatting garners more attention. Many newcomers pick up on Jesse’s message, call-in to his show, or visit Church. Jesse spends the bulk of his airtime helping people through their issues, and addressing questions and disagreements.
People are being helped
A year ago on my show, I received a call from Ignacio from Mexico. I’d seen him in the Live Chat on YouTube for Church in weeks prior, but he couldn’t call-in to Jesse’s show, due to work schedule. He told me he was deported from the United States, but that he’s grateful. Although it was tough, he reconnected with his father down in Mexico, started work, and is doing well years later. He was grateful for Jesse’s message of forgiveness. Now he sets a good example to his family and young people in Mexico. Ignacio called again months later calling on weak Americans to get tough on immigration, do what’s right, and enforce our laws.
Also last year, I received a call from a black man, Juan from New York. He talked about the darkness over fellow black people including even his mother. So many blacks accept wrongdoing as normal, and even something to laugh about and spread shamelessly. He once voted for Obama, but now he sees through the lies of the mainstream media. He’s been helped in recent years by Jesse — and he agrees that “racism” is not blacks’ problem. Juan now wants men and women to turn away from their moral corruption.
Getting new help!
With all of the new elements we’ve added, I’ve grown very busy, with less time for many important things. For over a year I’ve worked with an excellent intern Dylan Volk. He greatly stepped up the number and quality of guests for interview on The Jesse Lee Peterson Show. He himself is an author in the middle of a media and speaking tour. For the time being, thankfully, he’s continuing to help me!
Now I have an additional intern — producer-in-training, Daniel Garcia — a young man who recently drove to California from Florida. Instead of sending an email, he walked in to introduce himself and offered to work in any position we may need him, whether janitor or producer. I train him by having him do my daily work as I sit by and coach him. He brought some new ideas and began to learn both the rote work and creative requirements. In his first week, Daniel already provided some relief to my overworked schedule.
I look forward to seeing how things develop this year. Jesse’s back-to-basics focus helps remind me and others to get our lives on track. We need not worry, but pray without ceasing, face and deal with challenges, and “seek first the Kingdom of God and His right way.” If I do that, I could use Jesse’s oft-repeated line: “All is well.”