Thank you!

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Unfortunately, we were not chosen “Best Local Blog” in The Austin Chronicle’s 20th Anniversary Best Of Poll.  That honor went to The Austinist for the second year in a row, I believe.  So, congrats out to them.

Now, I’ve only seen the online results which were released yesterday, September 3, 2009.  See the results here.  I haven’t had a chance to pick up my own physical copy.  Hopefully, I can still pick one up and they won’t go so quickly.

I wanted to say Thank You to all supporters and to those who voted for us.  Also, to J.W. RichardMandrake Arts & Media, and Mandrake Soceity Radio for providing a foundation and continued support.   All I can say is, there’s always next year.  I did think of us as a bit of a dark horse just because we haven’t even been around a year, yet. 

Our birthday is right around the corner, though, and it’s officially on September 15, 2009, but, remember, we’re celebrating with our One Year Anniversary Mixer on the 19th.  Don’t forget the celebration of Mandrake Society Radio’s 5th Season the next day in Dallas.

Again, thanks to all.  I  hope you continue to enjoy popolio and hope you stick with us through Year 2.


freddie beat
popolio creator/editor



The polls closed last Tuesday.  I wanted to thank everyone who heard about this through all the various outlets we reached out to and who may have voted for So, a big THANK YOU goes out to all those clandestine supporters and midnight marauders we may not know we have from popolio and Mandrake Society Radio — the Mandrake Arts & Media family.  Fingers crossed.  According to The Austin Chronicle website, the results won’t be revealed until September 4th.  So, now we sit and wait and the work continues…

Sunday, July 5, 2009 8:44 PM

To Whom It May Concern:

I’m long overdue for my June 2009 Letter from the Editor, but I still want to give it to you. I’m going to try bullets to expedite and address some things.

  • New opportunities — I’ve just been so busy with new opportunities associated with this blog that it’s been hard to keep up with the regular features. Haven’t quite figured out how to balance things as those opportunities grow. I do want to give a shout out to those who have reached out and collaborated with popolio here in Austin – Birds Barbershop, The Pachanga Latino Music Festival, and the GAT5 Summer Sizzle fashion show. The flow of it seems to be occurring in ebbs and flows, so, I guess I will have to deal with really busy peaks and when I have slower valleys, I can play catch-up.

  • Deadlines — I want to keep up with the deadlines I’ve set-up here at popolio. I’ve been thinking about it. And, I think with features that come from me — things such as MY TOP 10 and Single and Listening I can be a little more flexible and that’s fine. One MY TOP 10 a month and that could be any time throughout the month and two Single and Listenings a month, which could also fall at any point. Ideally, I’d want to spread them out throughout the month. Now, Tuesday Tease is timely, so, that has to happen weekly. And, anything that deals with an artist that an artist might be waiting on, regarding those features, I want to work on tighter scheduling. pop quizzes have been pretty much every other Friday. New feature Questions for has been harder to keep up with. I’m always in need of content. So, any artists and/or their representatives out there who want to be featured reach out to me.

  • Michael Jackson’s death — This is the biggest story of June. It’s still unwinding as I type this. I’ve posted a few posts regarding the King of Pop. And, I’m in the middle of a MY TOP 10 dedicated to him as we speak. So, check out those posts and this month’s MY TOP 10.

  • The Austin Chronicle’s 2009 Best Of Poll – I’ve tossed my hat in the ring to be voted as “Best Local Blog” in The Chronicle’s annual poll. They’re actually celebrating 20 years of Best Of. So, Happy Birthday to them. I’m still growing the blog and trying to get the word out, but I don’t think I have anything to lose by mounting this campaign. I work hard and I think I write well and present a good blog. I’m about not trying to do what everyone else is doing and doing my own thing. And, if you do similar things because you can’t reinvent the wheel every single time, at least you try to give it your own, different angle. And, I’m focused on entertainment not gossip or sensationalism and original content, which is evident by our interviews with local, national, and international artists as well as our pics of local events. So, vote for us in the poll’s Media Section.

9:12 PM

peace, love & all that jazz

Freddie Rodriguez aka freddie beat
popolio creator/editor


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July 16, 2009 UPDATE:  Less than a week left.  Please vote for

So, has not even been around a year.  We debuted on September 15, 2008, and I’m not sure the greater Austin population even knows we exist, YET.  But, I figured, “What the hey?”  Let’s try this.  One, I have nothing to lose, and, two, I  just want to see where this takes us.

I recently saw Milk on DVD and I’m inspired by Harvey Milk’s determination and resilience.  So, maybe we won’t make the mark this year, but you never know if you don’t try and if you don’t take that first step, right?  That fist step may lead, ultimately, to final victory.  I know his deal was politics and more serious, but, this blog is my passion and music makes the world go ’round.

So, vote for us and write us into The Austin Chronicle’s Best Of 2009 in the ‘Media Section’  as the “best local blog” here or mail in a ballot from last week’s edition or any upcoming editions until the deadline.  According to the rules, ballots must be submitted online by Tuesday, July 21, 2009, and only one mail or web ballot per person is allowed.  Click the link or logo above for more details on the rules and to vote.