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What's in a podcast name?

Written by on September 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

When it comes to naming something, I'm better at quantity over quality. Whether it's a book, dog, slogan, or podcast, I'll throw out dozens of awful ideas and ask someone with more sense which one is the least bad.

Take for example these team names I proposed back in 2009, from which my teammate Tracy selected "MSChief Makers"

  • MSbehavior
  • MScreants
  • MSfits
  • MSchief Makers
  • MSery Loves Company

In the instance of launching this blog back in 2009, I started off with what Internet domain I would want to register, since a site's Web address can determine how easily it is found by both users and search engines like Google. Todd Krohne made the final selection from these candidates:

  • threedaysfiftymiles.org
  • challengeblog.org
  • challengewalkers.org
  • mschallengewalkNE.org
  • MAchallengewalk.com

Three years later, we decided to add a podcast to the show. Danielle Kempe and I had to choose from these suggested names:

It was suggested that "Talking for a Cure" might capitalize on Google searches for The Talking Dead, a television show and podcast about the AMC television series The Walking Dead. But we were launching an interview series about multiple sclerosis, not zombies, and we decided to avoid that overlap as much as possible, lest we confuse our visitors.

Once we settled on MS Challenge Talk, I went to register challengetalk.org. Like any good online business, my registrar tried to upsell me by asking if I wanted to corner the market by purchasing several similar-sounding domain names. The list of suggestions read like a thesaurus run amok:

Suggested alternatives for ChallengeTalk.org

My favorites: "Dare Chat", "Venture Talk", and "Hazard Call".

I wonder how Danielle would've felt about talking to me on any of those shows??

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

Early check-in & party

Written by on September 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

With the MS Challenge Walk looming the next morning, take this opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of your fellow walkers at the Cape Codder. Food and drink will be available, and we'll enjoy the fine weather if possible. You can also sign in, pick up your walker badge, and deliver last-minute donations — and if you haven't already received your change of clothes bag, you can collect it here, though luggage drop-off isn't until the next morning.

This is the events calendar, featuring official NMSS rallies and meetings as well as volunteer-sponsored fundraisers. Want to see your event listed here? Please submit the details, and we'll add it!

Team captain update & registration discount

Written by on January 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

Greetings, MS Challenge Walk Team Captains —

It is truly amazing that this year will be the 10th Annual MS Challenge Walk! Because of you, we have raised over $11.5 million towards a cure. Although we will be celebrating this incredible achievement at the MS Challenge Walk on September 9–11, 2011, our friends and family still need us to once again join forces and continue the movement towards a world free of MS.

I am constantly moved by your commitment to our cause and honored by the the new friends made during my involvement as a participant in the annual MS Challenge Walk. As leaders, the future growth of this event begins with us.

As ambassadors for the Walk, recruiting new teams and team members remains critical in moving forward. Advancing the network through recruitment and coaching our team members is equally important as raising the money that you all do individually. More walkers mean more revenue for our cause and we can never afford to lose momentum. To help our teams recruit, our chapter would like to offer a special discount code for team captains to pass along to team members. This discount code will entitle the team member to $25 off the $75 registration fee when registering for the MS Challenge Walk on our Web site.

Please use and share this discount code: TEAM25

Your success is our team success and our success helps the individuals and families living with MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Just this year, there have been three new medications approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, including the first oral disease modifying MS therapy.

I want to personally thank you for your past participation in the MS Challenge Walk and affording me the opportunity to participate — my family remains grateful. With each step you and your team members take and each dollar you raise, you truly propel promising research that will ultimately lead to a world free of MS.

Feel free to contact Kara Kelley or me via email or at 978-314-2338 for any information or assistance that you need to help in growing your team.

Thanks,
Kevin Lombardi
MS Challenge Walk Steering Committee Member
Team Co-Captain,
The Lombardi Party

Kevin lives on the North Shore with his family. He first walked in 2005 to honor his brother's battle with MS. In 2006, he created the Lombardi Party Challenge Walk Team. Today, he is the co-captain of the team and walks in memory of his mother, Carmella, who was also afflicted by the disease. This year will be his sixth MS Challenge Walk.

Early check-in and party

Written by on September 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Cape Codder Resort and Spa
1225 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA

With the MS Challenge Walk looming the next morning, take this opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of your fellow walkers. Food and drink will be available, and we'll enjoy the fine weather if possible. You can also sign in and deliver last-minute donations — and if you haven't already received your change of clothes bag, you can collect it here, though luggage drop-off isn't until the next morning.

This is the events calendar, featuring official NMSS rallies and meetings as well as volunteer-sponsored fundraisers. Want to see your event listed here? Please submit the details, and we'll add it!

Last-minute parties and resources

Written by on August 7, 2009 at 8:30 am

We are looking forward to the start of the 2009 MS Challenge Walk.  In the past, we have hosted many of you for our MS Challenge Walk Celebration in late August.  This was a chance for you to receive more information about the event, get your Travel and Information Guide and Change of Clothes Bag, have dinner, and hear some inspirational stories from fellow Challenge Walk participants.

In this difficult economic times, we are always looking for ways to cut expenses so that more of the money you raise goes to the mission of the National MS Society.  To that end, we decided not to have a Challenge Walk Celebration this year.  Please know though that the National MS Society will mail all the event information and supplies you need in mid-August.  In the meantime, you can download the 2009 Travel and Information Guide.

If you wish to get an early start on meeting your fellow walkers, we invite you join a training walk in either Lexington or Cape Cod, each which will earn you $50 in bonus bucks. Also be sure to stop by the Cape Codder hotel the evening of Thursday, September 8th, for early check-in and a meet and greet the night before the Challenge Walk itself.

Everyone at the Central New England Chapter is eager to see you in September at the MS Challenge Walk!

Todd, formerly the Director of Development for the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is now the the Regional Director of FAS Capital Giving at Harvard University. In addition to reading his blog posts, you can also find Todd on Twitter.