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Ordinary People. Ordinary Things. with Melissa Radke

May 29, 2019

Recently, my family of four went on the biggest adventure that we have ever been on. We filmed a television show. I know other families have done this. They've done it longer than us, and they've done it better than us. For us, this was a pretty big deal. From the moment the first crew member showed up at our home, we felt like we were embarking on a journey.

I couldn't imagine three other people who I'd rather be on this journey with than David, Remy, and Rocco. On day four, I heard them refer to us as the Core Four. It felt like the four of us were embarking on an adventure that very few people would ever go on. I don’t think I’ve ever felt closer to my Core Four than I did during that time. Today’s episode is all about the Core Four and our adventure.

Show Notes:

  • [05:10] Melissa starting doing videos about three or four years ago. We've had a ton of content. It's funny, relatable, and real. Then Melissa's book came out. A production company reached out to us about three years ago.
  • [06:35] They pitched to networks and USA was interested. This show came about because of all of the other stuff that Melissa was doing. We prayed about it and this was a door that stayed open.
  • [07:35] The producers loved Melissa's POV or point of view. It's one that people can identify with. We seemed relatable, because we are.
  • [10:11] David encouraged Melissa to do the videos and to reply to the emails from the production company.
  • [10:34] We said yes to the show, because they liked our point of view and then didn't want us to be any different than we are.
  • [11:13] The mantra for our family is to just go ahead and be courageous.
  • [12:03] We had a real positive feeling about opening things up for other people who feel the same way that we do. Plus, we have a great core four and extended family and friends.
  • [12:47] The Radkes premieres on June 4th on the USA Network on Tuesday nights 9:30 Central. The first three episodes will also be on Hulu, YouTube, and watchback. You'll also be able to find it on other streaming platforms that carry the USA Network.
  • [15:27] The first episode will be released commercial free tonight on Facebook, Instagram or IGTV, and YouTube.
  • [20:58] It's hard to launch a show even if you do have name recognition. The network is trying to get the word out, so please share and enjoy our show. If you want good family-friendly entertainment it's being provided for you.
  • [23:55] Our show is an unscripted family sitcom. There are real life family situations, but they are edited to be pretty fast-paced.
  • [25:28] Remy and Rocco share their opinion on what they think the rest of the family feels about the show.
  • [25:50] We also discuss the impact of the show on Lufkin. It looks great in the videos.
  • [30:08] Remy and Rocco share who their core four friends are, and they can't wait for the show to come out.
  • [31:25] Every Wednesday for the next six weeks we are going to release an after the show podcast.
  • [32:34] Record episodes or season pass and watch it live or the recording in the first three days to help with the ratings.
  • [33:14] For us, this isn't just about getting our name out there, we really want to provide some family entertainment where people can sit down and escape and just laugh.
  • [34:01] Melissa sometimes loses herself watching TV. She hopes people identify with this show and the core four, so that they feel less alone.

Thanks for joining us on Ordinary People Ordinary Things. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and leave a nice review. Just like your mother taught you.

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