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Moving Forward

Posted: December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The artists of RAM Jam

Hi guys, I know it’s been a while. Hope I didn’t lose any of yawls interest. We took an unofficial hiatus, as we became aware of some things that really made us think, re-group now we’ve come to the realization that our loyalty is in and will be to the unsigned, independent artist. We were offered the opportunity to go big, meaning for us the opportunity to sponsor a signed artist. We were flattered, but at the end of the day, we want to see our artist become signed, if that’s what they want to do. We do ask that after you’ve gone to famedom, poke your head in sometimes, we have no problem with that. Feel free to reach out to us and let us know how it’s going, what’s coming up and as always it’s free. However we have some incredible sponsorship opportunities, there is always ways other than monetary, but money is always good.

We want to leave you from this year as we prepare to move into a new one with this holiday video special edition featuring Tony Craddock, Jr, Mike Marolda, Josh Urban and Maggie Anderson. This is RAM Jam:



What’s RJ got going on in ’13?

If you are already following the show you’ll notice that we’ve gone behind the scenes. I must confess it’s a little trying with the cameras on all the time, but it’s proven an adventure even more so when we went with Lucy behind the scenes. It gives you a taste of the dynamics between her and Martin. Special thanks to Akira, Angelica and Rich or as I like to call them, Raaa, for putting up with us. Our entire crew has been so cool – thanks again guys and gals. Anyway there’ll be more of that coming up as well as some artists’ features that has never been done before by anyone – ever, plus some new videos that we are really excited about.

We are no different from any other video show when it comes to the end of the year. We leave 2012 with your Top 10, who makes the list? Is it One Day to Escape? Did Crilly make it? How about Queen Guttah? Find out on the next episode on Monday at 1:30am and Thursday at 3:30pm. Stay up for our encore presentation on Sunday at 11:30pm – NYC 1:30am, MCM TBD. Stay tuned.


Good News:


This segment highlights the incredible work as always done at The United Way. To us, what is incredible about The United Way is that since its existence in 1887 continues to carry out its mission to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. In ways through improving education, helping people achieve financial stability and promoting healthy lives. Below is just one example of how you could help yourself and impact the lives of many others, positively:

6 Ways to Support a Cause You Love


Turn your passion for a local fund-raiser, nonprofit organization, or community service project into action. You can support a cause by taking a hands-on approach and working directly with the key advocates behind the cause. Here’s how!


1. Offer to help with the newsletter. Many organizations publish regularly scheduled newsletters to keep their volunteers and supporters abreast of any developments or activities. Use your writing skills to help the group fill these newsletters with interesting, relevant news.


2. Take pictures at events. Help an organization document its public events. These photos are invaluable later, when the organization wants to show what they do via social media, a website, or in the newsletter. But before grabbing your camera, talk to event organizers about confidentiality agreements.


3. Do some grunt work. If your cause has a local office, ask if you can help them tidy up their location so they can keep up a positive appearance. Mowing grass, planting flowers, sweeping floors, and washing windows are a necessity that volunteers can easily tackle with little to no guidance.


4. Speak about the cause. Ask if you can go into the community to advocate the organization’s message. Set up information booths at community fairs or events to spread the message. Be ready to answer basic questions about the cause and pass out informational brochures.


5. Go online. Does the cause near and dear to your heart have social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Pinterest? If not, offer to create and manage these accounts for the group. This is a great way to reach more potential volunteers and support a cause.


6. Help with events. Every cause has special programming or annual events. Ask the organization if they need help with event promotion, or with setting up and cleaning after the event. Some causes need volunteers to assist during the programming too. Let organizers know you’re willing to take a hands-on approach.

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A Word from the Coach

I can hardly believe it, when I first spoke with my coach, we outlined a plan that, I’m not going to lie, sounded impossible. My frothy goals ranged everything from homeschooling to selling a house. If my questions weren’t answered, solutions were found and guess what – all goals either fully met or well on their way! And, I might add, most of them better than I thought possible. My girl is good, Doreen I thank God for you.

Here are some things Doreen has coming up:


R.A.D.I.C.A.L. Success Webinar

6 – Week Webinar Course – Starting January 16, 2013

Learn 7 Bold & Courageous Strategies to Get Focused,

Create a Plan, & Take Action to Achieve Your Biggest Goals

If you feel as if you are stuck in a rut, where time flies by with no real progress toward your goals, then let me show you how to turn things around.

I’d like to invite you to learn my 7 step R.A.D.I.C.A.L. Success Coaching Method for setting and achieving goals by attending my upcoming 6-week webinar series beginning January 16th. I’ll be teaching, in-depth, the R.A.D.I.C.A.L. coaching process that lays the foundation to transform your goals to reality and RADICALLY uplevel your life.

Join me and learn the sure-fire way to get focused, create a plan, and move from where you are now (stuck) to where you want to be (thriving)!

Here is just a sampling of what you will learn:

• How to honestly and objectively examine your life to figure out what’s holding you back.

• How to set an authentic path to take you from where you are now to where you want to go and who you want to be.

• How to leverage your awareness, skills, and abilities to create positive, lasting change.

• How to identify and eliminate the weaknesses that bind you to lack – lack of achievement, success, and meaning – for good.

• How to break through limiting behaviors so that you wholeheartedly believe in you and your desires.

• How to confidently bounce back from setbacks, disappointments, and challenges so that you quickly get back on track and get focused again.

• How to get off the hamster wheel and move toward real and true results.

• How to step out of your comfort zone in a powerful way and take the risks necessary to realize your ultimate goals and dreams.

RADICAL Events Telecourse

4 Week Telecourse – Starting January 22, 2013

How to Plan & Promote Successful Events

The truth is, no matter how easy it may look on the outside, planning and promoting a successful event takes a clear strategy and a complete understanding of the critical elements necessary to get the results you want.

Every host would probably tell that while things looked like smooth sailing on the outside, there was a focused – and sometimes frantic – effort to pull everything together to get their message out about the event, get the seats filled and deliver amazing content to transform the attendees.

I’ve put together this telecourse so I can share with you the good, the bad and the ugly of planning, promoting and delivering powerful content at live events. It’s in mastering these elements that you’ll achieve the level of success you desire from your live events.

In this telecourse, I’ll be sharing:

• My 3 biggest mistakes in planning my events and how you can avoid them.

• The different event models and which one is best for you.

• 5 key questions you must ask yourself in the planning process.

• How to stand out from the crowd and show your event’s value.

• When, why and how to invite other speakers to participate.

• How to manage expenses and generate revenue.

• 3 reasons a sponsor would say “yes” to your proposal.

• 7 marketing strategies to get people in the room.

• Content creation strategies to transform your attendees.


Enroll in Either Course and Receive a General Registration to the 5th Annual Get RADICAL Women’s Conference

Wishing you nothing but love, joy and RADICAL success in the coming year!

RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients define success for themselves and then get the guts to go after it. Founder of the RADICAL Success Institute, Doreen works with people who are seeking to excel in their professional and personal life by tapping into their purpose and passion.

A sought after speaker and coach, she is known for her practical, straightforward approach to defining and achieving your goals. She has been featured in USA Today Weekend, ABC News, and Sirius/XM Radio. For information on her coaching programs, live events and upcoming seminars, visit her website.


We wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Jamming Happy New Year!


Happy Jamm’in!




Random Acts of Music

Audio: Eye on the Artist

Featured Artist: Dunson

Genre: Rap

Location: DMV





Video: Featured Artist

Mike Marolda and His Jazz Faction

Location: Washington, DC

Genre: Jazz


One of our most challenging shoots and also one of our favorites Mike Marolda and His Jazz Faction redefined the sound of Washington, DC in our studios recently. Bringing his jazz quartet to RAM Jam, making them the first to perform on the stage, the fun four included Cam Towner on Bass, Clif MaCall on Keyboard, Marty Risemberg on Percussion and the man himself Mike Marolda on Saxophone.

Mike began playing various instruments in the sixth grade; he is now highly trained in jazz music, fluent in classical, rock, funk, r&b, and anything else that swings. As a free-lance musician in Washington, D.C. Mike formed the Jazz Faction from a group they also play in, The DC Transit Band.

Cam Towner has traveled the world playing music while serving in the US Navy and has been playing since the late seventies. Cam’s laid back, cool demeanor really helped us during the most hectic times as we fought our way through the technical issues of that day.

Clif McCall currently studies at George Mason University, but we are sure happy that being a student doesn’t stop him from performing live! Clif was also inspired to play music at an early age. He has mastered his skill through church, studying and having influences like Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderly. Clif aspires to perform music professionally.

Marty Risemberg is a native of Virginia and has studied everything percussion but found his love for Jazz after one year of classical training at George Mason University. Marty’s hidden talent is rap and he’s awesome, but shh, you didn’t hear that from us!

With this group, hints of the classics can definitely be distinguished.

Mike Marolda and His Jazz Faction are available for booking over the holidays and I’m here to witness, it will be an unforgettable event.



Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer awareness (Photo credit: AslanMedia)

Just recently a very dear friend of mine lost her battle to breast cancer. Gail was my first coach without either of us knowing it. When I was first starting out in corporate America, she showed me how to negotiate and not negate my skills. Through her sense of style and budding personality she defined flavor. Gail had the strongest constitution of just about any woman of that day; she knew how to take care of herself and was never afraid to show anyone with a desire to want to know. That’s why it devastated me to find out about this condition that we bring to the forefront every October, but is important to know all year round, breast cancer overcame my friend.


Can I prevent breast cancer?

The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood.

Although it is clear that age, gender and lifetime exposure to estrogen and other factors play an important role. Because no one knows exactly what causes breast cancer to develop in a certain person at a certain time, there are no sure ways to prevent it.

However, there are steps that you can take that may reduce your risk. These include maintaining a healthy weight, adding exercise into your routine, limiting alcohol intake and postmenopausal hormones, and breastfeeding if you can. For women at higher risk, taking tamoxifen or raloxifene may reduce the risk of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer.

Your best defense

The best way to find breast cancer early is to get screened. Talk to your health care provider about what screening tests is right for you.

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It is the best screening tool used today to find breast cancer early. A mammogram can find cancer in its earliest stages, even before a lump can be felt. All women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year. If you are younger than age 40 with either a family history of breast cancer or other concerns, talk with your health care provider about when to start getting mammograms or other screening tests, like MRI, and how often to have them.

A clinical breast exam is done by a health care provider who checks your breasts and underarm areas for any lumps or changes. Many women have a clinical breast exam when they get their Pap test. Women should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39 and every year starting at age 40.

It is very important to know the risk factors and prevention, self-breast awareness, early detection and screening and that this is a condition that can affect men as well. Each blog update for the remainder of this month will be dedicated to my friend and breast cancer awareness. Find out more at and We encourage you to do your research and be well informed.

A Word from the Coach:

There are some exciting developments in the Radical Success Womens Conference coming up in March 2013 Farnosh Tarobi, Lisa Nichols, Jillian Michaels, just to name a few have been confirmed and are ready to help you to “A Powerful, Transformational and Educational Experience!” I attended earlier this year and the transformation is still happening. You will connect with entrepreneurial, lifetime and successful women for three days straight. It’s something you don’t want to miss. Find out more and reserve your place at

Until next time,

Happy Jamm’in,