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“365 Days Later…”

Posted by J. Tinsley on August 7, 2009

“I can’t slow down, that’s too close to stoppin’…”–Young Jeezy

For those who have followed of not only myself, but this site more importantly, you should already know the impact of today’s date. On this exact date last year, I was sitting in my apartment on the Southside of Chicago already knee deep in a job hunt and needing something to simply past the time. To make a long story drastically shorter, the end result is where we are a year later. Pretty much back to square one.  You see, if you would allow me to take a step back, I’ll try to get as in depth as I can as to what happened during the rise and fall of a name which helped me get to where I am today.

You see, College Radio Music started, at least from my vantage point, as a blog which would satisfy all new music needs. All of my friends who I graduated with at Hampton were always asking me to send them music, so creating a blog was the easiest way to satisfy those requests. Over time, I steered away from the new music based content to primarily commentary based information. In hindsight, it was the best move I could have ever made. It increased awareness for the site and polished my writing skills simultaneously.

During it’s prime, College Radio Music, Grade A Exclusives or whatever you knew it as was one of the best up and coming sites on the net, at least I’d like to think so. From a personal standpoint, it helped me garner a buzz…albeit a small one…but the best part was people began to associate the site’s name (and mine) with quality work.

Without throwing anyone under the bus, the idea of College Radio was excellent, the execution just faltered at times. Pretty much, I made the mistake of assuming everything would be okay artistically and financially when it wasn’t in the end. For that, I have no one to blame but myself. I could sit here and say I am owed this and that, but really, what’s the point? At the end of the day, I’m thankful I was able to keep what was mine and move forward.

I’m not sure where it ranks, but a year strong in the blogging game is impressive. If it’s up to me, only a brighter future lies in the forecast. Within the past year, I’ve already linked up with some big name sites and post regularly there now. The site (well, College Radio Music) and myself have made great contacts, some of which I won’t speak on in fear of jinxing myself. But, enough about me, I want to take time out to shine light those who have helped exponentially throughout the course of the past 365 days. We weren’t always the greatest writers, but we had fun.

Brandon, I respect you lil’ homie because when you were able to dedicate time towards the site, you did. That hasn’t been forgotten.

Karl, my partner-in-writing when the site was just To this day we rap about how fun that sh*t was back then. Much appreciation for all you did in the early stages my man. Visit his site by the way,

Liad, you’re ambition and drive is crazy my dude. I’m sure this site will be fine in the next couple of months when you’re the primary one holding it down.

Jeezy (no, not the rapper), by far one of the realest dudes I met in life and you always managed to post quality sh*t. I’m a true fan. Believe that.

Who knows what the next year has in store? To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting here seeing as how I’m getting ready to enter graduate school this year at Georgetown University. From time to time, you’ll catch me posting here, Karen Civil’s spot, The Smoking Section and Sports Blog Nation. Lot of places I know, but the grind never stops…at least not in my world. One year in and the site is still standing, even if it is a new name. We made the brand, the brand didn’t make us. Remember that.

So in conclusion, thanks. Without the support of people who truly appreciate the work, this place would have ceased to exist a long time ago. And who knows where things would be had that happened.

J. Tinsley


One Response to ““365 Days Later…””

  1. timid086 said

    Can i first start off my saying how im glad to see that “” is back even if its under a new name. Justin i have never had the pleasure of meeting you, but i feel like I know you from your posts about music, politics, or whatever might be internet gossip. But you are a reminder to me, to keep up the grind, to continue to work to perfect my craft, because there is light at the tunnel. So I will forever be a supporter of you and College Radio (Tay, Lliad, Tyrell). And I wish you the best of luck at Georgetown

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