Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Do you remember the movie Wayne’s World?  In it, the main characters Wayne and Garth started a music television show out of their basement.  It aired on their local community access television station.  Eventually it grew in popularity and went national.
Well – That’s how my show got its start. I originally had the idea after I lost my job as director of the woodworking program at a major craft school.  I thought I’d film myself working, with the hopes that someone like yourself would see it and commission me to build them some furniture.
Well – five years later and I still haven’t received a commission.  But like Wayne and Garth, my show has grown.  It now airs regularly on more than 580 cable access channels across the states, and has created a wonderful community consisting of woodworkers, musicians and artists.  In fact - some of the musicians who have been featured on the show have donated their music and have sent me CD's to offer contributers, in order to keep this community going.
I to have the opportunity to go national.  PBS stations across the nation have given me the opportunity to air my show.  A show like mine is expensive to produce.  So far, it’s been a labor of love.  No income comes out of the show.  I cover the downloading costs so access stations can download the show.  The show has been offered a time slot on many PBS stations nationally.  PBS does not pay to have the show air on their station.  They give you the platform to reach a larger audience.  For the past three years my show has aired regionally on Rhode Island PBS. 
To move forward, keep the show in production, and bring it to a national PBS level, I need to hire a crew and cover production costs. Such as closed captioning, packaging, etc:
That’s where you come in.  Please help me keep my show in production. To bring it to a national PBS audience, and to keep the wonderful community it has created alive.  So far, I’ve hired an audio engineer and a technical coordinator. 
I would also like to create a website as a learning resource.  Where this community can exchange and share ideas.
Your commitment will not go unnoticed.  Please look at this page? And see the fantastic gifts I’ve created for your generosity.
A big named car company’s commercial names several famous and successful companies that started in a garage, wisely concluding, “You never know what kind of greatness can come out of an American garage.”
Please help spread the word.  I understand if you can't make a financial contribution.  At the end of the week, after paying our bills, our household doesn't have much left.  Asking for help is very awkward.  You can help by telling others.  Please link this campaign to your facebook, youtube, instagram and any other accounts you might have.  Tell your friends and family.  Lets keep this amazing, creative community going.
I hope to see you back here.  In the Garage
Thank you very much

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thanks for visiting 'The Garage with Steve Butler'.   The idea is to have fun, be creative, and make great objects without breaking the bank.  The show is humble, and that's the appeal.  It has a sense of nostalgia to it that harkens back to bygone days when folks would roll up their dress shirt sleeves and work in their basement or garage workshops.
  Hence the name of the show, 'The Garage with Steve Butler.' 
 Go to the 'Station Listing' page to see if the show is playing in your neighborhood, if not call your local access channel and request it, they're there for you, it's your community station.  You can watch episodes of the show on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPjr4lk68Xk525c__KVJgVw
The show also airs regularly at 2PM on WSBE, Rhode Island PBS
Also- check us out on Facebook to see what's going on, in the garage.
 If you have any questions about what you've seen on the show or have any ideas and comments shoot us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks again for visiting, most importantly thanks for watching'