Just a day or two ago (I learned about it this morning) the podcasting world got hit with a major blow. PG Holyfield is dying. For those of us who are/were hobbyists in podcasting have all, in one-way or another, been touched by PG. He was there from the early days. He was one of the pioneers who helped a second generation of podcasters, myself included, start their own show.
PG is in the end stages of cancer. Cancer SUCKS! It has ravaged his body. The form he got has no cure and, like is PG’s case, goes undetected for a long time. He has tried treatments to battle this horrid disease, but it didn’t work. Right now his family and close friends are doing everything possible to keep him comfortable. It truly is a sad day for podcasting.
Back in late 2005 and early 2006 I was debating and working on developing Barley Podcasting. I was active on the Podcast Pickle forum boards. This is where all of us first and second generation podcasters learned the back-end of our trade. I would ask some of the most inane questions. How do you get the audio to your computer? What do you edit with? These were some of the beginning questions I would put out on the forums. I had many responses from the pioneers. They were always helpful. I always saw the name PG Holyfield in almost every question I asked or anyone else asked. He never stopped helping anyone in our community.
One day, after I put out an insane amount of deeper questions, I got a private response from PG. He went through and dissected each and every question I had. He tone of writing was nurturing and mentoring. His answers were not short in the least. They were detailed in the actions to be done, even at times giving his thought as to why it was important to do each process in the way he described.
I asked a few (probably a lot) follow up questions, and he answered each one in the same way he talked me through several of my initial questions. Never once did I get the feeling that he was annoyed with the questions, far from it. It was more mentoring me, encouraging me, nurturing me.
Now our shows were totally different. He is an author. He writes amazing stories. He takes a reader/listener on a journey like only the great authors do. Whereas my show was not like his at all, it is more daily life observations. I didn’t think he would even listen, as we were in two totally different podcasting worlds. I was totally wrong. In the beginning I would get an occasional note from him saying he enjoyed my show, loved a story I gave, or that I might have been better off leaving a story out. It was always good to see him being honest with me in the development of my show in the early days.
I honestly can’t remember if I ever had the honor to meet PG in person. I am sure our paths crossed at one of the Podcasting Expos I attended. I think we might have been on the same impromptu panel in Vegas, but I am not 100% sure (I have a picture of someone who looks like him sitting next to me, but I can’t say it is him, so I won’t post it, just incase it is not). If we had met, it was probably in passing. Which is a big loss for me.
I can’t say that PG was a friend, but I can say that I am honored that PG was a mentor to me, when I needed it most in podcasting. While he wasn’t the only one I had, he was still one of my mentors.
I ask anyone who has been effected by my show in any way to please check out his work. http://pgholyfield.blogspot.com. That is an older site, and his more current site is at http://www.pgholyfield.com/maah/ . Here is some of his work on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/p.g.-holyfield-presents-tales/id374410266?mt=2. Or you can go to Amazon and get his book, Murder at Avedon Hill. http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Avedon-Hill-P-G-Holyfield-ebook/dp/B003LPV5D2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408389701&sr=8-1&keywords=pg+holyfield. You can listen to it at podiobook as well at http://podiobooks.com/title/murder-at-avedon-hill/ .
Please, if you can, please donate to a fund set up in his name at http://www.gofundme.com/pgfund .
PG is a good podcaster, a fantastic author, and most of all a great man. Cancer is taking him away from us much too soon. PG Holyfield, if you do get a chance to read this, thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for being the man you are. Thank you for mentoring a dork become even dorkier in podcasting. Finally THANK YOU for everything you have done for every podcaster and podcast listener, whom you touched in one way or another.