It’s hard to believe that Heart to Heart with Anna is now six years old and that we have broadcast 250 unique episodes. We’ve also reposted encore and remastered episodes. Hardly a week has gone by without an episode of one kind or another broadcast and publicized on the Internet.
Additionally, we have grown to include 2 other podcasts — Heart to Heart with Michael and Heart to Heart with Nicole and David. We have learned so many lessons along the way. While Heart to Heart with Nicole and David is on hiatus, Heart to Heart with Michael is going strong. This growth resulted in the development of the Hearts Unite the Globe Network!
Heart to Heart with Michael will be completing its third season in December 2019. This monthly program always boasts a baker’s dozen with a bonus episode in December. This year will be a look back at 2019 which featured some amazing Guests, many working professionals in the bereavement field.
The three programs together have amassed over 77,000 Listeners from all over the world. Programs have been made available primarily in English but also in Spanish, French, Hebrew, and Dutch. Heart to Heart with Michael will broadcast its first Hebrew program before the end of the year.
Heart to Heart with Anna had themes for the first 12 seasons but, upon feedback from our Listeners, decided to make each season free from themes provided the topic was relevant to the congenital heart defect (CHD) community. Heart to Heart with Anna usually has 1,200-1,600 Listeners a month.
We are excited to announce that this year we started a Patreon account. Now Listeners and philanthropists can be part of Hearts Unite the Globe — people can learn more about the making of the podcasts, attend meet-ups with the podcast teams and even get a chance to be part of a live studio audience when recording special programs.
I think the other exciting news for 2019 is that our podcasts are now available all over the Internet and even on the radio! For example you can hear our programs on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, YouTube, Spreaker, Buzzsprout and Stitcher. It’s exciting to see so many different platforms carrying our program.
We are already hard at work on our 2020 programs. If you’d like to be a Guest on our program, please fill out our form and we’ll get in touch with you. We will be recording program during November but we would like to have most of December to enjoy the holidays and to take some much-needed time off. Do you have an idea for a program? Let Anna (Anna@hearttoheartwithanna.com) or Michael (Michael@hearttoheartwithmichael.com) know! We appreciate feedback and do our best to honor our Listeners’ requests.
I think perhaps one of our most exciting activities this year has been the retreats we’ve held for our Volunteers. Our first retreat was held in Central Texas. In October 2019 we held our first retreat in Jerusalem. On November 21st we will hold our first retreat in Tucson, Arizona. If you’re interested in being a Volunteer, fill out our form! Our new Volunteer Coordinator, Janet Thompson, will contact you and you’ll be able to attend training workshops so you can help us help the CHD and bereaved communities.
Thank you so much! We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing Volunteers, Guests, Guest Hosts, and support staff. It’s been a terrific six years and we’re looking forward to a brand new year, new programs and continuing to serve our communities.