About Weekly Davespeak
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Weekly Davespeak (WDS) is a Dave Matthews Band Fan Website. WDS started as a newsletter in December of 2004. As of 4/09, the newsletter boasts over 5000 members and 30,000 registered forum users.
WDS offers a littany of free services that allow them to connect closer to DMB and with other fans thanks to the determined contributions from other fans.
This site operates thanks to continued support an all-volunteer staff carefully organized to cover all aspects of WDS.
The content team is headed up by two editors, while the community moderation is headed up by our community director and a team of excellent moderators. A third, hybrid team of media folks work in to bring both content and moderation while seeking to provide taper-approved content that everyone can enjoy.
Our staff works every day to keep this site fresh, spam free and available to DMB fans when they need it. This is not a minor effort. Please take a moment to get to know our incredibly hardworking volunteers, they are real people like you!
Volunteers in the Content Group
Joe: Joe is the co-content editor alongside David. He is responsible for posting stories on the front page and creating the newsletter. Joe will be attending St. John Fisher College in the fall to study Journalism.
David: David is the co-content editor alongside the man of all men, Joe. He is responsible for knowingly breaking all the rules. He attends the University of Kansas, with a focus on English.
Steph: Steph is the Sr. Writer at WDS. She, together with the fantastic writing team, create the news stories and articles for the website. She has setting fire to this life tattooed on her back, her personal motto and proof she's one of "those" DMB fans.
Diana: Diana is a new contributing writer to WDS, but long a DMB fanatic. When not making Dave Matthews action figures or writing, she enjoys hiking, cake decorating and theme parks.
Greg: Greg is a contributing writer for WDS. A dedicated fan since he first heard DMB and days later saw his first show in July of 1994. Greg is finally putting his Communications degree from the University of Tennessee to good use.
Brandon: Brandon is a regular contributor to focused columns about Dave Matthews Band. A longtime fan and living encyclopedia of the band's performances, WDS is fortunate to recieve articles penned by such a dedicated fan of DMB.
Alice: Alice is the Community Director at WDS. She oversees the moderators and other administrative tasks. She has been into DMB since 1998 and enjoys going to shows and meeting up with fellow WDS'ers. Her favorite song is Don’t Drink the Water.
Cathy W: Cathy is DMB Road Crew at WDS. She has been listening to DMB since Crash was released, and her first live show in 2000 was the start of her obsession.
Dave L: Dave can be found from time to time perusing the Greetings and Introductions Forum. If you’ve ever won the monthly contest for new users and ended up with a FABULOUS WDS key chain, it came from Dave. Dave is also one of the earliest independent forum members in the site history, with user ID #7.
Media and Moderation Group:
Jeff: Jeff is Media Road Crew at WDS. Along with Kim, he is responsible for media content (mp3s, lossless, videos, WDS Live, etc). WDS was the first DMB site that he joined and he started posting regularly in 2006. He was drawn in by all the mp3's and full shows in the mp3 and lossless forums. His favorite song is Seek Up.
Kim: Kim is Media Road Crew at WDS. Along with Jeff, she is responsible for media content (mp3s, lossless, videos, WDS Live, etc). As far as her all-time favorite DMB song, it's toss-up between #41 and Seek Up
Important contributors in the site's history:
Bryan (pretty much every forum), Charles (Media Road Crew), John (DMBc Road Crew and newsletter editor), Shannon (Longtime Davespeak source, former newsletter editor), and Paige (DMBc Road Crew).
Weekly Davepeak was created and continues to be administered by Rob Banagale. Rob is a journalist, computer engineer and MBA who creates mobile software, consults on internet marketing strategy and writes about the evolution of the entertainment industry.
Thank you's and Acknowledgements
A few other people have also been very helpful, including Waldo from over at the now defunct Nancies.org. We appreciate our most frequent posters in our but also everyone who has taken the time to help out another DMB fan using WDS!
An incredibly important thank you goes out to the Donors who make this non-profit, community supported website possible. Thank you.
This site would not exist without the blessing of Red Light Management and Music Today, and Bama Rags Inc. Bama Rags Inc. owns the Dave Matthews Band, DMB, and Firedancer trademarks. Most importantly we thank Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, LeRoi Moore and Boyd Tinsley. We also throw much love out to Rashawn, Butch, and Tim Reynolds: Thank you.
This website evolved from a custom file-based CMS to a recent October 2006 conversion to the open source CMS Drupal. This website uses vBulletin for its forum software. For more information contact admin at weeklydavespeak dot com.
This website is supported through donations from the Dave Matthews Band community. We hold an annual donation drive to pay for hosting, the newsletter and some software licenses over the course of the year.