By Senior Midnight Freemason Contributor
WB Gregory J.Knott
Let me be clear from the start, this article is a shameless plug for the Meet, Act, and Part podcast. Darin Lahners, Bill Hosler, Todd Creason, and I started the podcast in early 2020 as another means of sharing Masonic information and topics with others. I have long been a radio junkie and when the podcast movement began to take off, I quickly began listening to them, so creating our own podcast seemed like a natural thing to do.
I have to be honest, I wasn't quite sure what direction the podcast was going to take. The group of us had some brief conversations on topics and format, but eventually, we just decided to dive in and figure it out as we went. We bought a domain name, found a recording platform, and figured out what kind of equipment we needed such as microphones to begin.
Our first episode was on Masonic education, which seemed like the perfect topic to begin with considering that is one of our major interests. On episode number 4, we had our first guest MWB Roger VanGorden, Past Grand Master of Indiana, who spoke with us about The Path Forward Campaign and the new website Be a Freemason. Over the course of 2020, we had several other guests such as Chris Hodapp, Robert Johnson, Steve Harrison, and Michael Poll. We went international with guests Sotoris Sakellarious from Greece and Mathew Christmas from England.
The format has continued to evolve and we have worked to create our own niche in the Masonic podcast world. There are some fabulous podcasts out there right now, such as Whence Came You, The Winding Stairs, and The Historical Light to name just a few that each have their own style.
We utilize a conversational tone with our guests and each other. I like to think of our podcasts as the type of conversations you might have with a brother in the dining room or parking lot. Free flow of ideas, learning from each other, and sharing our experiences.
Darin Lahners is our editor and does a great job taking out our miscues. Bill Hosler uses his fabulous web skills on maintaining our website and getting us out into the social media world. Without them, this podcast wouldn’t be possible.
Where are we going in the future? We will continue to have a wide variety of guests and topics. We are especially looking for new voices within the fraternity. Do you have any suggestions for guests? Please let us know.
Let me close by thanking our listeners. We appreciate the positive comments that we have received from so many people. I have thoroughly enjoyed the conversations we have had with so many outstanding brothers and am looking forward to many more. Until then Brethren, let us Meet, Act, and Part.
WB Gregory J. Knott is a founding member and Senior Contributor of the Midnight Freemasons blog. He is a Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL) and a plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL) and Naval Lodge No. 4 in Washington, DC. He’s a member of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, Eastern Star and is the Charter Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club No. 768 in Champaign-Urbana. He is also a member of ANSAR Shrine (IL) and the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. Greg serves on the Board of Directors of The Masonic Society and is a member of the Scottish Rite Research Society and The Philathes Society. He is a charter member of a new Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter U.D. and serves as its Secretary. Greg is very involved in Boy Scouts—an Eagle Scout himself, he is a member of the National Association of Masonic Scouters. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org