We love our listeners. And we definitely appreciate them for tuning into our podcast. So we wanted to create something to demonstrate our appreciation for our listeners.
Introducing our listener appreciation months!
But exactly what are listener appreciation months? They are selected months in the year that listeners will notice more content on our podcast, ability to engage more with our staff and receive complementary freebies!
For our public listeners that are not part of our Patreon Donor’s Club, you’ll be able to make song requests for regular top 10 episodes in that month, receive Patreon exclusive content (ex. extra songs on the top 10’s and double the amount of songs on special + artist of the month episodes) for all episodes released that month and participate in simple Japan Top 10 merch giveaways!
In addition, we will release a bonus episode for that month (can be a special or regular top 10) exclusive to our Patreon Donors. To add to the fun, we will also randomly select one Patreon Donor who will receive that month for free (we will issue a refund for that donor’s donation in that month). And best of all, our Patreon donors will receive more entries to win Japan Top 10 merch giveaways!
For 2019, we have 2 listener appreciation months scheduled so far for the months of February and May! *more may come during 2019, information will be announced at a later period in the year
In February, listeners will receive 2 bonus Cultures episodes released simultaneously! However, one will be reserved for our Patreon donors, while the other will be distributed for everyone (including Patreon donors).
In May, the exclusive Patreon Cultures episode that was released back in February will be re-released for our regular listeners (which will be our bonus episode of that month), while Patreon donors will receive a bonus top 10 or specially themed episode (exclusive episode that will not be released for our public listeners).
Contest information will be released within the months of each listener appreciation month!
Make a song request for our upcoming February listener appreciation month, below!
Got some questions? Let us answer them!
It totally depends. We cannot give a concrete number of months in each year because our ability to provide a listener appreciation month will all depend on our staffing levels and whether we are able to ask staff to engage in more production work. But with all that said, we will do our best to aim for at least 2-3 listener appreciation months within a given year.
Again similar to the first question, it depends with our staffing levels. We will do our best to spread them around the year but whether that will be feasible will depend on our staffing levels.
We will always give our listeners at least a 2 month notice on our announcements section in our episodes before moving into a listener appreciation month so that listeners will have time to provide their song requests.
Unfortunately, no. As there would be only one special episode and one artist of the month episode released that month, it would not be fair to select one public listener’s suggestion for that episode’s theme/artist. Making artist of the month and special episode suggestions will continue to be reserved for only our Patreon Donor’s Club.
We will be giving away Japan Top 10 merchandise such as t-shirts, stickers, reusable bags, etc. Full details on how to enter and what merchandise will be given away will be announced during the listener appreciation month. We promise to keep the contest easy to enter!
It depends on the number of top 10 episodes released that month. If the month is arranged in a way that putting in a bonus regular top 10 would not be intuitive, such as if the top 10 episodes were arranged in a way that made them close to each other during that month, then to avoid duplication of songs, we would choose to present a special episode instead. We will announce the type of bonus episode that our Patreon Donor’s will receive prior to going into the appreciation month, on this page.
They will be placed on the extra songs section of the top 10 episodes released that month (excluding the possible bonus top 10 released for Patreon Donor’s only). There are 3 extra songs in each top 10 episode. The number of song requests that we will be able to receive that month will depend on the number of top 10 episodes released that month. Thus, we do not guarantee any of our public listeners that their song request will be processed into the listener appreciation month episodes. Song requests will be randomly chosen prior to the making of that top 10 episode.
For the Japan Top 10 merch giveaway, we will give our Patreon Donor’s all ONE extra chance to win.
We will be releasing Premium version of our episodes to the public during our listener appreciation months. Benefits that are exclusive to Premium Plus such as the 2 extra songs in artist of the month and specially themed episodes (beginning in 2019) and ad free episodes will continue be exclusive to our Premium Plus donors.
Got more questions about our listener appreciation month? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have!