THE WILD GEESE CREATORS:
Joseph E. Gannon firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook: Facebook.com/IrishHistory!
WildGeese TV: YouTube.com/TheWildGeeseTV
Irish Family History Channel: YouTube.com/IrishFamilyHistory
HellÕs Kitchen: TheWildGeeseBlog.blogspot.com
Family History: TheWildGeeseGenealogy.blogspot.com
Gerry Regan email@example.com
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ABOUT GAR MEDIA LLC:
New York City-based GAR Media was created by history devotees Gerry Regan, Joseph E. Gannon and Micah Chandler in July 1997. The mission they assumed: Bring epic and compelling history to vast and ever burgeoning Internet audiences. The trio launched their flagship product, The Wild Geese Today webzine, in the Fall 1997. Today owned by Regan and Gannon, the venture remains devoted to its original mission of "Forging New Frontiers for the Past."
GAR MEDIA'S PRINCIPALS:
Gerry Regan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Editorial Director. Gerry has a rich background in journalism, American and Irish history, and New Media. He has studied modern British and Irish history in Trinity College, Dublin, and is a contributing writer to the Irish Echo, The Civil War News, The Washington Times, Newsday, and various other publications. He also worked a staff writer and copy editor for Gannett Westchester Newspapers and USA Today. He worked for Prodigy Services Inc. as a news editor, as a producer Newsday's award-winning web site, newsday.com, and as copy editor at office.com. Gerry is a magna-cum-laude graduate of Duke University, majoring in mathematics and has a Masters degree in journalism from New York University.
Joseph E. Gannon (email@example.com), Research Director. Based in Connecticut, Joe is a talented writer, editor and researcher and devotee of both the online world and military history. Joe attended the University of Connecticut, and is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Military Police in Vietnam in 1971-72. He has an extensive background researching both Irish and Civil War history, and is a contributor to the newsletter of the 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, which is one of the largest such organizations in the USA. He is a library tech at a state university.
The Wild Geese (www.TheWildGeese.com) is a leading Internet destination for those looking to explore and celebrate Irish history and heritage, in the words of William Butler Yeats, 'wherever green is worn.' The Wild Geese was established in the fall of 1997 to share "The Epic History and Heritage of the Irish" with the tens of millions of individuals of Irish ancestry found worldwide. Dozens of individuals, from around the Irish Diaspora, of varied viewpoints and even religions, have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the reach and depth of its content. The site draws more than 1,100 visits per day, a figure growing steadily. Today, our mission, and our ambition, have expanded, as The Wild Geese lays the technological groundwork to empower our passionate community through extraordinary storytelling and strategic partnerships to explore, promote, and preserve Irish heritage worldwide.
WG's OWN 'IRISH BRIGADE':
From our inception, we understood that to chronicle the epic history of the Irish worldwide, we would need to access the voices of the Irish worldwide, and even some voices not quite Irish, at least not in the DNA sense. The following individuals are among those whose words, strategies, research, editing, wisdom, love and feedback have enabled WG to be as far-reaching in its coverage as it has, verily our own 'Irish Brigade.'
Doug Chandler, Micah Chandler, Michael Conlon, Belinda Evangelista, Maryann Tracy, David Levine, Rick Grant, Liam Murphy, John Concannon, Kevin O’Beirne, Kevin P. Gorman, Charlie Venturi, David Tereshchuk, Patricia Jameson Sammartano, Leslie Sweetnam, Sharon Hazard, Joe Bilby, Ronnie Kopp, Christine Kinealy, Daniel Marrin, William J. McGimpsey, Charlie Laverty, John Walsh, John A. Walsh, Robert A. Mosher, Alex Féthière, Anna Porter, Jim Hawkins, Mauriel Joslyn, Ed Churchill
Alannah Ryane, Tyler Knight
Robert Doyle, James Doherty, Brian O’Doherty, Jarlath MacNamara, Felicity Hayes-McKoy, Joe McGowan, Don Mullan, Damian Shiels, Séamas Ó Sionnaigh, Jean Tubridy, Ruairi Lynch, Dan McCarthy
Seamus Shortt, Kieron Punch
Murray Burow, Fred Rea
July 1997: History devotees Gerry Regan, Joseph E. Gannon and Micah Chandler launch GAR Media to utilize the Internet and other New Media to create editorial products that appeal to those who shared their interest in history.
Fall 1997: GAR Media launches The Wild Geese¨ as its flagship product.
July 1998: WG, with a staff of six volunteer correspondents on the scene, offer same-day coverage of Irish-America's participation in the 135th anniversary Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment, the largest American Civil War re-enactment in history. WGT's news reports went out via e-mail to its list subscribers every evening of the four-day event, and its reports, and exclusive photos, were later posted in WGT's pages.
January 1999: Traffic to WG reaches 250-300 visits per day, and the site's e-mail update list reaches 500.
March 1999: Jerusalem-based Virtual Communities Inc. licenses WGT's popular "This Week in the History of the Irish" for use on its new launches Virtual Ireland www.virtualireland.com site. The relationship continues for six months, until GAR Media withdraws from the partnership.
July 2001: WG joins with Civil War Interactive, the most popular Civil War history Internet destination, to present the story of "'You Have Got Your Chance at Last': The Irish at First Manassas," in conjunction with the 140th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of First Manassas. WGT also becomes an Amazon Associate, selling items from Amazon's huge inventory of books and electronics.
October 2001: The Wild Geese Forum draws its 10,000th message, posted by a forum member from County Down, Northern Ireland, reflecting the sometimes raucous diversity found in the Forum's threads.
January 2002: WGT moves from a weekly to a monthly edition. The site routinely attracts more than 600 visits per day, and draws the 600th subscriber to its e-mail update list. The site pulls 989 visits on Jan. 7, at the time, WG's all-time high number of visitors in a single day. WG joins Powells Books associate program.
March 2002: WGT recruits former Ancient Order of Hibernians National Historian John J. Concannon as our first Heritage Editor, and journalist David Tereshchuk, a former TV news and documentary producer, as a consultant and contributing editor. GAR Media begins working with its contributing writers to syndicate its scores of historical features to print publications, including newspapers and magazines.
September 2010: Relaunches Hell's Kitchen, our Irish Heritage blog.
September 2011: Launches Irish Family History and TheWildGeese.TVª channels on YouTube, and Irish Genealogy Blog on Blogger.com.
July 2012: WG draws an average of 1,100 visits to its several platforms, per day.
Early 2013: Planned launch of newly designed, state-of-the-art website and community platform.
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