Blue Planet Almanac™ was all-positive Healthy Life.net’s first comprehensive show on sustainability. HealthyLife’s News@7 Environmental News Super-Segment was also launched by Michael D. Austin.
During the years those shows aired (2009-2011) HealthyLife.net had well over 3,000,000 listeners monthly (100,000 daily) in 108 nations. In the company of industry goliaths such as BBC, PRI and KCBS, HealthyLife.net was a rare Microsoft Editor’s Pick among only 63 talk radio stations in the Microsoft® Windows Media® News + Talk category, and carried over the Windows Media Player® Radio Tuner. HealthyLife.net is a member station of the National Association of Broadcasters. Its programs span a variety of news/talk genres which are hosted by recognized experts in TV, film and radio. HealthyLife.net radio has long been syndicated and simulcast 24/7 over 58 distribution channels including TuneIn Radio, smartphones & mobile devices, podcasts, iTunes, downloadable MP3s, RSS feeds, archives and private radio networks.
Blue Planet Almanac’s news site is still active while new shows and publications on consciousness & sustainability are readied. Austin’s role on Blue Planet Almanac had been described as “Mother Earth’s Kid-Brother™,” in which he served as a bridge between humanity’s pasts and futures. His new talk magazine broadcast is in the works through his Soul Rider LLC. These days Michael readies and launches startups, including an archaeological project whose subject spans several nations, a project advancing the sale of 18th dynasty Egyptian antiquities, and conservation telerobotics and game startup, Hardshell Labs Inc.
Austin has a page on LinkedIn, and has represented leading edge organizations in advancement of their programs, technologies and revenue. He has collaborated as a director, strategist or representative with organizations including the 5 Gyres Institute • American Cancer Society • Bureau of Land Management’s California Desert Conservation Area Plan • Boston Red Sox’ Pitcher Tim Wakefield and Pitching In For Kids • California State Polytechnic University & Foundation • City of Hope • Direct Relief International • Pro football player Earl Campbell, the Pro Player Foundation and National Multiple Sclerosis Society • Yvon Chouinard’s Great Pacific Iron Works and Patagonia • Great American Ink vintage animation art • Healthy Life All-Positive Talk Radio • Mono Lake Committee • New Orleans Saints’ Quarterback Drew Brees Dream Foundation • Sierra Club • United Way Los Angeles • Whole Life Times & Whole Life Productions • Super Bowl Champion and author Roland Williams’ 2013 startup, Block University.
Austin’s favorite professional moments include when…
- his marketing team negotiated Sierra Club’s first corporate sponsorship,
- in an Outward Bound Ropes Course for company team-building, he was first to climb atop a wobbly 75 ft. telephone phone – which swayed several inches under one’s weight. Then he dove into thin air to catch a trapeze eight feet away.
At University of California Santa Barbara and Riverside Austin read environmental studies, biology and comparative religion. At UCSB he was The Daily Nexus‘ first environmental news feature writer. His senior research paper explored, “The Symbolism of Flying and Ascension in Classical Yoga Traditions.” He tutored college chemistry and math, gathered field data contributing to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan, and researched the bionomics of Kestrels.
Growing up as an experienced, amateur naturalist, Mike hiked and biked in California’s coastal foothills and fished in its beautiful streams and rivers from an early age. Some of his favorite personal moments as an Earthling include when he…
- had birds perched calmly on his hand like a Ring-Necked Dove, an American Kestrel, a Red-Tailed Hawk or a Barn Owl. Mike held Federal and California falconry licenses.
- saw first-hand the Chumash pictographs of Santa Barbara’s Painted Cave.
- backpacked in California’s Sierra Nevada, camped in Sequoia National Park, or fished in King’s Canyon National Park.
- was able to hold reptiles such as a Mojave Desert Sidewider, a 12 foot Reticulated Python, a Pickering’s Garter Snake or a Blue-Lined Skink.
- stood on skis atop California’s June Mountain.
- spoke at Federal Hearings about a liquefied natural gas terminal proposed for California’s Point Conception, near the Chumash Western Gate.
- found that among the oldest living things known on Earth are the unassuming, elegant Creosote Bushes of the southwestern deserts in western North America – about 12,000 years old – exceeding even the venerable and romantic Bristlecone Pines.
- realized that bacteria in permafrost are believed to be hundreds of millions of years old.
Before it was fashionable Mike often commuted on bicycle. Automobilers from the mid-1970s remember the custom fabricated bumper-sticker mount on his bike saying, “Conserve Energy. Your Children Will Thank You!”
He doesn’t believe reality television exists ;)