The First Annual BlogTalkRadio Fantasy Football League

In an effort to get you the best fantasy advice, 10 shows got together to compete in a fantasy football season. You can hear the experts employing their different strategies. You can hear the weak attempts at playful smack talk. You can hear the utter disdain when things don’t work out. The good folks at scoutfantasy.com volunteered to host the league (they are the home of FFToolbox and other fine fantasy podcasts). This is a recording of what happened on that fateful, draft night:

These are the participants of our First Annual BlogTalkRadio Fantasy Football League. The draft was merely the beginning. Download and listen to these shows all season long for the best fantasy advice around and find out who finishes on top.  

John Hansen representing Fantasy Guru

Online since 1995, FantasyGuru.com is one of the oldest and most connected fantasy information sites on the planet. Merged with footballinjuries.com in 2008, they offer quality information and professional analysis from a staff that is predominantly comprised of individuals who cover and analyze the NFL full-time. The episodes featuring regular guest, Greg Cosell, are not to be missed. Even if John ran into a few issues drafting, I fear he’ll be a competitor to watch for.  

Matt Chatham representing Football By Football

A players-only roundtable discussion of NFL and college football topics offering listeners unparalleled insight into the game. Experienced. Real. Football insight by football players!  Matt really broke down the players as the draft went on. Always good to have a “real football” analyst in a fantasy draft.

Gary Davenport representing The Fantasy Sharks

There are two types of Fantasy Owners. Sharks and Chum. Which are you? Gary Davenport and Walton Spurlin look at which players fantasy owners should be marrying this year and who they should be asking for divorce. Gary was drafting with us, but couldn’t join us on the podcast. Which is a shame because I would have liked to hear why he drafted Teddy Bridgewater.

Dennis Farrell representing The Fantasy Sideline Show – 

Dennis Farrell is joined by some familiar old faces and some new ones to bring the Fantasy Sideline Show back to the top in fantasy sports entertainment. Dennis had to disappear early in the draft to take care of his kid, only opening the door for an excuse later this season when I beat him.  

Jeff Ratcliffe representing PFF Radio – 

PFF Radio provides award-winning football and fantasy football analysis for the thinking fan, powered by Pro Football Focus. Much like Matt, Jeff was also providing valuable breakdowns for all the players on his draft board – and he got to speak for Dennis once as well.  

Joel Henard representing The Fantasy Insiders podcast –

Host Joel Henard will sit down with co-host Mike Hilbig (@TheFantasyDR) from The Fantasy Insiders and get you up to date on the latest news and notes from around the baseball and football world. Hey, wait a second. Baseball??? What is baseball???

PodVader representing Next Fan Up – 

Next Fan Up is a twice a week check in with the people who know their NFL teams the best, the fans. We have 32 SuperFans, each representing one of the 32 NFL teams. And we speak with the occasional guest. I also drafted Mark Ingram much too early and I’m still willing to trade him for rather cheap.

Ramona Rice representing The Sports Gal Pal

The Sports Gal Pal is a show to help the novice fan find their team spirit and embrace their love of sports. If that isn’t enough you’ll at least learn why the sports fans in your life go a little nuts once in awhile. Ramona believes fantasy football is one of the best ways to initiate new fans into football.

Ashley Williams representing Her Fantasy Football

The Williams’ sisters – Ashley, Courtney, Brandon – are women talking to women about fantasy football. They’re the hosts, analysts and competitive. Except for Ashley, who drafted nothing but Denver Broncos for her fantasy team.  

Mark Morales-Smith representing ScoutFantasy.com (home of FF Toolbox) –

Since 1997, smart players have turned to FFToolbox for the best in fantasy football information on the ‘Net. They cover the latest news, topics and trends – all aimed at helping you dominate your fantasy football league this season. And one last thank you to scoutfantasy.com for hosting our league this year.

At the end of this season, PodVader will be crowned champ <ahem>. I mean, someone will be crowned champion, complete with bragging rights and a spiffy trophy!

Hollywood Hookups and Breakups with Cooper Lawrence and Bravo TV host Vikki Ziegler launches on BlogTalkRadio

September 2nd is the launch date for Hollywood Hookups and Breakups, a new podcast by radio and TV personality Cooper Lawrence and Vikki Ziegler of Bravo TV’s hit show Untying the Knot, which enters its second season in November.

BlogTalkRadio General Manager Andy Toh expressed his enthusiasm about the new show “We love to offer listeners dynamic and knowledgeable personalities like Cooper Lawrence and Vikki Ziegler. Who better than a psychologist and a divorce attorney to give advice on the ups and downs of marriage and other relationships?”

Cooper Lawrence said “The on air chemistry I feel with Vikki is contagious. It’s smart talk which will also make you laugh and be able to identify with our personalities. We are women supporting other women and keeping it real, and BlogTalkRadio shares our philosophy, so it’s a perfect fit all around.”

Vikki Ziegler added “As an expert in the divorce field, I think it’s time for someone to step up to the plate and teach people what goes wrong in marriages so we can all try to stay in healthy happy ones…And who doesn’t like to talk about a celebrity hookup or breakup?!”

Cooper and Vikki are prepping for an exclusive interview with Alyssa Milano this fall. She’ll be dishing on celebrity hookups and breakups like the recent split between Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green.

Other episodes will focus on topics like the dysfunctional Kardashian family.

 

Fans can subscribe to the weekly download of Hollywood Hookups and Breakups on BlogTalkRadio each Wednesday.

About BlogTalkRadio

BlogTalkRadio helps podcasters thrive and profit from their content. Founded in 2006, the pioneering platform is a holistic toolkit that helps podcasters record, broadcast live, distribute, measure, and monetize conversational format podcasts featuring guests and listeners from any geographic location. All podcasters need is a laptop, microphone, and a decent Internet connection to run a high-quality show. 

For interview requests, contact hollywoodhookupsbreakups@gmail.com

Cooper Lawrence and Real Housewives Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea launch “Girls in Heels” podcast with BlogTalkRadio

BlogTalkRadio is proud to announce the launch of “Girls in Heels” on Tuesday, August 25th.

“Girls in Heels” is an exciting project by prominent New York radio and TV personality Cooper Lawrence, with twins Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea, two of the stars of the iconic reality TV show “Real Housewives of New Jersey” on Bravo TV.

“We’re delighted to add Girls in Heels to our lineup at BlogTalkRadio,” said General Manager and Chief Architect, Andy Toh. “Their provocative discussions lead to conversations that are highly relatable and will resonate with a wide cross section of listeners.”

Cooper Lawrence commented, “Since the three of us first met and discovered our chemistry, we’ve been looking for the right project. The growth and intimacy of podcasting is perfect for us and BlogTalkRadio offered the right combination of independence, revenue generation and favorable terms that indicate their sensitivity to the needs of talent.”

The first episode of the show includes a report from the twins on a recent barbecue at the Giudice home and how Joe and the kids are doing while Teresa Giudice is in prison. Teresa G is currently serving 15 months at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT after she, and her husband Joe, pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud.

Check out Girls In Heels on BlogTalkRadio

 

The twins also reveal which of them is more outspoken.

Check out Girls In Heels on BlogTalkRadio

 

A new episode of “Girls in Heels” will be released on BlogTalkRadio each Tuesday. Listen and subscribe here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/girlsinheels/  

About BlogTalkRadio

BlogTalkRadio helps podcasters thrive and profit from their content. Founded in 2006, the pioneering platform is a holistic toolkit that helps podcasters record, broadcast live, distribute, measure, and monetize conversational format podcasts featuring guests and listeners from any geographic location. All podcasters need is a laptop, microphone, and a decent Internet connection to run a high-quality show. 

 

Special Comic-Con Coverage!

Can’t be in San Diego this year?  Not to worry.  Seth Everett has you covered with his Hall of Justice podcast!  

Seth Everett of CONtv is joined by Ming Chen of AMC’s “Comic Book Men” for a nightly recap of the biggest annual convention in the Comic Book/Super Hero world, COMIC-CON!  Get the latest news from the convention as they speak with special guests from San Diego starting Thursday, July 9th and new episodes every night through Sunday, July 12th.  During the live recording, listeners will be able to call in and share their personal stories as well!  

Hear the podcast LIVE starting this Thursday, July 9th at 10pm Eastern on BlogTalkRadio and then available on demand via BlogTalkRadio or subscribe on iTunes.  

PodVader’s Geeky Summer

In case you missed it, summer officially arrived last week.  Some may argue it kicked off with a bang a month or so ago with the blockbuster movie, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.  In any case, summer is here and whether it’s a movie, TV show, or comic book, our hosts have your inner geek covered for the summer.

How do we keep up with all these big comic book movies? The Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to the rescue, talking about all the latest news out of Marvel studios.  So if you missed the episode on Avengers 2, just go back and review it.  Plus, Matt and Jeff will get you ready for Ant Man in July.  And if you’re wondering what is going on with your favorite Marvel TV shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Daredevil, you can hear all about it on The Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

Speaking of TV, whether you’re in the mood to reminisce about the cartoons you watched as a kid like Jem and the Holograms or maybe something more recent in pop culture, The GeekCast Radio Network is a must-listen.  GCRN was founded by Steve Phillips and Mike Blanchard in 2009, as the two friends bonded on Twitter over their love of the Transformers cartoon.  Their mission is to “Unleash the Geek in YOU!”.  Steve talks about the decision to join BTR: “BlogTalkRadio has allowed us to grow beyond our current limitations. They know how to market podcasts, how to grow them, have connections with iTunes the rest of us only dream of, and can help us reach that next level.”

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Comic books haven’t been just for kids for a long time now, often dealing with much darker topic matter than just whether or not Superman could beat the Hulk in a fight.  Seth Everett brings you The Hall of Justice.  His mission is to delve deeper into the social impact of the stories being told by comic book creators like Scott Kolins and Giancarlo Volpe.

One of the reasons I was a big fan of the radio growing up was the ability to tell stories and let my imagination play in the theater of the mind. Dopple Avenue Hurt, is a podcast featuring original fictional stories that is brilliantly produced by the guys at Sharkdropper Studios.  Jonathan, John, Nick, Robert, and Kyle all met in January of 2014 to discuss the vision and direction of the Sharkdropper production studio. Now, they are writing, editing, acting in, or hosting 10 different fiction / non-fiction podcasts.  Kyle says about joining BlogTalkRadio: “It can be hard to find your niche out there when there is so much content. We believe BlogTalkRadio will help us stand out in the crowd.”

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Those are some of my favorite geeky shows.  Tweet @therealpodvader or @blogtalkradio some of your favorites.  Have a geek-tastic summer!  (Yes, I just typed that…)

Welcome Aboard Manero!

As BlogTalkRadio continues on the mission to bring quality, listener-focused podcasts to wider audiences, we are pleased to welcome the voices at Manero, an UrbanDaddy property, to the podcast medium.

Manero.com is a lifestyle website and newsletter with a focus on Latino culture.  They cover many aspects of pop culture – music, books, TV, film, style, sports, gadgets and food.  

Jose Simian, Executive Editor at Manero.com and host of the program says, “I had been considering a podcast, but Andy Toh’s (GM at BlogTalkRadio) enthusiasm sold me on it. I love that the Pro Studio allows us to produce live shows – which I hope we’ll do in the future – and the ability to promote the show using the power of BlogTalkRadio’s network.”

Check out this episode:

Check Out Pop Culture Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Manero on BlogTalkRadio
 

Welcome to the mic, Manero!

It’s March Madness with BlogTalkRadio and the Pac-12 Conference

BlogTalkRadio is excited to announce the arrival of the Pac-12 Conference to our podcast community.  The Pac-12 produces two podcasts focusing on the football and basketball seasons.  They are hosted by Mike Yam and feature analysts Kevin O’Neill and Rick Neuheisel.

“It’s exciting to have the most competitive conference in college sports join BlogTalkRadio.  College fans are passionate about their teams and we’re passionate about podcasts. Merging the two just makes sense,” said Jay Soderberg, Head of Content for BlogTalkRadio.

BlogTalkRadio has made great strides in expanding it’s sports coverage as the Pac-12 Network will join SNY, SB Nation, and the Fantasy Sports Trade Association award winning Fantasy Sports Channel.  

BlogTalkRadio will distribute, market and sell advertising for the Pac-12 podcasts.  New shows can be heard weekly at www.blogtalkradio.com and www.pac-12.com.  Sponsors interested in advertising, please email advertising@blogtalkradio.com

About BlogTalkRadio

BlogTalkRadio helps podcasters thrive and profit from their content. Founded in 2006, the pioneering BlogTalkRadio platform is a unified toolkit that helps podcasters record, stream live or on demand, syndicate, measure and monetize conversational format podcasts featuring guests and listeners from any geographic location, with nothing more than a laptop, a microphone and a broadband internet connection.

 

Pod Vader’s Podcast Awards Ballot

Congratulations!  The nominations for the 10th Annual Podcast Awards were announced and you can see the full list at www.PodcastAwards.com.  There are a few shows I’m proud to highlight here that are featured on BlogTalkRadio.  I’m also going to share the rest of my voting ballot, much like I shared my nomination ballot.  Here we go.

Nominated in the Business category is Freakonomics.  The show is hosted by Stephen Dubner and entices listeners to “prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.”  This show has been featured on BlogTalkRadio since 2010 and happy to vote for them to win a Podcast Award.  

Success Freaks is nominated in the General category.  A newcomer to BlogTalkRadio, Charles McFall and R. Mordant Mahon help others to be awesome.  They are multiple time nominees for the Podcast Awards, having a presence with one show or another for 6 straight years.  We should let them know, they’re awesome with a Podcast Award.  

The Thinking Atheist is nominated in the Religion category.  While it may seem like an oxymoron, it is not the only podcast tackling the subject of atheism in the Religion category. Seth Andrews hosts the show and just recently celebrated episode 200 on BlogTalkRadio.  

The Sports category features a nomination for Fantasy Baseball from Prospect361.com.  Rich Wilson is joined by legendary expert, Tim McLeod, to provide listeners with phenomenal fantasy insights.  They have tough competition including my old show, the ESPN Fantasy Focus: Football podcast.

As BlogTalkRadio continues to evolve and provide content creators better tools like the HD Pro Studio, we hope to see more of our listener focused shows recognized for their ability to entertain, educate and inspire their audiences. Now here’s the rest of my Podcast Awards ballot.  You can vote every day at www.PodcastAwards.com until March 18th.  

People’s Choice:  My old show, ESPN Fantasy Focus: Football is nominated in this category and I would be humbly grateful for your vote.  I did work on it for 10 of the 12 months in 2014.  I think most people are going to vote for Serial, the podcast that changed the world.  If I’m not going to vote for myself though, then my vote goes to my buddy Rob Cesternino and Rob Has A Podcast. He won the Best Produced last year and still has a fantastic show.  So glad to see his show doing so well.

Best Produced: I mentioned in my nominations blogpost that they should rename this award to the Radiolab Award.  No show comes close to this one in production value.  

Comedy:  Some big shows in this category Adam Carolla, Marc Maron, Comedy Bang Bang.  My vote goes to The Morning Stream with Scott Johnson and the Frogpants Studio gang.

Cultural/Arts: This American Life. Nuff said.

Education: Grammar Girl. Like, nothing is more important and stuff than gooder grammar.

Entertainment: Here’s my buddy Rob again who Has A Podcast.

Food and Drink: Dining with Doug and Karen.  Somehow Doug Loves Movies got left off the ballot this year.  I’ll vote for Doug Benson here.

Gaming: Gamertag Radio has been around for a long time and the excellent quality of their content shows like a true veteran player in the field.  

Health and Fitness: Mental Illness Happy Hour is a great show that provides a great service.

Movies/Film:  I love Film Sack.  One of my favorite podcasts that I always make time to listen to.

Podsafe: Another category that I mentioned in my nomination blog that should be renamed for Coverville.  

Politics/News: The Greatest Podcast in the Universe is No Agenda with Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak.

Science: Radiolab is the Best Produced so it’s the best in Science.

Technology: This Week in Tech – Leo Laporte is one of the originals.

Travel: Fittingly the final category is another one that should be renamed for the show that has won it numerous times, WDW Radio.