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BlogTalkRadio Host Tavis Smiley Announces $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge

Tavis SmileyAs you may know, talented PBS broadcaster is now heading up The Tavis Smiley Network on BlogTalkRadio, in addition to hosting Tavis Talks every weekday at 4PM ET. 

Tavis announced today that, in partnership with the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, he will be launching a $75,000 TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge to help address three key issues our society is facing today: hunger, education and sustainability.  The 3 winners will be awarded $25,000 each and announced on The Tavis Smiley Network on BlogTalkRadio in early January 2014! Be sure to follow Tavis Talks to get more info and hear that special broadcast.

With this challenge, Tavis hopes to motivate aspiring entrepreneurs to develop feasible solutions for these areas of need and bring positive change to communities across America:

“Solutions to the many daunting problems facing the United States and the global community will come from a diversity of thinking in the areas of science, engineering and technology,” says Smiley. “I can think of no better way to invest in our collective well being than to invest in the minds of the future.”

Applications are due October 13th, 2013. For more information on the challenge and how to submit go to or follow the hashtag #socialinnovator on Twitter.

Congrats to host Tavis Smiley for launching such an impactful challenge!

How To Write The Perfect Episode Title


When scheduling an episode, it’s very easy to overlook writing an effective title, especially if you have re-occurring episodes. Think of it from your listener’s perspective – Would you listen to an episode with a generic title that tells you nothing about its content? It’s overwhelming for a listener to see a show page full of the same episode titles or worse yet episode titles that are just the name of your show!  Make it easier on your listeners and correctly label each of your episodes so they can find what they are looking for more easily.

For instance, if you are interviewing a particular guest like Maya Angelou, who has been on our network a few times, you would write a title like this: Maya Angelou, Esteemed Poet & Author. Take a look at the titles from our branded show, Storytellers presented by BlogTalkRadio to get a feel of how this works:

Taking time to craft an episode title that reflects the topic you are discussing or the guest you are interviewing is extremely important for attracting listeners that are searching for related content.  On BlogTalkRadio University, we interviewed Jennifer Shaheen, AKA ‘The Technology Therapist’ and SEO (search engine optimization) expert to give you a few easy tips on writing the perfect episode title and general SEO best practices when scheduling your show. Take a listen and follow Jennifer’s SEO tips to get your show more exposure and listeners!

Remember, if you have a re-occurring show, make sure to edit the title of your show each time you broadcast with the right information & don’t forget to fill in keywords that also match up with your content and align with your episode title. It will make all the difference!

If you’re hungry for more info on SEO, check out these other articles from our blog on the topic:


What’s New on BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Healthy Vision with Dr. Val JonesThe July 4th holiday weekend is around the corner, with millions of Americans making plans to celebrate the country’s independence with outdoor fun, including barbeques, lawn games or a day at the beach. While you’re planning your weekend, make sure to plan for protecting the entire family from the sun. The same harmful rays that can harm your skin can also affect the health of your eyes. Learn more by tuning into Healthy Women™ with Dr. Val Jones. Tune in here.

Tavis-277x180 (1)Listen to the premiere of the Tavis Smiley Network’s new show, “Tavis Talks.”  Heralding Tavis’ return to LIVE, call-in radio, “Tavis Talks” will offer up-to-the-minute news and conversation with celebrities and thought leaders in politics, entertainment, business, tech, spirituality and cultural affairs. On his first episode, Tavis discusses the Supreme Court ruling on the Texas affirmative action case. Tune in here.

Frank Fontana of The Down and DirtyOn Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, meet returning guest Cara Carriveau, radio personality at Chicago’s Rewind 100.3, and host of the awesome Cara’s Basement podcast. She’s got stories from interviewing some legendary rockers, and is also quite the DIYer around her house and garden. During the Craftsmanship segment, hear from Arden Reed co-founder Carlos Solorio. He’s crossing the country with the Tailor Truck — the first mobile tailor truck equipped with a 3D scanner that will make you the best dressed man in the room.  You’ll also hear from Bleacher Report sportswriter Alex Bacon about the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Tune in here.

Introducing the Tavis Smiley Network on BlogTalkRadio


We’re pleased to announce that celebrated public-radio broadcaster and PBS host Tavis Smiley has joined BlogTalkRadio! Today marks the debut of the Tavis Smiley Network, or TSN, a network of programs developed exclusively for BlogTalkRadio. TSN is anchored by “Tavis Talks,” a daily twenty-minute program hosted by Smiley which premieres today at 4PM ET, and features an all-star lineup of expert hosts and personalities hand-picked by Tavis himself.


“Tavis Talks,” heralding Tavis’ return to LIVE, call-in radio, will offer up-to-the-minute news and conversation with celebrities and thought leaders in politics, entertainment, business, tech, spirituality and cultural affairs. In addition, TSN will feature new shows by hosts focusing on relationships and advice (Rolonda Watts), diet and lifestyle (Robert Ferguson), social media in business, sports, and entertainment (Beverly Macy), the news media (John Daly), America’s growing responsible fatherhood movement and the importance of mentoring (Kenneth Braswell), politics and pop culture (Stephanie Robinson) and humor (Rick Najera). Other shows will be announced and added to the line-up in the coming weeks.

If you’re interested in Smart talk. Online, check below for the full TSN Schedule and be sure to follow these shows to get notified of upcoming broadcasts! You can read more about the launch of the network in The New York Times here!

TSN Schedule

BlogTalkRadio Today: Celebrating Juneteenth 2013 | 06.19.13

celebrating juneteentH: Emancipation day

by Now That I Know It in HISTORY

Happy Juneteenth! Freedom Day/Emancipation Day is a holiday in 42 states, marking the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. Tune in for a warm celebration.

The heat is on: Miami forces a must-see game 7

by Nice Guy Sports Talk in SPORTS

Ray Allen‘s clutch 3 sent the Heat-Spurs game into OT, and we’ve got a Game 7! Recap the thrills with the crudely honest Joe Burke, plus hear the state of the league and the big trade winds blowing through it.

A conversation with ‘Internship’ actor Bruno Amato

by theconversationshow in CURRENT EVENTS

Known for TV’s Anger Management and Sons of Anarchy, actor Bruno Amato talks with Cyrus Webb about his current film, The Internship, and what’s next.

Rain pryor Chats about her new play & Her famous dad

by Take 2 Radio in ENTERTAINMENT

Director, actor and a stand-up comic in her own right, Rain Pryor chats about her new award-winning solo show, Fried Chicken & Latkes, and growing up Jewish, black and daughter to the iconic Richard Pryor.

book club review: Daytime TV’s gloria loring & singer billy Frank

by World Footprints in TRAVEL

Travel through the lives of 2 celebs: Days of Our Lives star Gloria Loring shares her tumultuous journey, including parenting R&B star Robin Thicke, and British songwriter Billy Franks puts his life on display.

What’s New On BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Healthy Vision with Dr. Val JonesYou can see a sunburn on your skin, but what about your eyes? Short-term damage is hard to notice, but over the long-term, the sun can cause irreversible harm. Just as you protect your skin with sunscreen, there are ways to protect your eyes too. Tune into Healthy Women™ with Dr. Val Jones to hear tips and recommendations from optometrist Dr. Stephen Cohen and dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie. Tune in here.

Frank Fontana of The Down and Dirty

On Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, meet comedian/actor/writer Moshe Kasher. You’ve seen his name as a writer for a number of different sitcoms, and he’s also the co-host of The Champs podcast. He’s always on tour, and this weekend he’s appearing at the TBS Just for Laughs Chicago festival. During the Craftsmanship segment, Frank chats with Endless Games co-founder Brian Turtle. Who knows better how to craft a great game than the guy who co-created the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon phenomenon? Tune in here.

Women's Business Talk Radio NetworkEverywhere you look people are talking about cleansing, especially this time of year since spring is the perfect time to detoxify and refresh our bodies. The question is how do you do it? Anna Forkan and Kristen Overlock, owners of Revitalive Café in Newburyport, MA ( demystify this popular trend. With degrees in nutrition and years of hands-on as well as personal experience, they will walk you through the process. Tune in to The Women’s Business Talk Radio Network.

BlogTalkRadio Today: A Middle-Aged Babe Magnet’s Dating Tips | 06.18.13

modern-day dating tips from a ‘middle-Aged Babe Magnet’

by The Life’s Dash with Michele Mattia in ROMANCE

Are men still expected to ask women out? What’s all the fuss about online dating? If you’re ready to jump back into the dating world, get the male perspective on finding love from Chad Stone, author of Confessions of a Middle-Aged Babe Magnet.

Fantasia’s mom walks into tasiaville …

by Tasiaville in MUSIC

On the only online radio station dedicated to American Idol Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino, hear the R&B singer’s mom, evangelist Diane Barrino-Barber, talk about her incredible daughter and her faith.

Golf Pros recap the 2013 U.S. OpeN

by CO Golf Show in SPORTS

Veteran sports and golf writer Greg Crawford and PGA Tour Champ David Ogrin recap the U.S. Open, including a storied win for Englishman Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson‘s near-win heartbreak. 

Your child’s success can be determined by more than test scores

by amyalkon in PSYCHOLOGY

Get inspired by cognitive psychologist and author of Ungifted: Intelligence RedefinedDr. Scott Barry Kaufman, who lays out why intelligence tests are far too limiting in determining a student’s true potential.

after the voice: Next moves for Amber & Sasha

by Film Festival Radio in ENTERTAINMENT

Fans are still in shock over Amber Carrington (Team Adam) and Sasha Allen (Team Shakira) being eliminated from NBC’s hit show The Voice, but find out what’s next for these talented singers.

BlogTalkRadio Today: Lil Mama Takes on TLC’s Left Eye | 06.17.13

Rapper lil mama on Playing Left Eye in upcoming TLC doc

by Hampton Blu Radio in ENTERTAINMENT

Actress, rapper, speaker and entrepreneur Lil Mama chats about her career and her upcoming role as Left Eye in Crazy Sexy Cool, VH1’s upcoming TLC biopic.

High-tech talk with steve gonsalves of ‘ghost hunters’

by America’s Most Haunted in PARANORMAL

Ghost Hunters veteran Steve Gonsalves is technology manager and lead evidence analyst of The Atlantic Paranormal Society. Hear him talk about the show and the latest ghost-hunting equipment.

Get Wedding day DJ advice in less than 10 minutes

by World Kitchen in WOMEN

We’re halfway through the year’s most popular wedding month! If you’re in need of music help, learn tips like what to give your DJ, including lists of must-play songs, play-if-you-can songs and don’t-play songs. 

Surviving cancer: There’s an app for that?

by Stupid Cancer Show in HEALTH

As advances in cancer rely more on high-tech solutions, new advantages arise for those living with and managing cancer. Guests include MedStartr CEO Alex Fair and Health 2.0 SVP Jean-Luc Neptune.

Big Blend Radio stirs up summer: gardening tips & Recipes

by Big Blend Radio in FAMILY

Whether you’re looking to perfect your summer vegetable garden or container garden, get tips from the best. Plus, recipes from The Organic Gardeners Cookbook and many more guests!