Author Archives: Jay Soderberg

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.”

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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

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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.

SoundBits: Mr. Media, Uncensored (and Hopped up on Dr. Pepper)

In this week’s edition of SoundBits, our weekly feature that spotlights compelling BlogTalkRadio talent, we sit down with Bob Andelman. For more than 20 years, the Mr. Media Interviews host, who hails from St. Petersburg, Fla., has been living up to his moniker. The notable figures he has captured on tape in recent months alone include Kirk Douglas, Billy Bob Thornton and Ally Sheedy. But now it’s Bob’s turn to answer our burning questions.

That’s Mr. Media MAVEN to you.

BlogTalkRadio's own Bob Andelman: That’s Mr. Media MAVEN to you.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your BlogTalkRadio show – why should listeners tune in?

Mr. Media Interviews is all about celebrities and media news- makers making conversation, having a few laughs (usually at my expense) and promoting their latest projects. If it’s not fun, it’s usually over quickly.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

I coach girl’s soccer at my daughter’s middle school. And I almost always drink Dr. Pepper during my show.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

There’s no single person. When I was a teen in the ’70s, I listened to Cousin Brucie on WABC 77 AM and Wolfman Jack on WNBC 66 AM, both in New York. Today, I can’t get through the day without a few minutes of Howard Stern on Sirius.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

My late grandfather, Sam Kaplan. We had so little time together and I’ve got so many, many things I’d like to discuss with him.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

My new Florida Gators sweatshirt.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

I interviewed raunchy comedian Lisa Lampanelli while on a break at a religious planners conference that I was covering on assignment for a magazine. The people around me could only hear my end of the con- versation, which was uncharacteristically subdued. Lisa, on the other hand, was letting loose four- and twelve-letter curse words like she was handing out candy at Halloween. The dichotomy was pretty funny.

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SoundBits: ‘We WILL Make You Laugh,’ Says ‘Fruit Salad’ Host Pauly

SoundBits, our weekly Q&A with BlogTalkRadio hosts, is back. So hold onto your apples, because today we’re spotlighting the ever-flamboyant Pauly of Fruit Salad (and cyberspace!) fame. Pauly, who hails from Los Angeles, has welcomed a wide variety of top show-biz names, ranging from Olivia Newton-John to Florence Henderson. But now it’s his turn in the hot seat.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your BlogTalkRadio show – why should listeners tune in?

Fruit Salad is, first and foremost, a lot of fun. It’s always classified as “gay,” because I am gay.  But it isn’t necessarily a gay show. We have amazing guests, and we aren’t afraid to ask crazy questions. Plus, we will make you laugh.
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Pauly (right) backstage last year with one of his favorite guests, funny lady Margaret Cho.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

I’m older then they usually think. And I’m a serious homebody.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

As most people would say,  Howard Stern. Howard paved the way for my gener- ation to cross boundaries in media and have a no-holds-barred approach to interviewing, which I try to do.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

Madonna, to ask her questions that haven’t been asked before. And, of course, because I’m a huge fan. I’ve been very lucky with my wish list so far, so let’s hope that continues!

As we speak, what are you wearing?

A t-shirt and shorts with socks. Always socks.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

As it has been widely reported, I cried during an interview. And I’ll do it again – guaranteed – if I book Madonna!
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