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Cell Phones in Flight – Nirvana or Nightmare?

Most of us are familiar with being told to ‘turn off and stow away all portable electronic devices’ for take-off and landing. But that’s changing now – for better or for worse. Recently, the FAA lifted their ban on electronic devices, meaning that flyers could – potentially – use their gadgets from gate to gate.

In this month’s episode of Mobile Insights Radio with Steve Power Brown, Steve is joined by active airline pilot, air travel blogger and author Patrick Smith, and etiquette expert and former flight attendant Jacqueline Whitmore to discuss the pros and cons of the rule change that have greatly polarized the public and airline passengers. 

Click here to listen to the show.

BlogTalkRadio Today, June 10, 2009


Keep your laptops close and your headsets closer, online radio fans. Our assortment of guests today runs the gamut from comedians to actors to authors to television personalities. If you haven’t already looked into BlogTalkRadio’s mobile site, may I encourage you to do so? You’re not going to want to miss any of this! Check it out – all time ET.

  • Mr. Media celebrates ACME Theatre gay pride with comedian ANT of Last Comic Standing and actors Janina Gavankar of The L Word and Darryl Stephens. The fun and laughter begins this evening at 9:00.
  • Brown Suga Radio welcomes CeCe Penniston, multi Platinum recording artist and Phoenix native, to discuss her new album and future plans for her music career, tonight at 10:00.
  • Actress and author Mariel Hemingway joins The Ceslie Show to share some of the healthy, simple, and delicious recipes and advice for living green from her new book, Mariel’s Kitchen. Looking forward to that this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
  • BlogTalkRadio 101 welcomes hosts and listeners to learn new techniques for maximizing your BlogTalkRadio experience, this afternoon at 1:00.
  • Accomplished stand-up comedian and Emmy-nominated writer and producer Carol Leifer discusses her book, When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror, with Mr. Media.  Listen in this afternoon at 3:00.
  • Joan Baker, voice over actress and author joins marketing expert Rudy Gaskins to promote their brainchild, Voices Remember, a sensitive and uplifting Alzheimer research fundraiser, on The Brass Ovary this morning at 10:30.
  • Musician Russel Blake discusses his work, Silent Power and Quiet Strength, as well as the August debut of his new album, Fierce Solitude, with Nesheba this evening at 5:00.
  • The Final Word celebrates its one year anniversary with actress Melora Hardin of The Office and Monk, ESPN anchorman Mike Hill and sports analyst Peter Vecsey, with Jay Reelz and J.D. this evening at 8;00.
  • Ryan Kessman from MTV’s Bully Beat Down and Tyger from MTV’s 50 Cent: The Money and The Power welcome Like Dat, a contestant from Flavor of Love 2, to break down the world of entertainment, on Twin Towers Radio today at 7:00 p.m.
  • Bilaal Rajan, a twelve year old who has raised millions to help children in need, talks about his celebrated campaigns and his ambitious movement to inspire young people to take action to create a more peaceful world, on CWLA Radio this afternoon at 2:00.
  • Cindy Kauanui, entrepreneur and owner of Jet Set Models, discusses her company’s journey from a small production company in Kauai to one of the largest agency’s in the world, and what she looks for in potential models, with Susan Pascal this afternoon at 12:30.
  • Randal Pinkett, best known for winning Season 4 of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, discusses his book, The No Money Down CEO and how to start a business in this economy, with Linsey Knerl tonight at 9:00.

For a complete look at all of today’s BlogTalkRadio programming, please see our On Air Schedule. All BlogTalkRadio programs are available for download or on demand listening soon after the live broadcast.

BlogTalkRadio Welcomes Patricia Raskin

Patricia Raskin

Patricia Raskin

The ever-positive Patricia Raskin has thrown her hat into the online radio ring. Patricia’s Positive Living Network launched yesterday and airs Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

The Positive Living Network’s mission is to create personal success and harmony in the world and happiness. Every day for three hours, Patricia will talk to celebrity authors, positive living advocates and various experts in their fields. Adding icing to the cake, Patricia will keep phone lines open so listeners can call in to talk with her, her guest hosts and celebrity guests.

What's Up With the Weather?


I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but the East Coast has had more of its fair share of rain lately. We’ll have a day of beautiful, summery weather, followed by a week of rain, a pattern I can live without.The recent weather events have found me researching the contents of the BlogTalkRadio vault to see what kinds of weather related programming we had in our archives.  I was almost pleasantly surprised by the results. I say “almost” because it’s true, you really can find all kind of content at BlogTalkRadio!

  • Rockwood Wardrobing gave us the low down on summer essentials with their 2009 Warm Weather Must Haves show.
  • Live in the Tornado Belt? The Tornado Research show brings you all the latest tornado-related news.
  • This past March, Mr. Media interviewed Good Morning America Weatherman, Sam Champion.
  • The Weather Channels VP Programming, Tom Pratt visited with Tracy Swedlow last November.
  • The Pain Reliever featured a fascinating discussion regarding weather and chronic pain – are they related?
  • Ok, so it’s getting warmer now, but bookmark this one for the fall. Burnt Food Dude offered tips for cold-weather cooking.
  • Here’s another one to bookmark – The Lucky Dog show discussed cold weather care tips for our canine best friends.

Hope you enjoy all of our weather-related programming!

BlogTalkRadio Launches New Premium Content Package


by Alan Levy

BlogTalkRadio is pleased to announce the launch of two new premium service packages. These packages are designed to give hosts more enhanced features, including call screening, dialing out from the switchboard, being able to download, edit and replace episodes, and limited advertisements.

Hosts that sign up for premium services will receive this service free through July 1st, 2009, so make sure to upgrade your hosting account today to take advantage of this special offer.

Premium Host Package:

BlogTalkRadio’s Premium Host Package is offered in two payment plans: $39.95 per month or a discounted $399 per year.

Premium hosts enjoy the following service upgrades:

• Switchboard -Moderation: With the Switchboard Moderation feature, you and your team can now bring callers into a private room to screen the call from your switchboard. Add caller notes to decide whether or not to bring them on air.
• Switchboard -Outdial: The Switchboard Outdial feature allows free outbound calls to U.S. numbers and fee-based calls for International numbers, which means you can conference in your guests by simply dialing their number from your switchboard
Edit and Replace Episodes: Edit your archived episodes using your audio editing software, then upload to replace the original version.
• Click to Host: Host your show without a telephone. Using BlogTalkRadio’s internal VOIP system, you can host your show with a headset and your computer.
• Upload Podcasts as Episodes: Upload pre-recorded podcasts right to your Show Page without having to schedule an episode.
• 2,500 promotional widgets/month: Your show will be placed on the BlogTalkRadio widget which is visible throughout our site, helping you to drive traffic to your Show and Episode Pages and build your listener-base. A sample promotional widget is displayed to the right.
• Extended show length: As a Premium host, you can schedule your show for up to 3-hours.

Sign Up to be a Premium Host

Premium Plus Host Package

Our Premium Plus package offers all features listed above, with the addition of the features listed below. BlogTalkRadio’s Premium Host Package is offered in two payment plans: $99 /per month or $999/ per year.

• Limited advertisements: As a Premium Plus host, your Show and Episode pages will be free of audio and video ads and will only include banner ads.
• 5,000 promotional widgets/month: Your show will be placed on the BlogTalkRadio widget which is visible throughout our site, helping you to drive traffic to your Show and Episode Pages and build your listener-base. A sample promotional widget is displayed to the right.
• Priority Support: Our Support Desk is open from 9am EST-11pm EST to assist our Premium Plus Hosts for the quickest resolution of any questions.

Sign Up to be a Premium Plus Host

Same Benefits for Free Basic Host Services Users

Hosts who prefer to use our free service can rest assured they will receive the same features that they currently use.

How to Upgrade

To upgrade your host account, login to your BlogTalkRadio account, go to ‘My BlogTalkRadio,’ and in the ‘My Account’ tab, click on ‘Become a Premium Host.’

You can then review the features included in each package and select the package that best matches your needs. If you have any questions, we invite you to watch our screencast tutorials located in your ‘My BlogTalkRadio’ portal and the BlogTalkRadio Learning Center. These tutorials show you how to upgrade to Premium and provide you with an overview of the features that Premium includes. Please contact our support team at if you need any further assistance, and we will be glad to assist you.

Need a Twilight Fix? Look No Further!

The Cast of Twilight

The Cast of Twilight

“New Moon, the sequel to the blockbuster flick, Twilight, isn’t due to hit the theaters until November. Sure, you have your books and the Twilight DVD to keep you busy until then, but is it enough?

Not to worry, vampire fans. BlogTalkRadio has your fix. Check out our Twilight related programming:

  • Twilight Werewolf Taylor Lautner may have had a small part to play in the first Twilight movie, but as most fans know. his job is about to get more important and he’ll be front and center for the rest of the series. Taylor dropped by Stardish Radio to talk about Twilight and the upcoming sequel New Moon.
  • Fire and Ice is a  fan-driven radio show discussing all things Twilight. Check it out!
  • Marcus Foster who penned the song “Let Me Sign” for the Twilight, which was sung none other than star Robert Pattison, visited with Vamp Radio to talk about his Twilight experience.
  • Solomon Trimble who will play head Werewolf, Sam Uley in “New Moon”, visited with Olivia Wilder in February.
  • Kelsie, one of our newer BlogTalkRadio hosts, discusses both Harry Potter and Twilight.
  • Daniel Cudmore, who plays Volturi Guard member Felix, showed up during Vamp Radio’s Twilight Hour to discuss his role in “New Moon.”
  • Justin Chon played the effervescent Eric Yorkie in Twilight. He also visited with Olivia Wilder to discuss his experiences both on and off screen.

Stay tuned to BlogTalkRadio for more interviews with the cast and crew of the Twilight series!

Bittersweet: Dangerous Lee's Last BlogTalkRadio Show

Dangerous Lee

When I began working for BlogTalkRadio last year, one of the first happy anniversary posts I wrote was for Dangerous Lee. Now, almost exactly  a year later, I’m writing about Dangerous Lee again, only this time it’s bittersweet. Dangerous Lee is taking a hiatus from hosting her own BlogTalkRadio show. Tonight at 8:00, she offers her swan song.

As a writer, no one understands Dangerous Lee’s reason for leaving more than me. Writing is her passion too and she’s taking some time for herself and for her writing. “I suppose it’s been a long time coming.” She told me. “I have done the show for two straight years without a break and quite frankly I need one. I love writing. It’s my passion. And, after trying to get noticed by publishers without any luck it’s time for me to take control and make it happen for myself.” Honey, I hear that. Though she’s vague with the details, Dangerous Lee tells us she is writing a book filled with fictional short stories.

Dangerous Lee has many fond memories of her two years as weekly radio host for BlogTalkRadio and it’s hard for her to pinpoint a favorite moment. “Oh wow! There are so many.” She responded after I asked her to nail down a memory. “I can’t think of any that stick out more than others. It’s been a crazy ride with lots of twists and turns. I’ve had a ball!”

Though it’s sad that we won’t be listening to the Dangerous Lee show every Friday night, you can be assured she’ll still be around. “I will still be a part of The Radio Happy Hour every Tuesday night at 9pm. It’s the #1 comedy show on the network. I’d be a fool to leave Dr. Blogstein and Vinny all alone.” We agree. Some folks need a little supervision.

When asked if she had any final words for her listeners and the BlogTalkRadio community Dangerous Lee responded,”Thanks for listening. Thanks for the love and the support. I’ll miss you!”

We’re going to miss you too!

BlogTalkRadio Today: May 29, 2009

Kim Kardashian

BlogTalkRadio continues to bring you the best in quality programming. Check out today’s highlights (all times EDT)

  • Woman’s Day Magazine style editors get the dish from TV star, model, and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian about her new shoe website, on Radio WD today at noon.
  • Diedra “Dee Dee” Roper, a.k.a. DJ Spinderella from Grammy-winning hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, dishes about her fabulous career, including how it felt to be part of the first female rap act ever to go gold or platinum, tonight at 9:00 on MuthaKnows.
  • Sci-Fi Pulse presents an interview with actor Nick Tate, Alan Carter from Space: 1999, where he shares anecdotes on his long, fascinating acting career, tonight at 6:00.
  • Model and actress Jennifer Gimenez discusses how she has overcome many obstacles during her journey through addiction and recovery on Random Talk Radio tonight at 10:00.
  • Veteran soap journalist Connie Passalacqua Hayman comes to Brandon’s Buzz tonight at 11:30.

Enjoy all of today’s BlogTalkRadio programming.