Tallying Up 2009 on BlogTalkRadio

Going through the archives of 2009 on BlogTalkRadio and scanning the lists of guests is like taking a walk through history.

We have the biggest names in almost every sphere on the airwaves in the vault here, from Oscar-winning directors, to reality TV stars, to boyleOlympic athletes, to bestselling authors, and even the President of the United States.

Here are some of the most noteworthy moments on BlogTalkRadio this year:

On January 26th, Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire,  joined SAJA to talk about the film’s four Golden Globe wins and ten Academy Award nominations.  And we all know how that turned out.  Slumdog Millionaire went on to make history by winning eight out of ten including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Score and Song.  (The man behind Slumdog‘s music, A.R. Rahman, also chatted with SAJA in December of 2008.)maya

On February 18th, beloved poet and bestselling author Dr. Maya Angelou joined Judy Joy Jones to talk about her work, including her Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Roots, and how she became the second poet in history to recite her original work at the Presidential Inauguration.

On March 9th, Taylor Lautner, who stars in the Twilight saga as the hunky teen-turned-werewolf Jacob Black, chatted with Stardish Radio and fans from the set of New Moon in Vancouver.  The 90-minute special featuring Taylor was brought to us by Walmart, who along with Twilight’s studio, Summit Entertainment, engaged millions of fans online surrounding the March 21 DVD release of the film.

jimmyOn April 2nd, SNL comedian and newly-minted talk show host Jimmy Fallon talked about his gig replacing Conan O’Brien as host of NBC’s Late Night and his excessive perspiration problem with World Talk Live.  The hilarious interview was then picked up as a headline story on People.com entitled “Jimmy Fallon Has No Control Over His Glands.”

On May 8th, in an one-on-one exclusive interview, The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, joined the DoD’s Bloggers Roundtable in discussion with The Pentagon Channel‘s Liz Murray about military family issues.On May 30th, beloved Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, joined the Movie Geeks to discuss his newest film, Tetro, starring Vincent Gallo, and his legendary career.*Jul 12 - 00:05*

On August 19th, President Barack Obama joined 40 Minutes for Health Reform with religious leaders for a discussion of this critical issue and how it will impact our communities.

Bill Cosby started his own BlogTalkRadio show, in tandem with his Cinch channel, as part of his social media presence.  On October 19th, he broadcasted live from a virtual town hall meeting in NYC to promote his new hip hop and current issues album, Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of EmergencyOn Cinch, Cosby provides audio updates, musings, and anecdotes with followers and fans.

On December 8th, The FlyLady, Marla Cilley, celebrated ten years of FLYing with her community on her BlogTalkRadio show.  FlyBabies from around the world called in live to share their heartwarming testimonials and how FlyLady has impacted their lives over the years.

michelle1The number of entertaining and enlightening interviews on BlogTalkRadio in 2009 are staggering.  Here are just a sampling of the audio gems we offered this year: Senator Al Franken, Ralph Nader, Cloris Leachman, Candace Cameron and Dave Coulier, Billy Corgan, Tony Curtis, Jon Voight, Spike Lee, Julia Angwin, Bobby Shriver, George Soros, Dennis Rodman, Don King, Patrick Ewing, Isabel Allende, Wally Lamb, Paris Hilton, Perez Hilton, Jesse Jackson, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Carol Channing, Sherri Shepherd, Newt Gingrich, Billy Zane, Ray J, Carl Bernstein, Wayne Brady, Brett Ratner, Jon Lovitz, Stedman Graham, Gloria Allred, Montel Williams, Madeleine Albright, Joe Scarborough, Helen Thomas, Eddie Moneyvvibes

In addition, in 2009, companies and groups such as Allstate, Ford, PepsiCo, and Internet Evolution joined BlogTalkRadio for their branded live broadcasting and audio needs.

From a network perspective, this year was a big growth year for BlogTalkRadio. We have had 57,686,910 total listens to date and more than 30,000 hosts have conducted shows on BlogTalkRadio this year, which is up 130% from 2008. and since our launch in fall of 2006, we have hosted close to half a million shows.  Thanks to all our hosts, listeners, and fans!

What was your favorite moment on BlogTalkRadio in 2009?  Leave your answer in the comments and we may use some of the responses for an end-of-the-year blogpost.

12 thoughts on “Tallying Up 2009 on BlogTalkRadio

  1. MarQ

    Let me see…

    Seth Green, Crystal Gayle, Wayne Brady, and Eddie Money have all graced “Somewhere in Vegas” this past year, and that is just the short list. The Eddie Money interview made Page 6 of the New York Post.

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  3. Simon Applebaum

    Here’s some of my favorite moments hosting/producing Tomorrow Will Be Televised on BlogTalk Radio this year: Doing exclusive live interviews with Dancing With The Stars executive producer Conrad Green; Glee co-creator/executive producer Ian Brennan (live from Barcelona, Spain); Law & Order executive producer Rene Balcer and Project Runway executive producer Jane Cha. Having Law & Order Special Victims Unit executive producer Neal Baer answer call after call from listeners, so many that his segment had to be extended 10 minutes to accomodate all the calls. Introducing listeners to key executives from FX (president John Landgraf), Food Network (programming chief Bob Tuschman), The Outdoor Channel, The Documentary Channel and a variety of new video-on-demand and interactive TV services. Talking to such new talents as The League co-creators Jackie & Jeff Schaffer, or Emmy-winning So You Think You Can Dance costume designer Soyon An. Discussing the future of TV with executives from Yahoo, Intel, Cisco Systems, Vizio, Adobe Systems and Rovi. And most of all, connecting BlogTalk Radio listeners to the people behind where TV is at today and where it can be tomorrow, in the only forum of its kind anywhere on radio, TV or the Internet.
    Thank you all for making Tomorrow Will Be Televised a weekly BTR habit Mondays and Fridays at 3 p.m. ET/noon, PT. Stay tuned for an even greater 2010!

    Simon Applebaum
    Producer/Host, Tomorrow Will Be Televised

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  4. Herbie Felton

    My favorite moment of course was starting my very own show. I already have Jan. shows all booked and some of Feb. This is going to a big year for me and for blogtalkradio, so let us both keep up the great work. I also enjoy listening to the archives of some really great shows, the best I’ve heard so far was a show by BeverlyD. It was very informative and I listened mesmerized, it was great. She talked about DR. Yaffa Bey: Our story, preparing for our change and His-story.

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  5. Betty Jo Tucker

    Wow! What a great BTR year, Hilary. One of my favorite interviews on Movie Addict Headquarters was with the remarkable and legendary Debbie Reynolds, who’s still going strong!

    Thanks to you and to all the BTR folks for your wonderful help and support during 2009.

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  6. Judy Joy Jones Show

    Having my dreams come true by getting to share some of the most gifted minds on the planet with our new ‘Inter-Galactic” family! Thanks to all the brilliant people who work for BTR and helped me non-stop. Without your support, none of my shows would have been possible and a special thanks to Alan Levy who is a genius ahead of his time! Sending everyone roses, candy and everything their hearts desire for 2010. Reach for the Stars!
    Joy
    The Judy Joy Jones Show

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  7. Radio Free Nation

    Anything on the Olivia Wilder show, I Got My Reasons, Dr. Blogstein, Black Talk Radio, PPC, Wake Up Call, Black Acheivement USA and many others. The passing of friend and fellow host Brother X, we won’t forget you man. Having Al Franken on the show to listen to Fred’s song. Lot’s of great guests and shows. Thanks BTR!!

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  8. Tamara Walker "MomRN"

    There are so many wonderful people I had the opportunity to talk with and interview on the Ask MomRN Show, it is hard to pick a favorite one!
    Some of the well-known guests who were kind enough to grace our show were supermodel and designer Kathy Ireland, actress Ellen Bry, and Nancy O’Dell and Shaun Robinson (both of Access Hollywood). I enjoyed talking with all of them! I also had many other incredible guests and felt very blessed to have each one of them on the show.

    But do you want to know my absolute favorite part of hosting a show on BTR? Getting to talk with my listeners both on the air and in the chat room! That is the most fun and especially rewarding part of doing the Ask MomRN Show!

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  9. Nellie Jacobs

    Thank you BTR for creating this incredible network.

    I also want to honor every guest who put out incredible effort on my show this past year.

    On launching “Igniting Imagination with Nellie Jacobs” on Blogtalkradio in 2008, my intention was to provide a specific format that would be a forum for interaction and communication of creative ideas, resources and personal experiences.

    Featured are incredibly talented, multi-faceted individuals who have much to offer and might otherwise not have had the platform to share what they’ve learned with so vast an audience.

    Rather than turning to the media’s megastars for inspiration, these are ordinary ‘real’ people–very much like you and me–who work diligently, often overcoming considerable challenges, roadblocks and economic downturns to follow their passions and achieve their dreams.

    Each has inspired me as well as listeners worldwide in so many ways.

    So, thanks to all, and best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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  10. Miss Mo

    My most memorable BTR moments of 2009 were my radio show; The Miss Mo Show. I launched my show in September and by the 4th broadcast was able to land my first celebrity interview. Brian J. White graced my show with an interview and it was all uphill from there.

    2009 was an EXCELLENT year for The Miss Mo Show as I welcomed such notables as: American Idol’s Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, Actor Brian J. White, Stellar Award Nominee Lisa McClendon, Food Network’s Chef Aaron McCargo of Big Daddy’s House, Singer Niya, Rapper/Singer Canton Jones who debuted his new CD on the show, Latin Funk Band Salvador, Motivational Speaker /Author Van Waller and many, many, more!!!

    I am looking forward to 2010! Thanks BTR for creating such a wonderful platform!

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