Category Archives: BlogTalkRadio

ESPN’s Award-Winning Podcast Producer,Jay Soderberg, Joins BlogTalkRadio as Head of Content

[New York, Monday November 17, 2014] BlogTalkRadio is on a new mission to help podcasters create engaging content and make money for their hard work. Jay Soderberg, a former leader of ESPN’s podcasting division, has joined the BlogTalkRadio management team and will take a leading role shaping the company’s content portfolio as its new Head of Content. Soderberg will be focused on cultivating and expanding BlogTalkRadio’s already large community of podcasters who collectively produce tens of thousands of hours of topical content each month.

“Podcasts are quickly becoming the audio content format of the future. I’m very excited about the opportunity to help shepherd this outstanding host community toward the exciting vision for podcasting that we are shaping at BlogTalkRadio” said Soderberg.

Jay, also known as Pod Vader, has 23 years of experience in the highest echelons of radio and podcast production. He launched and ran ESPN’s podcasting efforts for 8 years. His radio journey began at NPR and Christian Science Monitor Radio where he developed his expertise with the best-in-class processes for the editing and production of top-quality audio content. Applying these skills, he later became the mastermind behind many of ESPN’s most successful podcasts, including Fantasy Focus and Football Today. His six awards include podcasting’s highest honor, The People’s Choice Podcast Award, which he earned in 2009 and 2012.

“In our quest to find our Head of Content, we sought to find a leader with hands on knowledge of the craft, who intimately understands and identifies with the aspirations of podcasters, and sincerely cares about the success and wellbeing of this great community. I believe we’ve found the perfect fit with Pod Vader” said Andy Toh, GM and Chief Architect of BlogTalkRadio.

Bob Charish, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Founder Bob Charish added. “BlogTalkRadio was among the first platforms created for podcasters, and we a very excited to now be taking the company to the next level. We are extremely happy to welcome Jay and his long track record of successful podcasts to his name. I know that with Jay’s help our community will thrive.”

About BlogTalkRadio
BlogTalkRadio helps podcasters create, distribute and profit from their content. Founded in 2006, the BlogTalkRadio platform is a unified platform that enables the recording, live streaming, syndication, measurement and monetization of conversational format podcasts featuring guests and listeners from any geographic location, with nothing more than a laptop, a microphone and a broadband internet connection.

Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre of Obvious Child

FilmGordon Radio talks to Jenny Slate, star of the controversial new comedy Obvious Child. Slate has also appeared in Parks and Recreation and Bobs Burgers, as well as director Gillian Robespierre.

Of the movie, which focuses on abortion, they say that they “wanted to show a really funny, relatable leading lady on the big screen… we wanted somebody in a romantic comedy to be actually funny, empathetic, honest, to look and feel like yourself… it’s seeking authenticity in a character.”

Listen to the full episode here.

Filmmaker David Worth

David Worth, director of such movies as Kickboxer and Bloodsport, talks with Betty Jo Tucker about his new books Milestones in Cinema: 50 Visionary Films & Filmmakers and Zen & the Art of Independent Filmmaking: A Cautionary Tale.

Worth says that the books were inspired by “these were films and filmmakers that influenced me when I was growing up… thinking outside the box and doing things that were far outside the norm at the times they were working,” citing Citizen Kane, Intolerance, and Battleship Potemkin as touchstones that he would like to talk about to “the younger filmmakers.”

Listen to the full episode here.

The best movies of 2014 so far

Cinema Royale lists their favorite movies of the year so far. The first they discuss is Veronica Mars, saying that it “was really clever and really smart… had a really good ensemble class, a mixture of the youthful and the noir.” They also note how it successfully stood apart from the TV show.

Also listed is The Signal, calling it “a film that kind of stays with you… it gave me some deja vu of District 9.”

Listen to the full episode here.

New Transformers underwhelms

Move Geeks United talks about Michael Bay’s new Transformers: Age of Extinction. As the critics say, “never is the divide between critics and audiences more apparent than when a Transformers movie comes out. This is definitely the worst-reviewed movie of the year and also the highest-grossing.”

They admit that Bay “knows how to assemble striking images” but criticize him for being “a salesman” who sacrifices emotion and humanity in favor of advertisement and product placement. There are also some more direct indictments: “How do you have all that [budget] at your disposal,” they ask, “and make something this boring?”

Listen to the full episode here.

MC Jin

Eddie Huang talks to emcee Jin, who made his name on BET’s 106 & Park participating in Freestyle Fridays, wherein he won seven consecutive freestyle rap battles. Huang was a fan of the show in college.

Jin, although he’s been divorced from freestyle battling for a while, saying that he’s “still in tune in terms of following the sport.” He talks about 106 & Park and how important it was to battling, saying that, when he was active, “it was a completely different culture… everyone who was into that culture was like, yo, we gotta watch that.”

Listen to the full episode here.

Ice Cube interviewed

FilmGordon Radio talks to Ice Cube, known for his work in pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A. and solo acting and rapping careers. Ice Cube appears in the new comedy 22 Jump Street. He says that their goal was “to try to make a whole new movie that stands on its own… the mistake that some people make with sequels is to rely too much on the first movie… you don’t want that.” Of his character, a parodical police chief figure, Cube says that “he’s so cliche… over the top, what you’re used to seeing kind of taken to ten”.

Listen to the full episode here.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Reviewed

Cinema Royale talks about How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the 2010 Dreamworks animated movie. The movie stars Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler.

They say that the movie feels more grown-up than its predecessor, saying that “typical kiddie movie,” “the kids who watched that movie four years ago aren’t the same age; they’re all grown up, their tastes are more refined… they don’t want that same kind of kiddie slapstick comedy… it felt a little more mature.”

Listen to the full episode here.