BlogTalkRadio Is ‘A Great Place to Develop Talent,’ Says Phil Boyce, Talk Radio Network’s President of Programming

We’ve known for some time now that BlogTalkRadio is the place for talk-show hosts aspiring to hit the big time.

After all, in the past year alone we’ve seen our own Rodney Perry get snatched up by Mo’Nique as co-host of her red-hot BET show; we’ve seen VH1 cast our own Tionna Smalls opposite Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in What Chilli Wants; and we’ve seen our own Kevin Ross partner with Byron Allen‘s Entertainment Studios on the recently-launched America’s Court with Judge Ross.

CAPTION: "I wanna find the next Sean Hannity or Mark Levin, or the next Laura Ingraham," Phil (above) tells us of sampling BlogTalkRadio shows.

"I wanna find the next Sean Hannity or Mark Levin or Laura Ingraham," Phil (above) tells us of sampling BlogTalkRadio shows.

Still, it’s always nice to hear that sentiment echoed by an industry heavyweight, particularly one like Phil Boyce.

During his 14-year tenure at New York’s WABC-AM—America’s leading talk-radio station—Phil recruited Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, and later helped syndicate both hosts, who in turn became talk superstars.

And for the past two years, as president of programming and syndication for Talk Radio Network, he’s been even busier developing new and coaching top talent. Among TRN’s roster of A-list hosts are Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, Mancow Muller and Jerry Doyle.

Interviewed on WIN Without Competing, Phil has no shortage of advice for BlogTalkRadio hosts looking to take their games to the next level.

“My advice to them would be make your show as legitimate and as professional as possible,” he tells host Arlene Barro.

“Imagine in your mind that you’re on WABC. Don’t think about the fact that you’re on the Internet-or maybe you don’t have the audience they have.

“Be as professional as you can be and create a show that’s a ‘destination’ program. One that people can’t turn off. One that people will seek out and find,” he continues.

Big-time BTR alumni (l-r): Rodney, Tionna and Kevin.

Big-time BTR alumni (l-r): Rodney, Tionna and Kevin.

“And you know what? One of these days, you never know, somebody may come to WABC from that realm. I’m certainly willing to consider that there could be a host there that might stand out. Why not?

“You know, radio has destroyed its own farm team. We used to be able to develop talk-show hosts in smaller markets. But smaller markets have not been able to come up with the money to hire people anymore.

“There are still some out there, and I’m looking all the time,” Phil adds of BTR.

“I think it’s a great place to develop talent.”

Click here to hear Phil Boyce’s full interview.

Click here to read more about Tionna Smalls and Chilli on What Chilli Wants.

Click here to read about Kevin Ross on America’s Court with Judge Ross.

Click here to read about Rodney Perry and Mo’Nique on The Mo’Nique Show.

2 thoughts on “BlogTalkRadio Is ‘A Great Place to Develop Talent,’ Says Phil Boyce, Talk Radio Network’s President of Programming

  1. ReTina Broussard

    Hey Phil, ReTina Brousaard here, Host of Your VIEW on LIFE raising her hand! :) I’ve been on the network a year this week. It’s been an amazing experience and I think we’ve done pretty good overall! Very encouraging article, thanks for sharing!

    Best, ReTina

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