I want to wish the entire BlogTalkRadio family a happy and healthy New Year. When I say “family,” I’m referring to our terrific staff, dedicated hosts, private-network customers and, of course, fast-expanding community of listeners.
This is the third year-end post for me – and I’m thrilled to be at it again. 2008 was such an incredible year, during which we, as a community, achieved so many things.
Since our launch in the fall of 2006, we have produced close to 200,000 episodes. Last month alone, we broadcast more than 16,000 episodes by more than 5,000 individual hosts. That same month, BlogTalkRadio shows were downloaded or listened to live more than four million times.
Among our many highlights of 2008 was successfully raising capital in July, via investors led by The Kraft Group.
Our content, meanwhile, has continued to get better – and more newsworthy – with notable guests including Yoko Ono, Salman Rushdie, Kirk Douglas, Hillary Clinton and hundreds of others. For more on that front, be sure to download our two-hour Best of 2008 special.
We were pleased as well to provide South Asian communities throughout the globe with round-the-clock live reports on the tragic terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, as the crisis unfolded over Thanksgiving weekend.
Also in 2008, we launched our Branded Private Network service, whereby companies and organizations can use BlogTalkRadio technology to host their own radio networks. Clients to date include Woman’s Day magazine, the U.S. Department of Defense, Sun Microsystems, HarperCollins, and Hachette Book Group. And we have many more networks ready to launch in the New Year.
Finally, we’re very excited about the many enhancements and expansions coming in 2009. The year will start off with a bang as we launch our redesigned site on January 5. The entire staff has been working overtime this holiday season to bring the BlogTalkRadio community an enriched online experience.
Once again, I want to personally wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I look forward to 2009 as the conversation continues on BlogTalkRadio.
Founder and CEO