Bob Andelman, aka Mr. Media
BlogTalkRadio would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Mr. Media
host Bob Andelman
, who recently reported the 50,000th download of his BlogTalkRadio radio show. In fact, by the time this is posted, he’ll be well on his way to 60,000 downloads. In light of this milestone, we felt a host Q&A was in order. Thanks, Bob, for taking the time out to answer our questions.
BlogTalkRadio: To what do you attribute your show’s success?
Mr. Media: I think I bring two simple ingredients to every Mr. Media interview: curiosity and humor. The show attracts some pretty good guests and I’m interested, first, in what they have to say. I try to figure out what they find so interesting in what they do and go from there. But it’s also important that the show be entertaining, so I’m always interested in finding a laugh in every conversation, too.
As a long-time journalist, I think that training and experience helps, too. I’ve been in many jams doing interviews and there is always a way out!
BlogTalkRadio: How do you book your guests?
Mr. Media: For the first year, 2007, I had to beg, borrow or steal guests because the show’s visibility wasn’t high. I have made a lot of good friends in the business over the years, however, and I started by inviting them to talk about their latest books, TV shows or movies. Many have had good experiences on the show and have recommended it to friends (and publicists!). Today, “Mr. Media” is listed in many directories that media publicists look to for placing interviews, so booking better guests is getting easier.
BlogTalkRadio: Who were your favorite guests?
Mr. Media: That’s a tough question! Among actors, Cheryl Hines and Jeff Garlin, who co-star with Larry David on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” were delightful and funny. Michele Borth, who starred on HBO’s “Tell Me You Love Me,” was sexy, sweet and charming. Billy Bob Thornton was disarmingly easy to talk to. And Robert Wuhl (”Arli$$”) was a personal thrill because “Hollywood Knights” is one of my favorite movies of all time. That said, interviewing authors, artists and editors is a special thrill because I think of myself as being in that arm of the business. Talking with Carey Winfrey, editor of Smithsonian magazine, for example, was challenging. And questioning Chip Rowe — the Playboy magazine advisor — was late night, R-rated fun.
BlogTalkRadio: Do you have any tips for other BlogTalkRadio hosts regarding promotion and bringing in listeners?
Mr. Media: I tried an email newsletter and received nothing but grief for it, so don’t do that! The best results to date have been word-of-mouth, links on blogs and web sites, and social networks such as Facebook. Twitter is another great tool; I use TwitterFeed.com to capture my BlogTalkRadio.com RSS feed and immediately (and automatically) get word out about new shows.
BlogTalkRadio: What’s next for Mr. Media?
Mr. Media: I’m taking the show on the road for the first time, in late September. I’ll broadcasting live via BlogTalkRadio from Blog Orlando on September 27, then hopefully attend the Design Summit at the Ringling College of Art & Design, as well as the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading, both in late October.
Congratulations, Bob, for 50,000, er, 60,000 downloads. What a testament to your show’s popularity!