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BlogTalkRadio, in conjunction with P.I. Media, is proud to present the Curious Minds’ podcast series, ‘Heroes Of Podcasting’

The Heroes Of Podcasting multi-part series on the Curious Minds podcast features interviews with pioneers of podcasting, some of whom have been trail blazing as far back as 2004. Other featured content creators started just a few years ago – yet each one of them will shine a new and unique light on this new and vibrant media. Ran Levi, co-host and producer for the Curious Minds podcast, said “For me, as someone who was involved with podcasting almost from its beginnings, the goal of the series is to give the listeners a sense of how podcasting got to be what it is today, through the personal stories of those who helped shape it.”

Part one, featuring Professor Karlheinz Brandenburg – the inventor of the MP3, is now available at BlogTalkRadio, iTunes, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, and Aha Radio.


Among the distinguished guests in the series –

Some of the other topics explored in the series include –

  • Attitudes towards monetization of podcasts in the media’s early days, and the advantages and disadvantages of current monetization strategies.

“Even though they are supposedly non-commercial, if you listen to public broadcasting in the US […] you’ll notice it’s almost indistinguishable from commercial broadcasting in other countries. […] Those are ads. I’m sorry. If companies are giving you money […] – it’s an ad! And it bothers me that they pretend that it’s not an ad.”    Leo Laporte (This Week In Tech, TWIT network)

 “We have a saying, here in America, every kid learns it […] ‘The redcoats are coming! The redcoats are coming!’ My warning to podcasters right now is – ‘The suits are coming, the suits are coming’, and they’re circling the wagons.”    Todd Cochrane (CEO at RawVoice/blubrry)

  • The relationship between Radio – especially Public Radio, commercial podcasts and independent audio creators.

“Third Coast never got media or press. Radio never reported [about us] – there was never any radio about the Third Coast Festival. Very little, over the years. We never understood why it wasn’t seen as important as the Film festivals in the industry.”     Julie Shapiro (Executive Producer at Radiotopia network)

“When we can capture [the car’s market] – FM is doomed.”    Todd Cochrane (CEO at RawVoice/blubrry)

  • The technical challenges of podcasting in the past and present, and more.

“I think that as podcasters, we need to get really good at explaining, at a real basic level, what is a podcast.”     Aaron Mahnke (Lore Podcast)

“To me, podcasting is all about storytelling. You can tell a story whether it’s sports, business, science, health – you name it. It’s all storytelling.”    Jay Soderberg (Head of Content at BlogTalkRadio, former ESPN podcast producer)

About Curious Minds Podcast   (

Curious Minds is a podcast (Radio-On-Demand) about Science, Technology, and History. Each episode brings interesting, entertaining and in-depth stories from a wide range of subjects: from Physics and Astronomy to Medicine, Art and Science Fiction.

Hosts:  Ran Levi (B.Sc. EE) and Kelly O’Laughlin  (Author & Podcaster,  “A Highly Sensitive Person’s Life”)

About P.I.Media Ltd

P.I.Media  was founded in 2015 by Dani Timor (CEO) and Ran Levi (Executive Producer). It produces five podcasts in Hebrew & English for international audiences.

The network’s most successful podcast is Making History, a bi-weekly podcast in Hebrew about Science, Technology and History. Making History has been running from 2007, and reaches 50K-100K listeners per week, making it one of the biggest podcasts in the world, relative to its potential audience (there are only an estimated 10 million Hebrew speakers globally).

Among P.I.Media’s advertising partners are some of the world’s leading Tech & Financial organizations, such as Microsoft, CitiBank, Wix, Outbrain, MyHeritage, Akamai, RedHat and many others.

About BlogTalkRadio

Founded in 2006, BlogTalkRadio helps podcasters thrive and profit from their content. The platform is a unified toolkit that helps podcasters record, stream live, publish on-demand, syndicate, measure, and monetize conversational format podcasts. Hosts can capture interviews with guests from any geographic location using nothing more than a laptop, a microphone and a broadband Internet connection.

PR Contact:   Dani Timor,

BlogTalkRadio & Simple Podcast Press Join Forces to Create Publisher-Grade Podcasting Toolkit

[Simple Podcast Press & BlogTalkRadio] Today, Simple Podcast Press and BlogTalkRadio are pleased to announce a partnership that offers podcasters a simple toolkit that helps them grow their audience quickly by syndicating their shows across all podcasting platforms including their own website. This partnership solidifies an integrated podcasting platform that combines:

  • A publisher-grade podcast media hosting & publishing toolkit that scales as podcasters grow, enabling podcasters to:
    • Publish as much as they want per month, and manage their content easily
    • Host podcast episodes up to an initial limit of 500 hrs of content (in addition to initial import), but this limit grows as you grow
    • Import all your past episodes in one click
    • Syndicate their podcasts to iTunes, Apple Podcast App, Overcast, Stitcher, Pocketcasts and many other podcasting applications
    • Stream their podcast episodes everywhere – via social media, across the web, and on their own sites
    • Gain additional exposure on— a site visited by millions of monthly listeners, with a show page and episodes featured on the site
    • Measure all their listening activity across all channels including streams and downloads from across the web and mobile, social media streams, and app downloads.
    • Access accurate readings of real human activity on shows and critical insights on episode level engagement. 
    • Monetize listening activity against all episodes (not just the new) and across all listening channels to gain up to 6x more revenue potential than prevailing methods
  • A best in class podcast website publishing tool enables podcasters to:
    • Import all their existing podcast episodes in seconds to your wordpress site with a single click
    • Fully automate the publishing of new podcast episodes to their WordPress site
    • Grow their audience instantly by adding an email opt-in box and call-to-action buttons below each player
    • Keep their listeners engaged by adding clickable timestamps that allow them to easily jump to a specific time in the episode. 
    • Add social proof by showcasing their latest worldwide iTunes reviews anywhere on their website 

Typically, podcasters have to juggle multiple technical services to operate their podcasts: One for media hosting and syndication, one for streaming and sharing, one for measurement (if they want accurate metrics), one for monetization, and others for website publishing operations. It’s impossible to compare listening and engagement data from platforms that use different measurement techniques. On top of this issue, podcasting workflows become messy and podcasters bear the cost disadvantages of cobbling services together. This partnership creates a complete publisher-grade podcast publishing toolkit that unifies all of the critical functions needed by both new and established podcasters into a simple and integrated workflow. Podcasters no longer have to juggle disjointed services and pay a hefty premium of time and fees in the process.

“When I first met Hani two years ago as I initially entered the world of podcasting, it was at a demo of his very impressive and easy to use podcast website publishing plugin. We both saw a need for simplicity and engineering maturity in the podcasting space. I think this partnership brings together functions that really should not be separated in a podcasters workflow. We are excited to have integrated with the stellar SPP platform, and to be in partnership with the man behind it.” said BlogTalkRadio GM and Chief Architect, Andy Toh.

Hani Mourra, Simple Podcast Press Creator & CEO, said “The seamless integration between the Simple Podcast Press and BlogTalkRadio lets podcasters have the best of both worlds by automatically publishing podcast episodes to their WordPress site, while still taking advantage of the accurate and advanced stats tracking made available by the new BlogTalkRadio player and data platform.”

To take advantage of this partnership, podcasters can head to this page.

About Simple Podcast Press

Created by Hani Mourra in 2014, Simple Podcast Press is a WordPress plugin that is designed to automate the publishing of podcast episodes to your website, grow your audience, and build your email list faster than ever before. This tool also allows you to engage with your listeners using clickable timestamps and clutter-free transcripts, add social proof by showcasing your latest world-wide iTunes reviews, easily share your show notes with the automatic URL shortener and one click tweetables, and much more. With all of its latest features, it has evolved to becoming a must-have tool for all podcasters using the WordPress platform to power their website.

About BlogTalkRadio

Founded in 2006, BlogTalkRadio helps podcasters thrive and profit from their content. The platform is a unified toolkit that helps podcasters record, stream live, publish on-demand, syndicate, measure, and monetize conversational format podcasts. Hosts can capture interviews with guests from any geographic location using nothing more than a laptop, a microphone and a broadband Internet connection.

Contact Candace Williams (Head of Community, BlogTalkRadio) with any questions or comments:

Radio’s Cooper Lawrence and Bravo TV host Vikki Ziegler Win Prestigious Gracie Award for their “Hollywood Hookups and Breakups” Podcast

Radio veteran Cooper Lawrence and her co-host Vikki Ziegler of Bravo TV’s Untying the Knot have won a Gracie award for their podcast, Hollywood Hookups and Breakups. The award-winning episode featured guests Alyssa Milano and Karen Gravano discussing parenting.

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) selects Gracies Award winners each year for “exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media.”

Cooper Lawrence commented “Vikki and I are honored to join the women who are doing so much for others through broadcasting. We are humbled and grateful to all those who have laid the groundwork so that we can be here right now doing what we love.” 

Andy Toh, GM of BlogTalkRadio, congratulated the co-hosts saying “Cooper and Vikki demonstrate how well professionals in other media can make a successful transition to podcasting. We’re extremely proud to be the podcasting platform of choice for Hollywood Hookups and Breakups.”

Listeners can subscribe to “Hollywood Hookups and Breakups” on popular podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, or tune in as each episode is released on BlogTalkRadio each Wednesday.



About BlogTalkRadio

BlogTalkRadio helps podcasters thrive and profit from their content. Founded in 2006, the pioneering BlogTalkRadio platform is a unified toolkit that helps podcasters record, stream live or on demand, syndicate, measure and monetize conversational format podcasts featuring guests and listeners from any geographic location, with nothing more than a laptop, a microphone and a broadband internet connection.

Ready for a talk-specific embeddable player? We thought so.

Most embeddable players are designed for music content. We’re excited to announce the launch of our new podcast player. We set out to design a highly-shareable podcast player with a talk-format specific user interface and our accurate measurement system under the hood.

You can embed our new, sleek player anywhere – from mobile pages and social media feeds to websites and blogs. Our player measures all of these listens, whether they happen via a tweet, mobile visit, or fan blog post.

You can track listens from all channels in one place – including listens from the BTR site and RSS feed, your website, social media, external blogs and websites, mobile, iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, and other pod catchers. 

Everyone can embed the single-episode player and multiplayer. You can even encourage listeners to embed episodes on their blogs and social media posts. Hosts with large accounts can also use the player to stream their live shows.

During our soft-launch phase, we saw a significant increase in listens for hosts who adopted the player on websites, blogs, and social media posts.

If you’ve embedded the old player, you’ll notice we’ve updated the look and feel. If you’d like your listeners to see the wave animation, you’ll need to update the embed code.

We’ve written a support article that explains how to embed the single-episode and multiplayer. Check it out and feel free to email if you have any questions. We’d also love to hear host feedback about the player. Email your feedback to

NBA Roundtable Podcast on BlogTalkRadio

With another season of the NBA about to debut, BlogTalkRadio gathered five of their popular hosts to preview the 2016/2017 season.  The roundtable includes Nate Duncan, Danny Leroux, Chris Sheridan, Coach Nick and is moderated by Adam Stanco.  Listen to learn about how teams reacted to the Warriors winning the title, what role LeBron James will play with a loaded roster and season predictions.  

This season preview is the beginning of a basketball roundtable series. Download and listen to all of these shows all season long for the best coverage of the NBA around.

Here are the participants of the roundtable:

Nate DuncanDunc’d On

Nate hosts the most in-depth NBA podcast around.  New episodes are available 5 days a week featuring detailed game breakdowns, salary cap analysis and scouting.

Danny LerouxReal GM offers users all the data and tools required to simulate the experience of a real general manager. NBA teams have been using RealGM’s breakthrough technology since 2003. Danny hosts the weekly podcast keeping listeners abreast of the latest happenings in the NBA.

Coach NickBBall Breakdown

Coach Nick (founder of has dedicated himself to preserving the fundamentals of basketball. By paying close attention off the ball, he opens up a whole new way to watch and analyze the game. Coach Nick is a basketball historian as well, amassing exclusive interviews with some of the great minds of the game including Tex Winter, Pete Newell, Pete Carril, and Dean Smith.

Chris SheridanSheridan Hoops Radio

Chris offers daily podcasts with the best that the NBA and basketball journalism has to offer. After six years at ESPN and 18 years at the Associated Press, Chris is providing NBA and international basketball news, commentary and analysis on an independent level.

Adam StancoGreat Point Podcast

Adam is a former producer from ESPN and currently works at the Pac-12 Network. Using his vast array of contacts, Adam presents interviews with some of the most interesting minds in basketball and TV.

The Week In Podcasting debuts on BlogTalkRadio

In an effort to expand podcast discovery and promotion, BlogTalkRadio presents The Week In Podcasting. Every Thursday, the trio of Seth Everett, Val Reilly and Jeff Adams will talk about current events and topics brought up in three other podcasts. Listeners will not only get an entertaining, topical show, but they’ll also hear clips from three other podcasts they may not have heard before.  

“It’s a no-brainer concept,” says Jay Soderberg, Head of Content at BlogTalkRadio, “Word of mouth is the best way to expose your podcast to more ear buds. And I love the idea of making a show around the topics of the three shows being presented in the show.”

In the debut episode, Seth, Val and Jeff explore a topic brought up in the Market Foolery podcast – why more Americans don’t read foreign news. They dig into the start of the NFL season and everybody’s favorite pastime – fantasy football – with the Fantasy Guru podcast. Plus, Val shares how much she loves the Real Housewives as they listen to the brand new Girls In Heels podcast featuring Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea from the Real Housewives of New Jersey.  

Audience members are encouraged to submit their favorite podcasts to be featured on the show. They can email with their suggestions and the team will choose the submissions that fit best that particular week.  

The Week In Podcasting will be available to download every Thursday on iTunes and at  

Getting to Know The Hosts:

Seth Everett is a sports talk show host and has three podcasts of his own – Hall of Justice, The Diamond and Sports With Friends.   

Val Reilly is a full-time mom and freelance writer who loves watching the Real Housewives shows.    

Jeff Adams is the host of The Jeff Adams Show and founder of JA Creative, an online video production company.  

About BlogTalkRadio

BlogTalkRadio helps podcasters thrive and profit from their content. Founded in 2006, the pioneering BlogTalkRadio platform is a unified toolkit that helps podcasters record, stream live or on demand, syndicate, measure and monetize conversational format podcasts featuring guests and listeners from any geographic location, with nothing more than a laptop, a microphone and a broadband internet connection.

The First Annual BlogTalkRadio Fantasy Football League

In an effort to get you the best fantasy advice, 10 shows got together to compete in a fantasy football season. You can hear the experts employing their different strategies. You can hear the weak attempts at playful smack talk. You can hear the utter disdain when things don’t work out. The good folks at volunteered to host the league (they are the home of FFToolbox and other fine fantasy podcasts). This is a recording of what happened on that fateful, draft night:

These are the participants of our First Annual BlogTalkRadio Fantasy Football League. The draft was merely the beginning. Download and listen to these shows all season long for the best fantasy advice around and find out who finishes on top.  

John Hansen representing Fantasy Guru

Online since 1995, is one of the oldest and most connected fantasy information sites on the planet. Merged with in 2008, they offer quality information and professional analysis from a staff that is predominantly comprised of individuals who cover and analyze the NFL full-time. The episodes featuring regular guest, Greg Cosell, are not to be missed. Even if John ran into a few issues drafting, I fear he’ll be a competitor to watch for.  

Matt Chatham representing Football By Football

A players-only roundtable discussion of NFL and college football topics offering listeners unparalleled insight into the game. Experienced. Real. Football insight by football players!  Matt really broke down the players as the draft went on. Always good to have a “real football” analyst in a fantasy draft.

Gary Davenport representing The Fantasy Sharks

There are two types of Fantasy Owners. Sharks and Chum. Which are you? Gary Davenport and Walton Spurlin look at which players fantasy owners should be marrying this year and who they should be asking for divorce. Gary was drafting with us, but couldn’t join us on the podcast. Which is a shame because I would have liked to hear why he drafted Teddy Bridgewater.

Dennis Farrell representing The Fantasy Sideline Show – 

Dennis Farrell is joined by some familiar old faces and some new ones to bring the Fantasy Sideline Show back to the top in fantasy sports entertainment. Dennis had to disappear early in the draft to take care of his kid, only opening the door for an excuse later this season when I beat him.  

Jeff Ratcliffe representing PFF Radio – 

PFF Radio provides award-winning football and fantasy football analysis for the thinking fan, powered by Pro Football Focus. Much like Matt, Jeff was also providing valuable breakdowns for all the players on his draft board – and he got to speak for Dennis once as well.  

Joel Henard representing The Fantasy Insiders podcast –

Host Joel Henard will sit down with co-host Mike Hilbig (@TheFantasyDR) from The Fantasy Insiders and get you up to date on the latest news and notes from around the baseball and football world. Hey, wait a second. Baseball??? What is baseball???

PodVader representing Next Fan Up – 

Next Fan Up is a twice a week check in with the people who know their NFL teams the best, the fans. We have 32 SuperFans, each representing one of the 32 NFL teams. And we speak with the occasional guest. I also drafted Mark Ingram much too early and I’m still willing to trade him for rather cheap.

Ramona Rice representing The Sports Gal Pal

The Sports Gal Pal is a show to help the novice fan find their team spirit and embrace their love of sports. If that isn’t enough you’ll at least learn why the sports fans in your life go a little nuts once in awhile. Ramona believes fantasy football is one of the best ways to initiate new fans into football.

Ashley Williams representing Her Fantasy Football

The Williams’ sisters – Ashley, Courtney, Brandon – are women talking to women about fantasy football. They’re the hosts, analysts and competitive. Except for Ashley, who drafted nothing but Denver Broncos for her fantasy team.  

Mark Morales-Smith representing (home of FF Toolbox) –

Since 1997, smart players have turned to FFToolbox for the best in fantasy football information on the ‘Net. They cover the latest news, topics and trends – all aimed at helping you dominate your fantasy football league this season. And one last thank you to for hosting our league this year.

At the end of this season, PodVader will be crowned champ <ahem>. I mean, someone will be crowned champion, complete with bragging rights and a spiffy trophy!

Cooper Lawrence and Real Housewives Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea launch “Girls in Heels” podcast with BlogTalkRadio

BlogTalkRadio is proud to announce the launch of “Girls in Heels” on Tuesday, August 25th.

“Girls in Heels” is an exciting project by prominent New York radio and TV personality Cooper Lawrence, with twins Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea, two of the stars of the iconic reality TV show “Real Housewives of New Jersey” on Bravo TV.

“We’re delighted to add Girls in Heels to our lineup at BlogTalkRadio,” said General Manager and Chief Architect, Andy Toh. “Their provocative discussions lead to conversations that are highly relatable and will resonate with a wide cross section of listeners.”

Cooper Lawrence commented, “Since the three of us first met and discovered our chemistry, we’ve been looking for the right project. The growth and intimacy of podcasting is perfect for us and BlogTalkRadio offered the right combination of independence, revenue generation and favorable terms that indicate their sensitivity to the needs of talent.”

The first episode of the show includes a report from the twins on a recent barbecue at the Giudice home and how Joe and the kids are doing while Teresa Giudice is in prison. Teresa G is currently serving 15 months at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT after she, and her husband Joe, pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud.

Check out Girls In Heels on BlogTalkRadio


The twins also reveal which of them is more outspoken.

Check out Girls In Heels on BlogTalkRadio


A new episode of “Girls in Heels” will be released on BlogTalkRadio each Tuesday. Listen and subscribe here:  

About BlogTalkRadio

BlogTalkRadio helps podcasters thrive and profit from their content. Founded in 2006, the pioneering platform is a holistic toolkit that helps podcasters record, broadcast live, distribute, measure, and monetize conversational format podcasts featuring guests and listeners from any geographic location. All podcasters need is a laptop, microphone, and a decent Internet connection to run a high-quality show.