Category Archives: Community

‘Peas in Their Pods’ Hosts Lend a Hand in Case of Missing Teen Phylicia Barnes, Reports The Baltimore Sun

It’s an all-too-familiar story that, unfortunately, rarely gets the media attention it deserves: Every 40 seconds, a child is reported missing, and nearly 50 percent of them are African American.

But thanks to Gaétane Borders and Janice Lowery, communities throughout America have a broadcast outlet that focuses solely on helping the parents of those children bring them home safely.

Phylicia: Praying for her safe return.

Phylicia: Praying for her safe return.

As hosts of BlogTalkRadio’s Peas in Their Pods, Gaétane and Janice have been taking to the airwaves each week since November 2007 to disseminate and gather information on cases of missing kids of color, while also helping prevent child abuse.

Among their latest efforts has been bringing attention to the case of Phylicia Barnes, a 17-year-old honors student and track star from North Carolina who was in Baltimore visiting relatives when she suddenly disappeared on the afternoon of Dec. 28.

“Phylicia’s siblings—Deena, Kelly and Brian—spoke for nearly Continue reading

Big Apple Students Take to BlogTalkRadio to Make Their Mark on the Community

nydailynews-01-11-11-btr1Excuse us if we gush but, like proud parents everywhere, we can’t help ourselves.

For the hosts of our GRYC Radio—high school and college students from New York City’s Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, right here in our own back yard— are profiled in today’s Daily News (which, incidentally, is America’s fifth-largest newspaper).

“A group of Queens students are airing their issues to anyone who will listen—by tuning in online,” writes Continue reading

Sandra Newton: Mild-Mannered School Counselor by Day, International Talk-Show Host by Night

And the hits just keep on coming—for BlogTalkRadio’s fabulous hosts, that is.

Our latest talkmeister to hit the media is Sandra Denice Newton, who six months ago launched After Thoughts with S. Denice Newton to “foster change in a changing world.”

That, by encouraging “minority youth to seek higher education as a deterrent and/or counter to the drug and gang culture plaguing the black community.”

"The Internet gives us a whole new way to be entertained and to exchange ideas," says Sandra (above). (Photo: The Wilson Times)

"The Internet gives us a whole new way to be entertained and to exchange ideas," says Sandra (above). (Photo: The Wilson Times)

This week, The Wilson Daily Times in Sandra’s hometown of Wilson, N.C., profiles the fledgling radio personality.

“If what you hear on the radio dial is boring, blog radio might just pique your interest. With blog radio, all a host needs is a computer and a phone,” writes the the paper’s Janet Conner-Knox.

“Any person who believes they are up to the challenge in hosting a show can Continue reading

If You Have a BlogTalkRadio Account, You’re Already Set Up to Use the Forum

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by Deb

I know a couple of hosts who haven’t joined the BlogTalkRadio forum yet because they don’t want to register for yet another site. I’m happy to tell you that if you’re already signed up as a host or listener of BlogTalkRadio, you’re set to use the forum. You don’t have to wait for approval or fill out a long form. We already have your back.

The benefits of using the BlogTalkRadio forum abound:

  • You can carry on a discussion without having to wait for each individual message to be moderated or approved.
  • You’re already logged in. If you have a BlogTalkRadio account, you’re set up to use the forum. No registration.
  • Different folders so you can see topics at a glance. We have folders to discuss social media, folders for discussing niche topics and promoting shows, and even a folder for folks wishing to be guests on BlogTalkRadio.
  • Hosts and members of the BlogTalkRadio team are answering questions about technical issues, equipment, and more.

I’m really enjoying the opportunity to meet our hosts and interact. I’d love for you to join us too.

BlogTalkRadio Has a New Forum!

Join the BlogTalkRadio community at our new forum!

Join the BlogTalkRadio community at our new forum!

by Deb Ng

BlogTalkRadio is pleased to announce the launch of our new community forum. Designed to bring the BlogTalkRadio community together, the forum will enable hosts, listeners and the entire BlogTalkRadio Team to interact and grow together.

Even though we already have a BlogTalkRadio Yahoo Group, we feel the benefits of a community forum will be more appealing as members will no longer have to wait for topic or member approval in order to interact with each other.  The conversation will be immediate and continuous! In fact, if you’re already signed up to be a BlogTalkRadio host or member, you’re already signed up for the new forum! Just log on using your BlogTalkRadio sign in details.

Some of the features of our new BlogTalkRadio forum:

  • A place for hosts and listeners to introduce themselves
  • Specific discussion areas for each genre
  • A place for hosts to find guests (and vice versa)
  • A forum for technical issues
  • A place to discuss your favorite tools and equipment
  • Discussion of social networking and tools to better enhance the BlogTalkRadio experience
  • A place to share ideas for networking and bringing in traffic

Since only members can post new topics, we hope to be a spam free forum!

The BlogTalkRadio forum
is now open for business. We hope you’ll join us today, and get the conversation – and community – flowing!

Personal Democracy: It’s a Very Good Thing

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The Personal Democracy Forum

I received some Skypes today from Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio’s CEO and host of the Alan Levy Show. Alan is enjoying himself in New York City today, where he’s attending the Personal Democracy Forum.

So what is the Personal Democracy Forum? From the website:

Technology and the Internet are changing politics — now more than ever. Over the last five years, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of people who understand the effects underway, and want to make sure they stay on top of what’s coming next.

This year PdF will be bigger and better than before–we’re expanding to two full days at a spectacular new venue overlooking Central Park, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.


AgendaThe 2008 election has shown that the Internet has become the central battlefield for campaigns, from the presidential race on down. So, on the first day of PdF 2008, we’re going to focus on how technology is changing the electoral process. But we all know that no matter who is elected, big changes are also coming in how government uses technology to serve or connect with the public. That’s why we’re adding a whole second day to the PdF agenda, devoted to how technology is changing governance and civic action.

Sounds like a good idea to me. The Internet has totally changed the way we look at and talk about politics.

The sessions look like they provided a gold mine of information. Check out what was on tap:

  • A New Media System or Old Wine in a New Bottle? Speakers – Arianna Huffington and Chuck DeFeo
  • When Worlds Collide: Social Media, Mainstream Media and Politics – Speaker -Matthew Hurst
  • The Power of Information to Transform Government – Speakers Jonathan Adelstein, Steven Clift, Sheila Cambell

And plenty more…

The Personal Democracy Forum was co-founded by Micah Sifrey a freelance writer, author and Senior Analyst with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non partisan organization based in Washington DC.

Internet for everyoneInternet for Everyone

While at the PdF, Alan was impressed to learn about Internet for Everyone, an organization a “a national initiative of public interest, civic and industry groups that are working to see that the Internet continues to drive U.S. economic growth and prosperity.”

From the website:

We believe every American must be connected to a fast, affordable, and open Internet to serve as an active citizen in a 21st century democracy and to prosper in today’s economy. High-speed Internet is no longer a luxury; it’s a lifeline for all Americans. Our broad alliance is working together to see that our nation’s leaders adopt a national plan to bring open, high-speed Internet connections into every home, at a price all of us can afford.

How true. How many kids can’t do proper research using the Internet because of a slow dialup connection? How many people miss out on wonderful business or personal opportunities because they can’t afford access? Visit Internet for Everyone for more details and to show your support. You might especially be interested in the Why Internet Matters page which talks about restoring America’s broadband leadership. We approve.

Personal Democracy: It's a Very Good Thing

Personal Democracy Forum

The Personal Democracy Forum

I received some Skypes today from Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio’s CEO and host of the Alan Levy Show. Alan is enjoying himself in New York City today, where he’s attending the Personal Democracy Forum.

So what is the Personal Democracy Forum? From the website:

Technology and the Internet are changing politics — now more than ever. Over the last five years, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of people who understand the effects underway, and want to make sure they stay on top of what’s coming next.

This year PdF will be bigger and better than before–we’re expanding to two full days at a spectacular new venue overlooking Central Park, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.


AgendaThe 2008 election has shown that the Internet has become the central battlefield for campaigns, from the presidential race on down. So, on the first day of PdF 2008, we’re going to focus on how technology is changing the electoral process. But we all know that no matter who is elected, big changes are also coming in how government uses technology to serve or connect with the public. That’s why we’re adding a whole second day to the PdF agenda, devoted to how technology is changing governance and civic action.

Sounds like a good idea to me. The Internet has totally changed the way we look at and talk about politics.

The sessions look like they provided a gold mine of information. Check out what was on tap:

  • A New Media System or Old Wine in a New Bottle? Speakers – Arianna Huffington and Chuck DeFeo
  • When Worlds Collide: Social Media, Mainstream Media and Politics – Speaker -Matthew Hurst
  • The Power of Information to Transform Government – Speakers Jonathan Adelstein, Steven Clift, Sheila Cambell

And plenty more…

The Personal Democracy Forum was co-founded by Micah Sifrey a freelance writer, author and Senior Analyst with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non partisan organization based in Washington DC.

Internet for everyoneInternet for Everyone

While at the PdF, Alan was impressed to learn about Internet for Everyone, an organization a “a national initiative of public interest, civic and industry groups that are working to see that the Internet continues to drive U.S. economic growth and prosperity.”

From the website:

We believe every American must be connected to a fast, affordable, and open Internet to serve as an active citizen in a 21st century democracy and to prosper in today’s economy. High-speed Internet is no longer a luxury; it’s a lifeline for all Americans. Our broad alliance is working together to see that our nation’s leaders adopt a national plan to bring open, high-speed Internet connections into every home, at a price all of us can afford.

How true. How many kids can’t do proper research using the Internet because of a slow dialup connection? How many people miss out on wonderful business or personal opportunities because they can’t afford access? Visit Internet for Everyone for more details and to show your support. You might especially be interested in the Why Internet Matters page which talks about restoring America’s broadband leadership. We approve.

7 Ways to Take Your Blog to the Next Level with Radio

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As someone who has been blogging for several years, I’m always looking for ways to take my blogs to the next level. I’ve done redesigns, contests, and even implemented video. Something else to consider is radio.

Blogging is all about community. What better way to really connect to your community then by letting them hear the passion in your voice? Today I’d like to share some ways you and your community can benefit from having a radio show:

  1. Talk about a specific subject for as long as you like – You’ve heard all the blogging experts: when writing for the web, keep it short and sweet. With radio, you can expand and get into more detail without having to worry about eyes glazing over.
  2. Have a Q&A with your listeners – By allowing your readers to call in and ask questions or offer their own point of view, you can learn about the topics that are important to them . It also enables you to get to know them better.
  3. Bring on guests and experts within your niche – By putting together a panel or bringing on an expert, you’re letting your readers learn from others in the field. It never hurts to give another point of view.
  4. No typos or spelling issues here – Your first radio experience might be a produce a case of the nerves, but you won’t have to deal with formatting issues, image uploads, spelling or typing.
  5. It’s a wonderful way to connect with your community – Once you build up an audience you’ll feel a connection with your community, inspiring you to blog more with them in mind.
  6. It provides fodder for future blog posts – Getting into discussions with your readers or guests will no doubt provide you with tons of ideas.
  7. Your readers can connect with each other – Did you know your listeners can chat about your day’s topic while the show is going on? Invite them out of the comments and into real time with radio.

I’ll get into this in detail more on another post, but it doesn’t take a lot of expensive equipment and technical know-how to have a radio show with BlogTalkRadio. All you need is a phone and an idea.

What ways can you think of to use radio to take your blog to the next level? Are you a blogger with a radio show? Tell us about it!