Category Archives: Community

Internet Safety with The Puddle People on BlogTalkRadio

Studies show that 1 in 5 youth using the Internet receive an online sexual solicitation in a 1 year period, and 29% of children will freely give out their home address if asked.

Today at 1pm ET (click to listen), Jacalyn S. Leavitt, founder of Internet Keep Safe Coalition, joins Co-hosts Mary Beth Marino and Pam Sargant discuss Internet Safety, what parents and kids should know during The Puddle People Hour Show.

ikeepsafe The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school. Governors and/or first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with a growing list of crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations and corporate sponsors.

The land of Puddle People Hour is where you will find many resources for children and parents alike, from interview authors of children’s books, to fun crafts, and it’s been said, even parents love the storytelling as much as the kids do!

Seth Godin Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur on BlogTalkRadio

BlogTalkRadio welcomes Seth Godin, marketing guru and agent of change, to the IABC ConferenceCast. Godin’s blog, books and presentations are revered in the industry for their insight and creativity. Today he shares some of that with BlogTalkRadio.

Godin

Seth Godin is a renowned speaker. Keynoting this summer at the IABC 2008 International Conference, Seth joins Shel Holtz today at Noon ET (click to listen), for an exclusive interview about his upcoming appearance in June.

Among other things, Godin is author of ten books that have been bestsellers around the world, including The New York Times business book bestseller list. Godin is also a contributing editor at Fast Company, holds an MBA from Stanford, and was called “the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” by Business Week.

His latest book, Purple Cow, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. It’s all about how companies can transform themselves by becoming remarkable.

Smithsonian Channel Remembers Vietnam with Jan Scruggs

VietnamFounder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and Founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Jan Scruggs, will join the Smithsonian Channel’s David Royle on BlogTalkRadio to discuss Memorial Day and the Smithsonian Channel documentary ‘Remembering Vietnam: The Wall at 25′ tonight at 6pm ET (click to listen).

SMITH_PMS_VERT_BLACK_sizesThe Smithsonian Channel and Showtime will celebrate the heroism of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces this Memorial Day by airing two award-winning documentaries from the Smithsonian Channel, including REMEMBERING VIETNAM: THE WALL AT 25.

Today on BlogTalkRadio get a preview of the documentary, which goes back in time to tell the story of the memorial through the eyes of those who conceived it, those who were instrumental in pushing it through bureaucratic and political resistance, those intimately involved with its 25-year history, and those it honors. Above all, the documentary tells the story of a place that is more than a memorial – - it is a place where old wounds are healed.

The documentary will air on the Smithsonian Channel as part of a special weekend of programming on Smithsonian Channel throughout Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26.

Photo by hookbrother

Actor Moses Brings Plenty Joins BlogTalkRadio

DreamCatcher Entertainment welcomes Moses Brings Plenty, Lakota spokesperson, actor, model and musician to BlogTalkRadio.

Mo Brings PlentyTonight at 10pm ET, join Mo Brings Plenty. Moses is Oglala Lakota born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, fluent in the Lakota language, culture and traditions. He is a gifted musician, actor, model and spokesperson.

As a gifted musician, he is a traditional drummer, percussionist, and vocalist. As an actor, he has worked in television, film and theatre, including Rez Bomb, Hidalgo, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The History Channel’s Comanche Warrior, which was filmed on the Wild Horse Sanctuary in the southern Black Hills. He also played the role of “Crazy Horse” on The History Channel’s investigating history documentary, Who Killed Crazy Horse. Additionally, he participated in the BBC’s piece Custer’s Last Stand.

Moses is an advocate for Indian elders and youth. Proactive and visionary, he works toward helping the people through traditional ceremony and prayer to provide and build for the youth, a way of life that so many who have come before him have sacrificed to create.

Photo Courtesy of Michelle Shining Elk Management and Publicity

The Pentagon Welcomes Elmo and Military Health System Information

Today two of the Pentagon’s BlogTalkRadio shows provide in-depth information for military families regarding deployment and the military health system.

Elmo Discusses Deployment
Elmo Today at 2pm ET (click to listen)
ASY LIVE brings you an exclusive interview with Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop for Elmo Discusses Deployment: A Talk with Sesame Street. Betancourt will discuss the recent unveiling of the second phase of its military outreach initiative, Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes. This initiative is designed to help military families experiencing deployments and challenges when a parent returns home changed due to a combat related injury.

Then, Understanding the Military Health System
Today at 3pm ET (click to listen) The newly launched Pentagon channel BlogTalkRadio show “Dot Mil Docs” discusses the military health system. What’s an MHS and what does it do for me? – Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, Deputy Director, Force Health Protection, gives a view of how broad the Military Health Service is and how many ways it reaches out to help service members.

BlogTalkRadio Welcomes Phil Donahue

Phil Donahue, acclaimed journalist, beloved personality, and producer and director of the film Body of War (www.bodyofwar.com) will join Movie Geeks United on BlogTalkRadio for a live exclusive interview about the film.

Phil Donahue Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine – wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. Body of War is Tomas’ coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. The film is produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, and features two original songs by Eddie Vedder. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it’s like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man. Donahue will be LIVE and taking your calls on Wednesday at 10pm ET (click to listen).

TechTalk in Menorca with the Internet Gurus

MenorcaMartin Varsavsky is hosting his second Menorca TechTalk this weekend. Among the who’s who on the roster is Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio CEO.

Alan, who wrote a post earlier this year about Martin, will be attending the four day event with some of the web’s greatest minds. From Martin’s blog post:

Last year we celebrated our first Menorca TechTalk, a gathering of Tech Entrepreneurs at my farm in Menorca. It was fun, relaxing, a great learning experience for all of those who participated and for those who attended the TechTalk itself…The gathering starts on Thursday morning and ends Sunday evening.

Some of those attending include Om Malik (Giga Omni Media), Andrew Mclaughlin (Google), Loic Le Meur (Seesmic), Jennifer Schenker (BusinessWeek), John Markoff (The New York Times), Joi Ito (Creative Commons, Six Apart Japan, Investor) and many more.

You can read the entire list of tech gurus on Martin’s original post.

BlogTalkRadio Feeding The Long Tail

Looking back at April 2008 shows us we’re still growing strong. In addition to all the conversations we’ve facilitated, we continue to add content to The Long Tail and provide a breadth and depth of content you’d be hard pressed to find housed on any other site. With over 70 categories and thousands of hosts, BlogTalkRadio is feeding the beast in record numbers. Take a look at these stats, for April:

  • 11,000 shows broadcast and archived
  • A total of 2.99 million listeners in April
  • 2,700 different hosts completed at least one show
  • 67,000 unique shows listened to in April
  • 87,000 unique shows in long tail

I find it interesting that 77% of the shows produced since we launched BlogTalkRadio were listened to at least one time in April.

Chris Anderson‘s Long Tail theory, for example, predicts that demand for products not available in traditional bricks and mortar stores is potentially as big as for those that are. Take a look at the graph from Anderson’s site below.

LongTail

The red part are the big hits, the top sellers. The orange part of the graph is the Long Tail, the niches, which the theory says is where the new growth is coming from now and will continue in the future. BlogTalkRadio and its hosts continue to add powerful, fresh content to those niche audiences. BlogTalkRadio is out to prove the Long Tail theory, that demand for content not available in your traditional media channels will be as big or bigger than what you can find on them. Our continued progress in this arena should be of interest to potential business partners and advertisers who want to capitalize on this growing demand for niche content – as well as our audiences who want that relevant information.

We’d love to hear from you; join the conversation.

Alan Levy, CEO