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How to Build an In-Home Podcasting Studio

linda reznicekBuilding an in-home podcasting studio can give you the feel of a real radio studio and the flexibility of interviewing your guest(s) in person, not to mention optimize your sound quality.  On BlogTalkRadio University, we interviewed host Linda Reznicek on how to build an in-home podcasting studio. Linda hosts Real Sisters Talk and after being on the network for only one and half years, the show has already garnered over 1 million listens

There’s several reasons why Linda has been so successful on our network. Not only does her show sound fantastic, but she’s also interviewed some pretty amazing guests like Pulitzer poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Pulitzer Poet Claudia Emerson and Grammy Winners Eric Tingstad, Jose Feliciano & Mason Williams.  Throughout her podcasting career, she has worked very hard to research and find the best equipment needed for her studio and she was kind enough to come on the show and share all of her knowledge on the topic. Linda has now even upgraded from broadcasting from her home to another studio location, and she took us through all that she has learned along the way.

What I loved hearing Linda say was that she wanted to convey this information to all of her fellow hosts in the spirit of the BlogTalkRadio community.  She believes that the better every host sounds, the better our network sounds to the world. Thanks for coming on Linda!

Without further ado, take a listen to Linda’s tips and don’t forget to take notes!

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What’s New on BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Healthy Vision with Dr. Val JonesThe July 4th holiday weekend is around the corner, with millions of Americans making plans to celebrate the country’s independence with outdoor fun, including barbeques, lawn games or a day at the beach. While you’re planning your weekend, make sure to plan for protecting the entire family from the sun. The same harmful rays that can harm your skin can also affect the health of your eyes. Learn more by tuning into Healthy Women™ with Dr. Val Jones. Tune in here.

Tavis-277x180 (1)Listen to the premiere of the Tavis Smiley Network’s new show, “Tavis Talks.”  Heralding Tavis’ return to LIVE, call-in radio, “Tavis Talks” will offer up-to-the-minute news and conversation with celebrities and thought leaders in politics, entertainment, business, tech, spirituality and cultural affairs. On his first episode, Tavis discusses the Supreme Court ruling on the Texas affirmative action case. Tune in here.

Frank Fontana of The Down and DirtyOn Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, meet returning guest Cara Carriveau, radio personality at Chicago’s Rewind 100.3, and host of the awesome Cara’s Basement podcast. She’s got stories from interviewing some legendary rockers, and is also quite the DIYer around her house and garden. During the Craftsmanship segment, hear from Arden Reed co-founder Carlos Solorio. He’s crossing the country with the Tailor Truck — the first mobile tailor truck equipped with a 3D scanner that will make you the best dressed man in the room.  You’ll also hear from Bleacher Report sportswriter Alex Bacon about the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Tune in here.

What’s New On BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Healthy Vision with Dr. Val JonesAre you doing all you can to protect yourself from UV rays this summer? Do you know how to choose the right sunscreen for maximum protection or the worst time of the day to expose your eyes to UV light? Tune into Healthy Vision™ with Dr. Val Jones: UV Protection to learn from leading experts on the importance of UV protection and the steps you need to take to stay “sun safe” this summer and year-round. Tune in here.

Frank Fontana of The Down and Dirty

On Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, meet Sell This House: Extreme master builder Charlie Frattini. A few weeks ago, Frank had show host Tanya Memme on and she gave the scoop on the crew… including Charlie. Learn about his background, and how he got involved in A&E’s longest running daytime show. Tune in here.

Women's Business Talk Radio NetworkEverywhere you look people are talking about cleansing, especially this time of year since spring is the perfect time to detoxify and refresh our bodies.  The question is how do you do it? Anna Forkan and Kristen Overlock, owners of Revitalive Café in Newburyport, MA (www.revitalive.com) demystify this popular trend.  With degrees in nutrition and years of hands-on as well as personal experience, they will walk you through the process. Tune in to The Women’s Business Talk Radio Network.

Sean Kanan and Wife Michele Dish Details of Their Mediterranean Wedding

an-kanan-wife-michelle_vegaTV fans who may cringe at the bad-boy characters Sean Kanan portrays on General Hospital and The Young and the Restless will be happy to learn that, in real life, he’s a devoted family man—and a romantic to boot.

“I was living single in Los Angeles. I had a big house in the Hills, all by myself. Then I met Michele, and she promptly told me she had four kids. So I did what I think any guy would do—I married her! And I have a daughter myself, so now we have this blended Brady Bunch family,” the actor, 46, tells Wedding Day Radio host Erin Brown of his beloved bride, who sat down with him to dish details of their nuptials last summer in Europe.

“We went to this little Italian town called Monte di Procida where I’d shot a film several years ago and became very good friends with the owner of the Al Chiar di Luna hotel,” says Sean, who, as author of The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan, knows a thing or two about throwing a memorable party. “We had a beautiful wedding overlooking the Mediterranean. We were married by the mayor of the town. Then we went to Sicily for our honeymoon.”

“I ended up wearing, like, six different dresses,” says Michele a producer-director whose big-screen credits include 2011’s My Trip to the Dark Side. “Birgit Müller, a three-time Emmy-winning costumer for The Bold and the Beautiful, did the design work. And Sean wore a suit by Carlo Pignatelli.”

As for favorite wedding gifts bestowed on couple, Sean adds: “One of my Italian friends showed up with this super lightweight luggage. That sounds really silly, but we’d bought a bunch of stuff during out tour of Italy, so we needed it.”

Wedding Day Radio, a three-part series presented by World Kitchen, runs throughout April, May and June on BlogTalkRadio. Tune in here.

What’s New on BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Healthy Vision with Dr. Val JonesSummer is around the corner, which means everyone will be spending more time outdoors. Are you prepared with the tips and tools to ensure that you and your family are properly protected from the sun’s harmful rays? Tune into Healthy Vision™ with Dr. Val Jones to hear optometrist Dr. Stephen Cohen and dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie discuss tips for keeping everyone healthy year-round. Tune in here.

Frank Fontana of The Down and Dirty

On Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana today at noon, meet Tanya Memme from Sell This House: Extreme. Beyond hosting the longest-running daytime show on A&E, Tanya is also a journalist, an award-winning actress, and a former Miss World Canada!  During the Craftsmanship segment, get familiar with Villy Customs president Fleetwood Hicks. He heads up the premier custom cruiser bike brand in Dallas, with over 1500 bicycles out on the market in the past four years. Tune in here.

Women's Business Talk Radio NetworkJoin Host Tai Goodwin on Launch Talk on the Women’s Business Talk Radio Network. Tai tackles the myths about small business financing. She’ll be joined by special guest Karlene Sinclair-Robinson, dubbed “The Queen of Business Financing.” She is the Author of Spank The Bank: THE Guide To Alternative Business Financing. She is considered a foremost expert on alternative business financing for startups, small businesses and struggling entrepreneurs. Tune in here.

What’s New on BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Healthy Vision with Dr. Val JonesWhen you think about foods and nutrients that are good for your eyes, many of them are the same things that are good for your heart, your bones, your kidneys, and for your overall health. However, no one food is going to give you all the nutrients you need. Tune into Healthy Vision™ with Dr. Val Jones to learn more about what foods and supplements play a role in your eye health. Listen now.

Frank Fontana of The Down and Dirty

On Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, meet motorcycle racing star Nicky Hayden — a kick-ass rider and fan favorite now in intense training for the first races of the season. He’s an anchor of the Ducati Team who just completed a decade in the MotoGP world championships. During our Craftsmanship segment, we’re calling up Skull Crush Helmets CEO Ralph Rodriguez Jr. to talk about their unique motorcycle helmets and accessories.Tune in here.

Women's Business Talk Radio NetworkJoin Vegan and The Living is Easy on the Women’s Business Talk Radio Network as they welcome author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau to talk about the vegan lifestyle from a health, environmental and ethical perspective.  She will share information about her 30-Day Vegan Challenge which gently and expertly guides someone on the Standard American diet to adopt vegan choices for a period of 30 days. Whether you are a vegan already or would like to incorporate healthier food choices in your diet, this interview will be of interest to you. Tune in here.

Meet BlogTalkRadio Host Nia, One Ambitious 9-Year Old

Nia Bakari, BlogTalkRadio host

At 9 years old, Nia Bakari is one of  the youngest hosts on BlogTalkRadio.  She is quite an inspiring young lady and is off to a running start with her show, which launched just this month. Nia was kind of enough to answer a few questions about her program and what’s up next for her. 

What’s your show all about?
My show is all about meeting interesting people and learning from them.

How did you decide to start your own show?
My mom and I planned last summer of 2012, but we did not get around doing it till early this year. I learned that you have to have a good idea to have a good show. I want people to know that kids see things differently from adults.

What’s your favorite part about hosting your own show on BlogTalkRadio?
My favorite part about hosting my own BlogTalkRadio show is being able to talk to my guests by just being online or on the phone.

Who have you interviewed so far?
I have interviewed Disney talent, Cameron Goodman, who was my improv mentor, Daniel Hooven, lead investigator of Bio’s Haunted Encounters and Hawaii’s ukulele wonder kid, Aidan James.

Who’s next?
Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Whimpy Kid, Michelle Borth of Hawaii Five-0 and Atlanta’s upcoming musical duo from All The Two of Us, Maggie Schneider and Riley Duggan.

We’re so excited to see Nia’s show grow.  Be sure to tune in to Nia and Friends.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Naomi WattsNaomi Watts (speaking at the 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival) discusses The Impossible, a film about one family’s harrowing story from the 2004 tsunami in South East Asia.  Tune in here.

CommonThis week on the BIG show, host Tim Gordon continues his journey with Black Reel Awards nominees and welcomes Chi-town’s favorite son, actor/rapper, Common. He sits down to talk about his latest nominated film, LUV as part of the ‘Meet the Nominees’ segment. Tune in here.

Meagan GoodActress Meagan Good chats about her new role on NBC’s hot new drama series Deception. Tune in to find about the her role and about being a newlywed. Tune in here.

Paul GiamattiThe Movie Geeks speak with acclaimed actor Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Rock of Ages) and director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm) about their new film John Dies at the End. Tune in here.

Sam WitwerSFP-NOW welcomes actor Sam Witwer talking about his role in the hit SyFy series Being Human. Sam shares his connection to Star Wars and discusses his take on Darth Maul amongst many other things. Tune in here.

Lisa LoebMatty P’s Radio Happy Hour welcomes Lisa Loeb and Luke Perry for the show’s 3 year anniversary show.  Lisa became a musical force with her hit song “Stay” and has gone on to create 2 Gold records, an eyewear line and an award-winning children’s albums.  Perry is well known as Dylan Walsh of the hit show Beverly Hills 90210, and is now the star of  Hallmark Movie Channel’s Goodnight For Justice: Queen Of Hearts, which premieres January 26. Tune in here.

2 Cellos2 Cellos, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, join host Robin Milling. The Croatian cellists made quite a viral sensation on YouTube with their dual cello interpretation of ‘Smooth Criminal’. Elton John took notice, taking them under his wing as their manager. Tune in here.

Andy MacdonaldAndy Macdonald was crowned as skateboarding’s World Champion eight years in a row in the World Cup Skateboard Series. He has competed in every X Games since its inception and has earned 22 medals, more than any other skater. Tune in here.

Parker KligermanSlicks and Sticks welcomes two of the drivers from Kyle Busch Motorsports: Joey Coulter in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Parker Kligerman in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Tune in here.

Kristen JohnsonKristen Johnson is best known for her portrayal of Sally Solomon in the hit television series, 3rd Rock From the Sun. She chats with Take 2 Radio about her stellar career and her first book, Guts. Tune in here.

Guy KawasakiWendy Duncan host of BookMark Radio Network welcomes well-known entrepreneur and author, Guy Kawasaki for a chat with host Shawn Welch. Guy discusses his newly published book, APE: Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur How to Publish a Book. Tune in here.

Alan ParsonsStorytellers presented by BlogTalkRadio welcomes fabled producer, engineer and musician Alan Parsons. Alan is an 11 time Grammy nominee, best known for engineering the epic Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon and creating the multi-platinum rock group, The Alan Parsons Project.Tune in here.