Category Archives: Government

BlogTalkRadio Host Kevin Ross Moves The Needle For Diversity On LA Public Airwaves

Days after Kevin Ross, BlogTalkRadio host and host of “America’s Court with Judge Ross” aired a special 2 hour show on the recent rise of inflammatory remarks made against minorities and women over the talk radio airwaves, Los Angeles City Council passed a motion requiring conservative talk radio station KFI-AM 640 and it’s parent company Clear Channel Media, to “do everything in their power” to make sure that their hosts refrain from voicing prejudice sentiment on air.

The motion was raised as a result of public outcry from a number of minority and women’s groups in response to the racially charged comments made by KFI talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of the “John and Ken Show.” Three days after Whitney Houston died last month, the radio show hosts referred to the pop music icon as a “crack ho.”  The resolution also cites radio host Rush Limbaugh’s recent derogatory commentary on Sandra Fluke.  According to this article on NBC’s site, Councilwoman Jan Perry wrote in her motion that the “Clear Channel Media Holding’s commitment to diversity is not being realized at its flagship station KFI 640 AM, where out of 15 on-air personalities, one is a female and none of them are African American.”

On his BlogTalkRadio program, Kevin Ross was joined by guests including attorney Gloria Allred and Comedian D.L. Hughley who discussed the growing controversy surrounding racist and sexist sentiment spreading across the country’s talk radio waves by hosts.  You can listen to the broadcast in its entirety here.

At BlogTalkRadio, we have a variety of hosts like Kevin Ross, representing perspectives from all backgrounds and genders.  If you are interested in hosting your own show on our network, we welcome you to sign up today.

‘Jobless Talk’ Host LaDona King in Christian Science Monitor: ‘Even though I’m scared to death, I am able to keep a joyous attitude’

This week’s media-relations props go out to LaDona King, founder —and de facto leader—of the 99ers, a swelling national grass-roots movement to aid the millions of jobless Americans whose unemployment benefits have run out.

In a Christian Science Monitor report titled “When Unemployment Extensions End, a Movement Rises: The 99ers,” the paper writes of our Jobless Talk host:

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“King says she became a ‘zealot for the unemployed’ as an antidote to her previous ‘deep depression’ caused by joblessness,” The Monitor writes of our hard-working host (above).

“Out of full-time work since 2006, LaDona King says she’s nearly penniless, having used up her retirement savings, exhausted unemployment benefits, and tapped relatives for as much help as possible. Before long, she may have to move in with one of her two sisters.

“But Ms. King, of Escondido, Calif., is far from giving up. Even as she spends 40 to 55 hours a week looking for work, she’s founded…the so-called 99ers.

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President Obama Enlists Help of the Faithful in Battle for Health-Care Reform: ‘I Need You to Spread the Facts and Speak the Truth’

In an address to a coalition of faith leaders today, President Barack Obama reitereated his stance on the need for health-care reform, while seeking to dispel “ludicrous ideas” on the issue that have come from those who oppose his legislation.

Appearing on 40 Minutes for Health Reform, a live BlogTalkRadio special sponsored by more than 30 religious denominations and organizations seeking to make clear to Congress that quality, affordable health care for every American family is a moral priority, the president called on congregations nationwide to assist in his charge.

CAPTION: Obama: "We are closer to achieving reform than we have ever been."

"We are closer to achieving reform than we have ever been," President Obama tells us. (Photo: Pete Souza)

“I’m going to need the help of all of you. I’m going to need you to knock on doors, talk to your neighbors; I need you to spread the facts, and speak the truth,” Obama said during the event, which was part of the “40 Days for Health Reform” cam- paign launched Aug. 10.

“Time and again, men and women of faith have helped to show us what’s possible when we’re guided by our hopes and not our fears.”

The president also analogized his health-care reform efforts to 20th century struggles for other, then-controversial social programs.

“Throughout our history, whenever we’ve sought to change this country for the better, whenever we’ve sought to promote justice, there have always been those who wanted to preserve the status quo,” he said.

“And these struggles always boil down to a contest between hope and fear. That was true in the debate over Social Security, when FDR was accused of being a socialist. That was true when JFK and Lyndon Johnson tried to pass Medicare. And it’s true in this debate today.”

To hear 40 Minutes for Health Reform, including President Obama’s full address, click here.

To read more about “40 Days for Health Reform,” click here.

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BlogTalkRadio Welcomes President Obama to ’40 Minutes for Health Reform’ Special

BlogTalkRadio celebrates its third anniversary this month. And what better, more fitting way to mark the occasion than with an interview with President Barack Obama?

As TechCrunch and CNN reported yesterday, the president will appear on BlogTalkRadio this Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. ET. He will be discussing health-care reform as part of the “40 Days for Health Reform” campaign.

CAPTION: Obama: On the road to health-care reform.

Obama: On the road to health-care reform. (Photo: Pete Souza)

We are honored that the BlogTalkRadio platform has been selected to host this conversation as the debate on health-care reform reaches a fever pitch, and that the president is lending his voice to the dialogue.

Having embraced other popular platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn during his campaign and into his administration, this event is yet another example of the president leveraging social media to communicate with the American people.

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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.

Basic Training with Sergeant Volkin on BlogTalkRadio

Volkin Sergeant Volkin brings military boot camp to BlogTalkRadio. So drop and give me fifty, soldier.

Today at 12:30pm ET, Michael Volkin brings you audio basic training with a unique splash of humor. This show is specific for basic training recruits. If you have ever been in the military or about to join, this show is for you!

Covering everything military with a focus on basic training to help new recruits.

Get Snarky with Bob Franken & FrankenSense

Former CNN Correspondent Bob Franken wants to talk a little political FrankenSense with you.

Bob Franken<br /> CNN National Correspondent<br /> Talent<br /> Washington DC<br /> Studio<br /> 06/15/2000<br /> Kyle Christy<br /> Approved<br /> ib-sgould-2/12/03Political Columnist Bob Franken wants to dissect, contemplate and yes, ridicule the strange dance of the candidates and their campaigns with you today at 3pm ET. Call ins are essential. Have a snarky but civilized discussion with Emmy-winning Bob Franken.

An Emmy-award winning reporter, recently inducted into the Society for Professional Journalists Washington Hall of Fame, he covered combat in both Iraq wars, the White House during the George W. Bush administration, the Clinton scandals, the Supreme Court, Congress for ten years. He forced world attention on the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with his extensive reporting from there. He’s a Huffington Post contributor.

So, pull up a chair, grab your phone and get a little bit of FrankenSense.

Get Snarky with Bob Franken & FrankenSense

Former CNN Correspondent Bob Franken wants to talk a little political FrankenSense with you.

Bob Franken<br /> CNN National Correspondent<br /> Talent<br /> Washington DC<br /> Studio<br /> 06/15/2000<br /> Kyle Christy<br /> Approved<br /> ib-sgould-2/12/03Political Columnist Bob Franken wants to dissect, contemplate and yes, ridicule the strange dance of the candidates and their campaigns with you today at 3pm ET. Call ins are essential. Have a snarky but civilized discussion with Emmy-winning Bob Franken.

An Emmy-award winning reporter, recently inducted into the Society for Professional Journalists Washington Hall of Fame, he covered combat in both Iraq wars, the White House during the George W. Bush administration, the Clinton scandals, the Supreme Court, Congress for ten years. He forced world attention on the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with his extensive reporting from there. He’s a Huffington Post contributor.

So, pull up a chair, grab your phone and get a little bit of FrankenSense.