Category Archives: Host Highlight

How to Start & Run a Podcasting Network

Recently, we interviewed BlogTalkRadio host Iyanna Jones and the mastermind behind the Go Pro Radio Network. She is a writer, filmmaker and singer and has a background in entertainment and marketing by way of her tenure at media giants such as HBO, MTV and BET.

Iyanna came to BlogTalkRadio University to talk to our audience about how she started her podcasting network on BlogTalkRadio.  Her network features an array of quality shows including her own weekly radio show entitled, This is Iyanna Jones. As a member of her network, Iyanna provides a physical recording studio facility and production for her hosts.  She has created a very special and curated community of broadcasters and it was inspiring to hear her story.

 Listen as Iyanna shares her experience and best advice for running a network of podcast content.

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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Introducing the Tavis Smiley Network on BlogTalkRadio

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We’re pleased to announce that celebrated public-radio broadcaster and PBS host Tavis Smiley has joined BlogTalkRadio! Today marks the debut of the Tavis Smiley Network, or TSN, a network of programs developed exclusively for BlogTalkRadio. TSN is anchored by “Tavis Talks,” a daily twenty-minute program hosted by Smiley which premieres today at 4PM ET, and features an all-star lineup of expert hosts and personalities hand-picked by Tavis himself.

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“Tavis Talks,” heralding Tavis’ return to LIVE, call-in radio, will offer up-to-the-minute news and conversation with celebrities and thought leaders in politics, entertainment, business, tech, spirituality and cultural affairs. In addition, TSN will feature new shows by hosts focusing on relationships and advice (Rolonda Watts), diet and lifestyle (Robert Ferguson), social media in business, sports, and entertainment (Beverly Macy), the news media (John Daly), America’s growing responsible fatherhood movement and the importance of mentoring (Kenneth Braswell), politics and pop culture (Stephanie Robinson) and humor (Rick Najera). Other shows will be announced and added to the line-up in the coming weeks.

If you’re interested in Smart talk. Online, check below for the full TSN Schedule and be sure to follow these shows to get notified of upcoming broadcasts! You can read more about the launch of the network in The New York Times here!

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Kid Host Colin Brennan Invited To Autism’s Got Talent

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photo via insideHalton.com

At the age of 10, BlogTalkRadio host Colin Brennan is now garnering a fan base around the world according to a recent article on insideHalton.com. He was just invited to perform at the 600-seat Mermaid Theater for Autism’s Got Talent in London this May. Colin will be performing Different from the musical Honk.

Collin is the host of Colin Brennan’s Music/Autism Show, which is a show about how music affects children like himself on the Autism spectrum.  He came to BlogTalkRadio originally as a guest on the Positively Autistic Show for an episode which was recorded in New York City when Colin was performing at The Genius of Autism.  This one show received 12,000 listeners and prompted him to launch his own program.  In his first 15 episodes, Colin has reached over 40,000 listeners.

According to the insideHalton.com article, Colin’s parents have started a fundraiser to help pay for their airfare to Autism’s Got Talent, which you can help support here: www.gofundme.com/22brtc.

You can tune in to Colin Brennan’s Music/Autism Show here.  Best of luck to host Colin on his journey to London!

Meet BlogTalkRadio Host Nia, One Ambitious 9-Year Old

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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.

Catch Actress Meagan Good on Film Festival Radio

This Friday at 7PM EST, Meagan Good stops by BlogTalkRadio to speak with Film Festival Radio.  Meagan stars in NBC’s midseason drama Deception as Joanna Padget Locasto, a San-Francisco narcotics detective with childhood ties to a notoriously secretive and powerful New York family, the Bowers. In addition, Megan is also establishing a name for herself as a successful executive producer of indie films. It’s a lot to chat about with Megan on this edition of Film Festival Radio.

Also don’t miss special guest Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, pediatrician and expert in the areas of childhood obesity. She is now a part of The Biggest Loser show’s team of experts who’s advising teens and kids on how to successfully overcome being overweight on season 14 of show.

Save the date and follow Film Festival Radio to get updates on this show.

How to Land Great Guests According to Host Paul Lawrence Vann

Paul Lawrence Vann, Host of The Wealthy Speaker Show on BlogTalkRadioWe were happy to welcome BlogTalkRadio veteran host, Paul Lawrence Vann to BlogTalkRadio University recently. During his 5 years on the network, he has hosted over 400 episodes of The Wealthy Speaker Show, interviewing bestselling authors, social media experts, actors, relationship gurus, creative thought leaders, and more.

On the show with us, he shared his wisdom for landing great guests & more valuable hosting tips.  Tune in here.

 

 

How MomBizCoach Grew a Successful Small Business on BlogTalkRadio

It was a pleasure to have BTR Host Lara Galloway, AKA MomBizCoach on BlogTalkRadio University this week.  Lara is a business coach to mom entrepreneurs and was recently named by Forbes as one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter (She has over 20K Twitter followers:).  In her interview she shares how she built her brand on BlogTalkRadio along with what she has learned from hosting her show since 2009.  This is a don’t miss episode if you are using BlogTalkRadio to help promote your business, brand, book or project!  Tune in here.