Category Archives: Host Highlight

Featured Host: LaDona King, Host of ‘Jobless Talk’

pal“I felt that Jobless Talk could be a great way to impart info to the millions of unemployed Americans who are hungry for information.”

One of the shows that’s rapidly gaining momentum on the BlogTalkRadio network is Jobless Talk with LaDona King (aka Paladinette) of San Diego, Calif. Her hour-long internet radio broadcast tackles an issue that, unfortunately, more and more Americans have been forced to face these past few years: unemployment. Each episode features stories of jobless individuals, while also covering hunting tips, new resources, benefit updates and discussions on what Uncle Sam is doing help.

LaDona is no stranger when it comes to this topic. During her 35 years in the workforce, she has often worked two jobs at time. But in 2007, she lost her long-term position in the sub-prime mortgage industry, and has been struggling ever since to find another solid gig.

LaDona launched her show in April. “I felt that Jobless Talk would be a great way to impart information to the millions of unemployed Americans hungry for work, ” she tells us. LaDona also aims to give listeners a forum where they can tell their stories and have a voice.

In addition to her show on BlogTalkRadio, she has created a website for the unemployed called JoblessUnite that has had nearly 450,000 hits since its launch six weeks ago. http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/

To check out Jobless Talk, click here.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paladinette

Featured Host Profile: David Mathison, ‘Be the Media’

“Ideas don’t go viral on their own. It takes a community.”
-David Mathison, Host of BlogTalkRadio’s Be The Media

dbm-headshot-color-flat_small1As we all know, the media landscape is changing at breakneck speed. And if you’re an entrepreneur, inventor, musician, actor, artist, journalist politician — anyone with a story to tell, really — you need to consider how to deliver your message with the most impact within this new environment.

It helps to have an advocate like Dave Mathison, host of BTR’s Be the Media, to cut through the fluff and give it to us straight.

David Mathison is a media consultant, entrepreneur, author, publisher and speaker who has lectured internationally. On his show, Dave interviews successful people from all walks of life about how to increase revenue, build audience, and spread a message.

When asked about his most popular episode he said…

“That was a January 2010 interview with marketer/author/speaker Seth Godin and author Scott Stratten. It was a popular show because both guests gave great, insightful tips on how to spread ideas and messages virally.”

You can listen to this episode here.

bethemediaWhen asked about the one piece of advice he gives over and over again, Dave replied…

“The one thing I encourage in every show is for people to link, comment and share! Ideas don’t go viral on their own. It takes a community.”

Learn more about the Be The Media show here.

Want to be featured in a future host profile, email us at danielgolyn-at-blogtalkradio-dot-com and let us know you are interested.

Celebrating A Milestone

Over the weekend, one of our longtime hosts Mr. Media, (Bob Andelman by day), hit an impressive milestone, 400,000 downloads!mrmedia1

Since bringing his show on board with BlogTalkRadio back in the fall of 2007, Mr. Media has welcomed a variety of all star guests, from all facets of media: from your favorite television stars, to journalists and comics, to authors, comedians, and more.

Here are some of Mr. Media’s favorite moments from the past year on air, straight from the horse’s mouth:

Most Musical Guest: Oh, I know she plays the accordion everywhere she goes, but comedian Judy Tenuta (July 30, 2009) was the first guest who sang to me. And she was damn funny.

Best Behind-the-Scenes Guest: Emmy Award-nominated makeup and costume designer Debbie Zoller (August 17, 2009) gave “Mad Men” fans such as myself an insider’s view of AMC’s hit show in the days leading up to the ceremony.

Sweetest Guest: Easy one: Chinese actress Bai Ling (September 25, 2009). I had my qualms ahead of time that we might have trouble communicating, but she was charming, intelligent and a delight. And she sent me a nice note after the fact, which is highly unusual.

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Hats off to Mr. Media for bringing us so many laughs and good times on air with today’s mediamakers.  Tune into the show for more great moments ahead!

BlogTalkRadio Host of the Week: Alfred McComber from “Code Red Radio”

By Christina Blodgett

In our continuing effort to spotlight more members of the BlogTalkRadio community, we will be posting more frequent interviews with hosts along with tips and techniques from members of our community and the BTR Team.  We look forward to communicating more with our community in the days to come.

In each edition of our Host E-newsletter, I spotlight a BlogTalkRadio “Host of the Month” and interview this host on my show “In the Limelight.”  This month, we spotlight Alfred McComber, host of the “Code Red! Radio Show.”  Code Red! features in-depth, top quality interviews with the most knowledgeable and experienced high level government officials from homeland security, law enforcement, fire & rescue, and emergency preparedness as well as private sector safety and security professionals.

ajm-cr-hostAlfred has hosted Code Red! since September 2004.  Before joining theBlogTalkRadio Host community in 2008, Code Red! was available on Fox News Radio’s local affiliate station in Washington, DC as well as on Federal News Radio in the nation’s capital.  I had a great conversation with Alfred and enjoyed learning more about his show and the unique perspective and extensive experience he brings to the BlogTalkRadio platform.  Since 1983, Alfred has been heavily involved in law enforcement, high-level dignitary protection, search & rescue and emergency preparedness response operations.  Past featured guests of the Code Red! radio show have included W. Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Dennis Rubin, Fire Chief of the Washington,DC Fire & EMS Department and coming up this week, Judge Glenda Hatchett from the syndicated television show series, “Judge Hatchett.”

Click here to listen to my interview with Alfred to learn how he started with BlogTalkRadio, how he prepares for and markets his shows, and why Alfred believes that preparation is so important for your show’s success.

You can also listen to the interview here.

Unearthing Gems from the BlogTalkRadio Archive

You may have noticed some changes to the BlogTalkRadio homepage in the last few days.  We’re trying something new!

In the past, the Featured Talk Radio Shows area has been used to spotlight recently-aired programming that was not spotlighted in other ways on the site, or that was happening spur of the moment.  We still have the ability to use this area for that purpose.

But since we have thousands and thousands of archived episodes on every subject under the sun, why not present some of our great interviews from the last three years, grouped by theme?  So far, we’ve showcased Broadway stars, summer dining, Harry Potter fans, baseball fever, and more!

Here is where you, the BlogTalkRadio hosts and listeners, come in.

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If you have a great idea for a theme for the BlogTalkRadio homepage, we’d love to hear it.  Post it in the Comments section of this blogpost, or email it to hostpr [at] blogtalkradio.com.  (We may not be able to respond to every idea, but we are taking them all down!)

Please include an episode (or episodes) that you think represent this theme well, and we’ll do some research to see if we can make a go of it.  Recommend one of your own shows, a show of a friend, or a favorite show you have heard in the past!

We look forward to receiving your suggestions – and keep an eye out for your theme idea on the BlogTalkRadio homepage!

Hilary

Features Editor

BlogTalkRadio Welcomes Patricia Raskin

Patricia Raskin

Patricia Raskin

The ever-positive Patricia Raskin has thrown her hat into the online radio ring. Patricia’s Positive Living Network launched yesterday and airs Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

The Positive Living Network’s mission is to create personal success and harmony in the world and happiness. Every day for three hours, Patricia will talk to celebrity authors, positive living advocates and various experts in their fields. Adding icing to the cake, Patricia will keep phone lines open so listeners can call in to talk with her, her guest hosts and celebrity guests.

Dr. Blogstein’s Radio Happy Hour

My favorite types of blog posts are the ones where I get to profile the hosts and let you see the person behind the microphone. Today we’re pleased to give you a Q&A with Dr. Blogstein whose Radio Happy Hour is one of BlogTalkRadio‘s more popular segments.

Dr. B was kind enough to tell us a little about himself, his show and offer some tips to the other hosts. I won’t go on and on, but I will say this: Those who have never listened in to the Radio Happy Hour can now see why Dr. Blogstein is so entertaining and why folks leave his show with a good, upbeat feeling.

Tell us about your Radio Happy Hour

The World Wide Web is full of people who have no friends.  For one hour a week, we will be your best friends.  We’ll make you laugh, introduce you to cool people, play games, and every once in a while we’ll engage you in thought-provoking conversation.

That’s not to say that people with friends shouldn’t listen.  In fact, I guarantee we’ll leave you with something to talk to your buddies about.

How long have you hosted your radio show?

The Radio Happy Hour has been on every week since February 13, 2007.

What made you decide to do a radio show – and why did you choose BlogTalkRadio over more traditional forms of podcasting?

In all seriousness, I’ve been doing this show for my entire life. It’s just that now, other people can hear it. It’s really quite a relief to finally have an outlet for my obnoxious one-liners and immature jokes.

I chose BlogTalkRadio over any and every other vehicle because that Alan Levy is just so damn cute.


To what do you attribute your show’s success?

Dangreous Lee and Vinny Bond.  Without Dangerous Lee by my side and Vinny Bond patrolling the live, interactive chatroom, there would be no Radio Happy Hour.  This show is the perfect example of a scenario in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. On our own, we’re three dopey knuckleheads, but put us together and we’re Radio Magic.


How do you come by your guests?

Now its 50-50.  I reach out to half of my guests and the rest of the time they reach out to us.  I got the “guest ball” rolling initially by cashing in on all the favors people owed me!

Who are some of your favorite hosts and what are some of your favorite BTR shows?

There are other shows?  No kidding!

Actually, there really are some excellent radio programs on BTR. 

Movie Geeks United is a high-quality, high-end broadcast that’s always very professionally produced.  Annie and Burl are the Regis and Kelly of BlogTalkRadio and Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman is BTR’s Charlie Rose.

I’m always discovering other gems on BTR, so it pays to dig around.

Any tips you’d like to offer for promoting segments and bringing in the listeners?

The more people that you include on your show, the more people you’ll have to bring listeners to your show.   If you give roles on your show to your buddy Joe, Aunt Silvia and Jerry the Mailman then Joe, Silvia and Jerry will all have their friends and family tune in. And if those people like what they hear, they’ll tell their friends and family. But it’s not enough to get an audience; the key is to keep an audience. You have to be interesting and entertaining.

What advice do you have to offer someone who might be considering a radio show but might be a little shy?

A couple drinks a half hour before you go on air should loosen you up.

What’s can we expect in the future from Dr. Blogstein and his Radio Happy Hour?

You can continue to expect interesting guests, compelling conversation and an incredibly handsome host on the live web cam.  And also, since its live and on the internet you can expect that at any moment, you’ll hear something you’d never heard before.

Catch Dr. Blogstein’s Radio Happy Hour tonight at 9:00 EST. His guests are Francia Raisa from “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and Lorna Scott who is starring in the new film “Wanted.”

Dr. Blogstein's Radio Happy Hour

My favorite types of blog posts are the ones where I get to profile the hosts and let you see the person behind the microphone. Today we’re pleased to give you a Q&A with Dr. Blogstein whose Radio Happy Hour is one of BlogTalkRadio‘s more popular segments.

Dr. B was kind enough to tell us a little about himself, his show and offer some tips to the other hosts. I won’t go on and on, but I will say this: Those who have never listened in to the Radio Happy Hour can now see why Dr. Blogstein is so entertaining and why folks leave his show with a good, upbeat feeling.

Tell us about your Radio Happy Hour

The World Wide Web is full of people who have no friends.  For one hour a week, we will be your best friends.  We’ll make you laugh, introduce you to cool people, play games, and every once in a while we’ll engage you in thought-provoking conversation.

That’s not to say that people with friends shouldn’t listen.  In fact, I guarantee we’ll leave you with something to talk to your buddies about.

How long have you hosted your radio show?

The Radio Happy Hour has been on every week since February 13, 2007.

What made you decide to do a radio show – and why did you choose BlogTalkRadio over more traditional forms of podcasting?

In all seriousness, I’ve been doing this show for my entire life. It’s just that now, other people can hear it. It’s really quite a relief to finally have an outlet for my obnoxious one-liners and immature jokes.

I chose BlogTalkRadio over any and every other vehicle because that Alan Levy is just so damn cute.


To what do you attribute your show’s success?

Dangreous Lee and Vinny Bond.  Without Dangerous Lee by my side and Vinny Bond patrolling the live, interactive chatroom, there would be no Radio Happy Hour.  This show is the perfect example of a scenario in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. On our own, we’re three dopey knuckleheads, but put us together and we’re Radio Magic.


How do you come by your guests?

Now its 50-50.  I reach out to half of my guests and the rest of the time they reach out to us.  I got the “guest ball” rolling initially by cashing in on all the favors people owed me!

Who are some of your favorite hosts and what are some of your favorite BTR shows?

There are other shows?  No kidding!

Actually, there really are some excellent radio programs on BTR. 

Movie Geeks United is a high-quality, high-end broadcast that’s always very professionally produced.  Annie and Burl are the Regis and Kelly of BlogTalkRadio and Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman is BTR’s Charlie Rose.

I’m always discovering other gems on BTR, so it pays to dig around.

Any tips you’d like to offer for promoting segments and bringing in the listeners?

The more people that you include on your show, the more people you’ll have to bring listeners to your show.   If you give roles on your show to your buddy Joe, Aunt Silvia and Jerry the Mailman then Joe, Silvia and Jerry will all have their friends and family tune in. And if those people like what they hear, they’ll tell their friends and family. But it’s not enough to get an audience; the key is to keep an audience. You have to be interesting and entertaining.

What advice do you have to offer someone who might be considering a radio show but might be a little shy?

A couple drinks a half hour before you go on air should loosen you up.

What’s can we expect in the future from Dr. Blogstein and his Radio Happy Hour?

You can continue to expect interesting guests, compelling conversation and an incredibly handsome host on the live web cam.  And also, since its live and on the internet you can expect that at any moment, you’ll hear something you’d never heard before.

Catch Dr. Blogstein’s Radio Happy Hour tonight at 9:00 EST. His guests are Francia Raisa from “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and Lorna Scott who is starring in the new film “Wanted.”