Category Archives: Press

The Hindu: BlogTalkRadio…A Sharing Platform for Experts

The Hindu.com, the online edition of India’s National Newspaper, featured BlogTalkRadio in a recent tech column.

NETSPEAK columnist J. Murali, penned an article titled “Podcasting: emerging scenario netspeak” about current trends and the next evolution of podcasting, introducing BlogTalkRadio as “an online service enabling live/interactive podcast content.”

“Blogtalkradio,” Murali writes, “a service that lets you broadcast, interactive/live audio content is another means for generating interactive podcast content.”

The article goes into great detail on the simplicity of hosting one’s own show and new industries using online audio content.

Murali also writes, “Blogtalkradio may serve as a sharing platform for experts. So, even if one is not inclined to create a programme with it, she may still find it useful.”

ABC News Features BlogTalkRadio – Thanks Dad

For those of you that have followed BlogTalkRadio, the story of how I came up with the idea was told.

When I was growing up in Seaford, Long Island my dad was in the dry cleaning business. He and my uncle owned a few dry cleaning stores located in Manhattan. The store my dad spent most of his time (and life) at was just adjacent to Lincoln Center on W. 64th in Manhattan.

During my adolescent years, I used to take the train from our house in long island to help my dad out in his store. I would sweep up, tag and bag clothes and my favorite job…..delivering the dry cleaning. In those days, getting a dollar or two dollar tip from the wealthy NYC customers was big stuff, especially for a 14 year old kid in the 70’s.

ABC TV studios was located adjacent to the apartment building where my dad’s store was located. Some of his customers were Sam Donaldson, Geraldo Rivera, Barbara Walters and many other ABC personalities. If I was lucky enough I used to deliver dry cleaning to some of these TV personalities. It was exciting stuff!!

Yesterday, with great help from Marisol at Middleberg Communications, our excellent PR agency, we were able to secure a TV spot on ABC News Now called Money Matters for BlogTalkRadio (video below):

Host and BlogTalkRadio fitness director Peter K joined me on the 5 minute piece. I was pleased with how the clip came out and as a follower of BlogTalkRadio, you will notice that the anchor on the broadcast sounds just like the British lady which proceeds every one of our broadcasts.

AlanCleaners So here I was standing outside my father’s dry cleaning store just having been broadcast on a major TV network, the network where I used to deliver dry cleaning. This is the first time I had seen my dad’s store in perhaps 20 years. Of course, I had to pop my head into the store and tell the non English speaking Korean owners that 30 years ago my dad owned this store. They had no clue what I was talking about, but they did smile a lot.

Peter took this picture of me in front of Lincoln Plaza Valet. I felt my dad everywhere yesterday afternoon. As I looked around the store, as I walked into the ABC building and as I sat in front of the camera answering the question…”What inspired you to create BlogTalkRadio?”

Thanks Dad.

Washington Post Gives a Nod to the Citizen Broadcast Network

Today, Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz has written a piece about BlogTalkRadio that makes us proud.

In his column Media Notes, Kurtz explains how “With BlogTalkRadio, the Commentary Universe Expands.”

The article talks about the story behind our Citizen Broadcast Network, how some “unlikely stars have been born,” and BlogTalkRadio’s emergence as a tool for more empowering and interactive experiences online.

CEO Alan Levy says:

Its great that BlogTalkRadio is recognized by the number one media critic in the country, Howard Kurtz, as “a populist force in cyberspace.” This validates BlogTalkRadio as a powerful online medium that is a true Citizen Broadcast Network. As I said in the article, my Dad would be proud.

Alan Levy, 2007. Photo credit Lisa Padilla.We have grown so much since August of 2006. Starting from the ground up, an empty network with no hosts, to our current impressive lineup of content, Kurtz observes that in addition to bloggers, “some better-known people are also gravitating toward the outlet.”

We want to take this opportunity to thank the many hosts and listeners who have brought their enthusiasm, energy, and discussions to our community.

Read the Washington Post article here.

Talkers: BlogTalkRadio and The State of Internet Talk

Jayne Pearl, Special Projects Editor, Talkers Magazine, penned an article titled “The State of Internet Talk,” in which BlogTalkRadio was prominently featured. A PDF of the article, which was originally published in the March 2008 issue of Talkers, can be found here.

Talkers The article premise is that:

“…Internet talk radio has been growing steadily” and “…a strong case can be made that Internet talk radio is rapidly on its way to being a major media movement in popular culture.”

“BlogTalkRadio, which bills itself as the first social broadcasting network, includes many hosts whose shows are obscure, but somehow manage to nab guests who are anything but –– including the likes of Yoko Ono, presidential candidate Senator John McCain, Brad Pitt, Frank Rich and best-selling authors.”

CEO Alan Levy was quoted as saying:

“If Nike wants to focus on a sports category, we can give them 5,000 impressions or video pre-rolls, audio ads. We can drill down further to, say, college radio. Or to March Madness. We target exactly what advertisers want. If a host brings us a sponsor to their radio show, we’ll share the revenue 50-50 with that host. If we bring advertisers to the table, then the hosts get 35% and we’ll get 65%. By having a platform that incentivizes the hosts, they have more interest in promoting their show and creating content.”

An online version of the entire article can be found on the Talkers Magazine web site (subscription required) here or via the downloadable PDF.

Web and Satellite Causing Static for Terrestrial Radio

Portfolio writer Liz Gunnison posted an article today entitled “Radio’s S.O.S.” that highlights the disruption of terrestrial radio by satellite and web entities.

Today’s Gunnison article sites two reasons terrestrial radio is hurting 1) content options for audiences is mushrooming and 2) the changing local advertising markets. Today’s post references an earlier Portfolio article from this week in which writer David Levine referred to BlogTalkRadio as “the dominant player” in citizen broadcasting. Gunnison writes:

Offerings on the internet include not only a wealth of audio streaming commercial-free, but now even the likes of BlogTalk radio—a site which essentially allows anyone to broadcast their own radio show for free over the internet…

And while internet offerings have long been stealing their share of listeners at home, terrestrial radio is steadily losing listeners on the road as well. Many cars now come equipped with options like satellite radio and mp3 device hookups, allowing drivers to listen to downloaded music and podcasts as they drive…

Our recent Reciva deal also indicates that Internet radio’s move to mobile will continue to cause static for terrestrial radio.

The focus for niche and on-demand entertainment that sources like BlogTalkRadio provide will continue to disrupt mainstream broadcasting business models. BlogTalkRadio’s diverse live and RSS enabled content will increasingly make it more appealing to advertisers seeking tailored ways to reach quality consumers – and for consumers to get relevant information that appeals to them. In addition, the business solutions programs offered by BlogTalkRadio provide easy, direct contact between businesses and their audiences in branded environments.

The article also quotes Barry Parr, a media analyst for Jupiter Research Group, who said “internet and satellite rivals can’t yet deliver professional-level coverage of local news.” BlogTalkRadio hosts are already challenging that assertion as well.

Portfolio: BlogTalkRadio is the “Dominant Player”

BlogTalkRadio continues to make headlines as a dominant player in the citizen broadcasting space. Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com posted an article entitled All Talk? by David Levine today.

It takes a broad look at the citizen broadcasting trend and features BlogTalkRadio prominently in the piece as a dominant player.

It also features some notable opinions by industry leaders:

“‘I think that [BlogTalk] represents something that’s far greater than itself,’ says Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, a leading talk-radio-industry trade publication. ‘There’s a whole bunch of new Web-based entities that I predict will be the media stations of the future.'”

And Levine offers some excellent points about the space:

But internet talk radio is also rapidly getting attention from prominent hosts, guests, and broadcasting companies—especially in the wake of the blog phenomenon, which mainstream media outlets were slow to accept.”

“The online amateur-radio niche is still sparsely populated, and as yet, largely undefined. BlogTalk is one of the few companies that currently offers a medium explicitly designed to emulate traditional radio, and this may be part of the key to the company’s relative success.”

BlogTalkRadio continues to strive to be the best platform for citizen broadcasters to have a voice and for everyone to join the conversation.

Read the entire Portfolio.com article here > >

Portfolio: BlogTalkRadio is the "Dominant Player"

BlogTalkRadio continues to make headlines as a dominant player in the citizen broadcasting space. Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com posted an article entitled All Talk? by David Levine today.

It takes a broad look at the citizen broadcasting trend and features BlogTalkRadio prominently in the piece as a dominant player.

It also features some notable opinions by industry leaders:

“‘I think that [BlogTalk] represents something that’s far greater than itself,’ says Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, a leading talk-radio-industry trade publication. ‘There’s a whole bunch of new Web-based entities that I predict will be the media stations of the future.'”

And Levine offers some excellent points about the space:

But internet talk radio is also rapidly getting attention from prominent hosts, guests, and broadcasting companies—especially in the wake of the blog phenomenon, which mainstream media outlets were slow to accept.”

“The online amateur-radio niche is still sparsely populated, and as yet, largely undefined. BlogTalk is one of the few companies that currently offers a medium explicitly designed to emulate traditional radio, and this may be part of the key to the company’s relative success.”

BlogTalkRadio continues to strive to be the best platform for citizen broadcasters to have a voice and for everyone to join the conversation.

Read the entire Portfolio.com article here > >

Happy Blogsteinversary, Dr. Blogstein!

Since February 13, 2007, Dr. Blogstein, his Radio Happy Hour and his co-hosts have tickled the funny bones and touched the cockles of our hearts on BlogTalkRadio.

Tonight at 9pm ET, they’ll celebrate the Blogsteinversary by spending the hour patting themselves on the back and discussing how great they all are.

As a bonus, they’ll also have the great guests you’d expect from The Radio Happy Hour. The #1 most read blogger on MySpace, Super Jabs, will share “what every guy would love to say but won’t and what every woman thinks but won’t speak of,” and more. Just in time for Valentines Day!

Also, comedian Johnny Dam and a few surprise guests will appear to wish the gang a Happy Blogsteinversary!

As a side note, here is another excellent example of a host using this news to do some great promotional work. Blogstein was featured in two articles today in local publications.

Congrats on one year and some great press, Doctor!