Category Archives: Programming Highlights

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.

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.

 

 

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Russell Fischer of Jersey BoysThe Halli Casser-Jayne Show is off to Broadway. Meeting us there is Russell Fischer star of Jersey Boys, Oscar Hammerstein II’s grandson, author and painter, Oscar Andrew Hammerstein, President & Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Ted Chapin and more. Tune in here.

The Big Bang Theory showDavid Goetsch and Maria Ferarri, writers on the show The Big Bang Theory, will be chatting with the geeks at Geekerati about the show and about their own geeky interests. Tune in here.

Interview with Presentation Designer for Madden NFL Video GameThe Broad Street Line welcomes Patrick Bellanca, Lead Presentation Designer for Madden NFL 13. The Madden series is the top-selling video game franchise of all time.  Last year’s edition sold more than 4.6 million copies. Tune in here.

Movie Geeks United revisits some of their best interviews past in their special series titled: Best of MGU.  Past guests highlighted in the series include David Cronenburg, Robert Duvall, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Burstyn and more!   Tune in here.

Iconic filmmaker Spike Lee will be joins PDC Live to discuss his latest film Red Hook Summer, a venture back to the universe he created originally in Do The Right Thing. Tune in here.

Actor, Billy Bob ThorntonBuffalo welcomes Oscar winning actor, director, writer and musician Billy Bob Thornton to discuss movies, music an life. We also welcome members of the band Royal Southern Brotherhood. Tune in here.

Singer, Angie StoneHost Joy Keys welcomes singer, Angie Stone to talk her new album Rich Girl. Rich Girl is a triumphant return to what Stone does best, writing deeply soulful and intimate songs, then delivering them with a voice so powerful and pure. Tune in here.

Sharon Harris, the owner of Napa Valley's Rarecat WinesSmart Companies Radio interviews Sharon Harris, the owner of Napa Valley’s Rarecat Wines.  Sharon turned her life’s passion into a thriving business, and she’s committed to helping other women entrepreneurs be successful.  She formed a group called Wine Entre Femmes comprised of some of the most remarkable women in wine. Tune in here.

Tips on Back to SchoolHost Monica will discuss the stresses for both parent and student, Nursery School thru College, when beginning the school year again. Listen in for Monica’s helpful hints on how to deal. Tune in here.

 

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

The Players Platform welcomes Mike Tyson for a charity filled day at the Oheka Castle for the 1st annual Big Daddy Golf Classic. Tyson talks about his upcoming Broadway play directed by Spike Lee. Tune in here.

It’s bye-bye ‘American Pie’ for Jason Biggs who stars in Grassroots as the campaign manager for his best friend’s platform to widen the monorail system throughout Seattle. When it comes to real life jobs, Jason tells host Robin Milling about his many firings. Tune in here.

The legendary hip hop artist, MC Lyte  makes a visit to the Sy Effect Radio Show. MC Lyte is one of the most prolific and well-respected female hip hop artists of our time in addition to being an author, inspirational speaker and entrepreneur. Tune in here.

Wind Wiser Radio welcomes Ozzie Zehner, a visiting scholar at Berkeley and the author of Green Illusions, a new book that takes aim at cherished assumptions regarding alternative energy.  The book offers a glimpse at the future of environmentalism. Tune in here.

A 2012 James Beard Award winner, Andrew Zimmern celebrates his 100th Bizarre Foods episode this month on Travel Channel. He recently visited with Olivia Wilder to talk about his career. Also on the show is Wine Curmudgeon, Jeff Siegel on wines for summer heat. Tune in here.

Can we be too vain? Or is looking good and having a positive body image, not vanity, but a road to a long, healthy and happy life? Joining The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is the father of the Inflammation Theory of Aging — and Oprah’s health guru, Dr. Nicholas Perricone. Tune in here.

Sandra Bernhard joins Unscripted Radio. She began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in film and television, recorded albums and authored books. Tune in here.

The Movie Geeks speak with master director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) about his remarkable career, and his latest film Killer Joe starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, in a special hour-long conversation.  Tune in here.

Timothy Hodge welcomes Chely Wright, singer/songwriter to the show to discuss and promote her new documentary Wish Me Away. Chely Wright was recently named one of country music’s top selling female artists of all time. Tune in here.

Matthew Lillard, star of Scream, Scooby Doo & The Descendents, is once again taking the film world by storm, but this time behind the camera! Matthew will discussing directing Fat Kid Rules The Word, a film that is generating a tremendous buzz! Tune in here.

What’s New on BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

In addition to health risks, exposure to ultraviolet rays (UV) from the sun can also change the overall appearance of your skin and eyes.  On the new episode of Healthy Vision™ with Dr. Val Jones, Optometrist Dr. Stephen Cohen and dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie tell you what you need to know to keep yourself and your family protected against UV rays. Tune in here.

On Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, catch up with writer and producer Nick Santora talking about his work on The Sopranos, Breakout Kings on A&E and his new novel Fifteen Digits. Also on the show is About.com guide to cocktails Colleen Graham about her beautiful new book ¡Hola Tequila!: Ninety Creative Cocktails and Inspired Shooters, and a DIY grilling Disaster story from Macheesmo blogger Nick Evans.  Tune in here.

Catch Jill Shalvis and Lori Wilde on Hachette Book Group, both New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Jill lives in a small town in California run by quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books are “mostly” coincidental.  Lori Wilde has written sixty novels, is a RITA finalist and has been nominated four times for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Tune in here.

How To Create A Sticky Angle For Your Next Radio Show/Podcast

Many new hosts on BlogTalkRadio come to us for advice on how to get great guests, but big name guests are not the only way to grow and develop your show as we learned on a recent BlogTalkRadio University interview with BTR host, Halli Casser-Jayne.  In the beginning, it may be difficult to land a famous guest, but what you can do is put some creativity into figuring out interesting angles to attract listeners and keep them tuning in.  Over time and after your show has built up credibility and an audience, getting those big guests will get easier.  You may even find yourself having to turn some away, as many of our more veteran hosts on the network have to do quite often.

Halli is new to BlogTalkRadio and the host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, which features guests from the world of politics, books, art, culture, and celebrity.  Although her show is new to BlogTalkRadio, Halli is actually a seasoned interviewer in her own right.  She started her career as a radio host on WNYW, served as a foreign correspondent in war-torn Central America and is the celebrated author of A Year In My Pajamas with President Obama.

In a short time on BlogTalkRadio, Halli has grown her audience of listeners very quickly, not only because of the caliber of guests she has on her show, but also because of the thought and creativity she puts into figuring out an angle for each episode.  During our interview, she shared some tips and insight into interviewing and figuring out a sticky angle.  That angle may not include a celebrity guest, but it could be about a topic that is trending or popular or just plain interesting.  For instance, Halli mentioned that one show she did all about ice cream was actually one of her most popular episodes.  In addition, she has hosted shows on topics such as film noir, street performers and more.  Tune in to Halli’s interview to get the lowdown from an expert host.  Listen now.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes recording artist Kenny Lattimore to Conversations LIVE to discuss his amazing career and new single, “Find a Way”. The New York Times has hailed him as a “modern soul man” on stage. Tune in here.

The Drew Show welcomes from CBS hit comedy show Mike & Molly, Billy Gardell. Come hear as Billy tells us what makes the show so successful and the stand up show he’s filming for Showtime TV! Tune in here.

Laura Theodore interviews Julieanna Hever MS, RD, CPT, who has appeared on Dr. Oz and is the author of the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine. Tune in here.

Susan & Scott from GetRealLive Radio welcomes Peter Walsh, Oprah’s Decluttering Guru to talk about changing the way we live and helping us get rid of clutter. Hear about Peter’s most recent project is his series Extreme Clutter on the OWN Network. Tune in here.

Engineering Happiness Ted Talk Speaker, Contributor to the Huffington Post, & Distinguished Magagement Professor at UCLA, Rakesh Sarin joins host Deb Scott to discuss his new bestseller, Engineering Happiness – A New Approach for Building a Joyful Life Tune in here.

On Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon, catch the director of one of the year’s most decorated films, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Behn Zeitlin. He discusses his award-winning debut that has set both Sundance and Cannes ablaze! Tune in here.

Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Chai Ling was a student leader of Tiananmen Square when thousands died and a young women when China’s One Child Policy resulted in multiple abortions. She reveals how all of these experiences impact all women and men. Tune in here.

The Movie Geeks speak with actress Virginia Madsen (Sideways, The Number 23) about her new film The Magic of Belle Isle, which is directed by Rob Reiner (Misery, The Bucket List) and stars Morgan Freeman (Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby). Tune in here.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Kevin Kline joins host Robin Milling to talk about his film Darling Companion and his co-star, Casey, the dog.  He was directed in the film by his longtime friend, Lawrence Kasdan.  Kevin talks about how their plus 30-year relationship actually began with Kevin auditioning and not getting the role for the film, Body Heat. Tune in here.

Vanessa Williams (star of Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Broadway and concert stages) and her mother, Helen join Candi & Randy to discuss their new book You Have No Idea, which is an empowering celebration of the love between a mother and daughter and an account of the ups and downs Vanessa experienced during her career.  Tune in here.

Lamorne Morris, star of Fox’s hit comedy, The New Girl joins TD Radio to talk about how he got his start in entertainment.  He has appeared on BET’s HotWyred, several BET Awards specials and was the host of Cartoon Network’s popular game show, Brain Rush. Tune in here.

Randolph Duke’s fashion is etched into our memory. His designs on the red carpet worn by Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Charlize Theron and more. Randolph joins host Gael Sylvia and reveals surprising insights about the true beauty and spirit of women. Tune in here.