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Free Skype Calls Make it Easy to Dial-In to Your Favorite Shows

BlogTalkRadio has released a new free feature to make it even easier for listeners to call in and participate in live shows. “Click to Talk” with Skype enables listeners to join the show simply by using a Skype-to-Skype call, which also means the call is toll-free.

Here is a step-by-step guide for using the “Click-to-Talk” feature:

1. Make sure you are logged in to your Skype account. If you don’t have one you can register here.

2. Log in to your BlogTalkRadio account and go to the Episode page of the show you want to participate in.

3. Click on the “Click to Talk” Logo shown below. (If you do not see this logo, try hitting control+f5)

Click to Talk with Skype

Click to Talk with Skype

4. When you see Pop-Up window, Click “Click to Talk” Logo again to automatically launch Skype call.

5. Click “Call” in Skype application to complete call to show.

That’s it!

We recommend that listeners use a headset when dialing to avoid echo and to ensure audio quality when participating in the show. If you should have any questions about the above feature be sure to contact us at service(at)blogtalkradio.com.

‘Baywatch’ Babe Alexandra Paul: My Jailed Brother Teaches Spinning in the Big House

Former Baywatch star Alexandra Paul‘s brother, Jonathan Paul, is making the most of his four-year prison stint—by whipping his fellow inmates into shape.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio, Alexandra, 46, delivers an upbeat update on her radical-environmentalist sibling.

CAPTION: "I'm so proud of him for maintaining his values throughout his sentence," Alexandra (above) tells us of Jonathan.

"I'm so proud of him for maintaining his values throughout his sentence," Alexandra (above) tells us of Jonathan.

“My mother just saw him last weekend. I saw him a couple of weeks ago. And he can call his wife a certain amount each month,” she tells Olivia Wilder Times host Olivia Wilder of Jonathan, now 43, who two years ago was sentenced to 51 months on conspiracy and arson charges after pleading guilty to setting a 1997 fire that destroyed the Cavel West horse slaughterhouse in Redmond, Ore.

“He reads a ton. And he teaches spinning and boot camp in prison. So I joke with him, I say, Continue reading

BlogTalkRadio’s Facebook and Twitter Integration

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CEO, BlogTalkRadio

We’re excited to roll out some cool new features that will help our tens of thousands of radio hosts syndicate their shows into leading social networks.

twitterIn our view, our job has many elements. First, we enable any individual, company
or organization to host a live online radio show. We host close to 1,000 broadcasts every day. There is no cost to host or listen to shows on BlogTalkRadio. However, we do offer premium services for a more robust hosting experience.  Second, shortly after the show is completed, we automatically create podcasts that are hosted and stored on our site, and can be easily downloaded into iTunes, RSS, etc.  Finally, we provide a series of syndication tools so that the content produced on the network can be easily syndicated online.

Our platform sits side by side with Facebook, Twitter, Ning, MySpace and many other popular social communities.

Effective today, our hosts can elect to have their shows automatically notify and update their Facebook and Twitter communities.  You can watch screencast tutorials here in our Learning Center to learn how to use these features.

For Facebook, our hosts will be able to easily create events, update their status to let their friends know they are broadcasting live and, finally, after the show is over, the archive will be embedded directly into their status update.

For Twitter, tweets will be automatically sent from your Twitter profile when the show is live, and then again when the archived show is available.

We’re excited about these enhancements and look forward to your comments, feedback and suggestions.  Please write us at service@blogtalkradio.com.

Best,

Alan

BlogTalkRadio Today, June 10, 2009

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Keep your laptops close and your headsets closer, online radio fans. Our assortment of guests today runs the gamut from comedians to actors to authors to television personalities. If you haven’t already looked into BlogTalkRadio’s mobile site, may I encourage you to do so? You’re not going to want to miss any of this! Check it out – all time ET.

  • Mr. Media celebrates ACME Theatre gay pride with comedian ANT of Last Comic Standing and actors Janina Gavankar of The L Word and Darryl Stephens. The fun and laughter begins this evening at 9:00.
  • Brown Suga Radio welcomes CeCe Penniston, multi Platinum recording artist and Phoenix native, to discuss her new album and future plans for her music career, tonight at 10:00.
  • Actress and author Mariel Hemingway joins The Ceslie Show to share some of the healthy, simple, and delicious recipes and advice for living green from her new book, Mariel’s Kitchen. Looking forward to that this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
  • BlogTalkRadio 101 welcomes hosts and listeners to learn new techniques for maximizing your BlogTalkRadio experience, this afternoon at 1:00.
  • Accomplished stand-up comedian and Emmy-nominated writer and producer Carol Leifer discusses her book, When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror, with Mr. Media.  Listen in this afternoon at 3:00.
  • Joan Baker, voice over actress and author joins marketing expert Rudy Gaskins to promote their brainchild, Voices Remember, a sensitive and uplifting Alzheimer research fundraiser, on The Brass Ovary this morning at 10:30.
  • Musician Russel Blake discusses his work, Silent Power and Quiet Strength, as well as the August debut of his new album, Fierce Solitude, with Nesheba this evening at 5:00.
  • The Final Word celebrates its one year anniversary with actress Melora Hardin of The Office and Monk, ESPN anchorman Mike Hill and sports analyst Peter Vecsey, with Jay Reelz and J.D. this evening at 8;00.
  • Ryan Kessman from MTV’s Bully Beat Down and Tyger from MTV’s 50 Cent: The Money and The Power welcome Like Dat, a contestant from Flavor of Love 2, to break down the world of entertainment, on Twin Towers Radio today at 7:00 p.m.
  • Bilaal Rajan, a twelve year old who has raised millions to help children in need, talks about his celebrated campaigns and his ambitious movement to inspire young people to take action to create a more peaceful world, on CWLA Radio this afternoon at 2:00.
  • Cindy Kauanui, entrepreneur and owner of Jet Set Models, discusses her company’s journey from a small production company in Kauai to one of the largest agency’s in the world, and what she looks for in potential models, with Susan Pascal this afternoon at 12:30.
  • Randal Pinkett, best known for winning Season 4 of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, discusses his book, The No Money Down CEO and how to start a business in this economy, with Linsey Knerl tonight at 9:00.

For a complete look at all of today’s BlogTalkRadio programming, please see our On Air Schedule. All BlogTalkRadio programs are available for download or on demand listening soon after the live broadcast.

Howard Stern: If Jay Leno Doesn’t Hire ‘Stuttering John’ Melendez Back, I’ll Rehire Him

Howard Stern did an about-face yesterday in his feud with former underling “Stuttering John” Melendez—or did he?

While interviewing him Monday on Mr. Media, host Bob Andelman asked John—who left Howard’s then-terrestrial radio show in 2003 to become Jay Leno‘s announcer on The Tonight Show—”Is Jay taking you with him to 10 p.m.?”

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"I really enjoy working with Jay. He's been great to me thus far," John (l) tells us of his current boss (r).

(Bob—whose interview is cited in the New York Post‘s Page Six column today—was of course referring to Jay’s move to an earlier time slot on NBC this fall, with a show tentatively titled The Jay Leno Show, after handing off The Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien in June.)

“I don’t know yet. I haven’t heard yet,” John replied. “I’m assuming I’m going in some capacity—although assump- tions aren’t always good. But I really do hope that I am.”

The next morning, on Howard’s Sirius Satellite show, the King of All Media’s newswoman, Lisa G, reported:

“I have an update on ‘Stuttering’ John Melendez – appearing on [Bob Andelman's] Internet radio show yesterday claiming that he has not heard yet if he will be following Jay Leno to his new 10 p.m. show. John says he assumes he’s going in some capacity, but he’s doing standup and building up his website just in case.”

Before we tell you Howard’s response to that update, we should note that, in February 2008, John appeared on Adam Carolla‘s since-axed syndicated radio show and ripped into his former boss, claiming Howard never paid him fairly and didn’t fight to keep him when he quit Howard’s show.

“He resented me doing any outside work,” John told Adam.

On his own show a few days later, Howard called John a “no-talent ingrate,” adding:

“I didn’t have a beef with him before, but I do now. He’s delusional… He can go #$%! himself.”

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"I can't imagine the magic of that show without John," Howard (above) says of a Melendez-less Jay Leno program.

Now for the kicker.

Yesterday on Howard’s show, in response to Lisa’s update, he said:

“I’m going to make an offer to John right now: If Jay doesn’t hire him back, he can stay in L.A. and ask questions, and we’ll hire him to go to some of those premieres and ask questions again.”

But then Howard added, “[John]  can do that. It’s  a dollar for every question.”

Will Jay bring John to his new prime-time show? Will John— jonesing for a broadcasting gig after being dumped—return to Howard? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, be sure to check out John’s full Mr. Media interview, in which John also:

—Tells the story of his awkward run-in with Billy Crystal backstage at The Tonight Show years after infuriating the comedian at a movie premiere while covering the event for Howard’s show.

—Explains why, much to his dismay, his latest Internet video in which he sings to his baby son is rife with profanity.

To hear John’s interview, click here.

To read the New York Post‘s coverage of Bob’s interview and the Howard-Stuttering John feud, click here.

To check out John’s new online TV show, click here.

The New BlogTalkRadio: All You Need to Know

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Early this morning, we released a new user-interface (UI) at www.blogtalkradio.com. We’ve been working hard behind-the-scenes to create a UI with enhanced functionality and user-friendly navigation to make your BlogTalkRadio experience even better, and we’re excited to share our new look and features with our community.

To help you get started, we’ve compiled this quick guide outlining the major changes you will see in and around BlogTalkRadio.

BlogTalkRadio Learning Center: In our new Learning Center, listeners and hosts alike will have a place to go to find comprehensive guides for everything you need to know about BlogTalkRadio. You’ll find the Learning Center in the ‘Help/FAQ’ section of our site. We’ve included new FAQ’s, BlogTalkRadio 101 with several screencast tutorials, tips for marketing your shows on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, and much more. If we haven’t covered a topic in our FAQ, please send us an email at service@blogtalkradio.com. Click here to go to our Learning Center.

The Forum: We welcome you to join our new forum by going to the ‘Forum’ link on our site. In our forum, you can interact with other listeners, hosts, and BlogTalkRadio staff to learn how to market your show, increase your listeners, and expand your Internet radio voice. You can access the forum by clicking here.

New terminology: Instead of Host Profiles, Segments and Stations, we now use Show, Episodes, and Branded Networks. We can relate it to the television show Friends. Friends is the show (determined by your Show Page), it airs on NBC (Your Branded Network or BlogTalkRadio as a whole) and every week, it produced an Episode (The One Where Ross and Rachel Hosted a BlogTalkRadio Show).

Introducing My BlogTalkRadio:
When you login to your BlogTalkRadio account, you’ll notice a new area called ‘My BlogTalkRadio’ located in the top left hand corner of any page on the site. Clicking this link will take you to the ‘My BlogTalkRadio’ portal where you will find everything you need to navigate your account in one central place.

To read more about our new UI, click here. Continue reading

Sun’s CEO Jonathan Schwartz on Software Freedom

What’s the future of the Internet?

Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems joined Sun News on BlogTalkRadio to talk about software freedom, open source, and the changing nature of the technology world.

Schwartz drops by to discuss the meaning of software freedom, and how Sun has embraced it for its business model.  Software freedom, according to Schwartz can be an “instrument of driving change, not only in the technology landscape, but also in society more broadly.”  He believes in the Internet’s ability to increase opportunity.

Open source should be embraced.  According to Schwartz, “open source is a critical enabler” that can benefit a variety of users, from college students, to start-ups, to Fortune 500 companies.

Schwartz also predicts that the future of the internet is still free for the end-user, in social networks, media, and beyond.  He predicts that “if one company is not providing a free service, there will likely be another one that is providing a free service.”  This competition drives innovation.

Take a listen to the archived interview, and you’ll catch Jonathan’s enthusiasm about what they are working on at Sun, and the potential of software freedom to engage and empower.

Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz on Software Freedom

What’s the future of the Internet?

Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems joined Sun News on BlogTalkRadio to talk about software freedom, open source, and the changing nature of the technology world.

Schwartz drops by to discuss the meaning of software freedom, and how Sun has embraced it for its business model.  Software freedom, according to Schwartz can be an “instrument of driving change, not only in the technology landscape, but also in society more broadly.”  He believes in the Internet’s ability to increase opportunity.

Open source should be embraced.  According to Schwartz, “open source is a critical enabler” that can benefit a variety of users, from college students, to start-ups, to Fortune 500 companies.

Schwartz also predicts that the future of the internet is still free for the end-user, in social networks, media, and beyond.  He predicts that “if one company is not providing a free service, there will likely be another one that is providing a free service.”  This competition drives innovation.

Take a listen to the archived interview, and you’ll catch Jonathan’s enthusiasm about what they are working on at Sun, and the potential of software freedom to engage and empower.