Category Archives: Social Issues

BlogTalkRadio Celebrates Halloween with The Fright Night Awards & Shadoe Stevens

On the 2nd episode of our new series, Storytellers, BlogTalkRadio teamed up with America’s Most Haunted for a special Halloween broadcast. Host Eric Olsen talks Fright Night Awards with the hot and saucy Carrie Keagan of VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live and Mike Burg, creator/producer of the Teen Choice and Kids’ Choice Awards and owner of Edge Health and Edge Marketing and Entertainment.

The Fright Night Awards celebrates actors and actresses in the vampire and supernatural genre of film.  The big event is the brainchild of Mike Burg, a blood cancer survivor and Cancer Bites, a new blood cancer awareness and education initiative, with winners announced by Carrie Keagan on VH1.

Also, the mythic radio (KROQ, American Top 40) and TV personality (Craig Ferguson) Shadoe Stevens joins the show to chat about his weekly paranormal Mental Radio show.  As the first PD of LA’s KROQ-FM, Stevens created one of the first Alternative Rock formats in the country, and as radio personality there, he won the Billboard Magazine Personality of the Year Award. In 1988, he followed Casey Kasem as host of American Top Forty for the next six years, broadcast in 120 countries to an estimated 1 billion listeners every week.  He was a regular on the popular Hollywood Squares TV program and is currently announcer for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

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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

Olivia Wilder welcomes the Founders of three of the most popular and influential lifestyle sites on the web today.  Tune in to hear interviews with Nikki Joel of Lifestyle Lemonaid, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy and Jeff Siegel of Wine Curmudgeon. Tune in here.

BlakeRadio Network welcomes actress/comedienne Kim Coles to the show. Kim will be co-hosting Are You Normal, America? with Barry Poznick, a new show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Tune in here.

Bestselling author Edward Klein, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and former Editor-in-Chief of the New York Times Magazine, pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive White Houses in history in his new book, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House. Tune in here.

Garrett Johnson, Co-Founder of SendHub.com, which recently secured $2 million venture capital investment from Y Combinator shares lessons on perfecting the VC pitch. Tune in here.

Smart Companies Radio interviews Ken Segall, the marketing genius who put the “i” in iMac, iTunes, and other Apple products. He has worked with some of the world’s largest corporations, including BMW, IBM, and Intel. Tune in here.

American Vernacular welcomes Ken Tanabe, founder of Loving Day joins to talk about the landmark 1967 US Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in all 50 states. He’ll also discuss the Loving Day celebrations around the nation. Tune in here.

On the The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, tune in to rock-radio pioneer and music manager David Spero & Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Dickie Betts of The Allman Brothers Band. Tune in here.

Broadway fans don’t miss this! Candi & Randy chat with 2012 Tony Award nominees Judith Light (Other Desert Cities), Norm Lewis (Porgy & Bess), Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Chris Gattelli (Newsies) & Wayne Barker (Peter and the Starcatcher). Tune in here.

Join Chris Mascaro and Angelo Cane as they welcome former Super Bowl winners Rodney Hampton of the Giants, Tony Wragge of the Packers and Roy Jefferson of the Redskins to Thursday Night Tailgate. Tune in here.

Tune into to a candid discussion with Guy Kawasaki on how entrepreneurs can best drive innovation. Also will be discussing publishing strategies to keep in mind when writing a new book. Tune in here.

Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford graces the big screen in Peace Love and Misunderstanding. Chace joins host Robin Milling to discuss his role as an organic butcher in idyllic Woodstock. He tells Robin what it was like being on set with movie legend Jane Fonda. Tune in here.

What’s New on BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Studies show that driving in the dark for vision-corrected Americans aged 18 and over is difficult, and they have trouble seeing signs, animals, and even pedestrians.  Optometrist Dr. Cristina Schnider and John Ulczycki of the National Safety Council join Healthy Vision with Dr. Val Jones and discuss what happens to your eyes while driving on the road at night and discusses some of the newer vision correction options currently available. Tune into the program here now to learn more.

On the latest Sunday edition of The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, Frank welcomes Davy Rothbart of FOUND Magazine and Nick Prueher of the Found Footage Festival.    Frank chats with Davy and Nick about their adventures finding and uncovering a wide array of neat items ranging from special thrift store merchandise to personal notes found on the ground. Tune in here.

Water is one of the biggest health and energy issues in the world today.  In the latest edition of Deepak Chopra Radio, Deepak welcomes Kevin McGovern, founder and Chairman of The Water Initiative, a company that develops and markets home-based water purification systems in developing countries, to discuss the global water issue and sustainable water solutions.  Chopra and McGovern examine how we can achieve substantial progress to cost effectively address these problems. Tune in here.

The Stupid Cancer Show is a Winner!

We are happy to announce that our very own The Stupid Cancer Show just won “Most Innovative Use Of Social Media” at the 3rd Annual CLASSY Awards, the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country.  Hosted by young adult survivors Lisa Bernhard and Matthew Zachary, The Stupid Cancer Show is an award-winning talk radio program of The I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation. The mission behind The Stupid Cancer Show is to provide a support network for young adults (15-39) living with cancer.

Over the past four years, the the show has garnered 195 broadcasts and over 1.5M listeners worldwide. The broadcast features celebrity cancer survivors, young adult advocates, notable oncologists, distinguished public-health officials, scientists and nutritionists, along with award-winning filmmakers, authors, actors and musicians – Fran Drescher, Lisa Niemi, wife of the late Patrick Swayze and Doug Ulman, CEO of Lance Armstrong Foundation to name a few.

The Stupid Cancer Show has a very irreverent and edgy tone, which has brought listeners back in droves to their cause.  The show covers a variety of different topics such as politics, health care, civil rights and the environment to social media, entertainment, cancer research and education. Tune into The Stupid Cancer Show every Monday at 8PM EST.

Congrats Matthew and Lisa! 

The Power of Giving (And How BlogTalkRadio Hosts Can Help)

Today, JD Lasica, strategist, marketer,  journalist, and blogger, launched his show on BlogTalkRadio, with special guest, Pamela Hawley, fougivingnder of Universal Giving.  JD is the founder of top social media blog Socialmedia.biz, and Socialbrite.org, which focuses on social tools for the social good, and online philathropy.

In this timely interview, given the dire situation pamin Haiti, Pamela talks about the Universal Giving website, which allows people to give and volunteer with the top performing projects all over the world, and takes no cut of the donations.  Pamela also shares what she views as the best ways to donate to relief efforts in Haiti, as well as ways her site helps similar relief efforts year-round.

In addition, JD and Pamela touch on some of the corporations that are focusing on making a positive impact with their corporate social responsibility efforts.  Check out the chat, and keep an eye out for JD’s occasional shows that will spotlight  topics of interest to the social cause community.

If you, as a BlogTalkRadio host or listener, are looking for ways to get involved in the Haiti relief efforts, here are a few ways you can contribute and raise awareness with your show:

-Encourage listeners to contribute to one of the active text message donation systems:

Text “HAITI” to the number 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross
Text “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s foundation
Text “SAVE” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children

-Post a “Ways to Help” list on your show profile’s blog and mention it to listeners during your show.

-Visit Universal Giving and research organizations that speak to you.  Some groups providing healthcare include Partners in Health, and Doctors Without Borders.

-Leverage these lists of resources that have been published by other media outlets, and stay updated on how you can help:
CNN
USA Today
NPR
The Huffington Post

Leave us a comment telling us ways you’ve gotten involved with the effort in Haiti, and ways you are using your BlogTalkRadio show to get the word out.

Bill Cosby Reboots Hip-Hop’s Social Conscience with Live Town Hall Special

Bill Cosby has long been instrumental in instilling pride, self-respect and peace in America’s young people.

So it comes as no surprise that he’s now helping rekindle hip-hop’s socially-conscious flame.

The Cos: Comin' back for a great cause.

The Cos: Comin' back for a great cause.

Today at 7pm ET, the legendary comedian takes to the Internet with a virtual town-hall meeting that tackles such issues as peer pressure, abuse, education and, last but not least, sexism and violence in rap music.

During the 90-minute special, presented live from NYC and simulcast on BlogTalkRadio, concerned citizens will be invited to voice their opinions and share proposed solutions to the crisis that Bill says “We need to confront now, collectively and individually.”

He’ll also introduce the Cosnarati Band, Continue reading

HOPE Artists on the Alan Levy Show Today

Hope artists 2

You don’t have to be an humanitarian to have interest in a worthy cause. It’s nice to want to help out when you can though. In Sudan’s war-torn Darfur, HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Artists are doing what they can to help genocide survivors get their lives back, rebuild their communities and most important, restore their pride. They do this by campaigning through art and music.

The founder of HOPE Artists, Andi Scull and The Devil Came on Horseback filmmaker Brian Steidle are guests on The Alan Levy Show today. Even if you don’t have the means to give back, I hope you’ll listen and show support for people who are giving so unselfishly of their time to help others.

Tune in today at 3:00 pm EST to give a listen, call in with questions or chat online about the issues.