Category Archives: Soundbits

Host David Lykken: Tapping His Inner Paul Harvey Between Mortgage-Consulting Gigs

If you’re a regular reader of leading business-news outlets like Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, chances are you’ve seen David Lykken quoted on real-estate finance issues. Ditto Fox Business Network, where’s he a regular guest. But to get David’s expert insights into the industry that (for better or worse) is top of mind for millions of Americans these days, you need not wait around for his media appearances. Just log onto BlogTalkRadio each Monday at 1pm ET. Because that’s when David, who’s managing partner at KLS Consulting d/b/a Mortgage Banking Solutions, presents Lykken on Lending. And on that C-note of an intro, we now give you—live from his home office in Marble Falls, Texas—our SoundBits subject of the week…


Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?

Lykken on Lending is the only show of its kind, that’s created and produced by mortgage professionals for mortgage professionals (or those aspiring to be mortgage professionals), while also covering the latest hot topics in the mortgage and real-estate finance industry. The best part is that you can either listen live, or download the program and listen whenever it’s convenient to your schedule. Those outside of the mortgage industry may want to listen for ideas on how to gain creditability and reach into almost any vertical business-to-business market by hosting a similar program. I’m always willing to share ideas and consult with aspiring radio hosts considering launching a show here on BTR.

David: Hold the Folgers. Serve the Skippy.

David: Hold the Folgers (though don't skip the Skippy).

Tell us something listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

Even though I’ve been in real estate finance for 37 years, I recently rediscovered a desire that I’ve had since I was a kid-to be a talk show host. Now it seems as if I’ve finally stepped into my destiny. I’ve always said, “If you find your purpose, you’ll always find provision.” I’m grateful to BTR founder Alan Levy  for creating BTR and to all those at BTR working hard to make this a success. Folks like Philip Recchia, who are giving me an opportunity to rediscover and develop my broadcasting skills.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Without question it would be Continue reading

Host Charmaine Bassett: The Lady Is a Media Champ

Just in case you’re wondering (as we were), Charmaine Bassett is no relation to Angela Bassett. But that doesn’t mean she’s any less entertainment savvy than the leading lady who played Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It. Currently the host of Lady Charmaine Live here on BlogTalkRadio, Charmaine—who tells us, “I was called an ugly duckling until I reached high school”—has appeared in print and broadcast ads for companies ranging from Dove to FedEx to Radio Shack. She also had a role in the 1987 flick The Principal, starring Lou Gossett Jr. and Jim Belushi. And along the way, she worked as an entertainment reporter for CBS Radio, and DJ’d for KHYL-FM in Sacramento, Calif., KDIA-AM in Vallejo, Calif., and KGRM-FM in Grambling, La. Now settled in Sacramento, Charmaine, along with her hubby Joseph, pastors the Spirit of Excellence Christian Center. On that holy note, please put your hands together for this week’s SoundBits subject, Lady Charmaine…


Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?

Lady Charmaine Live is fun, informative and uplifting. Each weekday between 3 and 4:30 p.m. ET, we bring you interviews with your favorite gospel artists while playing all your favorite gospel songs. Plus, our “Hot Chocolate” and “Coffee Talk” segments focus on topics that concern us day in, day outfrom health, to money management and more.

Lady Charmaine: Joyful noise jockey.

Lady Charmaine: Joyful noise jockey.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

I was a guest on The Tyra Banks Show in 2005, and a contestant on The Price is Right in 2009. And in 2004, I had a near-death experience when I suffered a bowel obstruction and the doctors told me I wasn’t going to live. But thanks be to God, I am here today!

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Oprah Winfrey.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

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‘WDKK Radio’ Host Darryl Williams: Got a Job—and Couldn’t Ask for a Better One

Whether you’re a soul enthusiast, funk aficionado or R&B devotee, Darryl Williams is the man for you. As host of WDKK Radio, he regularly sits down with legends in each genre for in-depth discussions that cover everything from their creative inspiration to career peaks (and valleys). Darryl’s guests in the past year alone have included Billy Paul, Jeffrey Osborne, The Ohio Players, The Brothers Johnson, Otis Williams of The Temptations, Gil Saunders of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge. And if it seems that Darryl, who makes his home in Dayton, Ohio—and serves as chief visionary officer for radio-station management company Full Cirkle Media Group there—has an inside track on the music biz, that’s because he does. His dad, Kae Williams Sr., was a broadcasting pioneer who not only worked the Philly radio circuit, but also managed The Silhouettes—and wrote the doo-wop group’s No. 1 hit, Get a Job. And on that note (Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip), we give you this week’s SoundBits subject, Darryl “The Soul Man” Williams…


Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?

WDKK features the absolute finest in legacy artists. Not only do you hear the stories behind these great performers, but you get up close and personal with them, while getting their advice for aspiring talent. Scattered in between are history lessons in music and broadcasting that you just won’t find anywhere else in radio.

Darryl: Keeping the family legacy alive on BTR.

Darryl: Keeping his musical heritage alive on BlogTalkRadio.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

(1) I am a second-generation broadcaster. I grew up in and around the music industry, which has given me a unique perspective on the radio and recording industries.

(2) The late Solomon Burke was my godfather. He acknowledged during one my shows that I was the first Internet radio interview he had done—just as my father was the first traditional radio personality to play his records on the air. What an incredible honor. Continue reading

‘Power Selling Mom’ Host Danna Crawford: Humongous Fan of eBay (and Griff Too!)

“I will not promise to make you millions, but I will show you ways to get your bills paid!” So proclaims Danna Crawford, host of Power Selling Mom, which each week features interviews with successful eBay sellers and staffers. And Danna—as CEO of PowerSellingMom, Inc. and founder of—does indeed provide regular money-making tools, tips and tactics that help listeners to her show (which recently celebrated its three-year anniversary on BlogTalkRadio) get the most out of the world’s largest online auction and shopping site. The Ocala, Fla., resident is so adept at her self-styled career, in fact, that she’s been able to work from home since 1997. That in turn has meant being available to her kids 24/7, while never missing any of their school or social events. So if any of Danna’s success sounds intriguing to you, don’t touch that mouse because our SoundBits subject of the week is coming up live in four… three… two…


Give us a 15-second pitch for your showwhy should listeners tune in?

eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace, but it has so much more to offer than just buying or selling. My show focuses on the eBay community, serving as a place where buyers and sellers unite-and lurkers begin to learn. I’ve also incorporated blogging into the show’s regular features, as well as effective use of all the social-networking sites. These are key factors in marketing on eBay, or any online business. And BlogTalkRadio has become an essential part of my Virtual Online Learning classroom!


Danna: Still making a bid for John Donahoe booking.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you.

I don’t color my hair. And I don’t get paid to talk about eBay! I’m just extremely thankful that eBay has given me an opportunity and provided a path for me to have my own business since 1997. A lot of people think I get paid to talk about eBay. But I promote the site because I truly love it, and I love to share my knowledge with others so they too might have similar experiences. My motto is: There is plenty of eBay for us all to be blessed and prosper!

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Back in my Continue reading

Stu ‘The Wine Guru’ Nudelman Asks, ‘Yo, Adrian! Know a Good Merlot?’

SoundBits is back! And what better way to celebrate the return of this popular column—which each week profiles BlogTalkRadio’s most compelling hosts—than a Q&A session with Stu Nudelman? The owner of Stu The Wine Guru Global Wine Consulting and Promotion, who hails from Coral Springs, Fla., recently marked the one-year anniversary of Wine Talk with Stu the Wine Guru here on the network. And from the sound of things, his show is aging quite nicely, what with its full body of guests, excellent nose of oenological knowledge. and extensive palette of featured varietals. So stand back while Stu pours forth...

soundbits-wordpress11Give us a 15-second pitch for your showwhy should listeners tune in?

If you want an Internet destination where you can learn everything about wine, directly from leading wine makers and experts—and you want it in an informative, entertaining and interactive way—then tune in every Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm ET. Be sure to bring a glass and an open mind. Then sit back, relax, listen and learn.

Stu: His multi-media success is nothing to sniff at.

Stu: His multi-media success is nothing to sniff at.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

All the celebrity voiceovers featured in my show promos—including Sly Stallone, Tony Danza, John Ratzenberger and Dr. Evil—are done by me. Soon after I started using them a few weeks back, I got flooded with emails asking who the talent was. Now the secret’s out.

Also, I’m a lot taller than I appear on the radio.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

The first person I really listened to regularly on the radio was Howard Stern, back in the early Continue reading

SoundBits: Larry Suttles Slithers to Prominence within the Reptile Set

For those of you who think the BlogTalkRadio guest roster is populated by nothing but Oscar winners, Emmy winners, Grammy winners, Tony winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Prize winners, Olympic gold medalists and so on, think again. Because, thanks to Larry Suttles, we’ve also got names like Nick Mutton, who’s a prominent python breeder; Dave Kaufman, who directed Herpers, the first feature-length documentary on reptile culture; and Will Bird and Phil Peak, who penned the new book, A Snake Hunting Guide II. Since launching Reptile Radio two years ago, Larry and his sidekick, Brian “BT” Taylor, have become the go-to guys for news and info on the pet-reptile industry. And though Larry knew little about pythons when he began collecting the creatures in 2004, today he’s the proud owner of Bluegrass Reptiles, a Louisville, Ky.-based company that breeds and sells snakes and rodents. Now do us proud and put your tails claws hands together for Mr. Larry Suttles…

Larry: Lookin' sssssslick at the 2009 National Reptile Breeders Expo.

Larry: Lookin' sssssslick at the 2009 National Reptile Breeders Expo.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

Reptile Radio covers everything reptile hobbyists need to know. If you’re interested in reptiles on any level, you’ll find the show to be a wealth of information. Guests include the top herpetologists, breeders and keepers the world has to offer. [Editor’s Note: Herpetology is the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians, which we know because we just Googled it  We also Googled “breeders,” but we’ll refrain from repeating what that search turned up.] Continue reading

SoundBits: NaVell Lee Leaves No Star Unsearched

If you’re ever in need of a daytime-drama guru, or a primetime-drama guru—or a movie or music or, really, any kind of entertainment guru— NaVell Lee is your man. And as creator of Buzzworthy Radio, he never fails to do that title proud. Be it The Bachelor‘s Chris Harrison, The Young and the Restless‘ Christel Khalil, As the World Turns‘ Judi Evans, The Vampire Diaries‘ Michael Trevino or Access Hollywood‘s Shaun Robinson, virtually every celeb who drops in on NaVell can be assured that our host possesses unparalleled, up-to-the-minute knowledge of the career at hand. But to those who know him, that will come as no surprise. For the Penns Grove, N.J., resident is also a veteran entertainer himself, who currently stars as Emmett Spector on the long-running online radio soap Scripts & Scruples, and has previously appeared in stage productions of The Music Man and South Pacific. Now let’s get this enchanted evening started…

Na'Vell: All credentialed up for Daytime Emmy coverage.

NaVell: All credentialed up for last summer's Daytime Emmy coverage.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?

If, like countless fans, you never get to see your favorite stars up close and personal, be sure to check out Buzzworthy Radio— where we regularly bring you in-depth interviews with those very same celebs.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

Radio was not my first love. I never wanted to Continue reading

SoundBits: Andy Schneider Clucks the System

Any show that regularly features such segments as “Chickens in the News,” Chicken Happenings” and “Chicken Trivia” is OK in our book. Ditto its host, Andy Schneider, who manages to maintain a terrific sense of humor while helping thousands of Americans shell out ever fewer bucks at their local Wegmans, Kroger or Piggly Wiggly. Since launching Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer three months ago, the Alpharetta, Ga.-based owner of a pet-chicken company called (what else?) Atlanta Pet Chickens has become something of a folk hero here at BlogTalkRadio, where his name rarely fails to elicit affectionate smiles. So without further a-cock-a-doodle-doo, we give you the Chicken Whisperer

CAPTION: Andy: Hold the hot sauce.

Andy: Pass the hot sauce.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?

Backyard Poultry is all about keeping backyard poultry and living a self- sustaining lifestyle. We often have themed weeks, like Hatchery Week, Veterinarian Week and Author Week. Our guests are the who’s who of the backyard-poultry and self- sustaining fields. And we often broadcast live on location from all across America!

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

I do eat Continue reading