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David Baldacci: I Was Terrified that Uncle Sam Asked Me to Help Guard Against Doomsday Scenarios!

To you – and his millions of fans – David Baldacci may be the best- selling author of thrilling novels like Absolute Power and The Camel Club.

But to the U.S. government, he’s also a source of nefarious ideas that could save our nation from an act of mass destruction.

Absolute terror.

David: Absolute terror.

In an interview on The Alan Levy Show, David – whose latest page-turner is titled Divine Justice – tells host (and BlogTalkRadio CEO) Alan Levy that Uncle Sam has called on him to think like a terrorist in hopes of foiling real bad guys.

“The government [has] contacted me . . . to sort of get out-of-the-box thinking on different scenarios. They would say, ‘Here’s a doomsday scenario.’ And they would tell me what it was and say, ‘How would you go about doing that – how would you attack that facility?’” the writer reveals.

“And [I’d] come up with a way to do it and then they would take that way and – supposedly, I guess – reverse-engineer it to prevent it from ever happening the way [I’d] described.

“It’s commendable, that they would go to people outside the norm, outside of government, to try to brainstorm.  I was flattered that they came to me, to sort of help protect the American people,” David continues – before adding this not-all-that-funny kicker:

“Of course, another part of me was terrified that they had to come to people like me to help protect the American people. ‘Cause you’re thinking, Don’t you have experts who take care of this?”

To hear David’s full interview, click here.

To Survive in a Digital World, Newspapers Must Shift Radically – or Face Extinction

Dubbed a player by top industry pub.

Alan Levy

by Alan Levy

Seth Godin makes many relevant points in his recent blog post entitled “Watching the Times Struggle and What You Can Learn.”  The marketing guru has come up with a series of innovative suggestions for The New York Times as they confront the most challenging environment in their history.

While there are no doubt many things the newspaper of record can do to stem its losses, can it be enough to offset the enormous structural gap between their online advertising revenues and their offline revenue model?

In my view, the answer is no.

In a recent article by The Times‘ own David Carr, David clearly explains that the revenue CPMs generated by nytimes.com is a fraction of the dollars generated by home delivery, advertisements in the actual paper and newsstand sales.  He goes on to say, “Newspapers, which began the race with a huge lead in terms of human assets, may end up just another part of the under-informed commodity of clutter.”

This problem is not simply limited to The Times; it’s one that’s impacting most major newspaper and magazine.

Please consider this: I still have The Times delivered to my home in New Jersey each morning. In fact, I am changing my delivery service to weekend only, simply because I never open the newspaper during the week, though I do enjoy the experience of reading the Sunday edition. That being said, back when when I subscribed to home delivery of a daily paper, I had two choices: The Bergen Record and The Times.  TWO CHOICES!

On the web, of course, I not only have hundreds (if not thousands) of responsible news outlets to consume much of the same content that appears in The Times, but I can read a more updated version of the paper for free from their site or via RSS – or even through my twitter alerts. Do I need to visit nytimes.com to read about Citibank’s recent bailout, or can I visit any number of world-class sites vying for my page view?

Again, newspapers have cannibalized their own base by offering the same content for free – and in a more timely manner – on their websites. Can they do anything different? Can they charge for this online content, much like The Wall Street Journal did prior to being acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.?

The answer is of course no. But this is precisely why The Times will need a major structural change to survive. Today, online news is a commodity and The Times, The Journal and every other major publication will ultimately look at themselves in the mirror and completely change the way they report news.

There is no turning back.

Internet.com: The Network for Internet Technology Professionals

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BlogTalkRadio would like to welcome Jupiter Media‘s Internet.com to our social radio community. Jupiter Media is the name behind many well-known Internet brands including Media Bistro, EarthWeb.com, DevX.com, Graphics.com and the aformentioned Internet.com.

Internet.com, the network for technology professionals, is launching their own radio show today featuring an interview with our own Alan Levy. We’re happy to have them aboard!

Alan Levy Among the Silicon Alley Insider 100!

sa100button1Congratulations to BlogTalkRadio CEO Alan Levy for making the Silicon Alley Insider 100.

This annual ranking recognizes movers and shakers in the New York digital business community.

Alan is in excellent company. The prestigious SAI 100 list, which was unveiled today, sports such names as Sirius XM Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin, AOL CEO Randy Falco, InterActive Corp. CEO Barry Diller, CBS-CNET Interactive President Quincy Smith, Gawker Media Founder Founder Nick Denton, and Huffington Post CEO Betsy Morgan.

Dubbed a player by top industry pub.

Alan: Dubbed a player by top industry pub.

Say the SAI editors:

“Alan has literally given a voice to the blogosphere via his New Jersey-based startup, which lets users broadcast their own radio shows on the Web.  Last we heard from Alan, he said listeners were streaming or downloading over 3 million such podcasts per month.  And in June, BlogTalk landed a nice $4.6 million Series A from Patriots owner Robert Kraft.”

Though Alan is new to the SAI 100, we bet this won’t be the last time he makes the list!

Music Royalties and the Future of Online Webcasting

Here’s an event no BlogTalkRadio host – or anyone interested in webcasting – should miss.

The Webcaster Settlement Act was introduced to allow webcasters to continue to negotiate new royalty agreements with copyright owners for the years 2006-2015. Written and submitted to the House and Senate for approval, it passed and now goes on to President Bush for ratification.

What do industry leaders and analysts have to say on the issue and what does this mean for online radio?

Join us on October 6 at NOON Eastern (9AM PST) for an interactive panel discussion where you’ll hear perspectives on the issue from:

• Tim Westergren, Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of Pandora
• Kurt Hanson, CEO of AccuRadio
• Alan Levy, CEO, BlogTalkRadio
• David Oxenford, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

The discussion will be moderated by Tom Webster, Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Edison Media Research. Listeners can call in LIVE during the event at (347)205-9090, or submit questions before the event to Webster. The event will be streamed/archived at Edison Research and BlogTalkRadio.

What’s Going On? September 24, 2008

There was a chill in the air last night and frost on the lawn. Looks like it’s time to face the inevitable. Summer is officially over and autumn has now begun. Here are some BlogTalkRadio highlights to keep you warm as the weather turns cooler: (All times EDT)

  • Internet marketing strategist, blogger, author and speaker B.L. Ochman, from WhatsNextOnline, visits with Alan Levy this afternoon at 3:00.
  • Join Rico and Pauly from the Fruit Salad Show as they welcome Broadway actress Laura Bell Bundy!! She’s on at 10:30 p,m. to talk about her new role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.
  • Headbangers won’t want to miss Heavy Metal Mayhem this afternoon at 1:00. Today’s special edition is entitled “Six Degrees of Metallica.”

Check out the On Air Guide for all of today’s programming. All of our BlogTalkRadio shows are winners.

What's Going On? September 24, 2008

There was a chill in the air last night and frost on the lawn. Looks like it’s time to face the inevitable. Summer is officially over and autumn has now begun. Here are some BlogTalkRadio highlights to keep you warm as the weather turns cooler: (All times EDT)

  • Internet marketing strategist, blogger, author and speaker B.L. Ochman, from WhatsNextOnline, visits with Alan Levy this afternoon at 3:00.
  • Join Rico and Pauly from the Fruit Salad Show as they welcome Broadway actress Laura Bell Bundy!! She’s on at 10:30 p,m. to talk about her new role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.
  • Headbangers won’t want to miss Heavy Metal Mayhem this afternoon at 1:00. Today’s special edition is entitled “Six Degrees of Metallica.”

Check out the On Air Guide for all of today’s programming. All of our BlogTalkRadio shows are winners.

What’s Going On? September 10, 2008

Michael Gross

Michael Gross

As usual, BlogTalkRadio delivers the goods. If you check our On Air Schedule, you’ll see we offer something for everyone. Here are some highlights to get you through this gorgeous, almost autumn day.

All times EDT:

  • You kmow Michael Gross as Mr. Keaton on the hit NBC sitcom “Family Ties.”  He has a new role now as River Baldwin (You have to love those soap opera names) on The Young & The Restless. Annie & Burl have all the details tonight at 10:00.
  • Alan Levy isn’t only the founder and CEO of BlogTalkRadio, he also has his own radio show. Today’s guest on The Alan Levy Show is David Perimutter who will be discussing the Citizen Journalism Workshop at the BlogWorld and New Media Expo in Las Vegas next week, as well as his new book, Blogwars: The New Political Battleground. Tune in at 4:30 p.m.
  • The Department of Defense Bloggers’ Roundtable features an interview with Colonel Dominic Caraccilo, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 187th Infantry Regiment, who will discuss the progress of Iraqi army units protecting the city of Mahmoudiyah. Tune in at 10:00 a.m.
  • On NY Baseball Diaries listen to former NY Met Dave Gallagher talk about his big league career. He will talk about the pressures of being a #1 draft pick versus today, surviving 9 years in the minors, and his take on the “Worst Team Money Can Buy”. Don’t miss it this evening at 6:00.
  • Consumer advocate Asa Aarons is looking out for YOU! Join him tonight at 8:00.

Have a great afternoon. Don’t forget to listen while you work.