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Johnny Depp’s Disguised Dial-in to BlogTalkRadio (and Obscure Artistic Request)

Johnny Depp may be one of the world’s biggest box-office draws, but that doesn’t mean he’s above supporting the work of lesser-known artists—if only as his alter-ego.

Johnny: Fan of ‘70s vocal-collage collection.

Johnny: Fan of ‘70s vocal-collage album.

Earlier this month on Red Velvet Media, host Holly Stephey welcomed L.A.-based painter Xany Rudoff, whose most recent work, the Icon Series, transforms vintage record albums and rock icons using techniques developed by Renaissance icon painters like El Greco, Michael Damaskenos and Theophanes the Cretan.

Among the celebrated names who own Xany’s creations are actor Benicio Del Toro, director David Lynch and The Strokes’ Albert Hammond, Jr.

Johnny, too, owns at least one Rudoff—though you won’t catch her referring to him by name.

When Holly asks, “Who was the recent rock star-slash celebrity Continue reading

BlogTalkRadio’s Facebook and Twitter Integration

facebookby Alan Levy
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.



10 Ways to Connect with the BlogTalkRadio Community


The BlogTalkRadio community is a tight-knit and congenial group that spans the genres. Each show has its community and those communities mingle with other communities, and it’s all one big happy. If you would like to be more connected with the members of the BlogTalkRadio community, here are 10 ways to connect.

1. Chat Rooms – All BlogTalkRadio shows offer a chat room feature. Some host would rather not be distracted with chats, but the majority of BlogTalkRadio hosts love a lively chatroom. You’ll find the various shows each have their own communities and all are welcoming. BlogTalkRadio’s chatrooms are a favorite way for our hosts to connect.

2. Twitter – Over 7,000 BlogTalkRadio hosts are on Twitter! You’ll find Shaun Daily rocking the BlogTalkRadio Twitter account and you can follow me as well. Do a Twitter search for BlogTalkRadio and you’ll find many members of the BTR team as well as hosts and listeners sharing details about their favorite shows.

3. Facebook BlogTalkRadio has a Facebook group. For updates or sharing with other members of the BlogTalkRadio community, feel free to join us! BlogTalkRadio also has specific groups for Politics, Entertainment, Books, Technology and more.

4. Ning – Join us as we build up our social network on the BlogTalkRadio Ning. We have a daily discussion, news and updates, photos shared by other members of our community and much more!

5. The BlogTalkRadio Forum – Our BlogTalkRadio forum features areas for hosts helping hosts, equipment recommendations, bragging about shows and accomplishments, and much more. The forum is fairly new and we would love to see you there!

6. The BlogTalkRadio Yahoo Group – We have thousands of members in our BlogTalkRadio Yahoo group and they love to share ideas and advice!

7. MySpace – You’d be surprised at how much of the BlogTalkRadio community has a profile on MySpace. Be sure to befriend BlogTalkRadio on MySpace for news, updates and bulletins.

8. Plurk – Plurk isn’t as popular as Twitter, but we still have a presence there and so should you! Follow BlogTalkRadio on Plurk.

9. Comments – Like a show you just listened to? Comment. Share comments with other hosts and listeners!

10. Blogs – In addition to this BlogTalkRadio Blog, many of our hosts and listeners have their own blogs. Read their profiles and support their online communties.

BlogTalkRadio As a Social Network


When we talk about social networks,  Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, .Ning and usually come to mind. Most of the Web 2.o crowd think of BlogTalkRadio as a place to listen to diverse programming and host online radio shows, and they’re not wrong. However, BlogTalkRadio is indeed a social network. It’s a lively online social radio community that can be used as a marketing tool, research resource or just a place to make new friends.

BlogTalkRadio offers many ways for  community members to learn, network and interact. For instance, each live broadcast offers the ability for listeners to particulate in a live chat and even to call in to ask questions of hosts and guests. This is a favorite way for members of the BlogTalkRadio community to mingle with like-minded people. The chatrooms are also a worthy networking tool. While spamming the chatroom with links or show pitches is generally frowned upon, many of our listeners do enjoy talking to the people they meet in the chatrooms and take it to the forum or email once the chatroom closes.

Like many social networks, BlogTalkRadio allows its registered members to “friend” other members. There are benefits to befriending others in the BlogTalkRadio community as it’s a way to learn about upcoming shows and events. Members may also send direct messages to each other as a way to connect and carry on a discussion. Like Facebook, BlogTalkRadio friends receive updates when new shows are posted, when friends comment and more.

As a research tool BlogTalkRadio is top notch. With hundreds of shows being broadcast daily, interested parties can listen to hours of programming on a favorite topic or topic. Not only are our hosts experts, but they also interview the best in the field. BlogTalkRadio can be used for research for homework, projects, term papers, blogs, articles and so much more.

Members of BlogTalkRadio also have access to the BlogTalkRadio forum and Yahoo group. The chatrooms are only open for the duration of the live broadcast and direct messages only include two people in the conversation. The forum and Yahoo group allow our members to share and interact at length.

As you can see, BlogTalkRadio is more than a place to listen to online radio. It’s another way to learn, interact, network and make friends online.

How do you use BlogTalkRadio?

CNN’s Rick Sanchez ‘Is the Chief Twit’ Says Colleague John Roberts

EDITOR’S NOTE (Oct. 1, 2010): CNN’s Rick Sanchez has been fired from the network for calling Jon Stewart a “bigot” and suggesting that “everybody who runs CNN” is Jewish. Below is a story involving Rick from March 19, 2009.

John: All a-Twitter over colleague's cyber-success?

John: All a-Twitter over colleague's cyber-success?

Democratic though it may be, social media can still breed petty jealousies.

Case in point: John Roberts, who gives fellow CNN newsman Rick Sanchez a good ribbing this week.

Interviewed on Morning Media Menu, John and his American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry discuss their show’s newly-launched Facebook and Twitter applications with host Steve Krakauer.

“How many people are calling us now in ‘amFIX’ on Twitter?” Kiran asks John.

“I think we had about 100 when we started off on Monday. We’ve got 600 now. I mean, we’re not up to Rick Sanchez’s 65,000 yet. But we’re increasing exponentially.”

Later in the chat, Steve, who’s podcasting from American Morning‘s Manhattan set, returns to the topic of the CNN Newsroom anchor.

“You talk about Rick Sanchez as sort of the standard-bearer of Twitter,” he says. “But what about—”

That’s when John whips out this zinger:

Rick (above): Sultan of Social Media.

Rick: The Sultan of Social Media.

“He is the chief twit—ter here.”

After a hearty laugh, Kiran—who, like John, begins her workday at 3 a.m.—jumps to her co-anchor’s defense.

“He got up this early,” she tells Steve. “He can say that!”

Will Rick respond? Stay tuned.

Click here to hear John Roberts and Kiran Chetry’s full March 17, 2009  interview.

Click here to hear Rick Sanchez’s full Feb. 10, 2009 interview.

Click here to check out Rick Sanchez’s blog.

10 Reasons You Should Host Your Own BlogTalkRadio Show


by Deb

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know I answer a lot of questions on the social networks regarding BlogTalkRadio. The two questions I’m asked the most are “How do I start my own BlogTalkRadio show” and “Why should I host a BlogTalkRadio” show. I answered the first question a couple of weeks back, and today I’m happy to tackle the second.

Here are 10 great reasons to host your own BlogTalkRadio show:

  1. Establish yourself as an expert – Like blogs, books and websites, a regular podcast can help you become established as an expert, especially as more people tune in each week to hear your advice or catch your interviews with other experts.
  2. Gets your name out there – A lot of folks like having an online radio show because it puts there name out there in the webisphere. This comes in handy when it comes to applying for jobs, speaking gigs, writing and blogging projects and more.
  3. Marketing – Online radio is a terrific marketing opportunity. Talk about your books, blogs, websites, charities, events and more – all to your heart’s content.
  4. Build up community – Take your community to a whole other level with your online radio show. The people who follow your blogs or rally around your  product are sure to call in to your show and chat in the chat room. It’s just another way to bring them all together.
  5. Online radio and podcasting makes an great accompaniment for blogs. If you have a blog, online radio and podcasting is a wonderful way to expand on certain topics and bring in experts for a discussion. Your community will enjoy interacting this way as well.
  6. Have discussions with important people in your  niche. If you ever wanted to pick the brain of an expert in your field, your radio show will allow you to do this at length. Even better, you can share this with a community of listeners.
  7. Top-notch support. BlogTalkRadio offers ’round the clock support. If there’s ever a problem contact support@blogtalkradio.com and someone will be with you immediately. Plus you’re able to ask question in the forum and Yahoo group and we even offer live support every night.
  8. Meet and network with a terrific community. Our hosts and listeners are loyal, helpful and outgoing. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you they’re good people and the best reason to sign up with BlogTalkRadio. With a BlogTalkRadio account, you have the ability to meet, connect and brainstorm with the nicest folks online.
  9. It’s free. No explanation necessary.
  10. It’s simple. Technically, all you need is a phone to have a BlogTalkRadio show. A laptop helps so you can man the switchboard and check out the chat room, but it couldn’t be more simple. Simply sign up and you’re a host. We do offer free training and other tools to ensure your success, but it’s so simple anyone who can talk on the phone can host a show.

What’s your favorite reason for hosting a BlogTalkRadio show?

Introducing BlogTalkRadio 101: Screencasts, Tips, and more

screencastAs part of our new user interface, we created a Learning Center packed with tutorials, tips, and techniques to expand your Internet radio voice.

In our Learning Center, BlogTalkRadio listeners and hosts alike now have a place to go to find comprehensive guides for everything they need to know about BlogTalkRadio. The Learning Center is located 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, and we’ll be glad to review.

Click here to go to our Learning Center.

For a complete overview of the enhanced features in our new user interface, click here.

Do You Want Radio Show or Event?

If you feel your BlogTalkRadio show isn’t generating enough traffic, you might consider how your promoting each segment. Sure, you can just write up your show description and leave it at that, or you can treat each different show as an event and prote it with much fanfare.

One of the ways I like to spread the word about the various BlogTalkRadio shows is by promoting it as an event on Face Book. This is very simple to do. If you don’t have a FaceBook it only takes a few minutes to create. If you do have an account, log in.

  • To the right under “applications” click on the link for “events”
  • You will be taken to a menu listing various events. At top right center, there’s a button labeled “create an event” click on this.
  • Now fill in your event name and all relevant information. Don’t forget to include the time, date and link back to your advertised segment.
  • Click the blue “Create Event” button the bottom.
  • You will be taken to a screen where you can upload images. This is especially handy if you have a special guest to promote.
  • Click again to create your event and your done!
  • Next invite everyone you know who would enjoy this event.

That’s all it takes to turn your show into an event. The more people you friend on FaceBook, the more likely you are to have a good turnout.