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Tips From A Fellow Host

It was a pleasure to catch up with Bob Andelman, aka Mr. Media on some tips he has for his fellow hosts. Bob has one of the most successful shows on BlogTalkRadio and he’s been on the network since 2007 so his advice is invaluable for a new host. Here’s what he had to say:

I never turn on the microphone unless I’m over-prepared. That’s a lesson I learned from being under-prepared. Which leads to the question: What do I need to do to prepare for my show?

1. Plan, Plan, Plan

I always work from a script and remember, it doesn’t have to lay out every word you’re going to say.  I write mine like an outline. Many elements of your show will repeat from one show to the next, so here’s an example of a show structure that I use often:

  1. “Today on Mr. Media, I’ll be talking to Alan Levy, founder of BlogTalkRadio. Stick around!”
  2. Play a little podcast-safe music — no more than 10 seconds or listeners
    will tune out.
  3. A few sentences of introduction, whether I’m setting up a guest or just the topics of the day.
  4. I write out either half a dozen actual questions or talking points beforehand – just something to which I can refer if the conversation comes to a halt.
  5. I’ll remind listeners about whatever my guest is promoting and where they can friend him or her online.

2. Be Prepared
A good lawyer never goes to court without already knowing the answers to most questions he or she will ask. I try to take the same approach by knowing enough about my guest or topic to guide conversation in directions in which I feel comfortable. There can always be surprises – that makes it more fun, but being prepared will keep you in the game.

3. Be a Good Listener
I have coached girls soccer for the last ten years. My kids are always talking, talking and talking even more. I always tell them, “God gave you twice as many ears as mouths for a reason. Listen twice as much as you talk.” It’s good advice for a radio host, especially one with guests.

Thanks so much for all of these great tips Mr. Media! We hope you remember these tips when you are hosting your first show (or even your 10th:)

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

tomorrowtelevised516Tomorrow Will Be Televised welcomes Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times business correspondent and author of Too Big To Fail, best-seller on the financial crisis turned HBO original movie; and Michael Wortsman, executive producer of Queen For A Day.

frank-fontana54The Down & Dirty with Frank Fontana welcomes Mike Yost creator of ManCaveSite.org and author of The Man Cave Book. Also Jim Heavey of WOOD magazine. We’ll also be talking about Lollapalooza with Consequence of Sound president and editor-in-chief Michael Roffman.

ccg512The Todd Griffiths Show, a Century Coin Group Production. This is the show that answers all of your questions about numismatics from the leader in tangible asset investing, Todd Griffiths. “When it comes to tangible asset investing, there is no question I won’t answer and no answer I won’t support.”

guptaMr Media welcomes Parvesh Cheena who stars in NBC’s new comedy series “Outsourced” as Gupta, a socially awkward call center employee at Mid America Novelties, whom everyone tries to avoid because of his never-ending conversations.

greggbradenJoin host Kristen White as she talks with New York Times bestselling author Gregg Braden, renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and spirituality. He became the first technical operations manager for Cisco Systems where he led the development of the global support team that insures the reliability of today’s internet.

‘Lost’ Actor Neil Hopkins and Comedian Marc Maron Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio Nov. 5, 2010

neil-hopkinsNeil Hopkins, the actor best known for playing heroin-addicted rock star Liam on ABC’s Lost drops in on Mr. Media to discuss his role in the big-screen sci-fi thriller Skyline—about a UFO that lands in L.A.—which opens Nov. 12 and co-stars Eric Balfour and Donald Faison.

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Marc Maron, the funnyman who formerly hosted his own Air America show while appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien 44 times—more than any other standup comic—chats with Mr. Media about his twice-weekly podcast titled WTF with Marc Maron.

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Scott Stratten, the President of social-media consulting firm UnMarketing stops by Marketing Tech Blog to chat with Douglas Karr about his new book, UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging, which focuses on the “pull & stay”—rather than “push & pray”—method.

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Damian Kindler, the creator of Sanctuary chats with Tomorrow Will Be Televised host Simon Applebaum about the hit Syfy series. Plus: Mediaite editor-in-chief Rachel Sklar on Change the Ratio, a new movement advocating female-owned TV and tech ventures.

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Drew Cheetwood, the General Hospital hottie, who’s played Milo Giambetti—bodyguard to Sonny Corinthos—since 2006, discusses how he went from on-set personal trainer to regular castmember. Drew also chats with Jasam Radio’s Deborah Huey about his engagement to Jenna Vitale.

Thousands of live radio shows broadcast live everyday on BlogTalkRadio. Find out what’s on live now.

Daily Highlights: Thursday October 21, 2010

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Lady Charmaine Live host Charmaine Bassett gets up close and personal with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, who’ll fill us in the latest in her “Black In America” documentary series, “Almighty Debt,” which premieres tonight at 9pm ET.
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Keeping It Reel’s Tim Gordon sits down with producer Doug Liman, who has brought such flicks as The Bourne Identity and Kissing Jessica Stein to the silver screen. Doug will chat about his new film, Fair Game, a CIA thriller starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.
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Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman gets busy with Canadian Playmate Lana Tailor, who’ll chat about Season 2 of her Cinemax cable series Lingerie, which features a full cast of pros working in the Big Apple’s intimate-apparel industry.
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FaithWords welcomes Jill Kelly, the wife of former Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly. In 1997, the couple’s son, Hunter, was diagnosed with Krabbe’s disease, though survived 8 years. Jill will discuss he new book, Without a Word: How a Boy’s Unspoken Love Changed Everything.
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E2 Radio sits down with Gary Marshall, CIO of Taconic Farms, Inc., about the challenges of melding business technology with his life-sciences solutions firm’s cutting-edge work in genetics, pharmaceuticals, and biomedical research.
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If your smile isn’t dazzling, the rest of your appearance can seem off. Paula Begoun and her Cosmetics Cop Team offer tips for teeth-whitening, smile-flattering lipsticks, eliminating chapped lips, and more. Call in for a chance to win free Paula’s Choice products.

Thousands of live radio shows broadcast live everyday on BlogTalkRadio. Find out what’s on live now.

Daily Highlights: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

bernard-williamsGet Up Show’s Chris LaMonica whoops it up with Bernard Williams, who snagged a gold medal in the 4×100 relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics. The sprinter—who, when not training, performs standup comedy—will chat about his appearance on VH1’s What Chilli Wants.
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The Bottom Line Sports Show’s Gerald Brown and Jonathan Foy kick it with New Orleans Saints safety Usama Young—who help drive the team to victory in Super Bowl XLIV. While in high school, Usama worked as a vendor at FedEx Field during the Redskins’ home games.
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WYMS Radio Cha-Boogie asks, Who Murdered Hip-Hop? Was it the artists? The A&R guys? The media? Joining her to explore this issue will be one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, Pete Rock. Plus: Riggs Moralez, director of A&R for Eminem’s Shady Records.
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Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman gets his chat on with famed radio talk-show host Barry Farber, who began career at NYC’s WINS in 1960, before moving up the street to WOR 2 years later. Barry—who once ran for mayor of the Big Apple—can today be heard on the CRN Digital network.
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Hachette Book Group Features welcomes editor John Schoenfelder and marketing director Miriam Parker to discuss Little Brown’s new imprint Mulholland Books, which launches this spring, and will be devoted to suspense fiction—including a novel by famed prosecutor Marcia Clark.

Thousands of live radio shows broadcast live everyday on BlogTalkRadio. Find out what’s on live now.

Weekly Best: October 11, 2010

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Harry Hamlin—whose new reality series, Harry Loves Lisa, bowed last week—reveals what went wrong during the Oct. 4 robbery at his L.A. clothing store. “There were no police there,” he tells Robin Milling, “because the alarm company called the wrong police department!”

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Conversations of a Spirited Actor’s Tracey Moore gives it up for Daphne Reid who played Will Smith’s mom, Vivian Banks, on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The actress will chat about her acting career, which has included guest turns on series ranging from The A Team to Sister, Sister.

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Laurent Bouzereau, the most prolific “making-of” documentary filmmaker on the planet—who has produced more than 150 companion features for the VHS and DVD releases of flicks ranging from Rope to A.I.—chats with Mr. Media about his new book Hitchcock, Piece by Piece.

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Film Festival Radio’s Janice Malone cuts loose with the outrageous Judah Friedlander, who plays Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock, and has graced the big screen in hits like Zoolander and The Wrestler Plus: Scott Hallock and Kevin Healey, creators of the Syfy reality series Scare Tactics.

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Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman mixes it up with Ryan McPartlin, who previously starred as the much younger beau of Fran Drescher on the short-lived sitcom Living with Fran and now plays Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb on the hit NBC action-comedy series Chuck.

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The Stupid Cancer Show hosts Matthew Zachary and Lisa Bernhard welcome Seventh Generation blogger Beth Arky, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Environmental Health Trust founder Devra Davis, and Happiest Baby on the Block author Dr. Harvey Karp.

Thousands of live radio shows broadcast live everyday on BlogTalkRadio. Find out what’s on live now.

Daily Highlights: Thursday; October 7, 2010

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Keeping It Reel host Tim Gordon peeks into the ego of Edward Norton. “There’s no chase scenes, no weapons,” he says of his new film, Stone. “The drama comes from this corkscrewing tension that evolves only in conversation. So if you’re an actor, it’s like, At last I matter!”
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AACONS’s Marie Stroughter once again welcomes To Save America author Newt Gingrich. The former House Speaker will discuss his Strategy Memo to GOP candidates—outlining what he calls the “closing argument” they can use 30 days out to win votes in the midterm elections.
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Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman cuts loose with Keith Powell, who plays the straight-laced writer Toofer on NBC’s 30 Rock. The NYU Tisch School grad —who’s also founder of the Contemporary Stage Company—will dish about what’s coming up on his Emmy-winning comedy.
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Positivley Incorrect’s Scott Cluthe sits down with MP (that’s Member of Parliament to you Yanks) Michael Meacher, one of the longest serving ministers in Tony Blair’s Labour party. A longtime environmental advocate, too, Michael will discuss the global threat of climate change.
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Paula Begoun and her Cosmetics Cop team dedicate an entire show to taking care of all skin-care, hair-care and makeup questions. Call in with your most pressing beauty concerns and get expert advice, plus free Paula’s Choice products selected by our host to meet your needs.

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Romance Radio’s Cathy Maxwell welcomes best-selling author Elizabeth Boyle, whose new book is titled Mad About Duke. The Widows of Standon historical romance tells the story of a young woman who employs an incognito duke to help her land a titled second husband.

Thousands of live radio shows broadcast live everyday on BlogTalkRadio. Find out what’s on live now.

Daily Highlights: Monday; October 4, 2010

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Mr. Media gets busy with Yvonne Strahovski, who plays Sarah Walker on Chuck. The Australian-born beauty (who’s of Polish descent) will chat about what’s coming up on the NBC series, and about her role opposite Bobby De Niro and Clive Owen in the big-screen flick, The Killer Elite.
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Ask Mom RN host Tamara Walker gets down to brass tacks with carpenter Carter Oosterhouse (try saying that 3 times fast), host of the HGTV series Carter Can. The hunky builder will talk about teaming up with Lowe’s to promote energy-saving technologies.
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Stardish Radio’s Jo Ann Kubasek sits down with former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler who’s appeared in such flicks as True Lies and The Firm, and recently wrapped Dyfunctional Friends. Stacy will preview her guest turn on tonight’s episode of NBC’s Chuck.
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Comedian Stevie Mack gives it up for Andres “Dres” Titus, half of the alternative hip-hop group Black Sheep, who charted in the ‘90s with tracks like Strobelite Honey and The Choice Is Yours. Dres will fill us in on his latest EP, From The Black Pool of Genius.
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Variety Topics host Sonia Fitch gets up close and personal with Fox News Channel legal analyst— and Bill O’Reilly’s sparring partner in his weekly “Is It Legal?” segment—Lis Wiehl, who’ll chat about her latest thriller (authored with April Henry), titled Face of Betrayal.
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The Stupid Cancer Show’s Matthew Zachary and Lisa Bernhard welcome Meghan Rogers, president of the National Collegiate Cancer Foundation, Kay Cofrancesco, director of advocacy relations for the Lung Cancer Alliance, and Beth Stern, executive director of the LUNGevity Foundation.

Thousands of live radio shows broadcast live everyday on BlogTalkRadio. Find out what’s on live now.