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Daily Highlights: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

todd-rundgren1Rundgren Radio host Doug Ford gets busy with the man himself—Todd Rundgren. The Hello It’s Me singer—who also produced MeatLoaf’s Bat out of Hell album—will discuss his Todd/Healing tour, which gets under way Sept. 5 in Akron, Ohio.
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At 10 PM Talking Smooth Jazz’s Terri Scott grooves with George Duke, who has recorded with such masters as Frank Zappa, Jean-Luc Ponty, George Clinton and Anita Baker. The piano virtuoso will chat about his new album, Déjà Vu, which embraces styles ranging from funk to samba.
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At 930 AM Film Festival Radio host Janice Malone hangs with self-proclaimed socialite Natalie Nunn, a cast member on the hit Oxygen series Bad Girls Club, who’ll chat about her role as celebrity judge for that network’s newest show, Hair Battle Spectacular.
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At 10 AM AACONS’ Marie Stroughter sits down with Michelle Malkin, whose twice-weekly column appears in papers from the New York Post to the Miami Herald to the Houston Chronicle. The conservative commentator will discuss her updated bestseller, Culture of Corruption.
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At 8 PM Women on the Move gets down to business with attorney Victoria Pynchon, author of the Settle It Now Negotiation Blog, who has been called a “master of conflict resolution and deposition skills.” Victoria recently became a regular contributor to Forbes.com’s “On the Docket” column.
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On demand Music on the Couch host Vinny Bond hangs with singer-songwiter Annie Fitzgerald, who’s just two weeks away from the release of her debut album, In Good Time. Plus: Veteran blues singer—and Memphis scene darling—Reba Russell.


*Please note that all show times are listed in EST time.

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Programming Highlights; April 7, 2010

Tune in to some great content from today on BlogTalkRadio.
*Please note that all show times are listed in EST time.
Today’s Programming Highlights:

ed-begleyAt 1 PM Environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. drops in on host Heather “Doc” Lounsbury to chat about his latest green deed: Begley’s Best. Made from extracts of pine, de-acified citrus, maize, sugar cane roots and olive seeds, this non-toxic cleaner is totally biodegradable in just seven days.

anne-gunnAt 1 PM Anna Gunn, who plays Skyler White on Breaking Bad, sits down with host Robin Milling to dish about co-star Bryan Cranston (whom she tells us loves to run around in his “tidy whities”) while previewing Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed series. Continue reading

Alan Levy Goes Head to Head with Newly Merged Sirius XM

BlogTalkRadio Founder & CEO Alan Levy

BlogTalkRadio Founder & CEO Alan Levy

So today’s article in the New York Post headlined “Downed Satellite” includes a one-line quote from me:

“‘I don’t think making people pay subscriber fees for content is sustainable,’ said BlogTalkRadio CEO Alan Levy.”

The quote elicited a somewhat harsh response from the newly-merged Sirius XM satellite radio network. Chief Financial Officer David Frear tried to dismiss my comment by asking:

“We generated $2.3 billion in revenue for the trailing 12 months, how much did BlogTalkRadio generate? Do they have a viable business plan?”

Before I respond to David’s question regarding the viability of our business plan, let me elaborate on why I think Sirius XM is in for hard times. Here’s a list of obstacles I see hindering satellite radio’s growth:

• The cost of content is way too high. Howard Stern, the $500 million man, is reported to have only 1.2 million listeners to his show a week. And those are not unique listeners. Howard has far and away the largest audience on Sirius. (Take a look at the numbers reported just nine months ago in The Daily News.) Notwithstanding the huge contracts awarded to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, I believe the days of big radio contracts are over.

• Cars are being equipped with devices that can accommodate Internet surfing. Why subscribe to Sirius XM when passengers can access their Last.fm, Yahoo or Pandora playlists? There are endless choices for streaming music, all far more appealing than the choices offered by satellite radio.

• Cars are also being equipped with iPod jacks and other MP3 accessories.

• When cars can accommodate the Web, why should someone pay a subscription fee for CNN or Fox News when content can be streamed directly off those websites for free?

• There’s a limit to the number of channels – and, thus, content – that can be distributed on the Sirius XM network. In July, more than 4,000 hosts produced tens of thousands of hours of programming on BlogTalkRadio. How many hours of programming did Sirius and XM offer?

• While I haven’t scoured Sirius and XM’s annual reports to determine the cost of maintaining a satellite network, there’s no doubt that a low-cost, Internet-based model for creating and distributing content is far more appealing to investors.

• We live in an on-demand TiVo world. To date, BlogTalkRadio has produced more than 110,000 discrete shows, all of which are accessible via our network. Audiences want to consume content when they want it and not when it’s scheduled. Does Sirius XM make all its content available in archives?

Of course, what do I know? As Sirius XM’s CFO asks, “Do they have a viable business model”?

Let’s see…

• Unlike satellite or traditional terrestrial radio, our costs to produce, distribute and store content is negligible.

• We have more than three million listeners per month to shows whose topics range from politics to entertainment to sports to parenting to paranormal. Our hosts produce more than 500 live shows a day, and there is no limit on the number of shows or hosts the BlogTalkRadio radio network can accommodate.

• We aggregate programming by topic, thereby offering a far more targeted audience to our customers.

• Lastly, we license privately-branded radio networks to major companies and organizations, including the Department of Defense, Sun Microsystems, HarperCollins and Golf Magazine.

It’s an interesting debate, and one I’m looking forward to engaging in as it develops.

Alan

NY Post's Starr Report Quotes BlogTalkRadio

Mr. Media’s Bob Andelman interviews cultural insiders almost every day on his BlogTalkRadio show.

These media figures, ranging from innovative authors like Daniel Pink, to former Village Voice cartoonist Jules Feiffer, to Lassie star and author Jon Provost, enjoy the casual and insightful interviewing style of Mr. Media.

Today’s New York Post Starr Report by Michael Starr features a quotation from Mr. Media’s interview with Katherine Fugate, the creator and Executive Producer of hit Lifetime series Army Wives:

Dream on: Katherine Fugate, who created Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” has a famous aunt – “I Dream of Jeannie” star Bar bara Eden, 73. “I don’t know how many men I’ve dated who were trying to get to her,” Fugate told blogtalkradio.

Mr. Media’s friendly style, coupled with the ease of using the BlogTalkRadio platform, enables some unique cultural insights to emerge, and media outlets like the New York Post are taking note.

Catch Mr. Media’s show on BlogTalkRadio, including today’s interview with Will Eisner’s The Spirit producer Michael Uslan.

NY Post’s Starr Report Quotes BlogTalkRadio

Mr. Media’s Bob Andelman interviews cultural insiders almost every day on his BlogTalkRadio show.

These media figures, ranging from innovative authors like Daniel Pink, to former Village Voice cartoonist Jules Feiffer, to Lassie star and author Jon Provost, enjoy the casual and insightful interviewing style of Mr. Media.

Today’s New York Post Starr Report by Michael Starr features a quotation from Mr. Media’s interview with Katherine Fugate, the creator and Executive Producer of hit Lifetime series Army Wives:

Dream on: Katherine Fugate, who created Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” has a famous aunt – “I Dream of Jeannie” star Bar bara Eden, 73. “I don’t know how many men I’ve dated who were trying to get to her,” Fugate told blogtalkradio.

Mr. Media’s friendly style, coupled with the ease of using the BlogTalkRadio platform, enables some unique cultural insights to emerge, and media outlets like the New York Post are taking note.

Catch Mr. Media’s show on BlogTalkRadio, including today’s interview with Will Eisner’s The Spirit producer Michael Uslan.

Well Met: New York Post sports writer Mark Hale today

One of the things I love about the BTR network is that it gives people a chance to showcase their enthusiasm and knowledge. Add to that a special guest – it’s a winning combination. Hosts Aceman and the Kwass will be joined by New York Post Mets beat writer Mark Hale on The Sports Docket tonight at 8pm ET. Mark also blogs the Mets at the New York Post online.

Join the conversation tonight!
Mark Hale