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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…

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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.

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‘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 VirtualOnlineLearning.com—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…


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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:

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!

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SoundBits: Having Triumphed Over Depression, Elizabeth Grant Can’t Help Helping Others Do the Same

Some people were born to dedicate their own lives to improving the lives of their fellow men and women. While we can’t say for sure that Elizabeth “The Quantum Coach” Grant falls into that category, she sure seems to be an excellent candidate. As host of The Elizabeth Grant Show, the Chicago native helps listeners apply universal laws of quantum physics to spur happiness and prosperity from the inside out. That said, let’s get to the business of learning how to live better lives.

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

I am told by nearly every guest, “Wow, that was such an interesting interview.” That really sums up my approach – which is to bring personal-growth tools to listeners, while cutting through the fluff. I strive to bring depth and new angles to topics you’ve heard about over and over but that never really sunk in before.

CAPTION: Elizabeth: Singing and cinematic aspirations on the side.

Elizabeth: Singing and cinematic aspirations on the side.

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

(1) That I struggled with depression for most of my adult life until a few years ago, when I started applying the techniques I now teach to others. (2) That, in addition to being a spiritual mentor, I’m also a screenwriter and singer/songwriter.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Lin Brehmer of WXRT-FM here in Chicago. Who doesn’t love Lin?

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

Esther Hicks of The Secret fame, because I have so many questions to ask her about quantum physics and the laws of attraction. She is the ultimate “unguru.” I’ve been very fortunate – Mariel Hemingway, No Matter What! author Lisa Nichols and many others have been guests on my show, not because I asked them, but because they asked me. Who knows? Maybe some day my phone will ring and it will be Esther.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Pajamas! I’m drinking my decaf and thinking of working out soon.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

When I hosted Lisa Nichols, both she and a listener popped up on my switchboard as the opening music began. I didn’t know who was who. I unmuted both of them and asked Lisa for her area code, but she gave me the area code of the other listener by accident. So I muted her and unmuted the other caller! Then I asked “Lisa” a question, but we couldn’t hear her answer. I was embarrassed, but Lisa couldn’t have been nicer. It’s moments like those when you understand why Frasier needed Roz.

To sample The Elizabeth Grant Show, click here.

To check out Elizabeth’s website, click here.

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SoundBits: Paul Greco Talks a Great Game

If the true test of passion in a sportscaster is disrobing live on the air, then Paul Greco takes the cake. But more on that later. In the meantime, what you need to know about Paul is that he’s a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he’s V.P. of business operations for FantasyPros911, he current- ly makes his home in San Antonio, Tex., and, along with Lenny Melnick, he co-hosts Talking Baseball Live on our Fantasy Sports Channel. Now cue the national anthem – and let’s play ball!

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

Lenny and I combine reality with fantasy when discussing baseball. Via our Major League Baseball sources, we offer listeners inside inform- ation about players and coaches. Our audience then can take that info and use it to sort out their fantasy baseball team, or simply gain a better understanding of their favorite team.

CAPTION: Paul (above): Major-league baseball guru.

Paul: Major-league baseball guru.

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

(1) In 2000, while serving in the Air Force in Turkey, I was ranked as one of the top eleven soccer players in Europe within the military ranks. 2) I once had to spend 14 days in a burn unit gett- ing a skin graph because I spilled turkey juice on my left foot while prepar- ing my Thanksgiving turkey.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

I have many from the old-time baseball days, like Ernie Harwell, Vince Scully, Marty Brenneman, Harry Kalas and Milo Hamilton.

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

I would love to sit down with President Obama. If I had the opportun- ity to talk to him man to man, I’d want to find out what it was like to be on the campaign trail, as well as get details about his inauguration.  I still believe we don’t know everything about the man, so I would love hear some of his stories about his first days in the White House.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Shorts and a T-shirt.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

While on camera during our Fantasy Gridiron Show last year, I got all fired up about the topic at hand and stripped down to my underwear.

To sample Talking Baseball Live, which airs Wednesdays @ 8 p.m. ET, click here.

To check out The Fantasy Sports Channel, click here.

To check out FantasyPros911, click here.

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SoundBits: Pete Williams Gives New Meaning to the Term ‘Flash Player’

If you hadn’t heard of The Fitness Buff Show before happening upon this edition of SoundBits, rest assured that you won’t be forgetting it anytime soon. Because (far as we know) it’s the only BlogTalkRadio program whose hosts regularly appear au naturel. Their purpose, however, is not to incite lust. Rather, they disrobe in the interest of salubrity – which is to say feeling good, mind and body alike. An avid sportsman, founding host Pete Williams makes his home in Tampa Bay, Fla., whence he and co-host Sabrina Vizzari broadcast each Friday afternoon.

CAPTION: The Pod Squad: Pete and Sabrina (left) with occasional guest Shannon Pankow.

The Pod Squad: Pete with Sabrina (left) and occasional guest Shannon Pankow.

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

We’re a fitness and training show with an edge. Our guests, who in- clude celebrities and big-name trainers, offer advice on how to look better, and to perform better in all areas of life.

We’ve also had as a guest adult-film star (and former nurse) Nina Hartley, who wrote a great book titled Nina Hartley’s Guide to Terrific Sex. Other notable guests have included Marilu Henner, Martina Navratilova, Lisa Rinna and Dennis Rodman. And at least once a month, we broadcast poolside from the Caliente Resort & Spa, an upscale nudist resort in the Tampa Bay area. The hosts, our guests, and the audience mem- bers lounging around the pool are, weather permitting, undressed. (Our celebrity guests have joined us by phone.)

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

I spent eight years covering Major League Baseball for USA Today’s Baseball Weekly (now Sports Weekly) during the peak of the steroid era. I’m also a former weekend TV sports anchor here in the Tampa Bay area, and I still freelance as a sportswriter and broadcaster. I’m also a triathlete, and have authored or co-authored 12 books, all sports- or fitness-related.

 CAPTION: Com-Pete-ing in the 2008 Sand Key Triathlon in Clearwater, Fla.

Com-Pete-ing in the 2008 Sand Key Triathlon in Clearwater, Fla.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

I grew up in the Washington, D.C., area listening to Doug “The Grease- man” Tracht. He’s been a bit contro- versial, but I’ve always marveled at his mastery of “theater of the mind.” No- body does that better.

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

I’d like to have a frank conversation about steroids and training with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even though he’s in politics now, he seems like a guy still willing to talk candidly.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

We’re not at Caliente this week, so I’m dressed. I’m wearing shorts and a T-shirt – the joys of being a self- employed journalist living in Florida.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

Boy, this is a tough one, given that we occasionally broadcast from a nudist resort. The Caliente has a large lagoon-style pool with a water- fall and an island in the middle. Sabrina likes to wade out to the island with her cell phone and co-host the show from there. Often our guests will join her. I stay back on the pool deck and man the laptop.

To sample The Fitness Buff Show, click here.

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SoundBits: Tamara Walker’s Got the Prescription for Familial Bliss

Before reading her responses, here’s everything you need to know about Tamara Walker: (1) She’s the host of MomRN, (2) she makes her home in Edmond, Okla., (3) her recent guests have included Tom Arnold, Kirk Cameron and bestselling family author Dr. Kevin Leman, and (4) she’s got guts. Also strength – and a positive attitude about life that should be an inspiration to us all.

CAPTION: During a rare selfless moment, Tamara takes time out to pick out a new outfit.

During a rare selfless moment, Tamara takes time out to pick out a new outfit.

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

Got kids? From pregnancy to college, the Ask MomRN Show features prac- tical advice for raising a happy, healthy family. We offer a wide variety of family, parenting, health and safety information, served up with a big helping of support and encourage- ment. New baby changing your life? Toddler with a case of the “terrible twos”? Teenagers have you pulling your hair out? With the help of expert guests, I help my listeners navigate the toughest job on the planet – parenting!

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

People are often surprised to learn that I’m only five feet tall. (Apparently I sound taller on the air.)  Also that I’ve got a prosthetic leg. I have a wacky sense of humor and grew up playing practical jokes on unsus- pecting people (especially substitute teachers!) with my prosthesis.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

That’s easy: Terri Fields, aka “Terri Indiana,” who hosted Lunchbreak on the late, great KOKF-FM in Oklahoma City. When Terri took over the reigns of that show, she mentioned that she wanted to find some parenting resources and information for the listeners. I happened to be in my car listening that day and felt compelled to email her and offer to be a “behind the scenes” resource, since I had a parenting-advice website, MomRN.com. Terri ended up giving me my own segment, once a month during Lunchbreak. Eventually I was on the air more often and I even got to do a little DJ’ing, which was great fun but harder than it looks. We were on the air together for two years and I credit her with getting me into broadcasting. Thanks, Terri!

CAPTION: With hubby Dustin in Las Vegas. “He’s my best friend and biggest supporter,” Tamara tells us.

With hubby Dustin (and Teddy Roosevelt stand-in) in Vegas. “He’s my best friend and biggest supporter,” Tamara tells us.

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

If my daughter had her way, I’d interview Dr. Phil, because she is a Dr. Phil-aholic. She watches his show every day and I’ve often heard her repeating some of his advice to her friends when they’re having problems. As for me, I’d love to interview Michael J. Fox about his positive outlook on life while living with Parkinson’s disease. My grandmother had Parkinson’s so I’ve seen firsthand what a deva- stating condition it can be. Yet Michael has remained a very optimistic, upbeat person despite his difficulties. So if anyone can hook me up and help me book Dr. Phil or Michael J. Fox, please contact me. I’d be very grateful.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

A red short-sleeve blouse, dark-blue striped slacks, and black flats.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

Two things come to mind. During one show, we were having severe thunderstorms so I had my daughter turn on the TV with the sound muted so we could watch the radar and see if there was any tornado activity near us. (We live in Tornado Alley, after all.)

During another show, my landline phone rang, which was no big deal because I always silence all the ringers before going on the air. How- ever, on that particular day I must have forgotten to silence the an- swering machine because it clicked on and I could hear the greeting even through my headset. My guest was in the middle of talking, so I muted my mic, answered the phone and quickly told the caller I was on the air and would call them back after the show. I was able to get back on the air with my guest before they finished talking. I haven’t listened to the archive, but no one seems to have noticed – thankfully.

To sample MomRN, click here.

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SoundBits: Steve Shaman Takes Cyberspace by Tropical Storm

That Steve Shaman tags his Earth Frenzy Radio as “Alternative Talk Radio for the Internet” speaks volumes – if you agree that the Internet is nothing but alternative content. Then again, considering that Steve’s recent guests have ranged from M*A*S*H star Sally Kellerman to financial astrologer Mahendra Sharma to comedian Sally Franz to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes, it seems safe to say that his tagline is well-deserved. What’s more, Steve, who makes his home in Feliciana Hill Country, Louisiana, about 50 miles north of Baton Rouge, is himself a model of diversity. The U.S. Navy veteran and former church missionary currently works as an entertainment publisher and environmental journalist. So as you’re no doubt intrigued by this point, we’ll get right to Steve’s third degree.

CAPTION: Steve: Cap-tivating during a Canadian retreat…

Steve: Cap-tivating during a Canadian retreat…

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

We talk about topics that venture beyond the mainstream media. Our motto is to both inform and captiv- ate our listening audience.

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

I’m a rancher who raises and breeds tropical birds on a 16-acre sprawl. I lived abroad for two years in the tropics of Costa Rica.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Art Bell, founder and longtime host of the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM. He’s considered an icon in the broad- cast industry.

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

Jack Nicholson would be my first choice. I consider him a giant among entertainers. My second choice would be former President Jimmy Carter, who is a great statesman and humanitarian.

CAPTION: …and letting it shine back home in the Big Easy.

…and letting it shine back home in the Big Easy.

As we speak what are you wearing?

Sweat pants and a T-shirt. (If I were wearing nothing, would you still want to know?)

[Editor’s Note: We refuse to answer on the grounds that we might incrim- inate ourselves.]

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

Use the restroom. (Thank God for cordless headsets!)

To sample Earth Frenzy Radio, click here.

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SoundBits: MissusSmartyPants, Best-Dressed Hostess with Mostess

Because she does such a splendid job of doing so herself, this week’s subject needs no introduction, just as she needs no help enticing would- be fashionistas to tune into her ever-popular show. So without further ado, we shall now (if you’ll pardon the pun) let MissusSmartyPants rip.

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

My name is Leslie. I’m also known as MissusSmartyPants, the know- it-all of style! I offer truthful and honest – yet loving – style advice to the fashion forlorn. My show airs Tuesdays at 2 p.m. ET. And I broadcast from my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Each week I offer positive, practical style advice for women every- where. I help them understand simple principals of dressing well. I explain in layman’s terms how to look more fashionable and slimmer by selecting the right styles for their shapes. The right clothes can make all the difference — and I tell women how to do it!

Lovely in linen: MissusSmartyPants hits the fashion mark every time.

Lovely in linen: MissusSmartyPants hits the fashion mark every time.

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

My listeners know I’m a “girly girl,” so they’d be surprised to know I once worked for a car dealership. Talk about a fish-out-of water experience. (LOL!) I was in an all-male environ- ment where they talked NASCAR and other dirty subjects. Yuck.

They’d also be sur- prised to see me dressed super-casual (like in sweats). I usually dress up for my show. I know that sounds funny, but it gets me in the mood to talk about style and fashion. There’s nothing like a cute pair of earring to perk up a girl’s spirits.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Gosh, I love talk radio, but I can’t pick just one.

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

I’d like to book Oprah as a guest. I think she’d be like interviewing a girlfriend you didn’t know you had. She’s a real woman with real curves, and I like that. Oprah also inspires women to be their best, and she lets them know they don’t have to be perfect along the way.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Strange question! What are you wearing? [Editor’s Note: We asked you first.]

I’m dressed for work today. I’m wearing a black/white button-down shirt, black dress pants with a wide black belt, and my favorite red peep-toe pumps and silver hoop earrings. Wearing clothes that make me feel confident sets the tone for the day.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

I try not to do anything but concentrate on what I’m saying and the topic because I have a passion for fashion. However, I have strayed a bit. For instance, I have:

—Answered personal IMs while a caller was asking a question.

—Let the dog out to pee.

—Made a cup of green tea.

—Cleaned the kitchen counters.

—Pulled weeds in the front yard. (I did that when I called into another host’s show!)

To sample MissusSmartyPants, click here.

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