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The Power of Giving (And How BlogTalkRadio Hosts Can Help)

Today, JD Lasica, strategist, marketer,  journalist, and blogger, launched his show on BlogTalkRadio, with special guest, Pamela Hawley, fougivingnder of Universal Giving.  JD is the founder of top social media blog Socialmedia.biz, and Socialbrite.org, which focuses on social tools for the social good, and online philathropy.

In this timely interview, given the dire situation pamin Haiti, Pamela talks about the Universal Giving website, which allows people to give and volunteer with the top performing projects all over the world, and takes no cut of the donations.  Pamela also shares what she views as the best ways to donate to relief efforts in Haiti, as well as ways her site helps similar relief efforts year-round.

In addition, JD and Pamela touch on some of the corporations that are focusing on making a positive impact with their corporate social responsibility efforts.  Check out the chat, and keep an eye out for JD’s occasional shows that will spotlight  topics of interest to the social cause community.

If you, as a BlogTalkRadio host or listener, are looking for ways to get involved in the Haiti relief efforts, here are a few ways you can contribute and raise awareness with your show:

-Encourage listeners to contribute to one of the active text message donation systems:

Text “HAITI” to the number 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross
Text “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s foundation
Text “SAVE” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children

-Post a “Ways to Help” list on your show profile’s blog and mention it to listeners during your show.

-Visit Universal Giving and research organizations that speak to you.  Some groups providing healthcare include Partners in Health, and Doctors Without Borders.

-Leverage these lists of resources that have been published by other media outlets, and stay updated on how you can help:
CNN
USA Today
NPR
The Huffington Post

Leave us a comment telling us ways you’ve gotten involved with the effort in Haiti, and ways you are using your BlogTalkRadio show to get the word out.

NBC News Tech Guru Mike Wendland: I’m Hooked on BlogTalkRadio

Jon Parrett, host of Hip Talk Radio was right: BlogTalkRadio is addictive.

And NBC News correspondent “PC Mike” Wendland seems to agree.

On this week’s edition of his package for NBC television affiliates nationwide, Mike reviews BlogTalkRadio, giving it two thumbs up.

CAPTION: "We're talking cool; really cool; easy cool," Mike (above) tell his NBC audience about BTR.

"We're talking cool; really cool; easy cool," Mike (above) tells his NBC audience about BTR.

“I’m hooked,” the veteran tech reporter says.

“Built-in audience-building tools to Twitter and Facebook and social-media sites can alert your friends and follow- ers to know when you’re on.

“What makes this even cooler is that it turns the live broadcast into a podcast.”

But Mike isn’t just a critic, he’s also a BlogTalkRadio host.

After last week’s test spin of the network, the granddaddy of Internet reporting officially launches PC Mike’s Tech Talk tomorrow, April 25, at 2 p.m. ET.

On that maiden outing, he’ll explore the addictive nature of social- media sites like Facebook and Twitter, while talking calls and offering his trademark tech tips.

To tune into PC Mike’s Tech Talk, click here.

To see Mike’s NBC News report on BlogTalkRadio, click here.

To read more about Jon Parrett (and download Addicted - our unofficial anthem), click here.

Sun’s CEO Jonathan Schwartz on Software Freedom

What’s the future of the Internet?

Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems joined Sun News on BlogTalkRadio to talk about software freedom, open source, and the changing nature of the technology world.

Schwartz drops by to discuss the meaning of software freedom, and how Sun has embraced it for its business model.  Software freedom, according to Schwartz can be an “instrument of driving change, not only in the technology landscape, but also in society more broadly.”  He believes in the Internet’s ability to increase opportunity.

Open source should be embraced.  According to Schwartz, “open source is a critical enabler” that can benefit a variety of users, from college students, to start-ups, to Fortune 500 companies.

Schwartz also predicts that the future of the internet is still free for the end-user, in social networks, media, and beyond.  He predicts that “if one company is not providing a free service, there will likely be another one that is providing a free service.”  This competition drives innovation.

Take a listen to the archived interview, and you’ll catch Jonathan’s enthusiasm about what they are working on at Sun, and the potential of software freedom to engage and empower.

Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz on Software Freedom

What’s the future of the Internet?

Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems joined Sun News on BlogTalkRadio to talk about software freedom, open source, and the changing nature of the technology world.

Schwartz drops by to discuss the meaning of software freedom, and how Sun has embraced it for its business model.  Software freedom, according to Schwartz can be an “instrument of driving change, not only in the technology landscape, but also in society more broadly.”  He believes in the Internet’s ability to increase opportunity.

Open source should be embraced.  According to Schwartz, “open source is a critical enabler” that can benefit a variety of users, from college students, to start-ups, to Fortune 500 companies.

Schwartz also predicts that the future of the internet is still free for the end-user, in social networks, media, and beyond.  He predicts that “if one company is not providing a free service, there will likely be another one that is providing a free service.”  This competition drives innovation.

Take a listen to the archived interview, and you’ll catch Jonathan’s enthusiasm about what they are working on at Sun, and the potential of software freedom to engage and empower.

How to Have Your BlogTalkRadio Show Featured

Deb mentioned that some hosts had been asking her about being featured. I would like to clarify the process to request featured shows so we are all on the same page.

As all our esteemed hosts know, BlogTalkRadio is a growing community, a network of hosts and listeners, interacting on a wide variety of topics each day. These shows, these interactive conversations, are all valuable to our community as a whole.

Since we are all putting in such hard work to make our shows the best they can be, I wanted to give you my insider tips, straight from the Features Editor, to help promote your content:

1. Do your part. When submitting a Features Request, it helps to show the PR team what you have already done to promote your show. Have you embedded players on your blog, and sent out bulletins and reminders? What is your guest doing to promote? This shows us that you are as invested in getting the word out as you want us to be.

2. Time is on your side. Give as much notice as possible about your special guest. You wouldn’t promote a lecture, a performance, or a television show only the night before, so why leave your BlogTalkRadio promotion to the last minute? With less than 48 hours notice, there is limited ability to feature. You have been warned. The PR team sometimes receives requests for a show a month ahead of time. Everything is documented and you won’t be forgotten. If you receive a Confirmation email with your request number, there is no need to re-submit the information.

3. Say Cheese. Send us pictures. Even if its a logo from your guest’s site, or a headshot of you, or a picture of your dog. Its helpful to have that visual information at our fingertips, and will reduce the chances we will accidentally promote the wrong Michael Jackson.

4. Confirm. Make sure your guest is going to show up. We understand that things happen that are outside your control, but once we’ve done the promotion and put in the effort, we hope you have put in the effort to deliver the show you promised us and your listeners.

5. Relax. Although the homepage is the most visible way we promote, remember we have many more ways of getting the word out, some of which are not so obvious. Our PR Team does outreach to blogs, sends bulletins on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, blasts out show information via Twitter, and works with our PR Agency to spread the word about our great hosts. Please remember we are working hard for you, and that it benefits us both to get the word out about your shows. We are on your side.

6. Make it easy on us. Remember to submit your information directly from our site using our automated Features Request form. You can find it when you are logged in, under MyAccount>Promote. You can request a few different methods of featuring using this form. The PR team is available by email at hostpr@blogtalkradio.com for questions, but it is very difficult to keep track of any Features information that is sent via email. Our developers created an easy-to-use form for us, so please use it!

That’s just a brief taste of how to best request to be featured. Featured spots are limited and we receive many more requests than we can accommodate, but the PR team always does the best they can to promote your content.

We look forward to receiving your requests!

‘AskTheHost’ Lets BTR Audiences Say Good-bye to Long-Distance Charges

“This could lead to some very compelling discussion – imagine a talk show on international politics with input from around the world.”

That’s the thumbs-up verdict on BlogTalkRadio’s “AskTheHost” feature, from sway-holding weblog TechCrunch.

Launched today, AskTheHost makes it possible for BTR listeners to participate in any one of the network’s 450-plus live daily shows without wracking up long-distance calling charges – or even having a traditional landline or wireless phone.

Rather, the “one-click” Flash-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service lets them listen and call into shows directly from their Web browser. They only need to plug a microphone into their computer, log onto BTR and “dial in” via the AskTheHost widget.

BlogTalkRadio expects AskTheHost to spur a dramatic increase in its listenership and audience participation, both in the United States and abroad.

“Unlike other VoIP applications like Skype, no software downloads are needed to use AskTheHost,” says Alan Levy, CEO and co-founder of BlogTalkRadio. “Users can call into shows from anywhere in the world, from any computer that has an Internet connection.”

NBC Tech Guru Calls BlogTalkRadio ‘Truly Amazing’

Earlier this week, Ken Leebow, the technology reporter for NBC affiliate WXIA-TV in Atlanta gave BlogTalkRadio two digital thumbs up!

In a special segment on Web 2.0, Leebow said, “When I saw [BlogTalkRadio] for the first time…it was truly amazing. I couldn’t believe it.”

Leebow is NBC Atlanta’s Internet Connection Expert, and author of the “300 Incredible Things to Do on the Internet” book series. Leebow’s review of BlogTalkRadio anchored his segment of his favorite online tools.

“Believe it or not, you can create your own talk radio show for free [with BlogTalkRadio] on the internet. So anyone can do it.” Leebow explains.

Leebow goes on to describe how easy the process is, and how he had his own show up and running in mere minutes.

We appreciate the “truly amazing” review, Ken and hope to hear you broadcasting with us soon!

Sports Docket, System Showdown Share Anniversary

We have been celebrating many anniversaries at BlogTalkRadio, but each one is meaningful to us. Broadcasting shows with us for one year means you are enjoying your experience with BlogTalkRadio and are as invested in our community as we are. We thank you and appreciate your hard work!

The guys of System Showdown and Sports Docket, Ethan Kwassman, Steven Ackerman, and Jon Scheiber, admit that their BlogTalkRadio shows began as hobbies. But soon these three 16 year-olds found themselves promoting more heavily as the quality of their guests and number of listeners increased.

The teen hosts would like to share a few words on this occasion:

To have been able to make such strides with only 12 months of Internet radio experience deeply demonstrates how strong, compatible, reliable, and irresistible a platform BlogTalkRadio is…[the hosts would like] to show their tremendous amount of appreciation for BlogTalkRadio by proclaiming Thursday, May 29, 2008 as their BTR Appreciation Day.

Sports Docket and System Showdown will broadcast dual Anniversary celebration shows simultaneously. Special guests will include American Idol winning songwriter Emily Shackelton, and NHL.com Deputy Editor Brian Compton.

Catch Sports Docket and System Showdown at 7pm ET.