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BlogTalkRadio on WNBC TV

WNBC’s technology reporter Sree Sreenivasan reviewed BlogTalkRadio during his Tech Report this morning on WNBC.

His entire review was posted on the WNBC.com site and the video can be seen below:

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Immediately following his WNBC broadcast, Sreenivasan hosted a special interactive talk show entitled “Tech Chat with WNBC Viewers” on his own BlogTalkRadio show, Sree Tips, to discuss the BlogTalkRadio platform, as well as new and emerging technology trends. They had such a good response, they’ll be doing it again next Thursday, May 1 from 7-8am ET, as well. Join them live at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sreetips/

This is the first use of BlogTalkRadio as an extension of a television news broadcast. BlogTalkRadio has been used as a discussion tool for major U.S. Newspaper articles with live interactive call-in shows between author, source and the larger community, but this is the first major television venture.

Sreenivasan, is the tech reporter for WNBC-TV, Dean of Student Affairs & professor at Columbia Journalism School and author of SreeTips.com and the New to Sree blog. Sree uses BlogTalkRadio with SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association; his SreeTips.com tech tips site; and, more recently, to extend the reach of the Columbia Journalism School.

BlogTalkRadio: Improving the Lives of Hosts and their Listeners

This testimonial from a host demonstrates how BlogTalkRadio provides more than just a platform for speakers; it also provides a place where listeners can get what they are seeking.

My life has changed a lot since I decided to do a show on BlogTalkRadio a couple of months ago. I will admit I was a little apprehensive because I came from a blogging community. I didn’t see how the blogs I wrote could be transferred into a radio show format. Not only that, I wasn’t much of a public speaker. Or at least I THOUGHT I wasn’t much of a public speaker.

Being on BlogTalkRadio has affected more than me. It has affected the people who have listened to my shows. My show is based around giving insight on love, life, sex and relationship from a man’s point-of-view. It has affected a lot of people because of the emails I receive after I do a show.

I received an email from a woman who didn’t have the courage to face up to her family about her herpes status. But because of the show I did on herpes she was able to face them with some confidence. I received another email from a woman who had issues moving on in life after breaking up with her boyfriend. But because she listened to the show about my break-up experience she was able to not internalize her situation and deal with it for what is was. I received another email from a man who said he was able to start talking to his child’s mother after years of not speaking to her after listening to a show I did on single fathers. The list goes on and on.

My life has changed because I receive a number of emails on an every day basis from people who are looking for answers in the matter of the heart. I stay up until the wee hours in the morning answering these emails because they trust me to give them answers they seek. People need an impartial, outside point-of-view and it makes me feel good to know I was able to help them in some way. I know if I can help them…they in turn will help someone else in their struggles.

When I do a show I have only one purpose. If I am able to change ONE person’s life by something I said, I accomplished what I set out to do. Judging from the emails I receive on an every day basis…I think I am doing okay.

Thank you, BlogTalkRadio for allowing me and all of the other hosts an opportunity of getting their voice heard.

The Luvologist™
http://blogtalkradio.com/luvologist

Last Chance to Vote for BlogTalkRadio

webware100-2.jpgIf you haven’t already voted for BlogTalkRadio in the Webware 100 Awards, then do so right now – only 5 hours left! Voting ends at 3pm ET today, so no more procrastinating!

The Webware 100 Awards honors the greatest social media tools on the net – like BlogTalkRadio. If you’ve already voted (and it seems many of you have, the Webware site reported on Friday that they were approaching 2 million votes!), thank you. If you haven’t voted yet, do so right now! Click here to vote or click the badge!

Voting ends Today and winners will be announced April 21 – we hope with your help that we’re one of them. Thanks for supporting BlogTalkRadio!

McCain Clinches Republican Primary

Congratulations goes to BlogTalkRadio guest John McCain as he seals the GOP presidential bid.

mccainMcCain’s campaign went through some rough times last year and many counted him out. But he always found a voice on BlogTalkRadio. After all, that’s why we’re here.

During his three visits to BlogTalkRadio, Senator McCain had this to say:

  • May 29, 2007 – McCain: “We…unfortunately, pay way too much attention and I plead guilty first, pay too much attention to a lot of the polls; a lot of them are conflicting. And as you know polls are less, much less accurate than they use to be due to the advent of the cell phone”
  • July 19, 2007 – McCain: “We’re gonna spend a lot of time in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina doing what I do best, and that’s the town hall meetings, face to face, unfiltered communications with people, that’s the way I won back in 2000…I can convince people that I’m the one that’s qualified, I’m the one that’s experienced, and I’m the one that’s prepared to meet this great challenge we describe…”
  • October 15, 2007 – McCain: “We just came back from New Hampshire last night…I’ve been in this business long enough to detect enthusiasm. And the town meetings have been great…we’re in good shape and there is a lot of interesting things happening as people start to really begin to focus on this race.”

Reviewing these quotes today gives one a different perspective on how political races are won and how experience and determination can drive a person to victory over time. Congratulations, Senator McCain, we look forward to having you and your campaign back on BlogTalkRadio.

Kris Smith Appointed as VP Product Development

BlogTalkRadio is pleased to announce today the hiring of Kris Smith as Vice President of Product Development. Smith is a new media, RSS and podcast expert with more than eight years of experience in online media and marketing.

In his new role, Smith will be responsible for BlogTalkRadio’s product development and user interface advances to increase the experience for the site’s hosts and listeners.

“Kris’ solid background in social media, online marketing and programming makes him an optimal choice. He will be instrumental in helping BlogTalkRadio take our innovative technologies from the development stage to their implementation, all to further enhance the BlogTalkRadio’s user experience, ” said Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio CEO.

“BlogTalkRadio is a revolutionary and disruptive platform that’s changing the way individuals and companies communicate to their audiences online,” said Smith. “With my background in emerging media strategies and implementation for Fortune 500 companies, I am eager to help grow BlogTalkRadio into a powerful new media company.”

Prior to joining BlogTalkRadio, Smith was the Vice President New Media at Room214, a search marketing and social media agency. Smith also founded Palegroove Studios, the world’s first podcast production company. He also co-hosts and produces the 400-plus episode Croncast podcast. Additionally, Smith developed Castlock, a robust new media management and RSS metrics platform to manage large libraries of content and maintain statistics privately.

We welcome Kris to the team and look forward to his input shaping the future of BlogTalkRadio. You can see Kris’ own post about joining the team here.

Web Worker Daily Throws Down The Gauntlet

Bob Walsh, writer for Web Worker Daily, gave BlogTalkRadio a peek this week and posted about it.

WWD In his provocatively titled post “Web Workers to Rush Limbaugh: We Don’t Need You Anymore,” Walsh gives a quick rundown of BlogTalkRadio, highlighting the citizen-broadcasting nature of the site as well as the business component:

BlogTalkRadio is pulling in some unexpected hosts like Sun Microsystems and The Yankee Group…

The GigaOM Network, of which WWD is a member, highlights the most interesting startups, trends, products, and people in technology. Web Worker Daily is for those who use the web to be more productive, more connected and more successful than they could otherwise. Sounds like BlogTalkRadio to us. So take that, Rush.

BlogTalkRadio and Yankee Group Produce Live Call-in Radio Show

“Post 2008 Consumer Electronics Show Analyst Roundtable” to Air on January 16th, Featuring Key Yankee Group Consumer Analysts

NEW YORK, NY — January 15, 2008 — BlogTalkRadio (www.BlogTalkRadio.com), the Internet’s first live social talk radio network for citizen broadcasters, today announced that it is partnering with Yankee Group, the first independent technology research and consulting firm exclusively focused on connectivity change, to produce the “Post 2008 Consumer Electronics Show Analyst Roundtable” radio program. The live program will air on January 16th at 11:00 AM ET.

BlogTalkRadio’s VP of Business Development, John C. Havens, will host the live broadcast, and it will feature three Yankee Group analysts, Michael Goodman, director of digital entertainment, Josh Martin, consumer research analyst, and Jennifer Simpson, consumer research analyst. Each analyst will provide insight on the top trends and products from this year’s CES. The show can be heard live online the Yankee Group profile page on BlogTalkRadio (www.BlogTalkRadio.com/YankeeGroup). Listeners are encouraged to call into the show and discuss the topics with the analysts at (347) 205-9329.

“We are witnessing swelling ranks of connected-consumers raising demand for digitally-delivered content due to the impact of ubiquitous connectivity,” said John Jacobs, senior vice president of Marketing and Product Management at Yankee Group. “Together, BlogTalkRadio and Yankee Group will offer listeners important and interesting developments of 2008 CES through this new channel that is beginning to resonate strongly with our audience.”

“After participating in Yankee Group’s 2007 Mobile Internet World, we’re very excited to be working as a partner with Yankee Group for this CES-specific program,” said BlogTalkRadio’s Havens. “Yankee Group’s unparalleled research on global connectivity change is in-line with what BlogTalkRadio seeks to deliver to our wide audience; rich, socially-impacted news and insights.”

After the live broadcast, listeners will be able to hear a podcast of the show on Yankee Group’s profile page on BlogTalkRadio.

About BlogTalkRadio

Originally launched in August 2006, BlogTalkRadio is a free, web-based platform which allows any user with a phone and a computer to host a live, interactive radio show. Hosts call into the service by phone, managing callers on the web-based host dashboard. Shows stream live directly from the host’s BlogTalkRadio webpage. Since the company’s 2006 launch, thousands of hosts have broadcast more than 47,000 shows on BlogTalkRadio. Notable hosts include Marla Cilley, the FlyLady home and life organizer; Doug Christie, former NBA player; and the LAFD. Guests on BlogTalkRadio have included Yoko Ono, Brad Pitt, John McCain, Brian DePalma, Shirley MacLaine, Oliver Stone, and Mike Huckabee, just to name a few. BlogTalkRadio relaunched an updated site with special features in September 2007, at http://www.blogtalkradio.com.

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