Category Archives: Radio

5 Ways to Boost Your Audience

It’s undeniable. Everyone who is putting themselves out there and broadcasting on a regular basis is keen to grow their audience. However, the art of gaining new listeners is not an easy one and is something which takes time and practice. How you go about drawing in those followers completely depends on what you’re talking about but there are some general rules which always help pique the interest of potential listeners. Make sure you’re not missing a trick by following these 5 rules!

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Stephen Baldwin, Jamey DuVall and Bob Andelman Honored Among Talkers Magazine’s Annual Frontier Fifty

What do Internet talk-radio heavyweights like Adam Carolla and Tom Green have in common with Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough, Jamey DuVall and Bob Andelman?

Well, other than the obvious (which would be copious amounts of talent), both famed funnymen are featured alongside BlogTalkRadio’s three ever-popular hosts on Talkers Magazine‘s Frontier Fifty, an annual “selection of outstanding talk media webcasters.”frontierfiftyheader1

“This new platform is well on its way to becoming a key part of the establishment at an exponentially increasing rate of acceleration,” writes Talkers publisher Michael Harrison of Internet talk radio.

“Keeping that in mind, we should savor this creative, opportunity-rich period of its infancy while we still have it—a colorful chapter of new media history that this list endeavors to celebrate.

“To assume that internet talk radio will simply be a continuation of its terrestrial ancestor only with expanded reach would be akin to publishing newspapers without photographs or using horses to power automobiles.


Stephen: Emblematic of BTR's chat prowess.

“Thus this new list reflects not only a wide diversity of talent and the subjects and special interest demos they embrace, but also the wide array of mechanical, conceptual and formatic options available to the webcaster.”

Here, here! Or should we say, hear, hear!

Either way, our heartiest congratulations to Stephen and Kevin, and Jamey, and Bob for helping keep BlogTalkRadio the web’s leading source of compelling talk programming.

And if you’re not already familiar with their shows, we trust that you’ll check them out soon:

Stephen Baldwin & Kevin McCullough: Baldwin-McCullough Xtreme Radio

Jamey DuVall: Movie Geeks United

Bob Andelman: Mr. Media Interviews

Click here to see the full 2011 Frontier Fifty list.

Click here to read the full Talkers story.

BlogTalkRadio Is ‘A Great Place to Develop Talent,’ Says Phil Boyce, Talk Radio Network’s President of Programming

We’ve known for some time now that BlogTalkRadio is the place for talk-show hosts aspiring to hit the big time.

After all, in the past year alone we’ve seen our own Rodney Perry get snatched up by Mo’Nique as co-host of her red-hot BET show; we’ve seen VH1 cast our own Tionna Smalls opposite Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in What Chilli Wants; and we’ve seen our own Kevin Ross partner with Byron Allen‘s Entertainment Studios on the recently-launched America’s Court with Judge Ross.

CAPTION: "I wanna find the next Sean Hannity or Mark Levin, or the next Laura Ingraham," Phil (above) tells us of sampling BlogTalkRadio shows.

"I wanna find the next Sean Hannity or Mark Levin or Laura Ingraham," Phil (above) tells us of sampling BlogTalkRadio shows.

Still, it’s always nice to hear that sentiment echoed by an industry heavyweight, particularly one like Phil Boyce.

During his 14-year tenure at New York’s WABC-AM—America’s leading talk-radio station—Phil recruited Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, and later helped syndicate both hosts, who in turn became talk superstars.

And for the past two years, as president of programming and syndication for Talk Radio Network, he’s been even busier developing new and coaching top talent. Among TRN’s roster of A-list hosts are Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, Mancow Muller and Jerry Doyle.

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In Report on Host Kendall Barrow, ‘Getting Yourself on the Air Is Easier Said AND Done,’ Says Texas’ Beaumont Enterprise

If Kendall Barrow makes hosting his own BlogTalkRadio show look simple, that’s because, well, it is.

And his hometown paper couldn’t agree more.

In a feature this week headlined “Thanks to technological advances, a few plugs and buttons, getting yourself on the air is easier said and done every day,” the Beaumont Enterprise highlights the 21-year-old Texan’s experience hosting his twice-weekly show.

"It's a great way to get lot of people to tune in," Kendall (above) tells us of broadcasting on BlogTalkRadio.

"It's a great way to get a lot of people tuning in," Kendall (above) tells us of using BlogTalkRadio to voice his sports report.

Kendall Barrow, a broadcast journalism junior at Lamar [University], has just finished his last class and is going to produce his sports talk radio show. But Barrow isn’t heading to a studio at a radio station,” writes reporter Amos Morale.

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BlogTalkRadio’s Alan Levy in Entrepreneur Magazine: ‘We’re at the very early stages of this social media revolution’

When Alan Levy talks, venture capitalists listen—as the new issue of Entrepreneur magazine bears out.

In a profile titled “Radio Days Revisited: BlogTalkRadio seizes on an overlooked market niche—and a new round of funding,” the company’s founder and CEO is quoted as saying:

CAPTION: Alan: Successfully raised funds during one of the worst economic downturns of the past 75 years.

Alan: Successfully raised funds during one of the worst economic downturns of the past 75 years. (Photo: David Land)

“We’re at the very early stages of this social media revolution. We’re a brand in the space with a unique offering.

‘We have lots of different options, and right now, we are just focused on building out our business and continuing to strengthen the network.”

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Glenn Beck Offers Morning Prayers on the Road to Mending America

If you’re among the millions of Americans looking to restore the values upon which our great nation was built, you’ll no doubt want to mark Saturday, Aug. 28 on your calendar.

Because that’s when Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation gather at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Glenn: Gathering at Abe's feet to protect our freedom.

Glenn: Gathering at Abe's feet to protect our freedom.

There they’ll hold a non- political rally paying tribute to America’s military personnel and other upstanding citizens who embody our Founding Fathers’ principles of integrity, truth and honor.

(Aug. 28 also marks the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered from that very same location.)

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Alan Levy’s ‘Little Idea that Could Is Succeeding Online Where Terrestrial Radio Couldn’t,’ Says MediaBistro

If you’ve yet to read up on BlogTalkRadio Founder and CEO Alan Levy, today’s a great time to start.

Because MediaBistro—the must-read site for media pros (and those who aspire to such)—has just published a 1,400-word profile by Kristen Fischer titled, “So What Do You Do, Alan Levy, Founder and CEO of BlogTalkRadio?”

CAPTION: Alan: "Podcast innovator."

Alan: "Podcast innovator."

“With about 1,300 new BlogTalkRadio shows popping up daily covering everything from the home birthing phenomenon to African-American conservatives, anyone’s voice can be heard,” MediaBistro writes.

“And thanks to an amazing technology that lets you call in live and speak to hosts, Levy’s little idea that could is succeeding online where terrestrial radio couldn’t.”

As for Alan’s take on our rapidly-emerging media sector, he says:

“The real power of BlogTalkRadio is the live aspect of the platform. By taking live callers or interviewing a panel of guests, this dynamic medium makes the conversation much more engaging then the majority of traditional podcasts, which do not enable live call-ins.

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Howard Stern’s News Team Tackles Former CBS Radio Chief (Courtesy of Dr. Blogstein)

Howard Stern: BTR becoming must-listen?

Howard Stern: BTR becoming must-listen?

For the Howard 100 News team—which follows all things Howard Stern throughout the day on the King of All Media’s Sirius XM channel—today was a typical day of round-ups from our nation’s media.

But among those briefs was one that we here at BlogTalkRadio thought was worth replaying.

How come? Because it involves our very own Dr. Blogstein, host of the ever-popular Radio Happy Hour.

Yesterday, Dr. B. welcomed My Damn Channel Founder Rob Barnett to the show. Now, Rob also happens to have been a programming chief at CBS Radio when Howard left the net for Siruis.

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