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It’s a Cinch!

Today, we’re excited to launch Cinch. We took the service a bit further than Dave Winer suggested some time ago, and we’re thrilled where we ended up.

As its name appropriately reflects, Cinch (which can be found at CinchCast.com) is the easiest way to create a podcast, pure and simple. You create a Cinch using any mobile phone or land line.

And with our Cinch iPhone app you get even more functionality. You can record a message, add a photo, a tweet and publish all three in one RSS feed. The feed automatically gets syndicated to Facebook, Twitter and, of course, Cinchcast.com. You can create albums, moderate Cinches, push to other social communities and more.cinch-logo3

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Michael Weaver Joins BlogTalkRadio as V.P. of Mobile Strategy

We’re pleased to welcome former Microsoft exec Michael Weaver as Vice President of Mobile Strategy.

In that newly-created position, Michael will oversee the integration of the BlogTalkRadio platform into the rapidly-expanding mobile market- place.

Michael: Mobile guru.

Michael: Mobile guru.

Effective immediately, he will be responsible for the dev- elopment and promotion of our iPhone apps; our mobile site, m.blogtalkradio.com; and CinchCast, our newest interactive product.

Michael and his team will also work closely with carriers, portals, consumer brands, advertisers and ad agencies to build our network’s mobile presence.

“Michael is a prominent authority and one of the most sought-after individuals in mobile communications,” says BlogTalkRadio CEO Alan Levy. “He has had his finger on the pulse of mobile since the industry’s inception.”

“BlogTalkRadio has been on my radar for some time now and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” Michael tells us. “The concept is easily adaptable to mobile and will allow us to extend its reach into a rapidly-growing sector that offers users the convenience of listening to their favorite BlogTalkRadio shows on the go.”

Most recently Vice President of Strategy at Crisp Wireless, Michael developed key relationships with mobile operators, ad agencies and enablers. Prior to that, he served as Microsoft’s Advertising Strategy Director for MSN’s Digital Advertising Solutions.

CEO Alan Levy’s New Year’s Address

I want to wish the entire BlogTalkRadio family a happy and healthy New Year. When I say “family,” I’m referring to our terrific staff, dedicated hosts, private-network customers and, of course, fast-expanding community of listeners.

This is the third year-end post for me – and I’m thrilled to be at it again. 2008 was such an incredible year, during which we, as a community, achieved so many things.

Alan: Wishing you a wonderful '09

Since our launch in the fall of 2006, we have produced close to 200,000 episodes. Last month alone, we broadcast more than 16,000 episodes by more than 5,000 individual hosts. That same month, BlogTalkRadio shows were downloaded or listened to live more than four million times.

Among our many highlights of 2008 was successfully raising capital in July, via investors led by The Kraft Group.

Our content, meanwhile, has continued to get better – and more newsworthy – with notable guests including Yoko Ono, Salman Rushdie, Kirk Douglas, Hillary Clinton and hundreds of others. For more on that front, be sure to download our two-hour Best of 2008 special.

We were pleased as well to provide South Asian communities throughout the globe with round-the-clock live reports on the tragic terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, as the crisis unfolded over Thanksgiving weekend.

Also in 2008, we launched our Branded Private Network service, whereby companies and organizations can use BlogTalkRadio technology to host their own radio networks. Clients to date include Woman’s Day magazine, the U.S. Department of Defense, Sun Microsystems, HarperCollins, and Hachette Book Group. And we have many more networks ready to launch in the New Year.

Finally, we’re very excited about the many enhancements and expansions coming in 2009. The year will start off with a bang as we launch our redesigned site on January 5. The entire staff has been working overtime this holiday season to bring the BlogTalkRadio community an enriched online experience.

Once again, I want to personally wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I look forward to 2009 as the conversation continues on BlogTalkRadio.

Alan Levy
Founder and CEO