401XkX Coach

Have you ever listened to people on the radio and thought "I can do that."?  Perhaps it was during one of Rush Limbaugh's rants. Or hearing Dr. Phil's homespun Southern style advice. Maybe there are some hilarious morning personalities, like Bob & Tom that you enjoy. Sports call in shows are also quite popular.
Did you ever say to yourself  "I could be a radio star too. I just need the chance!" and you never gave it another thought, because you had no idea how or where to start?  
Well, if you ever thought these things, and you are reading this - TODAY is your lucky day!
What if I told you that you could host your very own radio program - ANYTIME - even TODAY if you want, and the cost is practically ZERO?
Great News! You CAN do this on Blog Talk Radio. You can talk sports, movies, celebrities, or be educational and informative. Say what you want - how you want. (Well, there may still be a few things you can't or shouldn't say.)
Blog Talk Radio was started in 2006 by Alan Levy, a former accountant and telecommunications executive, who wanted to provide a way for bloggers to communicate directly with their audiences in real time. He set up a blog for his family to provide updates on his ailing father which they could hear. In February of 2008, David Winer of the Scripting News called it "the simplest podcast ever".  Blog Talk Radio has been referred to as a site that has become the dominant player in the latest media trend, one that allows anyone with a Web connection to host a talk show on any topic at any time of day. It is the newest form of new media; the audio version of the internet blog. All you need is a telephone and a computer!
Blog Talk Radio's website claims to have "tens of thousands of hosts and millions of listeners tuning in and joining the conversation each month".
It is becoming the newest force in Social Media, and its fun and easy to use. I should know. As a licensed advisor, I've hosted a financial advice program on Blog Talk Radio"Improving Your Financial Health" since July 15, 2009. My listener base has gradually grown with each program. When I last checked, I had 1272 people who have listened to one or more of my programs and 2262 who have visited my page. My Blog Talk Radio program has just recently been picked up by WHME-FM 103.1 here in South Bend for re-broadcast Saturdays at 9:00 am.  
When we normally hear about social media sites, it's normally the "Holy Trinity" of LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter which get the attention. I've heard LinkedIn referred to as "business formal", Facebook as "casual" and Twitter as a "worldwide cocktail party. So where does Blog Talk Radio fit in?
Simply put, it's the newest form of blogging - an audio blog. It you believe your message is important and needs to be HEARD verbally, (and you can't seem to limit yourself to 140 characters or less), then Blog Talk Radio may be for you.
I stumbled across Blog Talk Radio last summer. A friend of mine had e-mailed me the link, after I told him about hearing the usual rejections from local stations about doing a financial advice show. What a surprise I found there! There were shows on all types of topics 24 hours a day! A few of them even had celebrity hosts or guests. Bill Cosby has hosted a program there, and Pres. Barack Obama had also joined a broadcast last August during the healthcare debate.   
Setting up a profile was very easy - about the same as doing it on any other website. Once you've set up a profile page, go ahead and browse through other programs. Get a feel for what you like (or don't like) You can have a free membership, or a premium one at $39.00/month. I find that the free membership works just fine. Paid memberships allow you to take more calls and schedule programs longer than 1 hour. (You really should be able to say what you want in less than 1 hour!)
Scheduling a program is simple also. Everything about Blog Talk Radio is very user friendly. Just 'name' your show, describe what it's about, and pick a date and time. You can even do a show the same day if you want. Before you know it, you'll be ranting like Rush! You can even select music or sound effects to enhance your show, or have guests. You can even select Revenue Sharing. Just don't expect Super Bowl style bucks to come rolling in.
Customer Service at Blog Talk Radio is exactly that. Even with my free account, I've only needed to contact them a few times. When I do, they are easy to reach, and have always been friendly and helpful at getting issues resolved. You can probably tell by now that I am a huge fan of Blog Talk Radio. There is plenty of potential here.    
My next article will include some techniques for using Blog Talk Radio effectively and making it part of your social media package. Please contact me for more information on 401(k) plans or IRAs. You may also contact me on LinkedIn or Twitter. "Improving Your Financial Health" is a weekly financial advice program which often includes intriguing guests - both financial and non-financial.  

  1. Today's Best
  2. Top Shows
  3. Best of BTR
    1. Loading

      The NY Times Steve Lohr

      Steve Lohr is a reporter for The New York Times on technology, business and economics. In 2013, he was a member of the team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting

    2. It's Not Where You're At

      Its all about who you are being, the guys from Success Freaks delve into authenticity and more from NMX!

    3. Contact In The Desert

      AMH Radio Makes CONTACT In the DESERT with Event Stars Jim Marrs, Barbara Harris.

    4. Hotel del Coronado, California

      This week, the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show airs from the legendary Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California.

    5. The One and Only Jason Voorhees

      On April 13th, the “Louisville Town Drunks” return to talk to a legend when it comes to Friday the 13th…Ted White

    6. Arsenic in Wine: Should I worry?

      If you're a wine lover, you probably haven't missed the recent headlines concerning the "high" arsenic levels in California wines. Just how high is "high", and should we be concerned? Hosts Linda Rez and William Pollard will share the headlines and dissect the available data on The Wine Muse.

    7. Chauncey Billups

      The Knicks season has come to a close and Anthony will be joined by former NBA point guard, All Star, NBA Champion, Chauncey Billups.

    8. The Sin Tax, Taxed For Your Weight?

      In this week's episode Yaron addresses the Sin Tax - should you be taxed for your weight?

    9. Strange Bigfoot Encounters In The Woods

      Several witnesses that have had strange encounters with Sasquatch in the woods.

    10. Canine Influenza Outbreak

      Dr. Roger reports on a recent dangerous canine influenza outbreak plaguing the US Midwest and is rapidly spreading.

    11. The New Generation of Gay Athlete's

      There are no openly gay athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL or Major League Baseball. Ditto for major college football, and in the just-concluded NCAA men's tournament, there were no openly gay players.

    12. NY Times Bestseller Harlan Coben

      Very special guest, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Harlan Coben.

    13. The Women of Film

      What do The Lone Gunmen, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Aleister Crowley, Scientology, Horror, Stan Freberg and dozens of classic female-driven films have in common?

    14. Publishing, Editing, and Writing Oh My!

      If you've been writing for any length of time, you've undoubtedly heard Jane Friedman's name pop up. She's the go-to for advice on publishing, editing, writing, and just about anything else you can think of related to the written word.

    15. From Hollywood To The White House

      The Halli Casser-Jayne Show will take you on a journey from the back stages of glamorous old Hollywood to the residence of the White House.

    16. Papihood

      Papi chulo. Hey, papi, ven p’acá. That guy is such a papi. Ay, papi. There’s so many uses for that word, but what does it mean? Is it a distinctive form of Latino manhood? Is it a stereotype emanated from our pop stars? Is it a good or a bad thing?

    1. Loading

      Small Business Unstuck

      Host Barry Moltz gets small businesses unstuck. He has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years. This is a business radio show where he shares all the craziness of small business. It’s that craziness that actually makes it exciting, interesting and totally unpredictable.

    2. America's Most Haunted

      Official Internet radio show of forthcoming epic paranormal investigation book by Eric Olsen and "Haunted Housewife" Theresa Argie.