Alan Levy

A few weeks back, I published a post where I discuss whether or not Blogtalkradio is a Web 2.0 company. As you can see in the attached piece, I concluded that BTR is clearly a Web 2.0 company.

On Tuesday night, Hellicane, a blog dedicated to the Katrina disaster was scheduled to host a show on Blogtalkradio. The show was scheduled to air on the one year anniversary of the disaster in New Orleans and surrounding cities and towns. A little more background if I may. When we launched Blogtalkradio at the end of July, just a little more than 1 month ago, Hellicane was one of the first hosts to sign up. The host channel read that the "podpoet", the organizer of Hellicane project would be reading original poetry submitted to his blog over the past year. I thought this was a great idea and terrific use of the BTR platform.

The podpoet did in fact do one show, but the show was aired before our archive function was up and running. That was it, no more shows were scheduled and I had not heard from Hellicane or the podpoet for three weeks. This past Monday I saw that a new Hellicane show was schedueld to air on Tuesday evening, as I said before, on the one year anniversary of the disaster. I immediately put the show on the home page and we made sure that the show would go off with out a hitch.

As the show goes on air, I hear silence, dead air. I have come to learn after one month that the worse noise is no noise. Obviously something is wrong here. I immediately call Bob and he tells me he is on the phone with the podpoet (we dont know his name). It seems that our host lost his internet connection just before he went on air. We all know that feeling of helplessness.

This is where Blogtalkradio combines the old technology of basic telephone service and Web 2.0 characterisitics. The podpoet was able to host his show using his plain old phone. There was no need for an internet connection, no Skype, no softphone, no web.

The podpoet continued his show and read some of the most touching original poetry contributed by individuals effected by Hurricane Katrina - Here is the link to the host channel - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hostpage.aspx?show_id=1531

Please note that we will be hosting a 9/11 tribute on Monday 9/11. We are working through the details as I prepare this post. The link for the upcoming show is here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hostpage.aspx?show_id=1882

See you "on-air"

Alan

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