Interview with Alan Levy, CEO of BlogTalkRadio

November 7, 2006 at 4:20 pm 2 comments

Below is an interview with Alan Levy, CEO of BlogTalkRadio. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out!

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

BlogTalkRadio: BlogTalkRadio is the world’s first “social radio network”. Blogtalkradio allows anyone with something valuable to say to engage a live audience. By merging radio, the oldest broadcast medium, with Web 2.0, Blogtalkradio is enabling citizen broadcasters around the world to express themselves.

TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

BlogTalkRadio: While we are the only true social radio network, there a few companies which have products which allow users to engage a live audience; however, there are important differences between these platforms. For example, Skype has a service called Skypecast, which allows up to 100 people to speak with one another at the same time. Unlike BlogTalkRadio, the Skypecast shows require the host and listener to be a Skype user, the shows are not archived, and they do not have universal streaming.


TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

BlogTalkRadio: BlogTalkRadio hosts create their own host channel which describes their show, scheduled segments, and archived segments, which can be pod casts with a link to their blog or website. The host schedules their own show, when they want it to air and whatever topic they choose to discuss. When the show is schedule to air, the host manages a switchboard to receive callers. Each show can accommodate up to 5 live callers at any given time. All of our shows are free to the host and the listener and the host uses any type of phone to broadcast the show.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

BlogTalkRadio: Anyone with something valuable to say can use BlogTalkRadio. All you need is a phone or an Internet connection. Any blogger with an audience of 1 or 10,000 can use this platform to engage their audience in real time. Political bloggers (right, left and center), business professionals and consultants, politicians can use our platform to conduct town hall meetings, authors to conduct book readings, musicians to promote their music and be interviewed, etc. There are really endless uses for this platform.

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

We have been in beta for less than three months so we are continually looking to upgrade the platform and experience. We are looking to develop a flash player so our hosts can play archived segments directly on their blog, Myspace page or website. Also, very shortly our hosts will be able to upload mp3 files to be played during their blogshows. We have many other plans in place, so stay tuned.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

BlogTalkRadio: We are very excited about where this platform has developed in such a short time. Building upon services such as Myspace, Youtube and other social networking services, Blogtalkradio actually provides a live interactive platform where people can engage one another in real time. We talked about the potential uses of BTR above, and I envision significant international usage. Regardless of language or geographic location, people love to talk and people love to listen and BlogTalkRadio provides an outlet for both.

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

BlogTalkRadio: As a new company, which has developed a platform, which has not yet been seen, we spend a lot of time simplifying our feature set and getting the kinks out. So far, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

BlogTalkRadio: We are excited about giving people a platform to share something with their audience. It’s called empowerment. We want to make sure that the user experience is the best that it can be. Everyone has the ability to host or listen to radio now.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

BlogTalkRadio: We are allowing everyone to broadcast their own radio show or listen to a show from a member of his or her community without constraint. It is a movement of citizen broadcasters who can now extend their blogs or sites easily through live audio.

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

BlogTalkRadio: I have funded BlogTalkRadio and as of now we have no outside funding in the company. Down the road, it may make sense on a number of levels to bring in outside investors but until now, this hasn’t been the case.

TechAddress: If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date?

BlogTalkRadio: We launched the beta version of BlogTalkRadio on August 1, 2006, and we continue to operate in beta as we develop new features to enhance the experience for hosts and listeners.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ralph Hampton  |  June 9, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    To: Alan Levy et al

    Dear Mr Recchia

    I am writing to you because you are the most visible name on the menu. Secondly, being a Director of anything means you have some stake in the quality of your product.

    We began our show, Ralphs Back Porch in September of 2007 with about 2 people listening. Since then we have grown to 2000 individual listens either live or in archive each month. We have plastered ‘blogtalkradio” all over the internet in links and through communications with the people we talk with on our show. We have been loyal and have built a loyal fan base for our show and for blogtalk.

    Last week we began having problems with the sound quality. We couldn’t hear our guests. The show seemed to be coming through fine for the listeners, just not us.

    Tonight we started off with no show at all, meaning NO listners could hear anything at all, then some sound came through, some listeners said they could hear, some said they couldn’t, we couldn’t hear at all.

    My partner, Tamara went to tech services and they came on the line and did something which made the problem worse. Then two people Jason T (indieradio) and WSN radio both came to the chatroom and in front of 14 people told the they were having problems because of their equipment and that they had done all they could to ‘fix’ the problem but that basically all our listeners were somewhat slow in the head and had no business actually working with such technical machines.

    Your tech people ran off MY listeners. I am angry to the core of my being. I do this because I enjoy doing it. I don’t do it to have my listeners insulted and degraded. I do it on blogtalk because I started with yall and have stayed with yall.

    I want an open apology from both Jason T and WSN radio. I want an apology from the highest corporate executive you have there. I want these sound quality problems fixed.

    If this isn’t possible, and if you all at blogtalk don’t care about the people who actually use this technology, then there are networks who do and I will not only go to them, but I will make it my life’s work to have just as many notations on the internet as I do now reminding people over and over, that blogtalk didn’t care about one show, one guy out there trying to do something he enjoys and who has brought a lot of people into the blogtalk world who otherwise woulnd’t be there.

    Perhaps you can point me in the right direction. Perhaps you can tell me how to contact Alan Levy or anyone else who gives a flip about this thing. Perhaps you can point me in the direction of the guy making money off of this network cause I’ll bet you a hundred dollar bill that they care about the quality of this thing.

    Thanks and I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

    Ralph Hampton

    Ralphs Back Porch

    936 288 0832 office

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