Talkback Bloggers and Blog or Pod Radio

I DID mention that there is a debate on Wednesday night, right? On another blog post about Radio/TalkBack/Blogs.

DebateIT: Blogging is as Useful as Talkback Radio Wednesday 12th September; 6.00pm – 7.30pm; Lecture Theatre, Museum of Sydney. Organised by Rachel Slattery.

I probably won’t go. Probably. I am chairing a two-day conference on Wed/Thursday on Web 2.0 and Collaboration and Knowledge Management. I really shouldn’t attend – No, I mean it! I can’t go out on a school night. Oh… You’ll buy me a drink? Ok, we’ll see. 🙂

But if you are there, flaunt your knowledge of dial-in podcasts: These are podcasts that are opened up to listeners. And yes, you have to listen in realtime though I guess most are available after on TPN or iTunes. Here’s a couple:


What is BlogTalkRadio?

BlogTalkRadio is a platform that extends the blog, allowing any individual to host a live blogshow online. Our service is free to all users, whether you host a blogshow or listen in. Plus hosts earn half of all revenue generated by their blogshow and Host Channel page.

Why do you say you extend the blog?

The blog has changed the face of media and communication. But unfortunately, it has its limits. Primarily, the blog does not allow for real-time interaction between the blogger and his or her readers. At BlogTalkRadio, we extend the blog to allow such live interaction, as well as allow users to generate and consume content in audio format as well as in written format.

You have “radio” in your name. But isn’t your site different from regular radio?

We allow every individual the freedom to become a blogshow host, similar to a radio talk show host. That is why “radio” appears in our name. However, because we are on the Internet, your potential reach as a blogshow host far exceeds the reach of a radio talk show host because your audience is global rather than regional. Additionally, as a listener, you have access to far more content than you would on your local or even satellite radio station.

Effectively everyone hosting, everyone dialing in, everyone editing their own shows. Everyone. Even TurnBaby, whoever she might be:

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Gabcast is another one:

Host your own conference call, or dial-in chat.

Gabcast has Australian telephone numbers: 6129.037.1938 (Sydney, AU) and 6186.365.4411 (Perth, AU) as well as Gizmo/SIP access.

I like Gabfest’s quote:

Over 300 years ago the famous philosopher John Locke wrote:

[Deity or Evolution], having designed man for a sociable creature, made him not only with an inclination, and under a necessity to have fellowship with those of his own kind, but furnished him also with language, which was to be the great instrument and common tie of society. Man, therefore, had by nature his organs so fashioned, as to be fit to frame articulate sounds, which we call words.

Gabcast is the expression of Locke’s idea in the Digital Age.

Alan Jones or Lawsy would agree with Locke. Revolution is in the air for radio – will we see more user generated radio shows on traditional talkback? I don’t mean the “pose a question and dial in and leave a voicemail, or record a YouTube response” but real shows. a la Turnbaby. John Howard’s career might be hosting a BlogRadioShow after losing the election? o.O *laughs* don’t go all political in the comments puleaze.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

4 thoughts on “Talkback Bloggers and Blog or Pod Radio

  1. Hi Laurel,
    You might also want to check out TalkShoe.

    Not sure if people know this but a lot of these platforms are based on the Asterisk platform (a ip-pbx technology) I know the GabCast guys were originally Asterisk developers before they spun off to specialise.

    If you’ve nevr heard of Asterisk before check out www.digium.com and www.asterisk.org

    If you have no idea what an ip-pbx is and why opensource is good for you check out my 60 second overview of asterisk here www.cognation.net/asterisk


  2. Talk Back radio is useful… for people with an IQ in single digits.

    Podcasts are for everyone else.

    I’ve done some live shows on G’Day World from time to time. Usually using Skype. We did one just a couple of weeks ago actually. And despite having a Skype-In line (+613 9016 9699) for ages, hardly anybody ever calls it.

    I just don’t think most people care about “talkback” as much as the AM radio people would have you believe. I’m 99% sure most of the “callers” they have are fake anyway, kind of like the “letter to the editor” in the paper (my wife, a former newspaper editor, assures me many of them are fake, made up by staff) and the “Feedback” section on 60 Minutes.


    Cameron Reilly
    CEO, The Podcast Network (www.thepodcastnetwork.com) &
    Host of Australia’s #1 podcast G’Day World (www.gdayworld.com)
    Facebook: http://profile.to/cameronreilly
    TPN is Australia’s largest independent media company. We were proud to be named one of the ECONTENT 100 (2006) – EContent Magazine’s list of the most influential digital content companies in the world (http://www.econtentmag.com/EContent100/) and B&T Magazine’s Biggest Players of Australia’s Digital Age.

  3. I think you are taking a narrow view of Talkback – more like TrashTalk.

    Call-in shows about gardening, or books, or the opera or health have always been popular. But the key is not to go to air a couple of times, find you have no callers and then give up. Have your normal show but pulicise the number each week. *shrugs* Stick with it, Cameron dear! 🙂

    Oh, and promote the sh*t out of it. You’ve got to capture that 9% that will call in (90% just want to listen and 1% are hosting their own show). I’d ring in. And if it’s a boring subject I’ll ask silly questions. Boxers or Y’s? :p

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