Host Jon Hansen: Master of Social Media Has Tricky Dick’s Kids in His Sights

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NOTE: The following is a reprint of a feature post on the Blog Talk Radio blog regarding the PI Window on Business Show – thank you to the Network for such a nice write-up.

Jon Hansen’s enthusiasm for BlogTalkRadio is, it seems safe to say, unrivaled among his fellow hosts. After all, he wrote the book (or at least a book) on the platform, titled Your Show Will Go Live in 5 Seconds. When not expounding on social media, the logistics and management guru, who formerly served as President of e-Procure Solutions Corp., can be found at his home in Gatineau just across the Ottawa River from Ottawa, hosting PI Window on Business. There, he tackles such timely topics as Can the Health Care Industry Be Trusted? Unfriendly Skies: How Safe Is Air Travel? and Protecting Your Electronic Image. On that note, please welcome this week’s SoundBits subject, aka the hardest working man in Canada, Mr. Jon Hansen…

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show-why should listeners tune in?

Engaging, thought-provoking, informative and entertaining, we tackle the hottest and most controversial topics of the day, with guests who include bestselling authors, global experts and leading political figures.

What’s the No. 1 reason why you host a BlogTalkRadio show?

As part of an overall social media strategy, BlogTalkRadio is a key medium for The PI Social Media Network, as it enables us to reach an expanded audience with stories that deliver real insights and tangible value to our listeners.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

(1) Prior to Blog Talk Radio, the only thing I had ever hosted was the occasional dinner party. (2) I still get butterflies (although good butterflies, mind you) whenever I hear the words “Your show will go live in five seconds.”

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

I have to go with Walter Cronkite, for his sheer professionalism, even when he stepped out from behind the desk to give his opinion on the Vietnam War. When he delivered the news, he instilled a sense of trust in Americans, the likes of which has rarely seen since. You knew you were getting the straight goods, and appreciated the non-stop effort that he put into being the top in his field.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

There are many (though they’re not necessarily famous), such as Richard Nixon’s children and even grandchildren. I’d like to get their take on David Frost’s interview series with our nation’s 37th president. Ditto the family of serial suicide killer William Melchert-Dinkel. I’d be interested in knowing what they’re thinking and feeling about the upcoming trial, and his crimes, which were committed in a small, close-knit community. Then in the celebrity category, I’d ask Larry King about his years in journalism, and what he plans to do in retirement.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

I’m casually casual, as it’s just past 11:00 p.m.-a vintage Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts Jersey that I had special ordered from Champion in the late ‘90a. Johnny was one of the greats, along with Broadway Joe.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

Spilling a can of cola over my entire desktop—including my keyboard. That happened in August 2009, smack in the middle of an interview with Patrice-Anne Rutledge, author of Teach Yourself LinkedIn in 10 Minutes.

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