Blog Talk Radio Founder Alan Levy Will be a Guest on the PI Window on Business on November 17th
Posted by piblogger on October 20, 2009 · Comments Off on Blog Talk Radio Founder Alan Levy Will be a Guest on the PI Window on Business on November 17th
Blog Talk Radio represents a renaissance of the old snap, crackle and pop medium of our collective pasts. But is a Blog Talk Radio really that different from traditional radio in terms of successfully gaining and keeping an audience’s interest?
On November 17th, in a segment titled “How McDonald’s Real Estate Decisions Impacts Success on Blog Talk Radio,” I will have the privilege of interviewing Blog Talk Radio’s Founder Alan Levy on the emergence of the new medium and both the differences and similarities of creating a successful radio program in the Web 2.0 world.
CEO Alan Levy founded Blog Talk Radio (www.BlogTalkRadio.com) in August 2006.
The concept for Blog Talk Radio was developed by Levy as he mourned his father’s passing. Levy maintained a blog, www.theinspirationalvisit.blogspot.com to update his family and friends on his father’s health – and later as a memorial to his life.
Levy thought by combining blogging, social media and telecommunications, a true immediate two-way interactive online platform could be established. This led to the birth of Blog Talk Radio and a new broadcast medium.
Since it’s inception, Blog Talk Radio has hosted close to 400,000 broadcasts, which are all archived, indexed and syndicated online.
In addition to Blog Talk Radio, Levy is a principal shareholder of XChange Telecommunications, a local telephone provider and myphonecompany.com, a VOIP company, both of which were founded in 2002. XChange powers Blog Talk Radio’s telephone needs.
From December 1999 to March 2000, Levy served as Chief Operating Officer at Viatel Inc. (NASDAQ – VYTL), a facility based global telecommunications company. In December 1999, Viatel Inc acquired Destia Communications in an all stock transaction valued at $1.2 billion.
Prior to Viatel Inc, Levy served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Destia Communications (NASDAQ – DEST) from July 1996 to December 1999. The company sold an array communications services including voice, data, and ISP services with sales operations in eleven countries including the US, UK and most of Western Europe.
When Levy joined Destia in August 1996, the company had 40 employees in two countries, 10,000 customers and revenue of $2 million per month. Under Levy’s leadership, Destia grew to 1200 employees, 550,000 customers and annual run rate revenue of $400 million.
From October 1993 to July 1996, Levy held positions including Managing Director Europe, Executive VP of Legal and Finance, and Chief Financial Officer at Viatel. He joined the company after George Soros purchased a 20% minority stake in the company. During his tenure, the company raised more than $100 million to deploy a pan European fiber network and establish sales and marketing organizations throughout Western Europe.
Blog Talk Radio Launches the “Audio Twitter”
A new service from Blog Talk Radio, “Cinch” is a funny moment documented in audio, important news you might want to spread, a photo with commentary -it’s your ideas, thoughts and experiences packaged up so you can share them.
Join the new Cinch Crowd on Facebook
Remember to access the live broadcast through the On-Demand Player below:
Vodpod videos no longer available.