Blog Talk Radio Lands $4.6Million Backing, Plans To Add VideoJun 25th, 2008 | By Elisabeth Lewin | Category: Citizen Media, Making Money with Podcasts, Podcast Hosting, Podcasting, Podcasting Services
Founded in 2006 by former telecom executive Alan Levy, Blog Talk Radio provides a platform for businesses and individuals to create their own live call-in talk show without the need for special equipment any more specialized than a telephone or computer.
A quick glance at today’s 400-plus BTR offerings shows an eclectic mix, from getting toddlers to eat, to Radio Free Kansas (rock chalk, baby!), to hip hop music and books, to very conservative and very liberal political programming. Program creators range from quirky and opinionated individuals to Sun Microsystems, Intel and the Department of Defense, all of whom have channels on the site.
Levy says that the capital infusion will be used for “major enhancements to our user interface and user experience. We will invest in content and distribution as well as further developing our ad sales platform. We are also looking at developing many new products including a highly differentiated video platform, audio to text transcription applications and much more.”