Alan Levy and I started working together in the 80s when he helped me build Viatel a company whose main source of revenues came from telephone services and from which we both had very successful exits. Since then we have parted ways in business but remained friends with me thinking of him as a more conservative guy who stuck to telephony in the SIP format and me going on to build Fon, the global WiFi network. But my view of Alan Levy changed when I saw how he could successfully blend old style telephony with an exciting new format and the result is BlogTalkRadio. This week I was going to write an elaborate article in order to explain how is it that BlogTalkRadio democratizes the talk radio format using the internet and telephones and makes it available for all but I found out that Conde Nast Portfolio saved me from doing the research. Here´s a great article summarizing BlogTalkRadio.

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FFD on February 27, 2008  · 

Germany-based 1000MIKES takes the concept even further. Using your phone you can broadcast from everywhere direct to a web radio stream. Currently in closed alpha, but invitation keys can be obtained via e-mail.

Bob Andelman on June 1, 2008  · 

You might enjoy this Mr. Media podcast interview with Alan Levy, founder and CEO of BlogTalkRadio.com.

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