/24-7PressRelease/ - February 19, 2008 - BlogTalkRadio (www.blogtalkradio.com), the first citizen broadcasting network, announced today the hiring of Kris Smith as Vice President of Product Development. Smith is a new media, RSS and podcast expert with more than eight years of experience in online media and marketing.
In his new role, Smith will be responsible for BlogTalkRadio's product development and user interface advances to increase the experience for the site's hosts and listeners.
"Kris' solid background in social media, online marketing and programming makes him an optimal choice. He will be instrumental in helping BlogTalkRadio take our innovative technologies from the development stage to their implementation, all to further enhance the BlogTalkRadio's user experience, " said Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio CEO.
"BlogTalkRadio is a revolutionary and disruptive platform that's changing the way individuals and companies communicate to their audiences online," said Smith. "With my background in emerging media strategies and implementation for Fortune 500 companies, I am eager to help grow BlogTalkRadio into a powerful new media company."
Prior to joining BlogTalkRadio, Smith was the Vice President New Media at Room214, a search marketing and social media agency. Smith also founded Palegroove Studios, the world's first podcast production company. He also co-hosts and produces the 400-plus episode Croncast podcast. Additionally, Smith developed Castlock, a robust new media management and RSS metrics platform to manage large libraries of content and maintain statistics privately.
Launched in August 2006, BlogTalkRadio is a free, web-based platform which allows any user with a phone and a computer to host a live, interactive radio show -- no downloads or extra equipment needed. Hosts call into the service by phone to broadcast. Each show can accommodate unlimited live listeners. Upon completion of the live broadcast, it is automatically archived as a podcast. Since the company's launch, thousands of hosts have broadcast more than 56,000 shows. Notable guests on BlogTalkRadio such as Yoko Ono, Brad Pitt, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Brian DePalma and more appear on the Best of BlogTalkRadio page. Notable hosts include The Department of Defense; Marla Cilley, the FlyLady home and life organizer; Doug Christie, former NBA player; and the LAFD. BlogTalkRadio's citizen broadcasting network can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com
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