BlogTalkRadio (BTR) is a platform which enables anyone to host an Internet Talk Radio show live.  All you need to host a show is a computer and telephone.  According to BlogTalkRadio, “it is the largest-fastest growing social radio network on the Internet; it has tens of thousands of hosts, and millions of listeners tuning in.”  BlogTalkRadio goes on to say that “the technology integrates seamlessly with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Ning.” 

BTR listeners get to hear the show for free, and they can also interact with hosts via live chat or telephone. All the shows are recorded; so if you cannot listen to them live, you can listen later via downloading MP3, site player, podcast or adding a RSS feed.

If you were wondering how you can become a guest on BlogTalkRadio, the following steps will tell exactly how it can be done.   

Phone into a live show (if a phone number is provided), and ask the host a question or provide feedback

BlogTalkRadio hosts love feedback and speaking with their listeners.  Most hosts will invite you to call into the show via phone.  They like to engage people; and depending what is going on at the time, you “might” be interviewed on the spot.  They will usually ask you ahead of time and give you the opportunity to accept or decline.

Register as a listener and join in chats while the show is on live

If you are shy about phoning in and speaking to the host, another option is to use the live chat feature to ask questions in the chat room.  When you listen to the show via the Internet, you will automatically be placed in the chat as an anonymous guest.  However, if you wish to participate in chatting, you will have to register first and create a user name of your choice.  There are also features to have private chats if necessary.

Visit the Host’s website

If the host lists a website on their BTR page, visit the site to learn more about them and get a feel for what they do.  You might also receive contact information so that you can speak to them.  If you take the time to get to know them, this might lead to a guest appearance.  Make sure that you are sincere about wanting to get to know them.

Respond to guest requests on HARO (Help A Reporter Out)

HARO (Help A Reporter Out) sometimes lists requests from hosts looking for specific quests.  They tell you what criteria they are looking for and you respond via e-mail or whatever contact information instructions that they provide.

Please note, there is no guaranty that a host will ask you to be a guest on their show.  However, if you approach in the right way, you never know what will happen.