link to the last show is at the bottom of this article
Debra J.M. Smith - 04/01/09
In an interview with FOX, Alan Levy, CEO of
BlogTalkRadio (BTR), made the online radio blog site
sound upright and business-like. It is no wonder why many
people, including myself thought the site would be
a great place to be online.
However, it was not
long before things began to happen, like cult ads on my right
wing political Christian radio show. That was a bit of a
conflict of interest to me. At that time I struck a deal with
the advertising department to only run accuquote ads on my
show pages and my own ads, which I paid a month
to happen was trouble with other hosts. People will befriend you and then
stab you when a clique requires them to do so. In this
case it is a BTR clique that staff members are not
only aware of, but some are party to.
considering joining BTR, you may want to make note that most
hosts are all too proud to make a new host their topic of
gossip. It feeds their desire for attention and higher
I was a bit shocked when my account
was blocked because people who had been trashing me
on the site were upset that they could not see
archives of my shows that I was deleting. They wanted to see
what I was saying about the shows that they were trashing me
If you think this sounds juvenile, that is
exactly my point. A call with the man who blocked me from
my account, ended with him saying I
had done nothing wrong. You see, the delete button is
there for a reason.
Some things came
out on that phone call. I learned that Alan
Levy was in the red with his website for the years that
he had been in the business so far. Considering that I had
been blocked from my account while I had paid to
advertise on my show pages, this did not shock me.
also learned that it was not my imagination that BTR employees
came into our shows to watch for
us to do something that the site did not
like. Nor was it my imagination that cult shows, such as
divination shows, were allowed in prime time, while
Christian shows were not.
If Christians had shows in
prime time, we were not to talk too much about
Christianity. In my case, I could not talk at all on the
topic. A show of mine that was on state colleges treatment of
Christians, was put to private and marked "religious" because
I dared to have it in prime time.
I did some investigating and found
on an employee's profile, a "Cult Vault" video that had
most of the BTR employees pictures flashing through it and
ended with a very nasty vulgar song: Click
Here --The creator of the
video, Morgan, had the job of judging our Christian shows. She
is who actually put my show to private that evening. Nothing
like having a wolf watch over the sheep.
time my account was blocked, was pretty much over the same
foolishness, only this time it involved an employee of the
site. The woman heads up the political areas on the website,
Media Lizzy. It turned out that many of the people having
field days with my name, were followers of hers. She holds the
gavel for who does and who does not get to have their names in
a "Heading Right" area on the site. Now things were beginning
to add up here.
With all the trouble that had come my way
from so many "right" show hosts, I had thought that her show
would be a safe place to visit. Silly me. While in her show's
chat room, she accused me of the unforgivable sin of talking
off topic, which I wasn't doing. But it did not matter;
she booted me right out of there. It was minutes
later that I was blocked from my account the second time.
That time, the man who blocked me accused me, among
other things, of being a racist. That totally confused me, as
the show was on energy, and I was talking about the heat on
blow driers. I mean, seriously, how did he get "racist" out of
Well, we fought it out over the phone again, and
he finally admitted that he was getting a load of hate emails
about me. I honestly could not believe that the site
would do this because of gossip emails. I am a
right wing Christian activist; there are all kinds of lies on
the net about me.
The man, finally, once again admitted that I
had done nothing wrong and let me have access to my account.
However, this time, he told me that he wanted me to
report the people who were trashing me on the site.
Personally, I am not into all of this kindergarten
tattling. I prefer a site that does not listen to gossip to
begin with. I prefer a site that is more mature than this,
more business-like, a site more like Alan Levy had described
on that interview.
When I first began on
BTR, emails from BTR were signed, "Insuring your
success." Really? When would this
I was not on BTR when the
first troops show took place, but I was there for
the second and the 2008 Christmas troops show. It was
amazing to think that hundreds of troops were listening.
Saturday Night Live's Victoria Jackson and Singer Katie Banco
were guests on the one. It was very exciting, very moving. You
can imagine the disappointment when it turned out that
the BTR user names, claiming to be the troops listening to the
shows, were fakes!
Two hosts of the Troops shows and I
were all talking on my show the last night that I was on BTR.
We were talking about the bogus troop user names. It was
very sad to think that so many of us had been tricked by these
criminals. It is a crime to impersonate United States
Military. It is a federal crime, at that.
have thought that BTR management would have been mortified to
learn that a much-publicized event had criminal behavior by
some of their users. Well, if one thought such, one would have
been wrong. The next day, we three hosts were blocked from our
The three of us were not given any reason for
what was done. We were sent cold emails, with no reason.
I sent an email to BTR, letting them know exactly how
I felt. Days later, I left a phone message for Alan Levy,
asking him if he even knew what was going on with his own
A woman who claimed to be second in charge,
Amy Demestico returned my call. She claimed that the order to
remove our shows came from Alan. She said that there was a
group of people "harassing" Alan in emails, and that he told
Media Lizzy to get rid of them all. Problem was, we three were
not part of those emails, and Amy admitted that I was only
copied on the emails that I never actually received any of.
She then claimed that one of the two Troops Show
hosts had threatened someone's life on my show. I sent
her proof, the clip from the show, a section showing that
he did not threaten anyone, but rather he was talking
about those who threatened his family.
The reason that Alan had us blocked from our
accounts still remains a mistery. I believe to this day that
some of the staff had to have known that the troops names were
fakes all along and that we were just too close to figuring
out that they were in on it. Click
Here (Warning, it is
From what I know, many
hosts on BTR are freaking out at every turn, at the thought of
being tossed off of the site. I personally witnessed one
woman on her own blog who had lost her BTR account once
already, curtail to one of the trouble makers and compromise
Trashy shows seem to do just fine on
BTR. Listen to this clip of one and notice that the host
defends that he can have the filth on BTR:
The most annoying
thing about having been on BTR, is that the
site still comes up on the first page if someone googles
my name. I was actually a key word while on BTR, so the BTR
search page keeps coming up on google, with my name. Yes, I
had more hits on my show than the man who blocked me from
my account twice, most-likely Media Lizzy too. You see that
was the problem. Most of the people, who run BTR, have shows
on BTR; hence, we are their competition --a bit of a conflict
Alan Levy's latest interview speaks of how
they end up high in the google ratings with
users' names, as if it is a good thing. Well, I will tell
you, if the site turns out to do you, as it has many of us
Christians, you won't like that little perk.
may not like having your account left in limbo. Yes, that's
right. I cannot get the site to actually close down my
account. The account is still there, but it is "disabled."
Basically, you can check in any time you like, but you can
never really leave.
I have to
wonder how Alan would have felt if he had been treated so
poorly on the blog site that he used while his father was
dying. He spoke of that blog on his first interview and how
important it was to
The one staff member
that talked to me on the phone told me employees had
bought into the company. Perhaps there lies the real problem;
internal conflict problems of how the site should be ran. How
I wish I had known this before I wasted seven months on the
site, money on advertising for one of those months,
and risked my name that was and still is harmed by the
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© Copyright 2009 Debra J.M. Smith