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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.
I 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
One would 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.
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
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 herself.
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
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 of
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 out any time you like, but you
can never really leave. --And the website has no problem
allowing members to post trash on who the site
blocked from using the site.
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 him.
Me Myself & I
July 7, 2007
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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