Wednesday Break With TaylorThyme on BlogTalkRadio : Episode 1

Wednesday Break With TaylorThyme on BlogTalkRadio (Episode #1 : Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 2:00-3:00pm)

Today’s episode of Wednesday Break With TaylorThyme on BlogTalkRadio was my first live broadcast in the arena of internet radio.  (The first broadcast on internet TV was last week!)

The focus of this episode was on Educating The Family: educating about life, schooling at home, and schooling for nontraditional students.  Guest speakers discussed:  The Importance of Fathers Talking With Their Sons About Sex, The Homeschooling Mission, and Life of  A NonTraditional Student.

UPDATE:Listen to just the segment you want to hear. I’ve created an audio playlist

Following is a synopsis of the process, an outline of the topics of this first broadcast, and some highlights from the discussion.

Process

This first broadcast was, tentatively, a trial run.  I wanted to test the broadcasting control panel and get a feel for how to also use the other tools available while on air, which include tweeting, chatting, starting/stopping pre-recorded audio, and bringing a listener on air.  I also had a script outline open in a text document to help me stay on track, with a list of questions to ask the guests.

This looked like a whole lot of juggling and I was a bit nervous!

There were three call-in guests speaking on pre-arranged topics.  Each guest speaker had a specific time to call in; the next call guest calling in would be my cue to end the current conversation.  I had a little filler conversation ready in case a guest was delayed (heaven forbid!).

A few things I learned:

  • Be better prepared.
  • Dispense with the heavy breathing! 🙂
  • Remember to start talking right after I stop talking in the prerecorded segment (or add a little more music to the end of the recording).
  • Make sure I’m already logged into Twitter, so I don’t have to log in after I’ve told the BTR system to send out a tweet.

A few Ooops!!

  • Blank space in the audio while I’m trying to get the first caller online.
  • The audio of the actual broadcast is louder than the intro music and announcements (which I pre-recorded).
  • Trying to bring a caller on air who had only called in to listen.

Thanks To My Guests

Many thanks to my guests who did an excellent job.  They agreed to speak on their respective topics on extremely short notice.  I appreciate you helping me test the system.  Your comments were so “spot on” I’m keeping the episode and sharing it for all the world to hear! (And yes! let’s do a longer segment real soon.)

Show Topic: Focus on Educating The Family For Life

(1) educating about life,

(2) schooling at home, and

(3) schooling for nontraditional students

Call-in Guests Talked About …

  • The Importance of Fathers Talking With Their Sons About Sex (2:15pm)
  • Some Tips Avout Homeschooling (2:30pm)
  • Life of a NonTraditional Student (2:45pm)

Highlights

Fatherhood: Age for talking to son about sex is relative — do it when you (as a father) feel your son is ready; setting the stage for that life-changing conversation is important
Listen to this segment of the interview about father-son relationships.

Homeschooling: Create a mission statement for expectations, goals, and outcomes for homeschooling endeavor; make your plans for homeschooling to fit your family’s lifestyle, not the lifestyles of others
Listen to this segment of the interview about homeschooling.

Nontraditional Student: Don’t be afraid to return to school as a non-traditional student — you are not alone; search for a university that includes family housing in its offerings; a community of families engaging in nontraditional learning contributes toward your success
Listen to this segment of the interview about being a non-traditional student.

About The Show

Wednesday Break With TaylorThyme on BlogTalkRadio
Listen to Taylorthyme on Blog Talk RadioWednesdays at 2:00pm (1 hour long)

Listener dial-in number:    (347) 850-1827

Main Page:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/taylorthyme

Topics vary.  Some chosen by guests.  Some chosen by me.  Feel free to suggest a topic.

Thanks for listening!


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