How to Run an Internet Talk Show

by Contributor

With technology expanding Internet capabilities exponentially, it is not surprising that Internet talk shows are becoming increasingly popular. With relatively inexpensive resources, people are no longer restricted to the offerings of their local radio programmers, as it's now possible for just about anybody to host their own Internet talk show. But what makes for a good Internet talk show goes beyond technical expertise.

Show off your expertise. If you are an expert or having extensive subject knowledge, over the Internet "airwaves" are a great place to share your knowledge. People crave information from experts either in similar fields of interest or to learn. If you can be entertaining, you can deliver your message via the Internet.

Be enthusiastic. You may be an expert but if your listener doesn't believe you are interested in your subject, you can forget about building an audience. Don't be afraid to be enthusiastic and expressive in delivering your message, no matter what you're talking about. Whether the subject is football or tax liens, a listener will know instantly if you are enthusiastic about your subject.

Stay on time. Even in the world of Internet broadcasting it is important to stay on schedule. Your listener needs to know how much time they are going to invest in your program. The best way to accomplish this is to have someone serve as your "producer" who will be able to cue on time limits and deadlines.

Get technical. You may wonder how much equipment you need to start your own show. Very little, depending on how sophisticated you want your program to sound. You can begin with as little as a standard plug-in microphone with some basic podcasting equipment. Since all budgets are different, explore podcasting equipment options by visiting such sites such as Broadcast Warehouse.

Find a host of options. Now that you have made your decision to embark on the world of Internet talk shows, you need to find a way to deliver your program. Using basic podcasting abilities, you can then turn to any number of hosting sites where listeners can download your program to an iPod if you decide to podcast. Online communities offer great support and resources.

Go live. You can also choose to "broadcast" live via telephone or cell phone lines. This will require the use of some basic radio equipment such as a flip jack and of course you will need to have your program transmitted. There are several options but it will likely cost you about $40-50 per program if you want to broadcast live. All In Broadcasting, one of several options, is a leading broadcaster of Internet-based talk shows and offers the technical parameters and the ability to get your program over the airwaves.

Play it again. Another advantage offered by third party outlets such as All In Broadcasting is the ability to offer listeners the option of downloading your program for later listening. This is done through standard computer programs, such as Real Player or Windows Media Player.