In Ed’s own words:
Why Blog Talk Radio? After weeks of interaction with the owners and the staff, I have come to believe in the product and see it as the next frontier in the democratization of media. In a way, it has even more accessibility and enterprise than blogs did when they first began. For no cost, anyone with a decent broadband connection and a phone can host their own live “radio” show, streamed on the Internet, and accept callers and conduct discussions. When we start adding advertisements, hosts will earn money for their work in a revenue-sharing arrangement with Blog Talk Radio. To top it off, the show automatically podcasts itself and the replay stream is available within minutes of the end of the broadcast.
This is one kick-ass concept they’re talking about here. And Ed, who has been a major part of the conservative side of the ‘sphere for a very long time, is getting a very deserved reward for all the time and effort he has given this medium over the years.
Have I agreed with Ed? Maybe three times since I started reading blogs. (Which, by my math, comes out to about once per year.) Will I continue my frequent disagreement with him? Oh definitely. And can I respect a person that I disagree with on a frequent basis? Absolutely, so long as they are deserving of respect.
Congratulations, Captain. You’ve earned it. And may Blog Talk Radio be a greater success than you hope.
Now go say something dumb so I can rip you a new one.
[Turn Signal: The Moderate Voice]