Blog Talk Radio: How to listen to the Invisible Illness Week Conference with nothing more than a computer* and a telephone

*Note: Your computer has to have an internet connection and you must have Windows Media Player. You can download the latest version at the Windows Media Download Site. There is a version of Windows Media Player for Mac users as well. Mac users can also download Flip4Mac for the QuickTime player. Click here for links: How to listen to a show

BOOKMARK THIS PAGE - links to the shows

Conference Seminar Links - from National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week main website

How Seminars Will Work - Register here and get some way cool goodies! Like this b-u-ti-ful bookmark:

More Info You Might Find Useful, from the BlogTalkRadio folks
About BlogTalkRadio

What is BlogTalkRadio?
BlogTalkRadio is the leading social broadcast network. We know you have something to say—so we’re providing you with the megaphone and the audience. Create your own live talk show or listen in on other shows from around the globe. Freedom of speech meets social networking.

How is BlogTalkRadio different from regular radio?
BlogTalkRadio fuses social networking with Internet radio. The web-based service allows you to host a live Internet radio show and take callers from the phone. Hosts can copy and paste a Flash player on their site or blog so listeners can click to listen. The shows are also made available as a podcast via RSS and iTunes. Your audience can listen online or on any mp3-friendly device. Listeners have tens of thousands of shows to choose from, far more than on terrestrial or satellite radio.

For Listeners

How do I listen to shows?
Search the network by keyword or choose from featured shows, show categories, or most popular. When you find a show, simply click on the button on the host channel page. Your computer must have the Windows Media Player . You can download the latest version at the Windows Media Download Site. There is a version of Windows Media Player for Mac users as well. Mac users can also download Flip4Mac for the QuickTime player.

What number do I call into?
You can set a reminder for any show, which will notify you before the show airs. The call-in number will be provided within the reminder email. Additionally, you can visit the host channel page for the call-in phone number.

Is this going to be a long distance call?
All phone numbers are local to New York, USA. Therefore, if you are outside the local area, you will be making a long distance call when phoning in to listen to a show. However, many phone carriers provide unlimited long distance for a basic monthly fee. VoIP providers also provide low-cost unlimited long distance service.

We now have the Click-To-Talk feature which allows listeners with a microphone headset to join a show without calling your dial in number, and hence for free.

I am a listener and do not see the "Click to Talk" button on the show page...?
First, check the scheduled air date and time. The "Click to Talk" button only shows up during the live show once the show has begun.

MORE Info You Might Find Interesting

The State of Internet Talk, from Talkers Magazine - The Bible of Talk Radio and the New Talk Media (Who know there was such a magazine? Not me!)

With Blog Talk Radio, The Commentary Universe Expands, from the Washington Post

Blog Talk Radio Talks About New Financing and New Plans
, from the New York Times


  1. Sorry, I still don't see how I can do this without sound on my computer. As it seems you just call in to ask questions not to hear what's being said. I tried their email but for some reason it's not working.

  2. SOOOOO sorry, Candy. In the wee hours of the a.m. I found this post of instructions from the II Week Blog (FINALLY):

    It actually says you need Windows Media Player Windows Media Player or other compatible AUDIO player. The blogtalkradio instructions were missing that important word "audio."

    So I'm sorry you won't be able to listen live, Candy, but I hope you have an ipod or some other MP3 device. Then you can listen to the canned versions. Or maybe you can go to a library that has a headset you can use...

  3. Oh ok well that's just the way it goes. lol Someone broke in and stole my good computer last week and with my old one I normally only work on it so never really needed to worry about the sound not working any longer. Maybe there will be a transcipt later on.

  4. What a drag about the computer being stolen!

    I don't know about a transcript, but I think they said there will be a CD...

  5. Either way now that I have found you, I'll be reminded next year and will be ready.

  6. Yes, it's getting to be a bigger deal every year. Rightly so.

    I am glad you found us!


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