Friday, May 30, 2014

A New Season Brings Growth, Change and a New Home!

Dear Heart Friends:

I'm excited to announce that we have moved over all of the VoiceAmerica radio shows from Season One of "Heart to Heart with Anna" to BlogTalkRadio! :-) It was a big change and what was exciting was that in deleting all the references to VoiceAmerica, we had a little bit of extra time left over so we actually had some of our former Guests call in and add a little bit more information at the end of the show. We also took questions and callers from the Internet so even "old" shows became new again! Go to our Heart to Heart with Anna website to see a listing of all of the Season One shows with direct links to each show.

We learned a lot from Season One of the radio show. One of the things we learned in moving all of the shows over to a new network is that some people prefer a 30-minute show. To accommodate those people, we will be conducting interviews of our Guests for the first 30 minutes of our show and then the last 30 minutes will be Question and Answer time with Callers or people in our chatroom. To be able to chat, people must sign up with BlogTalkRadio. It's free and you don't have to have your own radio show, but you do have to sign up for it. Instead of taping our shows, we'll be doing them live! The great thing about this is that it's very spontaneous and fun. The down side is that sometimes we have technical trouble (like with the very first show of the 2nd Season!) BUT the good thing is that with BlogTalkRadio we have access to our studio around the clock and we can fix mistakes if we need to and then re-broadcast the show.

We have an exciting line-up of new shows and are looking for Expert Guests. Go to the Heart to Heart with Anna website and look on the Be On the Show link to see what our list of topics is for Season Two. There is a simple form to fill out if you are interested in being on the show. The show will usually feature two Guests for the first 30 minutes and then the Q & A session following the formal interview. We have a wide variety of topics that should appeal to most members of the congenital heart defect community.

Callie Rickard, our graphic designer and editor of the Heart to Heart with Anna newsletter (look under the Newsletter link to see former issues) created a new logo for the new season! I love the little boy holding the heart balloon. Special thanks to Dara Glagola for recommending the sunset background. We love the colors and the feel of the new logo for Season Two.

We are now looking for topics for Season Three. If you have any ideas for new show topics, please let us know. We haven't had trouble coming up with topics but we love to see what our Listeners want to hear. We hope that you are as excited about the growth and changes we've seen happening with the radio show as we are!

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