Media Advisory: Faith Community Hosts Online Broadcast with President Obama on Health Care
BlogTalkRadio Airing Live Special Aug. 19
--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WHAT: BlogTalkRadio will broadcast a live program featuring an address from President Barack Obama to the faith community on health-care reform. The special will stream live on BlogTalkRadio, as well as Faithforhealth.org, and will be distributed across the web via BlogTalkRadio’s social-media platform.
“We’re honored that BlogTalkRadio will be the newest platform for the President to communicate directly with the American people.”
Sponsored by more than 30 religious denominations and organizations representing millions of people of faith from the Evangelical, Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Jewish and Muslim traditions, “40 Minutes for Health Reform” will seek to make clear to Congress that quality, affordable health care for every American family is a moral priority for millions of people of faith.
President Obama has used social media to great effect since the early days of his campaign. As he encounters the largest challenge of his administration, health-care reform, he returns to social media, leveraging the BlogTalkRadio platform to potentially reach millions of listeners.
“I’ve been impressed by how President Obama has adopted innovative social-media technology during his campaign and into his administration,” said Alan Levy, CEO of BlogTalkRadio. “We’re honored that BlogTalkRadio will be the newest platform for the President to communicate directly with the American people.”
WHEN: Wed., Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. ET.
WHERE: www.blogtalkradio.com/40mins4health. Additionally, the special will be available on-demand shortly after 6 p.m. ET.
MEDIA ACCESS: Members of the media are invited to tune into “40 Minutes for Health Reform.” (The president will not be taking calls during the special. A senior White House official will answer questions that have been submitted by grassroots people of faith.)
About “40 Minutes for Health Reform”
“40 Minutes for Health Reform” is an effort from the faith community to make it clear to Congress that quality, affordable health care for every American family is a moral priority for millions of people of faith. In addition to the President’s remarks, it will feature personal stories from people who have experienced the consequences of the broken health-care system, as well as religious leaders working for reform the system in their own communities. “40 Minutes for Health Reform” is sponsored by more than 30 religious denominations and organizations representing millions of people of faith from the Evangelical, Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Jewish and Muslim traditions, and across ideological lines. The full list of sponsoring organizations can be found at: http://faithforhealth.org/join-the-call.
Launched in 2006, BlogTalkRadio is a web-based platform that allows any user with a phone, computer and Internet connection to host live, interactive radio shows, with no downloads or extra equipment needed. Each show can accommodate unlimited live listeners. Upon completion of the live broadcast, shows are automatically archived. Since the network’s inception, thousands of hosts have broadcast more than 350,000 shows. Many businesses also utilize the platform as a tool to extend their brands on the web. Notable corporate clients include Ford Motor Company, Pepsico, Allstate Insurance, Walmart, U.S. Department of Defense, PBS and HarperCollins. Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on BlogTalkRadio in June in recognition of Military Spouse Appreciation Day.