Manufacturing Talk Radio Launch Crushes Serves

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Overwhelming Response to Inaugural Show Corrected after 20 Minutes

The inaugural show of Manufacturing Talk Radio, an Internet-broadcast show presented by All Metals & Forge Group that drilled down into the ISM number with guest Brad Holcomb, Chair of ISM's Manufacturing Business Survey Committee was visited by too many listeners for the streaming servers to handle. Listeners who logged on well before the show began heard the broadcast, while others were not able to get online for almost 20 minutes. The show was marketed to over 1 million potential listeners during the week leading up to its launch.

"Manufacturing in America has led the country out of every previous recession, and this sluggish restart after the Great Recession is on everyone's mind," said Lew Weiss, co-host of the show. "We raised the concern before launch that we could get hit with a high volume of potential listeners, and the techs thought they had a big enough pipe, but tens of thousands of potential listeners didn't get any audio at all until after the first commercial break when we had time to open the bandwidth," said Weiss.

"Mr. Brad Holcomb is a highly-respected authority and author of ISM's Report on Business, which has much more meat than the nightly news can present, so we expected a high volume of listeners, but we won't know until they sort out the data what kind of listener numbers we had," said Tim Grady, the other co-host. "This is a new conversation in America, so we're still not sure how much bandwidth we need, but we certainly apologize to listeners and we will provide the complete show on within a day or so for those who missed any part of it," he concluded.

Manufacturing Talk Radio delves into the ups and downs of manufacturing with various guests from business, industry and government to help owners and executives gain a more in-depth sense of the recent past, and what the next few months look like during this recovery. As was mentioned on the show, manufacturing is clearly in uncharted waters after the brutal economic downturn in 2008, and the recovery has been in fits and starts. "While the GDP forecast is slightly better than 3% for 2013, no one is feeling legs under themselves quite yet," said Weiss.

More information about manufacturing talk radio can be found at, including the inaugural show and a future show schedule.

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