Education Thought Leaders and Change Agents Rise to #1 on iTunes List of Top Programs

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BAM Radio Network's new programs quickly strike a chord with iPod audience

'Dancing bananas,' as we say here at BAM Radio. We are more than exuberant about the resounding and immediate reception that these new programs have received among this important community of listeners in the education community

Today, BAM Radio Network, the education station online, announced that two of its new programs on the Thought Leaders and Change Agents Channel were the number-one episodes on iTunes' list of top shows in the categories of Education and K-12 over the Father's Day weekend and the third week of June. The first segment was "Teens 101: Understanding The Mind of Teens and Tweens" from the program Understanding Teens with Dr. Regina Lamourelle. The second segment was "Can We Trust The Data on Student Achievement?" from the program Insider/Outsider with Allison Zmuda. In addition to being the top education episodes, both programs made the Top Podcast List in their respective categories -- Insider Outsider at number seven in the K-12 category and Understanding Teens at number 20 in the general education category.

Both programs made the iTunes lists within days of their release. In May, Heart to Heart Conversations on Leadership" with Holly Elissa Bruno, the first program to launch on the Thought Leaders and Change Agents Channel, also made the made iTunes Top Podcast list.

This brings the number of Jackstreet Media radio shows that have made the iTunes Top podcast list to 13, with three hitting number one and eight breaking into the top 25. The list includes NASN Radio, NAEYC Radio, ASBO Radio, IRA Radio, NAESP Radio, K-12 Greatest Hits.

Two BAM programs have stayed on the iTunes Top Podcast list consistently for over six months -- K-12 Greatest Hits and NAEYC Radio. IRA Radio has stayed on the list for two months.

"'Dancing bananas,' as we say here at BAM Radio. We are more than exuberant about the resounding and immediate reception that these new programs have received among this important community of listeners in the education community," said Rae Pica, co-founder of BAM Radio Network. "Mega kudos and big hugs to Allison Zmuda, Regina Lamourelle and Holly Elissa Bruno for the expertise, courage, leadership, and vision they brought to the table, which enabled this channel to come to fruition. We look forward to continuing our commitment to serve the education community by bringing original and compelling voices to the fore."

Both programs are part of BAM Radio Network's Thought Leaders and Change Agents channel and can be downloaded from iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/insider-outsider/id376904486 and http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/inside-the-mind-teens-tweens/id376934417 and can be heard online at http://www.bamradionetwork.com

"The last time I checked, there were well over 100,000 podcasts on iTunes - that was in 2006. We are very encouraged by these rankings and view them as a strong independent validation of the approach to program development that we have cultivated over the last ten years. We are grateful and challenged to continue to produce even more compelling programming," said Errol St. Clair Smith, BAM Radio's executive producer.

About BAM Radio Network

The BAM Radio Network is the largest, education radio network for parents, teachers, administrators, advocates, journalists, legislators and all people interested in education-related topics. The network offers 21 channels of education programming available on demand and hosted by the nation's leading educators and advocates. The network is a joint venture between privately held Virginia-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. The programming is produced by Emmy-winning broadcaster Errol St. Clair Smith and distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network.

The Best Educational Reporting Team

BAM Radio Network has assembled the heads of the education community's leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:

  • Dr. Jerlean Daniel, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Dr. Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
  • Dr. William B. Harvey, executive director of the International Reading Association
  • Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators
  • Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association
  • Paul Young, president and CEO of the National Afterschool Association
  • John Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
  • Brian Crowe, executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
  • Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance
  • Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care
  • Dr. Eric Karolak, executive director of Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Barbara S. Belmont, executive director for the School Nutrition Association
  • Sherry Waugh, president of the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
  • Diane Whitehead, executive director of the Association for Childhood Education International

These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.

Insightful Commentary

To bring a wider, richer, perspective to listeners, BAM Radio augments its team of expert hosts with a cadre of accomplished journalists who provide insightful commentary. BAM's core of on-air commentators includes Jay Mathews, education columnist with the Washington Post; Debra Viadero, associate editor at Education Week; Lisa Guernsey, Director of New America's Early Education Initiative, former staff writer at the New York Times and contributor to Early Ed Watch; Liz Willen, formerly with and Bloomberg Markets magazine and currently with the Hechinger Institute; Valerie Strauss, education columnist with the Washington Post; and Ugo Uche and Meg Meeker, both of Psychology Today.

Combined, this team of hosts and commentators provides a panoramic perspective and exceptional insight on the education issues of the day.

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