Beginning January 8, 2010, soap fans will have a new way to keep up with all the latest news and information about their favorite daytime drama series and stars. That's the day that soap
founder Dan J Kroll will launch Soap Central Live, a lively, weekly, hour-long all-things-soap radio program on the VoiceAmerica Network. Soap Central live will air every Friday at 6:00pm Eastern/3:00pm Pacific and will be available at no charge to anyone with Internet access.
"When I first approached Dan about the idea of soap
doing a radio show, I was amazed at his passion, integrity and dedication to wanting to put together a show that brought the fans in closer touch with the real people they have become so close with through the years and not another 'dirt-digging' type of show," Jon Missall, Senior Executive Producer for VoiceAmerica Talk Radio, said in a statement.
For Kroll, this will mark his first solo-run as a talk show host, after having guest-starred as a regular contributor on the popular Internet radio program, TVTalk
"Obviously, it's an incredibly big undertaking to step out and host a weekly radio program, but it's something that I've wanted to do for some time, and VoiceAmerica has really given me all the tools necessary to make this a reality," Kroll says of his new gig. "The goal of Soap Central Live is the same goal that I've had for the soap
site for the past 15 years: to provide the best soap opera coverage possible to the millions of soap fans around the world in a way that is both entertaining and professional."
Kroll notes that Soap Central Live will be more than just talking about storylines and scoops -- though there will be plenty of that. The soap
founder promises frequent visits from soap stars and soap
contributors -- as well as calls and comments from fans.
"Soap Central Live will be a soap opera entertainment program. Fans' favorite stars will drop by to talk about their work in daytime and other projects, and to give listeners a chance to meet the people behind the characters that they see on-screen every weekday," Kroll explained. "Some of soap
's Two Scoops columnists and other contributors will also be on-board to discuss the latest storylines and offer sneak previews. My previous Internet radio experience has taught me that there is no better co-host than the soap opera fan. I can't wait for soap fans to be able to call and share with me their passion for this incredible genre."
and VoiceAmerica have nearly three decades of online presence. The soap
website debuted in March 1995 as an online meeting space for fans of ABC's All My Children. The site quickly grew to fill soap fans' insatiable appetite for news about all the other soaps on the site, becoming known as Soap Opera Central, Soap Central or just "SOC" to its millions of daily visitors.
For more than ten years, the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network has been streaming live Internet talk radio programs, featuring more than 300 hosts broadcasting on seven genre-based channels. VoiceAmerica is the single largest producer of original Internet talk radio programming in the world.
"I view this launch as a long-time association between Dan and the network and we are thrilled that he is bringing his skill and integrity to the VoiceAmerica Network," Missall adds. "We believe that this is the kind of show that listeners need and want, and one that will be as long-running as their favorite soaps."
Soap Central Live will air every Friday at 6:00pm Eastern/3:00pm Pacific on the VoiceAmerica Network. Fans can get addition information, including a schedule of upcoming shows and guests at soapcentral.com/radio
and on the Soap Central Live show page at http://www.voiceamerica.com/voiceamerica/vshow.aspx?sid=1661
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