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Black Authors Network (BAN) Radio Show

The Black Authors Network Radio Show (BAN Radio Show) is a weekly online radio show that features authors and literary leaders twice per week to give the readers a blast of knowledge, wisdom, and empowerment. We are dedicated to promoting the advancement of multicultural, diverse genres books in all aspects of business and social networking.

Listen to the Black Authors Network Radio Interviews

Using author interviews as the theme for each show, book lovers get a first-hand look at the “behind the book” news, as the authors and host, Ella D. Curry, share the storyline of new book releases.

We respect our readers’ intelligence and strive to deliver shows and books that will enrich their lives. We come to the readers each week to invoke dialogues on increasing literacy for future generations, to enlighten the community on great books, and to empower our readers with the Gift of Knowledge!

The BAN Radio Talk Show is a open forum for ANY community leader, concerned parent, book club, educator, writer, poet, or author to promote their products, services, or business. We are a “community voice” programmer! We welcome the entire publishing community to our radio show to showcase quality literature, provide insightful information and to share in the power of our collective voice.

Crown Holders Transmedia Talk Show

Come join our round-table discussions each week as we tackle a number of topics relevant to improving literacy and our positioning within our community. Each Sunday, we will interview special guest authors, community leaders, educators, and experts who want to make a difference in the lives of Americans.

Listen to the Crown Holders Transmedia Talk Show

Contact Ella D. Curry if you would like to be included in our 30-minute interviews at:

If you would like to review the books featured on BAN Radio Show or Crown Holders Radio, visit our Reviewers Forum for more details.

Format of the BAN Radio Show  

1. After you select your package and make the payment, you will submit your promotional material to the EDC Creations team and provide them with 2 books to read BEFORE the radio program.

Each radio program consists of an lively interview, the author reads from their book and callers can speak with the author at the end of the show. Book giveaways are held on social media to encourage listeners to share the archived radio show.

2. Help create a buzz surrounding your interview, invite your network, fans and family to call into the show to discuss your book. Invite anyone who gave you a good review to call in and share their review. It helps for the public to hear from people who have enjoyed your work and contributed to the process.

3. Ella will notify her social media networks and her RSS feed subscribers about the show. The book will be promoted for 60 days on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and through the EDC Creations newsletter.

4. The radio show will be rebroadcast to Ella’s Twitter and Facebook database daily for 60 days. The live-stream interviews will be promoted on Facebook for 7 days.

5. After the show, a group eblast will be sent out to the EDC Creations email database of 165,000 opt-in readers. All of the readers won’t be able to attend the live interview, but the recording is available 24/7 and can be heard from any PC, device, phone or table.

6. Spread the word about your radio interview! Let your readers know that they can speak with you live, on the air! Blog about your event, Tweet it and most of all invite Facebook friends to repost the banner and details of your showcase.

7. Prepare to read from the book 10 minutes. Select an excerpt that is PG rated. We walk people from all walks of life to listen to your message.

Donate Books for Review

If this is a eBook promotion, please consider giving the readers at least 3 complimentary downloads of the book from Amazon, here are the  options to share electronic book, go here now.  

Log into Facebook and join host Ella D. Curry for the live-stream presentation at:

After the Radio Show 

The radio show will be available for download one hour after the show ends.  Simply visit our main BAN Radio show page or go to our BAN Radio Show iTunes page  for downloads. You will be able to send the link to all of your networks.

Click on the “Share” button and copy the embed code.  You can also add the widget to your website and blogs.

Always Tweet or Facebook the link to your interview after the show. 
The radio interview will stay on our newsletter as a featured items for two weeks. Our newsletter database now has more than 154,000 social media fans and 118,000 opt-in subscribers. You can view the BAN Radio Newsletter  here or visit our  BAN  iTunes page here.  This interview will feed out to 130 blog and podcast directories within 24 hours of the completed interview. 

Who are the Black Pearls Magazine and BAN Radio Fans?

Crown Holders Transmedia is the parent company of EDC Creations Media Group, the Sankofa Literary Society, the Black Authors Network Radio Show and Black Pearls Magazine. With a combined reach of potentially 400,000 unique readers per week, Black Pearls Magazine, BAN Radio Show and the Sankofa Literary Society are keeping readers well informed on what’s on the book shelves!

Each quarter we survey our database to determine where they socialize online, how much they are spending online and what types of entertainment they are purchasing. Listed below you will find out about the people we reach with the magazines and the radio programs.

Based on a survey we sent out December 1, 2018 to our email database of 165,000+ subscribers, we found out the following information about our readers. These numbers are based on 73% of the readers who opened the email and participated in the survey.

The readers were surveyed on Crown Holders Transmedia, the Black Authors Network and Black Pearls Magazine’s potential to educate and entertain them weekly. Read the summarized data below to obtain a snapshot of the purchasing power of our readers and subscribers.

Age of Subscribers for our newsletter, Black Pearls and BAN Radio
7%—-19-29 years old
51%—30-39 years old
37%—40-49 years old
4%—50-59 years old
1%—–60-79 years old

Gender and Sexual Preference
27%—-LGBT or Alternate Lifestyle
3%—–Non Gender Specific

Race or Cultural Identity of Subscribers
91%—-US readers and fans
9%——International readers and fans
51%—-African American
2%——Middle Eastern

Education of Subscribers
5%—–High School Grad Only
3%—–Some College
67%—-College Grad
25%—-Advanced Degrees

Annual Income of Subscribers (only 73% answered)
1%—-20k or under

63%—–Entrepreneurs or Authors
14%—–Homemaker or stay at home parent
88%—–Spend more than $100.00 monthly for online entertainment

Reading and Shopping Habits of Subscribers
79%–Will open email eblasts or newsletters
67%–Subscribe to opt-in email newsletters
61%–Prefer subscriptions to their inbox versus surfing the web
83%–Prefer live author readings over reading pdf excerpts
63%–Watch TV online via the networks, Hulu, Philo or Netflix
67%–Still purchased printed books or read printed books
75%–Own a digital e-reader, tablet, iPod or iPad
85%–Have smartphones or iPhones
67%–Post product reviews at online retailers
87%–Purchase based on recommendations vs. paid ads

Preferred Online Community
86%–Have Twitter accounts
93%–Have Facebook accounts
53%–Have SnapChat accounts
37%–Have Periscope accounts
81%–Have Youtube accounts
88%–Have Pandora accounts
73%–Have Instagram accounts
68%–Have Goodreads accounts
81%–Have Amazon Kindle accounts
19%–Have B&N Nook accounts

94%–Prefer Texting over actual phone conversation
74%–Prefer Facebook over Twitter
81%–Prefer Instagram over Snapchat
85%–Prefer YouTube as video search provider
56%–Prefer online media versus printed media
24%–Still buy newspapers, magazines and CDs

85%–Our fans stay online 8 hours or more per day
77%–Check their email at least 5 times per day
81%–Download favorites radio shows or podcasts to share
92%–Download podcast shows to personal listening devices
66%–Tell at least 5 people about the shows
57%–Join Twitter chats and Facebook chats
46%–Add the radio widget player to their own blogs
41%–Hate auto-responders and email forwards from friends
54%–Spent more than 6 hours per month researching on Google

Attitudes, Values and Lifestyles
71%—–Read more than 5 printed books per month
78%—–Downloaded more than 10 books per month
63%—–Purchased books after listening to BAN radio show
33%—–Stated that price determined the purchase of ebooks
46%—–Gave books featured on the BAN Radio show as gifts
41%—–Joined book clubs online or Facebook groups
68%—–Purchase books for children or teen themed books

71%—–Favorite genre, Fiction
35%—–Favorite genre, Motivational
68%—–Favorite genre, Adult Content
49%—–Favorite genre, Non-fiction or poetry
89%—–Shop online weekly

68%—–Married over 5 years
47%—–Single, without children
51%—–Single, but with children
71%—–In Committed relationship
42%—–Teenage children in the home
53%—–Caregiver to aging parent or relative


Ella D. Curry the founder of Crown Holders Transmedia brings more than twenty-five years of PR and marketing experience to clients in film, music, publishing and corporate event planning.  Widely recognized as a leading expert on African American book promotion she is asked to speak and/or moderate panels at literary events and conferences across the nation. Her client list reads like the Who’s Who Elite of publishing.

The popular BAN Radio Program offers a diverse group of international authors a chance to showcase their books to thousands readers weekly. BAN Radio reaches more than 118,000 readers per week via newsletter and has produced 24,500 downloads per featured show since 2007. The syndicated feed reaches thousands per week via iHeart Radio, iTunes, Radio Public and 130 blog directory listings.

As the host of award-winning BAN Radio Show and editor of Black Pearls Magazine, Ella has interviewed award winning authors, celebrated journalists, and community leaders such as: the legendary Dr. Maya Angelou, Alexis M. Herman former U.S. Secretary of Labor, The View’s co-host Sherri Shepherd, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. Also, New York Times bestselling authors Walter Mosley, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Mary Frances Berry, Brenda Jackson, Mary B. Morrison, Francis Ray, and Wahida Clark.

In addition to interviewing change agents, she has showcased such top-selling authors as: Sue Monk Kidd, Dr. Bernard Walker former US astronaut, Dr. Daniel Black, Dr. Cornell West, Dr. Sampson Davis,  Paula Giddings,  Sonia Sanchez, social activists Dr. Dorothy Irene Height and Jayne Cortez, Olympian Devon Harris, and children’s book author Eloise Greenfield.  

The Sankofa Literary Society consists of authors, librarians, 80 established bloggers, 42 nurses, 15 independent bookstores,  45 reviewing bookclubs and  has over 2,700 members online and offline in total, with 877 of those members coming from bookclubs or established reading groups.  Quarterly the SLS publishes the popular TOP 100 BEST BOOKS lists. Each summer the SLS hosts the annual Chocolate Socials which brings more than 400 readers and authors to Atlanta, GA and New Orleans, LA for the private literary events.

Black Pearls Magazine, is a 3-time African American Literary Award Show (AALWS) winner for BEST ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE. Black Pearls Magazine has been an online literary destination for thousands bookclubs and social network fans around the globe since 2007. Black Pearls Magazine has more than 79,000 online subscribers.

Ella D. Curry, the editor-in-chief, has interviewed award-winning actors and actresses such as Hill Harper, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Pam Grier, Tristan Wilds, Bern Nadette Stanis, and international motivational speaker Lisa Nichols from the Secret DVD.

While providing media coverage for the Congressional Black Caucus Author’s Pavilion and Book Expo America for 5 years, Ella has found that interviewing profound community leaders shaped her own life and Black Pearls Magazine.

Ella has interviewed and learned from: Dr. Julianne Malveaux, political commentator and 15th president of Bennett College; award-winning journalist Gwen Ifill; Dr. Brenda Greene, Exec. Dir. of the Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College; Annette Gordon-Reed, American historian and Harvard Law School professor; MC Lyte, BET Lifetime Achievement Award winner; and Lynn Richardson, the Mortgage Guru and leader of MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Foundation.

Ms. Curry lives in Maryland with daughter and life partner. When she’s not working, she loves to travel, write short stories, and spend time chatting in Internet groups with her international group of friends. As her entrepreneurial spirit guides the way upward, she continues to involve herself in challenging, life enhancing projects. 

If you would like more information or have comments, you may reach Ella D. Curry via email at: or visit the parent website at:


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