My Story

Thanks for stopping by. Guess, you want to know a little bit about me. So, here goes…

When do-it-yourself tools for audio and video recording became available at the start of the 21stc I saw my moment. I began with a daily news update for internet radio called News about India and, later, Talk News India. By 2006, the show morphed into a features format weekly show – The Kamla Bhatt Show: Life, People and Ideas. The show’s current avatar, The Kamla Show, which I have hosted and produced since 2008, engages leading entrepreneurs, technologists, filmmakers writers, artists, newsmakers and others in a free-ranging conversation that offers insights into the fierce ambition, the strategic thinking, and the flights of imagination that shape their worldview.

I was not always an internet radio maverick, though the radio has remained my companion and a reference point all my life. In the 1990s I found myself working in Silicon Valley. This was the start of the dotcom boom. I watched the powerful  unleashing of innovation and entrepreneurship all around me and worked for two bootstraped start-ups. These were not only powerful experiences in themselves, but they also allowed me to write about the dotcom revolution from an insider’s perspective. I published articles and wrote columns in papers and magazines like Financial Express, Business Standard, Times of India, Outlook, India Abroad, Rediff, Silicon India and Mantram.

The gutsy culture of the startup garage inspired and steadied me as I launched my one-woman internet radio plan, researching, contacting and interviewing guests, editing and uploading interviews, and marketing the content entirely on my own. My podcast interviews was syndicated to Mint (India’s second largest newspaper), and featured on local US radio stations.

In 2012 we expanded our footprint and started a TV show from Silicon Valley. In the first year the TV show aired in San Francisco Bay area and now airs in various markets in the US and reaches millions of homes. Our special series on Women in Science and Technology from Silicon Valley aired and continues to air on PBS member stations and Public Media stations like KPJK (San Francisco Bay Area), KRCB (Santa Rosa, CA), KVIE (Sacramento, CA) WHUT (Washington DC), KLRN (San Antonio, TX), KLRU (Austin, TX), Arizona Public Media, KSMQ PBS (Rochester, MN), WOSU (Columbus,OH), WEIU (Champaign, IL)  PBS Guam, and others.

We could not have grown and reached our national audience without the help of so many people starting with the crew that helps create our weekly episodes to various TV stations that broadcast the show. Here is a list of stations that air my show. The show is available on my YouTube channel.

I also host a weekly radio show on Tuesday from 7-10 am on  90.1 FM, KZSU. I started off with a show featuring blues and jazz that slowly morphed into an eclectic show called “It’s Hollywood, It’s Bollywood,” where I played ragtime, jazz, blues, reggae, rock, folk, surf, classical to over-the-top Bollywood songs. Besides playing music, I also interviewed local entrepreneurs, musicians and Hollywood filmmakers. Note: Am on a break from the radio show for a bit.

300 audio interviews and 250 video episodes later, I have received enough enthusiastic feedback to know that people get this. And a big thank you to those who get this and send in their comments, feedback and suggestions.

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