Dave Akerly has spent the past quarter-century covering events and personalities of Mid-Michigan. From his time as news anchor at WLNS-TV 6, to his recent service to the State as Director of Communications for the Michigan Department of Human Services, Akerly has always been close and "dialed in" to the news and the people who make it. An Emmy-nominated reporter, Akerly has been honored many times over the years for his reporting and writing (in partnership with talented photographers and producers) by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press. His reporting work has taken him from the heart of Lansing to overseas in Europe, drug-cartel ravaged border zones in Mexico and along the Gulf Coast in the days following Hurricane Katrina.
Akerly also served as Sports Director of WLNS from 1990-2002 and enjoyed a seat covering some of the greatest athletic events of the era for MSU, Michigan, the Detroit teams, and the local preps. He also started the Friday night staple known as "The Fifth Quarter." Akerly has also assisted numerous charities and non-profits over the years, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, in raising millions of dollars used right here in Mic-Michigan.
Dave was born and raised in Seattle, before heading to Michigan. He says it's okay to cheer for the Seahawks and the Lions, as long as they don't play each other. He's happily married, with four terrific children and two very spoiled German Shepherd dogs.
Glenn Beck, one of America's leading multi-media personalities, is the founder and owner of TheBlaze, a 24/7 news, information and opinion network that is available on television and online. TheBlaze.com attracts over 35 million unique visitors per month. Beckâ€™s quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated radio program in America and his unique blend of modern-day storytelling and insightful views on current events allowed him to achieve the extraordinary feat of having #1 New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction. Beck also hosts acclaimed live-events, oversees the fashion brand 1791 and is the publisher of GlennBeck.com. He previously hosted a phenomenally successful show on Fox News and CNN's Headline News.
While Beck entered the media world as a DJ at the tender age of 13, everything changed when he found a new vision of his career - talk radio. In 2002, he launched The Glenn Beck Program on just 47 stations with the mission to make listeners "feel goodness from my show and accept me for who I am, flaws and all." Nothing has been the same since.
Today, just a few years later, he owns his own television network, his radio show can be heard across the country on nearly 500 stations, his books reach the top of bestseller lists and he travels across the country performing his live stage show to sold-out audiences. Across all of these mediums, Beck connects with his fans in a whole new way, inspiring and entertaining them with his humor, hard-hitting interviews and honest tales about his life.
Dennis Prager is one of America’s most respected radio talk show hosts. He has been broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 and airs live, Monday through Friday, Noon-3pm (Eastern Time) from his home station, KRLA. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, he’s appeared on Larry King Live, Hardball, Hannity & Colmes, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many others.
Prager is a Renaissance man with an uncanny ability to discuss a wide range of topics. His opinions on human relationships, child rearing, and the cultural divide are as fascinating as his views on religion, international relations, and morality.
Fiercely independent, Prager’s opinions, intellect, and integrity have influenced millions of lives through books, lectures, and broadcasts. The Los Angeles Times said, “Dennis Prager is an amazingly gifted man and moralist whose mission in life has been crystallized: to get people obsessed with what’s right and wrong.” Dennis Prager’s most recent book, Happiness Is a Serious Problem, became a Los Angeles Times best seller immediately upon publication.
Prager was a Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, where he did graduate work at the Middle East and Russian Institutes. He has taught Russian and Jewish history at Brooklyn College; and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords. He holds an honorary doctorate of laws from Pepperdine University.
Sean Hannity is a multimedia superstar, spending four hours a day, every day, reaching out to millions of Americans on radio, television and the internet.
Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, The Sean Hannity Show has more than 570 affiliates nationwide. Heard by 14 million loyal listeners each week, Hannity is the second most-listened-to talk show host in America, according to Talkers magazine. Hannity has been the recipient of two Marconi Awards for “Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year,” and is a three-time consecutive winner of the Radio & Records “National Talk Show Host of The Year” award. He was inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017
Hannity is an accomplished author with three #1 best-selling books. His first book, “Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism,” rode the New York Times Best-Sellers list for a remarkable 17 weeks. His follow-up, “Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism,” debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best-Sellers list and held strong for five consecutive weeks. In similar fashion, “Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda” was released in 2010 and it quickly took the #1 spot.
Hannity has the unique ability to reach out and connect with his audience, proven during his highly successful “Hannitization of America Tour,” which brought hundreds of thousands of like-minded Americans together. He has visited markets big and small from coast to coast since the tour began in 2001.
In 2003, Hannity launched the “Freedom Concerts” to raise awareness and funds for The Freedom Alliance, a charity which provides scholarships to children of slain U.S. military personnel. The 2009 Freedom Concert series was a huge success attended by over 80,000 people in eight major U.S. cities: Atlanta, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Jackson, New Jersey.
A gutsy talk-show host who always lands on the “right side” of the issues, Hannity is the host of FOX News Channel’s Hannity, which airs weeknights from 9 to 10 p.m. ET. Hannity, who joined the network in 1996, offers a mix of news, commentary, guest interviews and more on the program each night. Prior to the launch of Hannity, he was co-host of the #1 prime-time cable news debate show, Hannity & Colmes, for over 10 years, in addition to hosting #1 weekend program Hannity’s America, both airing on the network.
Hannity’s energy, charisma, Reagan conservatism scores high points with audience and critics alike as he continues to be one of the hottest commodities in media.
â€œLars got his start in radio at age 16 spinning records (remember 45s?) and reading news, sports and weather (twice an hour) on KTIL (The Mighty 1590) from a little cinderblock building on the edge of a cow pasture in Tillamook, Oregon.
37 years later, heâ€™s only moved 75 miles east to Portland and light years to â€œthe Rightâ€. Emmy and Peabody award winner Lars Larson brings nearly four decades of experience as a radio and television journalist to the microphone for six hours of the best conversation in talk journalism. Six hours of daily prep keep The Lars Larson Show on top of the news and top-of-mind for listeners across the country.
Along the way, Lars has worked for more than a dozen radio stations and five television stations. Today, Lars holds down the fort from 12pm â€“ 4pm PST on the Radio Northwest Networkâ€™s flagship station FM News 101 KXL. His local talk show airs on eighteen stations in the Pacific Northwest (and earns him the biggest local talk radio audience in the region). The national Lars Larson Show (syndicated by Compass Media Networks) launched on September 1, 2003 with 105 stations and grew nearly 50% in the first four months. After 10 years, the show continues to grow and Lars currently has multi-year contracts with both Compass Media Networks and Alpha Broadcasting.
Much to his wife Tinaâ€™s delight, Lars has picked up more than 70 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional journalists, the National Press Club (as well as the Emmyâ€™s and a Peabody) for his reporting and documentaries.
Heâ€™s a weekly guest on America Live with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, and has appeared on â€œThe Oâ€™Reilly Factorâ€, â€œLarry Kingâ€, â€œScarborough Countryâ€, â€œFox and Friends,â€ BBC radio and countless local radio shows around the United States. Lars can also be seen doing his weekly commentary for News Channel 8, the NBC affiliate in Portland.
When the microphone and TV cameras are off, Tina and Lars travel around the northwest with their two Scotty dogs Bordie and Merlo. They enjoy life on an acre and a half in Vancouver where Tinaâ€™s summertime gardens produce more than the family can eat.
The Ben Shapiro Show connects listeners with the news they need to know in the fastest-moving daily program in America. A voice for conservative millennials, Shapiro covers America’s most powerful political personalities, brutally breaks down the culture, and never gives an inch!
Jim Bohannon, host of Westwood One’s The Jim Bohannon Show, is one of America’s top radio personalities. Voted one of “The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” by Talkers Magazine three years in a row, the Jim Bohannon Show can be heard from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (ET) Monday through Friday on over 300 radio stations across the nation, delivering his wit, wisdom and natural charm to listeners across the nation. The Jim Bohannon Show brings listeners a unique blend of breaking news, interesting features and informative reports on a spectrum of topics. Bohannon also talks to special guests and his loyal callers live, offering humor and compassion.
In addition to the Jim Bohannon Show, Bohannon spent over 31 years as host of the early morning weekday news magazine, America in the Morning, for which he still provides interviews and his feature The Offbeat. Jim also previously hosted the weekend news magazine America This Week.
A 50-year-plus broadcasting veteran, Bohannon began his career in 1960 at his hometown station, KLWT-AM, Lebanon, MO. After college at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and service in the U.S. Army, he moved to Washington where he worked at Easy Listening WGAY-FM and News-Talkers WTOP-AM and WWRC-AM. He later moved to Chicago in 1980 where he worked as a morning anchor at WCFL-FM Radio and as a freelance reporter for Cable News Network.
Bohannon hosted his own Saturday night phone-in program and served as the principal back-up for Larry King on the Larry King Show. In February of 1993, Bohannon took over the prestigious nighttime talk show slot formerly held by King.
Bohannon joined Westwood One in 1983 and has anchored newscasts, political conventions and election night coverage in addition to his weekday programs.
Jim Bohannon was nominated for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Radio Award for the Network Syndicated Personality of the Year. He is a recipient of a Special Recognition First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and was named by the TALKERS magazine editorial board as the 2013 recipient of the publication’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also an inductee into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Michael Toscano began his work in Washington DC as a White House and Capitol Hill correspondent for several major television groups, before serving stints at C-SPAN and as a writer for the Washington Post. He was a national political analyst and program host of The Daily Wrap afternoon news program for the Wall Street Journal Network.
Michael grew up in Connecticut, where he was a staff announcer at WTIC radio and TV, then moved to WRAL Raleigh NC as morning drive anchor and politics reporter for WRAL-TV.
Michael is currently a Westwood One News anchor, in addition to hosting FIRST LIGHT.
George Noory, host of the nationally syndicated program Coast to Coast AM, says if he wasnâ€™t a national radio talk show host, heâ€™d be in politics. Heard by millions of listeners, Coast To Coast AM airs on nearly 560 stations in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Guam.
While hosting The Nighthawk, a wildly successful, late-night program on KTRS in St. Louis, Noory was recruited by Premiere Networks to guest host on Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell. He became the permanent host of the phenomenally successful overnight program on January 1, 2003, following Bellâ€™s retirement. Since then, Nooryâ€™s audience has continued to grow.
Noory captivates program listeners with his discussions of paranormal phenomena, time travel, alien abductions, conspiracies and all things curious and unexplained. He is driven, he has said, by the desire to solve the great mysteries of our time. From his first days as a radio broadcaster he says, â€œIâ€™ve wanted to cover stories that the mainstream media never touchâ€”the unusual, the paranormal and things like that. I learned that broadcast is the best business for exploring these issues, and Iâ€™ve been doing it for years.â€
He dates his interest in these matters to a book by Walter Sullivan, We Are Not Alone, that his mother gave him when he was 13. He was hooked.
Prior to his late-night show on KTRS, Noory had an extensive broadcast career. He started in radio at WCAR-AM in Detroit, where his first-ever interview was with nuclear physicist and UFO expert Stanton Friedman. From 1974-1978, he served as news producer and executive news producer at WJBK-TV. At age 28, he became the youngest major market news director in the country at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. Noory was also the director of news planning and development at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, was news director at KSDK-TV in St. Louis and the recipient of three Emmy Awards while a news executive.
Noory released his first book in 2006. Worker In The Light: Unlock Your Five Senses And Liberate Your Limitless Potential, co-written by best-selling author William J. Birnes, is Nooryâ€™s revolutionary guide to spiritual enlightenment, human empowerment, ultimate productivity and absolute happiness. Noory and Birnes co-authored a follow up in 2009 entitled Journey to the Light, in which they present amazing first-hand accounts of how ordinary people changed their own lives, transcended their doubts and fears, and unlocked the secrets to their spiritual growth. In October 2011, Noory released his third book, Talking To The Dead. Co-written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, a leading expert on the paranormal and supernatural, the book explores the colorful history and personalities behind spirit communications, weaving together spirituality, metaphysics, science and technology.
Noory was born, raised and educated in Detroit. He has three children and six grandchildren. He served nine years in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Coast to Coast AM is the most listened to overnight radio program in the country and is broadcast live, Monday-Sunday from 1-5 a.m. ET.
Gordon's understanding of what listeners need to know and the questions they'd like answered are a perfect match for the morning show. Before taking the helm at The Wall Street Journal This Morning in November 2005, Gordon was well-known to New York City radio listeners, having worked at both WINS-AM and WCBS-AM where he honed his writing skills and developed his distinctive on-air reporting style. He also served as a New York City bureau chief for Metro Networks where his reports aired on WOR-AM and WABC-AM. Gordon began his career in radio as a play-by-play sports announcer for Rutgers University, his alma mater. He also finds time to work as the Public Address announcer for New York Giants football and Army football. His hobbies include fishing, whitewater rafting, and coaching soccer. He lives with his wife Kelly and their two children in central New Jersey.
Stephen Gasque is an experienced real estate professional and award-winning broadcast journalist, who combines both careers as the host of Real Estate Today, the official radio program of the National Association of Realtors.Stephen is NAR's Director of Broadcasting, and in that role he has managed the editorial content and direction of Real Estate Today since its launch in 2009. He is also the programâ€™s senior national correspondent. His one-on-one interviews with real estate power players, and field reports from markets across the country appear frequently on the show.
Stephen is also the host of NAR's video newscasts, "The Voice for Real Estate," which air on Realtor.org, YouTube, and Realtor web pages across the United States.
Stephen was a Realtor for many years. He began at a commercial real estate brokerage in Baltimore, Maryland, helping clients buy and sell investment properties. Later, Stephen worked as a manager and sales associate for several top-producing real estate brokerages in the Washington, DC area. He was licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Stephen ended his active role as a Realtor when he joined NAR in 2008.
As a broadcast journalist, Stephen was a television reporter, anchor and producer at top-rated, major market network affiliates, including WSB-TV in Atlanta, WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, and WWLP-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts. Stephen won numerous awards, including five EMMYs for broadcast excellence. Later, Stephen served as Washington Bureau Chief for Cox Broadcasting, managing daily live news coverage from the nationâ€™s capital for nearly 30 television and radio stations across the United States.
Stephen was born in Washington, DC, where he now resides. He received his BA degree from the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland.
In the early 1970s, Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in time to see all the Star Wars movies in the theater and enjoy all-night movie marathons though his formative years. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends. He was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. He is now a professional film critic read worldwide, much to the chagrin of Michael Bay.
The great part is, Fat Guys At The Movies has an experienced radio talent, who is full of personality. Kevin loves what he does and he’s a dedicated movie junkie. What began as a weekly movie review podcast more than 11 years ago, Fat Guys At The Movies is now the most entertaining movie show on radio.
Rick Preuss is an owner and operator of Preuss Pets in the Old Town section
of Lansing Michigan since 2006. Preuss Pets (formerly Preuss Animal House in Haslett) has been operating for 31 years. Preuss grew up in Pennsylvania
and started in the pet store business working for his mother, Lennah Jean at
the Fish Bowl in the town of Troutville beginning at the age of 5. With an emphasis on education and humane treatment of animals, Preuss has won numerous awards for customer service and education locally, nationally and internationally. Known as one
of the leading fish experts in Michigan, Preuss Pets has grown into one of
the destination locations in Lansing, MI.
Lee Cohen is the originator of the Mid Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show and is
co-host along with Rick Preuss. Cohen is Local Sales Manager for MacDonald
Broadcasting's AM properties in Lansing MI. Prior to that he was GSM for
Comcast/AT&T/MediaOne in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Jackson and Lansing. He also
owned and operated a restaurant and catering business with his wife Cathy in
Brighton for eleven years. Their pride is their pet Aussies, one of whom
starred in a TV commercial in the Super Bowl in Lansing
Danny Lipford is America’s Home Improvement Expert.
As host of the Emmy-nominated, nationally syndicated Today’s Homeowner TV and radio shows and the destination website TodaysHomeowner.com, Danny delivers fresh, practical and trusted advice for maintaining and improving homes.
Danny’s interest in home improvement began at just 9 years old when he bought his first electric jigsaw from a mail-order catalog with his allowance. At 21, he started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction in Mobile, Ala., which soon became one of the most respected remodeling companies in the southeast and continues to operate successfully today.
His television journey began 1988 when he was asked to host a small, live cable show in Mobile. The show, Remodeling Today, grew throughout the region until it was nationally syndicated in 1998 and became Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford. The Today’s Homeowner brand continued to expand adding the nationally syndicated Today’s Homeowner radio show; a full-service video production firm, 3 Echoes Productions; TodaysHomeowner.com; and the newest edition – décor and lifestyle blog, Checking In With Chelsea.
Backed by his 37-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons.
Danny has made more than 160 national television appearances, most recently on FOX & Friends and Fox Business Channel, has been a longtime contributor to Better Homes & Gardens, and is an expert source for hundreds of other popular magazines and websites each year.
Danny has been married for 33 years to Sharon and has three beautiful daughters, Chelsea, Melanie and Emily, affectionately referred to as the ?3 Echoes.
Frontlines of Freedom is a military news & talk radio show designed to address and discuss the most pressing topics facing our Armed Forces in a balanced manner, challenging conventional thinking.
Besides the current war and military readiness, the show addresses military families, veteran’s activities and homeland security issues. Guests on the show include Cabinet members, generals, admirals, officers of all ranks, enlisted members, politicians, and family members.
Hosted by Lt. Col. Denny Gillem, a highly decorated combat veteran. Denny brings a myriad of experiences to the program, ensuring the show covers a wide range of views.
After graduating from West Point, Colonel Gillem served 22 years on active duty in the Army. He served two tours in Vietnam, as an Airborne Ranger, where he was awarded two purple hearts and seven awards for Valor. He also served as a Mideast War Planner while stationed at U.S. Readiness Command. You can hear Colonel Gillem every Saturday night at midnight, right here on 1320 WILS.
Iâ€™ve been blessed by God with a wonderful family and the best job I could ever imagine.
Since growing up in West Michigan, it seems Iâ€™ve had a fishing rod, shotgun or bow in my hand since I can remember.
Mike at WNEM TV5 Later, I was able to turn that love for the outdoors into a career in broadcasting. I started out as a news reporter and videographer for a local TV station.
Eventually that experience evolved into the Outdoor Magazine TV show.
It didnâ€™t take long to realize a video camera would be my ticket to some beautiful places and allow me to meet some wonderful people.
One of my first memorable meetings was with archery legend Fred Bear.
I interviewed Fred back in 1985 at his Grousehaven hunting camp.
Talking with Fred Bear was certainly a highlight, but Iâ€™ve also been lucky enough to meet many other interesting people over the years. Michiganders will remember Mort Neff.
Mort Neff was the pioneer of outdoor television in the Great Lakes State with his â€œMichigan Outdoorsâ€ show. I was honored to talk with him early on and get some advice on producing a quality program.
The Outdoor Magazine TV show also took me to some beautiful and exotic places over the years from Alaskaâ€¦.
Some of my most memorable experiences though have been right back here in the U.S., like shooting my biggest buck yet in Kansas...
...or taking a Michigan turkey with a recurve bow.
While outdoor television was a great way to make a living, the industry changed and it became obvious it was time for me to move on. In my final show I took a look back at some of the highlights from more than a quarter century of outdoor television.
The outdoor television business was a wonderful experience and I wouldnâ€™t trade it for anything. Now though, Iâ€™m very excited to focus on the Outdoor Magazine radio show and podcast. Iâ€™ve been working in radio since 1992 but it was always secondary to the TV show. These days I can concentrate on what has truly become my passionâ€¦a radio studio and microphone.
Outdoor Magazine radio started as a one hour show on one local station. Now itâ€™s heard on many AM and FM stations across Michigan and the podcast is available around the world.
The show has evolved but the goal remains the same.. .to promote the history and tradition of the outdoor lifestyle in the great state of Michigan (and occasionally beyond).
None of this would have been possible without support from others. My wife Denise, and my entire family, have been critical in the growth of Outdoor Magazine.
Of course sponsors are also key in producing a show and Iâ€™ve had the good fortune of working with many top notch companies over the years.
Perhaps not as obvious, but you are also a big part of the equation. As a listener of the radio show, television viewer or consumer of my online content, you are the reason I do this. Without your support none of this would be possible.
The ultimate thanks though must be given to God. He has guided me down many different paths over the years, and with His continued support, Iâ€™ll keep doing this well into the future.
Patrick Parent has over 30 years in the gardening industry. What started as wanting to spend extra time with his father at the Family Patch garden center at the age of six, turned into a lifelong passion in gardening. After spending many years learning about horticulture directly from his father, Paul, he attended his father's Alma Mater Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He earned an associate degree in Horticulture 02’ and in 2004 he received a bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry at the University of Massachusetts .
Since he graduated from college, Patrick has exclusively worked in the gardening industry taking on different roles with Stonegate Gardens in Lincoln, MA and then Northeast Nursery in Peabody, MA, rounding out his experience in the green industry. He currently works as an Assistant General Manager at Mahoney's Garden Centers in Winchester, MA.
Patrick married in 2008 to Kristen Parent. Together they have 2 beautiful daughters Katherine “Katie” Parent and Elizabeth “Ella” Parent. Patrick enjoys spending his free time with family and friends.
From the expert advice and guidance Patrick received from his father, to the experience he has acquired through his education and in the gardening industry, Patrick will carry on his father’s legacy. He will do this in the tradition his father set forth.
Ron Ananian knows his craft. For over 20 years, motorists have received quality, honest work with a smile at Ronâ€™s repair facility, R/A Automotive. "We fix everything but a broken heart," says Ron. Based in Waldwick, New Jersey, this family-owned professional service business has been named the best in the country by CARQUEST Corporation and the New Jersey Automotive Mechanical Shop of the Year.
Itâ€™s all in the family. Growing up, Ron learned some valuable lessons from his father, a mechanic who serviced President Franklin Rooseveltâ€™s DC-3 aircraft during World War II. He got the repair bug helping his father tune up the family car in time for an annual vacation. "He taught me to respect tools and machines. My dad, who worked as the lead mechanic for American Airlines at LaGuardia Airport, would say, â€˜There is a place for everything and everything in its place. Think your way through the problem, use your head, be precise, select the right tool for the job and you'll find your way," explains Ron, who got hands-on experience as a teenager taking apart and repairing anything mechanical from lawnmowers, motorcycles, and cars to even a washing machine.
Ron and his capable staff help the motoring public find the best treatment for a carâ€™s little hiccups and the bigger ones, too. Crowned the Technicianâ€™s Technician by Motor Magazine and known to millions as Ron Ananian The Car Doctorâ„¢ on WOR Radio Networkâ€™s nationally syndicated show, Ron gives motorists helpful tips on how to avoid repair fraud and deception. Drawing upon over 30 years of repair experience, he tells listeners about even further changes expected in the evolution of the automobile.
The media has called upon Ron to share his wealth of mechanical knowledge. He has been a featured expert on ABCâ€™s 20/20, FOX Televisionâ€™s Fox and Friends and Court TV and was a long-time columnist for New Jersey Automotive Magazine. Ron also hosted an auto repair call-in talk show on New Yorkâ€™s WFAS-AM radio and on DIY Networkâ€™s nationally syndicated program Classic Car Restoration.
Major companies in the automotive industry like A-1 Cardone Industries, Mitchell Information Systems and SPX Corporation have benefited from his technical expertise and product consultations. Ron is a certified New Jersey Emissions Inspector, Automobile Advanced Engine Performance/L1 Emissions Inspector and an Automotive Service Excellence-Certified Master Automobile Technician. He continues to receive on-going training.
Ron holds a baccalaureate degree in industrial arts from Kean University in New Jersey. He is a former President of the board of trustees of the Automotive Service Association of New Jerseyâ€™s Mechanical Division.
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Chuck Todd is NBC News' chief political analyst and host of "Meet The Press"
In 2009, Todd co-authored with Sheldon Gawiser the definitive election result analysis book for the 2008 presidential campaign, titled, "How Barack Obama Won," published by Vintage.
Before joining NBC News, Todd was the Editor-in-Chief of National Journalâ€™s â€œThe Hotline,â€ Washingtonâ€™s premier daily briefing on American Politics. In his 15 years working at â€œThe Hotlineâ€ or one of its affiliates, Todd became one of Washingtonâ€™s foremost experts on political campaigns of all levels. He served as Editor-in-Chief for six years. He also serves as a contributing editor to â€œThe Atlantic Monthlyâ€ where he pens political essays.
Todd frequently contributes op-ed essays for various publications, including "The New York Times" and the "Washington Post." In addition to Todd's extensive media presence, he's served as an adjunct professor, teaching a graduate-level political communications course at the Johns Hopkins University.
In January of 2012, GQ named Todd "The Most Powerful Journalist in Washington," part of the magazine's "50 Most Powerful People in Washington" list. In May of 2012, Todd won the "Jeopardy!" Power Players match.
Todd is a native of Miami and currently resides in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Kristian, and two children.
Kim's weekly three-hour call-in talk radio show is heard (via her own national radio network called WestStar) on over 450 stations. In addition, she does a Digital Minute radio feature five days a week; has written nine books about life in the digital age; sends out 5 million e-mail newsletters weekly; and authors a widely syndicated newspaper column, which also runs in USA Today.com. She does all of this, while raising a son and operating a growing media empire, with her husband and associate, Barry Young.
â€œI am relentless in my pursuits,â€ says Kim. â€œItâ€™s a lot of hard work, but when you dig what you do, it makes it a lot more fun.â€
A pioneer in marketing and training for home computers, recently won the 2007 Gracie Award, voted by Talker's Magazine "Woman of the Year" and the answer to a question in the game Trivial Pursuit, Kim has evolved into a national digital guru. â€œItâ€™s not about techies and computer-troubleshooting anymore,â€ she says. â€œItâ€™s now about a lifestyle â€“ the lifestyle of a digital age.â€
No overnight success
Kim has built a media legacy driven by her passion for "all things digital." Born and raised in New Jersey, her father was a successful businessman. Her mother was part of the team that developed the UNIX operating system.
Business and computer technology were a staple at home. She fondly remembers: â€œWhen my father would ask me what I did in school, if I didnâ€™t have anything noteworthy to tell him, he would make me read an article in the Wall Street Journal and then report back to him what I learned.â€
It might not have been as much fun as playing with Ken and Barbie, but it made a lasting impression on Kim.
She graduated from high school at 16 and Arizona State University when she was 20. By then, she had set up a successful business, training people to use their computers.
â€œIâ€™ll never forget one of my first classes. It had about 20 people in it, and in the front row was the president of a bank and next to him was an 8-year-old. I told the class to turn on their computers, and the kid leaned over to the bank president and said, â€˜Itâ€™s that switch over thereâ€¦â€™â€
That business made Kim realize just how universal the computer age had become. She began envisioning her empire, which would come in less than 10 years.
After stints at IBM and AT&T in sales, Kim joined Unisys, selling mainframe systems to big clients, including Motorola, Hughes and, in particular, Honeywell. The latter was embroiled in a lawsuit with Unisys when Kim got the account.
â€œIt was assumed I was going to die on the vine,â€ she remembers. But Kim sold Honeywell a system for $12 million, cash.
Leaves corporate life for good
With a nice commission, Kim decided to focus on a column about computers for the Arizona Business Gazette.
â€œI called this gal at that paper every day for a year,â€ she remembers. â€œI knew there was a need for a regular column on computers. No one was doing this.
"Eventually, I was given a small column to write, and soon after, I tried to syndicate it to other papers.â€ The newspaper column led to a call-in talk show about computers, which aired late at night on KFYI in Phoenix.
It was small beginnings, but the bug had bitten her. On Jan. 1, 1992, only seven years after graduating from college, she made a big career change: dishing out advice to consumers via print and radio outlets.
When she told her folks, she said, they were convinced she was out of her mind. The column and radio show combined earned her only $60 a week.
â€œMy dad thought I was crazy,â€ she adds, laughing. â€œHe offered to help carry me through, but I had the money from the big Unisys commission check, so I said I would make it on my own.â€
â€œI was just so terribly devastated,â€ she recalls. â€œI had lost the one person that I was going to build a life with. He was there and then, suddenly he was gone. Now, I had no job, and I did not have the capacity to work, either. I was really distraught.â€
Doctors offered short-term solutions, but none made sense to Komando. â€œThe shrinks offered to put me on any drugs I wanted, such as Zoloft or Prozac, but I resisted. I did not want to mask the grief; I wanted to go through it.
â€œI knew that once I went through it, I could heal. One of my doctors welcomed this but said that in order to do it successfully, I needed to stay busy."
Kim adopted a rigid discipline.
â€œI would get up at 6 a.m. and run or bike and exercise. I would come back home and do my columns, and work on a book. I also did a deal to write an infomercial about selling computer training tapes that I had developed.â€
The infomercial was successful. Soon, Kim was enjoying her cut on over 150,000 sets of tape cassettes that had been sold, for $80 - $120 each.
â€œI was getting some pretty healthy checks,â€ she says, smiling.
A second generation of tapes bundled Prodigy. In the third generation, she included America Online. â€œWhen AOL was on board, I also negotiated a role running the online giantâ€™s computer info section on the AOL site.â€
While her career picked up, her life took another turn. Her father died very unexpectedly.
"My mother came home from work and found my father under the Christmas tree. He called me the night before he passed away that day. I still miss him so much. I often think when making a decision, What would Daddy say?"
Soon after, Kim began a relationship with the man who would eventually become her business partner, husband and soul mate: Barry Young.
â€œI didnâ€™t start dating again until 18 months later and Barry kept calling me and one day he told me he was in love with me, and I would say, â€˜Yeah, I know, but we are just friends and you are not my typeâ€¦â€™
Like Kim, Barry was relentless.
â€œHe kept bugging me until I agreed to three dates. He said: â€˜Go out with me three times and if, after the third date you still arenâ€™t into me, weâ€™ll go back to being just friends.â€™â€ Kim gave in and had a great time on their dates. Eventually, they were married.
â€œItâ€™s a very symbiotic relationship,â€ she says. â€œWe balance each other out.â€
â€œBarry is into the creative elements of our company,â€ she explains. â€œHe can tell you what content a show will include, what works, what sounds the very best and precisely how to do the magic of radio. His mind works like that. I am just the opposite. I will sit in the same meeting and tell people how weâ€™re going to market it and sell it to the national sponsors.â€
Setting sights on national radio
In the mid-1990s, as her show began to grow, she set up WestStar TalkRadio Network with Barry.
Says Kim: â€œIn order to take a radio show national, you start with the big networks like ABC and CBS to see if it is what they want. It was 1994 and the guy at ABC told me a syndicated show with people talking about computers would never work. This was in 1994!â€
Programmers at CBS Radio were even less enthusiastic. She laughs: â€œThey told me computers and the Internet were a fad; it would never go. They said computers are like the pet rock.â€
Convinced a national audience existed for her show, she and Barry forged onward--station by station, syndicating them with their firm, WestStar. Kimâ€™s audience grew steadily. Today, it has over 450 radio outlets and close to 10 million weekly listeners. The company now also syndicates other national radio shows.
Kim and Barry built their first studio on a shoestring in 1994. Today, they operate from a 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in Phoenix, with six studios and 30 employees. The show airs weekends for three hours, receiving 50,000 calls per hour.
Among Kim's pursuits has been a healthy balance of work and motherhood. In 2000, her son, Ian, was born. Until recently, he attended pre-school classes at the office with a state certified teacher.
â€œBeing a mother is the greatest thing I have ever done,â€ says Kim, reflecting on her years of success. â€œIt is better than anything I have done in business. Ian and I are very, very close. We spend a lot of time together. I had to figure out how to be a stay-at-home mom, and still be at work.â€
Meanwhile, Kim and Barry are focusing on their growing business and their growing son.
â€œI know this stuff; I just do,â€ says Kim. â€œI have worked in computers all my life. I got my degree in computer information systems, and when I was in school, I learned to think like a computer. They would say, 'If you do A and B, then C will happen,' and you can figure it out from there. You learn to think in a linear way, and I do that in my real life. So, it just all makes sense to me.â€
And by the looks of her success, it makes perfect sense to the rest of America, as well. - See more at: https://1320wils.com/personalities/kim-komando/pages/kim-komandos-bio#sthash.sjucDgLQ.dpuf
Leo Laporte has worked as an author, speaker, and broadcaster in New Haven, Monterey, San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, most recently focusing on technology coverage for radio, television, and the Internet.
Laporte has written software for CP/M, Macintosh, and PC compatible computers including the popular open source programs, QDial and MacArc for the Macintosh. From 1985 to 1988, he operated one of the first Macintosh-only computer bulletin board systems, MacQueue
He was the co-author, with former ABC Technology Correspondent Gina Smith, of â€101 Computer Answers You Need to Know,â€ a computer book for beginners published in 1995 by Ziff-Davis Press. He has written about computer hardware and software for Byte, MacUser, and InfoWorld magazines, and he has contributed chapters to â€Dvorakâ€™s Guide to PC Telecommunicationsâ€ and â€Dvorakâ€™s Inside Track to the Mac,â€ both published by Osborne/McGraw Hill. He has written four bestselling â€Technology Almanacs.â€ â€Leo Laporteâ€™s 2003 Technology Almanacâ€ was Pearson Publishingâ€™s Book of the Year in 2003.
In 2000-2001, Leo was a Contributing Editor at Access Magazine, a Sunday newspaper magazine supplement with an estimated readership of 13 million in 80 markets nationwide.
In January, 1991 he created and co-hosted Dvorak On Computers, the most listened to high tech talk radio show in the nation, syndicated on over 60 stations and around the world on the Armed Forces Radio Network. Laporte also hosted Laporte on Computers on KSFO and KGO Radio in San Francisco.
On television, Laporte was host of Internet! a weekly half-hour show airing on PBS in 215 cities nationwide. He reported on new media for Todayâ€™s First Edition, on PBS, and did daily product reviews and demos on New Media News, broadcast nationally on Jones Computer Network and ME/U, and regionally on San Franciscoâ€™s Bay TV.
He was a Managing Editor at Ziff-Davis Television, where he wrote and co-hosted â€The Personal Computing Show,â€ a half-hour weekly television show for beginning computer users that aired on CNBC. He created and was a daily contributor to The Site, an hour-long technology newsmagazine that aired nightly on MSNBC, CNBC International, and NBC Superchannel in Europe and Asia. Laporte won an Emmy in 1997 for his work on The Site. He also hosted two shows on TechTV (formerly ZDTV), a 24-hour cable channel dedicated to computers and the Internet. Call for Help and The Screen Savers aired live every weekday from 1998 to 2004.
After Call for Help was cancelled in the US, Leo began producing it in Toronto for Rogers Communications. The show aired in Canada on G4TechTV, and Australia on the HOW-TO Channel. Rogers moved production to Vancouver in 2007 and renamed it â€œThe Lab with Leo Laporte.â€ The show ended its ten-year run in May, 2008.
Currently Leo hosts a national radio technology talk show every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5p Eastern on over 180 stations on the Premiere Radio Networks including XM Channel 166, He also appears regularly on many television and radio programs including Live with Kelly.
Founded in April, 2005, his TWiT Netcast Network produces some of the most popular podcasts in the world including this WEEK in TECH, Security Now!, Windows Weekly, MacBreak Weekly, This Week in Google, and The Giz Wiz with more than 5 million listeners each month.
In May, 2008, Leo launched a live streaming video version of TWiT called TWiT Live with 30 hours of original programming each week. 2.6 million people watched TWiT Live in its first month and the numbers continue to grow. TWiT broadcasts from a 10,000 square foot live-streaming video studio in Petaluma, California.
Far removed from the hustle and bustle of New York City, born and raised in upstate New York, is the unlikely starting point for one of Wall Street's most sincere and unique individuals.
Christopher Markowski has carried the titles of author, investment banker, equity analyst, muckraker, all around trouble-maker, and most importantly consumer advocate. He is the founder of the financial planning firm Markowski Investments, an institution that provides the highest level of financial planning to all people regardless of their net-worth. Christopher is the antithesis of what Wall Street has become; he believes that financial planning is a profession, not a vehicle for selling as many ridiculous financial products as possible. His clear-cut, honest approach is in complete contrast with the fabrication and deception that individual investors are exposed to every day.
Christopher's history on Wall Street reads like a novel with suspense, intrigue, and corruption at the highest levels. Chris started his career by taking a job at an up-and-coming investment firm. Within two years, under his guidance, his initiatives helped increase sales by 1,500% and made the firm #2 on "INC Magazine's" fastest growing privately held companies list. However, while working and spending significant time in the same water as some of Wall Street's most notorious "sharks", Christopher discovered how corrupt Wall Street could be. The fact that so many executives with fancy college degrees and glowing resumes had the capacity, with no remorse, to scam their customers and the public at large, was mind-boggling. The "respected" firm that he helped build was nothing more than an opportunity for insiders to get rich and investors to lose their shirts. Instead of accepting the culture of gluttony and deceit like many others on Wall Street, Christopher went on to blow the cover off the charade, exposing the countless instances of lies, greed and manipulation. Christopher exposed the villains and facilitated in bringing down the very firm that he helped build, sacrificing millions for honesty and integrity.
After that eye opening, life changing experience, Christopher dedicated himself to making sure Americans received the truth regarding what was really happening behind the scenes on Wall Street; not the fabrications and half-truths that the big firms and CNBC were churning out on a daily basis. Christopher's task in "analyzing the analysts" has made him the chief thorn in the side of the Wall Street elite. Never afraid to take on a giant, Christopher has gone head to head with the large brokerage houses, the dot-com scams, Enron, WorldCom and corrupt politicians. He has warned America about the largest scandals and corruption years before they made headlines. Always fighting against the lies, greed and manipulation that scarred him, THE WATCHDOG ON WALL STREET has one concern, one focus only; to serve the individual investor.
Christopher is the editor of the investor advocate newsletter THE MARKOWSKI MONTHLY that is read by thousands worldwide.
Christopher has taken his vision of honesty, and equality to the national airwaves with the groundbreaking radio show, The Watchdog ON WALL STREET: Now in its fourth year of syndication.
CAUTION - YOU HAVE ENTERED THE ONLY CON-FREE, HOAX-FREE, FRAUD-FREE, SWINDLE FREE ARENA ANYWHERE IN THE FINANCIAL MEDIA - YOU ARE NOW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE WATCHDOG!
That is the battle cry that opens every show. This show brings to the public all the financial and political news that all the other business shows are afraid of.
"WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF SEEING OUR FELLOW AMERICANS GETTING RIPPED OFF BY WALL STREET. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO BRING INTEGRITY BACK TO THE SEWAR THAT HAS BECOME THE FINANCIAL WORLD. THE WATCHDOG ON WALL STREET IS THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST ALL THE CORRUPTION THAT INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS FACE EVERYDAY".