Archive for June, 2012

The Future of Social Security……Predictions & FAQs

Social Security Questions Answered on The Consumer Team

The future of Social Security will be a major focus on The Consumer Team radio talk show on Saturday, June 30 at 2PM on 570 KLIF Radio.   The Consumer Team will discuss the likelihood of the Social Security system going bankrupt and other frequently asked listener questions.  According to Consumer Team host Pete Thomson, the Social Security special programming is being aired in response to strong listener demand.  Thomson said, “Our Consumer Team research has shown that people over the age of 50 are very concerned about the future of Social Security.  They want to know if the benefit will survive long enough to collect a benefit.”

Jim Poe, president of Texas Retirement Specialists, will join The Consumer Team as a guest for the Social Security special programming.   Thomson added, “Jim Poe is an expert on investments and retirement planning.  He’s very knowledgeable regarding Social Security.”  According to Thomson, Poe will talk about several little known aspects of Social Security benefits.  “Because married couples have several options regarding how they can collect Social Security benefits, consumers can sometimes increase their benefits after doing an analysis on their situation.   Jim Poe will outline the various scenarios on The Consumer Team.  It will be very informative.”

The Consumer Team will also explore anticipated future changes in the Social Security system that will be necessary for the system to survive.  Thomson added, “In order to survive, Social Security will have to make changes.  And changing the minimum age requirements is just one aspect.   On the Consumer Team radio show we will discuss several areas of benefits and qualification criteria that we believe will change in the next several years.”

The Consumer Team is heard Saturdays from 2-4PM Central on 570 KLIF Radio.  For more information and to listen live, go to http://www.MyConsumerTeam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas

Too Hot For Football Practice? The Debate Continues

Are 100 Degree 2-A-Day Practices Safe? The Consumer Team Investigates

After years of debate regarding the wisdom of allowing high school aged kids to attend 2-a-day practice sessions, both sides in this issue contend that they are arguing for ‘the best interest’ of the students.  Opponents contend that practicing in 100 degree weather puts young people at a higher risk for heat exhaustion or stroke.  Supporters say that 2-a-day practices in the heat prepare student athletes for the hot conditions that they’ll be exposed to during games.

The Consumer Team radio talk show will air a special segment devoted to the debate on Saturday, June 23 at 2PM Central on 570 KLIF Radio in Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Dr. Todd Thacker from PrimaCare in Lewisville, Texas will be a guest on the program.  Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, commented, “The debate regarding the wisdom of 2-a-day football practices in the heat is not going away.  We’re pleased to have Dr. Thacker join our program.  With his extensive experience at an urgent care facility, he regularly sees people impacted by heat related illness.  I think he will be an objective voice of reason in this pretty emotional debate.”

The Consumer Team program will also include tips for people who want to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Thomson added, “In Texas, we have to learn how to work around Mother Nature.  And during the summer, we want to be outside.  We’ll be providing listeners with ways that they can enjoy being outside but still be mindful of the dangers of too much heat.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays from 2-4PM Central on 570 KLIF Radio, Dallas-Ft. Worth.  To listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media and THI Productions, Dallas.

Avoiding Heat Stroke on Summer’s Hottest Days

Summer's Hottest Days Bring Health Dangers

The months of July and August normally usher in the summer’s hottest weather.   On Saturday, June 23rd at 2PM Central, The Consumer Team radio talk show will do a special broadcast regarding staying safe during the dog days of summer.

A featured guest on The Consumer Team will be Dr. Todd Thacker of Primacare in Lewisville, Texas.  According to Consumer Team host Pete Thomson, Dr. Thacker is an expert on heat related health issues.   Thomson stated, “Because he works in an urgent care facility, Dr. Todd Thacker sees heat related issues every day.  He has a wide range of experience that makes him a most informative and credible authority on heat illness.”    According to Thomson, heat related illness impacts people of all ages.  “Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can hit anyone young or old.  During our Consumer Team special on staying safe in the heat, we’ll talk about the misconceptions of heat illness as well as how to deal with a heat related emergency situation.”

During this special Consumer Team broadcast Dr. Thacker will address growing concerns about the safety of  high school football 2-a-day practices.  Thomson added, “There are some health professionals that believe 2-a-day practices should be banned while others say the conditioning actually helps athletes get used to the heat.  During The Consumer Team broadcast, we’ll give a thorough report on the latest research findings.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast live Saturdays from 2-4PM (Central) on 570 KLIF radio in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas.  To listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com    The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media and THI Productions, Dallas, Texas.

Best Home Improvements for Return On Investment

The Best Home Improvements For ROI on The Consumer Team

“Home Improvements That Pay Off” will be featured this week on The Consumer Team talk radio show, Saturday at 2PM (Central) on 570 KLIF Radio.  Jim Dutton, host of Texas Home Improvement, will join The Consumer Team to discuss how to select home improvements that will result in a maximum increase in home value.   According to Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, there will be some surprises in the interview.  Thomson said, “Jim Dutton will be reviewing the latest statistics regarding which home improvements add the most value to a home.  The top rated improvement will come as a surprise to many people.”

Jim Dutton, who hosts Texas Home Improvement talk show on radio stations across Texas, is widely recognized as one of the most knowledgeable experts on home remodeling and home repair.  Thomson added, “Jim Dutton is the most listened to expert on home repair in the state of Texas.  Listeners love Jim because he’s no nonsense and explains even the most complicated projects in terms that people can understand.”

The Consumer Team radio talk show is broadcast Saturdays from 2-4PM (Central) on 570 KLIF Radio.  To listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com    The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media and THI Productions, Dallas, Texas.

New Hybrid Car Research on The Consumer Team

Hybrid Car FAQs Answered on The Consumer Team

The Consumer Team will focus on hybrid auto technology this Saturday, June 9, from 2-4PM (Central) on 570 KLIF Radio.  Consumer Team host Pete Thomson announced today that Eric Evarts, Senior Associate Automotive Editor for Consumer Reports Magazine, will be a special guest for the broadcast.

According to Thomson, “Eric is an authority on the auto industry and in the area of hybrid cars he’s very knowledgeable.  Our listeners will be able to hear the very latest in news, reviews and research pertaining to hybrid automobiles.”

“Our research shows that listeners have many questions regarding hybrids,” Thomson added, “They have questions about safety, value and the technology of hybrids.  And even though the manufacturers are getting more aggressive in featuring hybrids in their marketing, the average consumer wants information that isn’t coming from a source that wants to sell a product.   Consumer Reports accepts no advertising and is the most objective source of accurate consumer news and information in the world.”

The Consumer Team interview with Eric Evarts will cover additional subjects including, diesel vehicles, E85 Ethanol, plug-in engines, stop-start technology, all electric vehicles and hydrogen powered cars.

For more information and to listen live to The Consumer Team, go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media and THI Productions, Dallas, Texas.

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