Archive for December, 2012

Improving School Security: The Consumer Team Investigates

(DALLAS, TX)  In response to the mass shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school in December, The Consumer Team talk radio program will feature special segments addressing the issues surrounding the security of schools, churches, hospitals and malls.  On January 5, 2013 from 5-7PM 1080 KRLD Radio Dallas, The Consumer Team will air the first in the series of interviews.   Featured in the interview will be Jacob Savoie and Dave Jones from Enterprise Security Solutions of Texas (ESST).   Pete Thomson, executive producer and host of The Consumer Team, commented on the interview.  He stated, “Since the tragic shootings of December, many business leaders have been reassessing their own security systems and their ability to protect their employees, customers, students and patients.  The team from ESST are leaders in their field and will bring a very timely and valuable conversation to the airwaves of The Consumer Team on KRLD.”

ESST specializes in electronic security systems including the latest innovations in surveillance systems and other technology.   Their clients include The Gaylord Texan, Denton Regional Hospital, Crowley ISD and CIGNA Healthcare.   Their management has extensive experience in security, personal protection and law enforcement including The FBI.  According to Thomson, “After the tragic shooting in Connecticut, we focused on finding the company that provided security to the leaders in business and education.  The client list of ESST is very impressive.  This company is one of the best in the US.”

Thomson added that the current state of security in school systems is not strong.  While some schools have enhanced their systems over the last several years, he says there are still significant problems.  Thomson added, “You can’t just put up a few cameras with a monitor in the front office and consider a school secure.  One of the primary goals of security enhancement has to be an earlier recognition of a problem in addition to stronger systems of security enforcement and response under duress.  Simply put, based on the information we have, it’s clear that our schools are not well protected.”

According to Thomson, The Consumer Team security segments will be valuable to not only educators but also anyone who needs to protect a customer or employee.  “We’ll be talking about best practices for security that can be utilized in schools, businesses, churches and any other public place.  We’ll also address the biggest security and protection mistakes that companies make every day.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM Saturdays on 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.   KRLD is the leading news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market and The Consumer Team is one of the most listened to weekly consumer advocacy programs in the US.   The Consumer Team features consumer tips, information and research designed to help listeners in the DFW Metroplex and beyond make better consumer and shopping decisions.   Pete Thomson has been working in the area of consumer advocacy for over 10 years.  He founded The Consumer Team with a mission to help Dallas and Ft. Worth consumers save time, money and grief in the consumer lives.  Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a Dallas based marketing and advertising firm.

To learn more about The Consumer Team and to listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

 

 

Consumer Team Radio: Saving You Money in 2013

(DALLAS, TX)   Pete Thomson, executive producer and host of The Consumer Team talk radio program, today announced a major program theme for The Consumer Team for 2013.   Thomson stated, “The Consumer Team has always been committed to helping our listeners get the most out of their consumer lives.  However, and in response to the extraordinary times that consumers face, in 2013 we’re redoubling our efforts to help save the consumer money.”

Thomson cited two areas of focus for The Consumer Team.   “First, we’ll help consumers with everyday savings.  These are purchases that we make every month such as groceries, cell phones, clothing and other consumables.  The other area we will cover is actually the one I’m most concerned about and that’s consumer rip-offs.  The bad guys are out there in every industry and the larger the price tag, the bigger the opportunity for a rip-off.   Home repair, mortgages, car sales and service are just a few of the categories where the consumer can overspend by many thousand dollars.  In 2013, The Consumer Team will expose these areas and educate the our listeners.  In addition we’ll continue to give our listeners regular guidance on personal finance and retirement planning”

Each week, according to Thomson, experts from business will be joining The Consumer Team to offer the latest information and guidance for listeners.  Thomson stated, “Information is power.  Each week on The Consumer Team we’ll be joined by the most respected authorities in business categories who will keep our listeners educated and informed and aware of the scams.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM Saturdays on 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.  KRLD is the leading news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market.   The Consumer Team features consumer tips, information and research designed to help listeners in the DFW Metroplex and beyond make better consumer and shopping decisions.   Pete Thomson has been working in the area of consumer advocacy for over 10 years.  He founded The Consumer Team with a mission to help Dallas and Ft. Worth consumers save time, money and grief in the consumer lives.  Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a Dallas based marketing and advertising firm.

To learn more about The Consumer Team and to listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

Saving Money in 2013: Let’s Start With Groceries!

As a new year starts, many consumers wisely set goals to save money on every day purchases.   The Consumer Team talk radio program will be featuring strategies for saving money across a wide variety of consumer purchases starting Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 4-6PM on KRLD RadioPete Thomson, executive producer and host of The Consumer Team, commented, “As a new year starts, The Consumer Team is laser focused on ways that our listeners can save money in their lives as a consumer.   This week, we’ll be talking about ways we all can save in the grocery store.”

Jody Rohlena, Senior Editor with Consumer Reports ShopSmart Magazine, will be a featured guest on the The Consumer Team’s grocery segment.  Pete Thomson commented on Jody Rohlena’s appearance on The Consumer Team.   “Jody and the ShopSmart staff has really done their homework.  We’ll be talking about ways that consumers can save significantly at the grocery store.   In fact, one of the tips from this segment can save shoppers up to 60%.”

Historically, savvy shoppers have mastered ways to save by combining coupons with store sales and other promotions.  According to Thomson, coupon clipping is just the beginning of the process of cutting the family grocery bill.  Thomson added, “There’s no doubt that a family can save thousands of dollars annually by using coupons strategically.   In our interview we’ll be going deeper into the process of saving.   We’ll be talking about new web sites and Apps that have emerged as well as new programs that retailers are rolling out to help their customers be smarter shoppers.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM Saturdays on 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.  Because of special sports programming Saturday on KRLD, for this week only The Consumer Team will be heard Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 4-6PM.  KRLD is the leading news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market and The Consumer Team is one of the most listened to weekly consumer advocacy programs in the US.   The Consumer Team features consumer tips, information and research designed to help listeners in the DFW Metroplex and beyond make better consumer and shopping decisions.   Pete Thomson has been working in the area of consumer advocacy for over 10 years.  He founded The Consumer Team with a mission to help Dallas and Ft. Worth consumers save time, money and grief in the consumer lives.  Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a Dallas based marketing and advertising firm.

To learn more about The Consumer Team and to listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

Consumer Team Tops DFW Radio Ratings

(DALLAS, TX)    According to recent ratings research, The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is the top rated consumer advocacy radio program in Dallas-Ft. Worth.   The ratings also confirm that The Consumer Team, heard Saturdays on 1080 KRLD Radio, is one of the most listened weekly consumer advocacy programs in the nation.

Pete Thomson, executive producer and host of The Consumer Team, commented on the ratings.  He stated, “The ratings for The Consumer Team confirms that American’s are looking for objective, credible and timely information to assist them in their consumer lives.  We’re very grateful to our listeners who support The Consumer Team talk radio program.”

Thomson has been involved in consumer advocacy broadcast journalism for over 10 years.   The Consumer Team talk radio program was added to the weekend lineup of CBS Radio’s KRLD-AM 1080 in Dallas in 2012.   Thomson added, “KRLD is the number one news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth radio market.  Whenever news happens in the Metroplex, KRLD is the place that people turn to.   They have a weekly audience of over 500,000 listeners.  When the management team at CBS added our program to their Saturday lineup it was a major shot in the arm for The Consumer Team.”

The Consumer Team radio program broadcasts consumer tips, information and research each week which includes interviews with consumer experts.    The program regularly features experts from a number or consumer advocacy organizations.  According to Thomson, “The best source of objective consumer data is Consumer’s Union which includes both Consumer Reports Magazine and Shop Smart Magazine.   Their work is what inspired me to get into consumer journalism.”   Thomson added that a highlight of his program is getting an opportunity to interview the experts at Consumer Reports.  He added, “Our consumer world would be very different today if Consumer’s Union hadn’t been created.   Their contributions have been so meaningful from both saving lives to saving money.  They’ve made the consumer world a much better and safer place.”

Thomson also recognizes the contribution of sponsors to The Consumer Team’s success.  “Because of the requirements we make of our sponsors relative to ethics, quality and customer service, not every business is going to be a fit for The Consumer Team.  In fact, there are many businesses and categories that we won’t accept on our team because we don’t believe they’re a good value for the consumer.   The select group of advertisers we’ve found that are ‘Consumer Team Certified’ are a remarkable group.  I’m very proud of them and the way they do business as well everything they do for our listeners.”

The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, a full-service marking and advertising firm in Dallas, Texas.  In addition to his Consumer Team hosting duties, Pete Thomson is also president and CEO of McQ Media Inc.   Thomson commented on McQ Media, “The consumer advocacy values of The Consumer Team are very much present in the DNA of McQ Media.  There are so many rip-offs out there in the advertising and marketing world, small business really needs advocates who can help them get the most from their advertising dollar.  That’s what we do everyday at McQ Media.”

For more information on The Consumer Team, go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com

 

 

Surviving Christmas: Coping With Depression During the Holidays

Everywhere you look the excitement of the holidays is in the air.  The lights, parties, music and shopping make the holiday season a busy and joyous time for most.  Yet for people dealing with depression, the holiday season can be a time of sadness underscored with a feeling of separation from the mainstream world that’s enjoying the celebration of the season.   The Consumer Team radio program will examine holiday depression during a segment to be broadcast Saturday, December 22nd at 6PM Central on 1080 KRLD Radio.  The special segment will feature an interview with Tom Nelson, pastor of Denton Bible Church (Denton, Texas).

Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, said the segment is meant to address not just the problem but also potential solutions for people dealing with depression.   Thomson said, “Tom Nelson can speak with a great deal of credibility and authority on depression.  About 7 years ago, Tom dealt with severe depression that preventing him from working as a pastor for a period of time.  Through the healing process that Tom Nelson went through, he has a unique understanding regarding the journey that a depressed person is on.  I think our listeners will learn much from Tom and his personal story.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM Saturdays on 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.  KRLD is the leading news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market.   The Consumer Team features consumer tips, information and research designed to help listeners in the DFW Metroplex and beyond make better consumer and shopping decisions.   Pete Thomson has been working in the area of consumer advocacy for over 10 years.  He founded The Consumer Team with a mission to help Dallas and Ft. Worth consumers save time, money and grief in the consumer lives.  Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a Dallas based marketing and advertising firm.

To learn more about The Consumer Team and to listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

 

Pete Thomson: A Decade of Consumer Advocacy in Dallas-Ft. Worth

(Dallas, TX)      For over 10 years Pete Thomson has been on a mission.  His passion is to help his listeners get the very best deals on all the purchases they make.  As Thomson puts it, “I want to help my listeners save time, money and grief in their life as a consumer.”   As host of one of the most listened to consumer advocacy programs in the US, Thomson is heard weekly on 1080 KRLD Radio on Saturdays from 5-7PM.   The Consumer Team radio program features a mix of consumer headlines, sponsor interviews and consumer commentary.

Pete Thomson - Host of The Consumer Team

“Our goal on The Consumer Team,” Thomson continues “is bring our listeners information that will help them be successful as a consumer.  And between our weekly radio program on KRLD and our Consumer Team website at http://www.myconsumerteam.com, our listeners have access to the best collection of consumer news and research available anywhere.”

The first ingredient to helping consumers, according to Thomson, is timely and objective consumer information.  Thomson stated, “Every week our writers and research team are looking for breaking consumer news to bring to The Consumer Team.   So, for example, if there’s a major auto or product recall, we quickly reach out to the manufacturer and to consumer research organizations to get a complete and accurate view of the issue.  Then we make sure that the story is vetted for accuracy and put into terms that the listener will relate to.   By the time the news hits the air on The Consumer Team we have several different perspectives on the story including the most important angle of what it means to our listener.”

Consumer Reports Magazine editors and writers are consistent contributors to The Consumer Team.   Thomson calls Consumer Reports the ‘best in the business.”  He added, “Consumer’s Union is an incredible organization.  Between Consumer Reports Magazine and Shop Smart Magazine, they are the most objective source of consumer information available anywhere.   And their ability to collect consumer research is unmatched.”

Because The Consumer Team is Dallas-Ft. Worth based on KRLD Radio, the radio program is able to give listeners recommendations on top rated businesses in North Texas.   Thomson said, “We are very careful about the sponsors we invite to be on The Consumer Team.  We look for business sponsors that are committed to fair pricing, high integrity and outstanding customer service.”

So what have been the highlights of Thomson’s consumer advocacy career in Dallas-Ft. Worth?   According to Thomson, “There have been a number of high points.   Our program is always on the front lines of reporting on recalls and consumer scams.   We know that reporting in these areas is a race against time and I’m proud of what our team has been able to accomplish.   Also, the opportunity to work with Consumer Reports Magazine and Shop Smart Magazine has been an honor.   Our Consumer Team sponsors are the best best in business and we’re proud to have them on the team.  And, having the opportunity to join CBS Radio and KRLD here in Dallas-Ft. Worth has been very exciting.”

Thomson said that he’s excited about the future of The Consumer Team.  Thomson said “We have several new initiatives that we’ll be rolling out in 2013 that will enable the consumer to get new and deeper levels of consumer information from The Consumer Team.  As far as specifics, Thomson adds “We’re not quite ready for any announcements yet, but as we say in the radio biz, ‘Don’t touch that dial.'”

 

Editor’s Note:  Pete Thomson is a veteran of television, radio and print management.   He has extensive experience consulting nonprofit organizations.  Currently, Pete Thomson is president/CEO of McQ Media Inc, a full service marketing and advertising firm based in Dallas, Texas.   

 

 

 

 

 

Best Smart Phones & Wireless Plans on The Consumer Team

The Consumer Team radio program is airing a series of special broadcasts focusing on the best smart phones and cell phone plans.   According to Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, the information is very timely.  Thomson commented, “Research is showing that consumers are needing clarity regarding smart phone hardware as well and the wireless phone plans.  Regarding phones, consumers need to better understand the new smart phones featuring the iPhone, Droid and Windows platforms.   And when it comes to getting the best wireless plan, the marketplace is not well informed.  A high percentage of the marketplace is overpaying for cell phone hardware and services.  Our listeners will learn specific ways to save money across the board.”

Mike Gikus, Senior Editor-Electronics with Consumer Reports Magazine, will be a special guest on the Consumer Team for the smart phone segments.  Gikus is a nationally recognized expert on consumer electronics and the cell phone industry.   According to Pete Thomson, “Mike Gikus and the team at Consumer Reports Magazine have pulled together an extraordinary collection of information pertaining to everything consumers need to know about cell phones.”

In addition to naming Consumer Report’s top picks for smart phones, Thomson said The Consumer Team special segments will help consumers learn how to get the most for their cellular investment.  Thomson added, “In 2012 Americans spent an average of $1,200 per person on cell phones and airtime.  Heavy users can easily spend twice that amount.  On The Consumer Team we’ll be showing our listeners how to actually decrease their cell phone bills through smarter shopping.   Consumers who shop smart can pay less for smart phones and for airtime.  This is now possible largely because of new players coming into most markets.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM Saturdays on 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.  KRLD is the leading news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market.   The Consumer Team features consumer tips, information and research designed to help listeners in the DFW Metroplex and beyond make better consumer and shopping decisions.   Pete Thomson has been working in the area of consumer advocacy for over 10 years.  He founded The Consumer Team with a mission to help Dallas and Ft. Worth consumers save time, money and grief in the consumer lives.  Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a Dallas based marketing and advertising firm.

To learn more about The Consumer Team and to listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

 

Holiday Burglaries on the Rise: How to Protect Your Home

In the holiday movie classic “Home Alone“, the bungling, slap-stick ‘Wet Bandits’ plot to break into numerous unoccupied homes in an affluent suburban Chicago neighborhood during the Christmas holiday.   Fortunately, eight year old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) foils the bandit’s plans and saves the day resulting in a Merry Christmas.  However, and back to the real world, just talk to any cop and they’ll tell you horror stories of family holidays ruined because of a holiday home burglary.

Throughout the month of December, The Consumer Team radio program is airing a series of segments educating homeowners on how to avoid holiday home burglaries.   Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team radio program, said the segments are made up of common sense as well as new tips.  Thomson said, “There are some very basic things that all homeowners can do to protect their homes from a holiday burglary.   We’ll be airing these tips along with several that people have most likely not considered.  All in all, our goal is to arm our listeners with home security tips for best practices so their homes can be safe and secure while they’re out of town.”

Joining The Consumer Team for the Holiday Home Security segments will be Officer Christopher Bianez from the Plano, Texas Police Department Crime Prevention Unit.   Officer Bianez is a 15 year veteran of the Plano Police Department.   According to Pete Thomson, “Officer Christopher Bianez of The Plano Police Department brings a wealth of experience to The Consumer Team.  He’s very astute and quite aware of the latest trends relative to home burglaries. ”   According to Thomson, technology is a tool that both burglars and homeowners are using.  Thomson added, “Even the bad guys have smart phones and they know how to use them.  Officer Bianez will be talking about how we can leverage technology to stay ahead of the bad guys to make sure our homes are safe during the holidays.”

The Holiday Home Security is part of a larger umbrella of Consumer Team holiday coverage.  Pete Thomson added, “We love the holidays at The Consumer Team.  Through all of our holiday talk radio programming for consumers our goal has been to help people save time, money and grief.  With the the help of incredible program partners like the Plano Police, Consumer Reports and Shop Smart Magazine, our content has been very timely and relevant.   And based on listener feedback, we believe that people are really coming away with valuable shopping and consumer tips for this holiday season.”   Pete Thomson has been involved in consumer advocacy journalism and broadcasting for over 10 years.   Based in Dallas-Ft. Worth,  The Consumer Team is one of the most listened to consumer advocacy programs on the air in the US.

The Consumer Team airs Saturdays from 5-7PM (Central) on KRLD 1080 AM Radio in Dallas.  For more information and to listen live, go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com    The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, a full service advertising and marketing firm, based in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer Team Radio: Best Gifts Under $25

The Consumer Team talk radio program will feature a special segment on the best holiday gifts under $25.  According to Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team radio show, there are quality gifts available that won’t break the bank.  Thomson commented, “There are amazing gifts available for under $25 but the trick is knowing where to find them.  On The Consumer Team we’ll talk about specific gift ideas that are high quality but under $25 dollars”

Joining Thomson for the special segment will be Jody Rohlena, senior editor of Shop Smart Magazine, which is featuring the story on gifts under $25 in their December issue.   Thomson added, “Jody Rohlena with Shop Smart Magazine is a very talented writer.  She’s one of the brightest, most resourceful guests we have on The Consumer Team.  And she’s really done her homework for this segment on high value gifts under 25 dollars.”  Shop Smart Magazine is part of Consumers Union, which also published Consumer Reports Magazine.   Thomson added, “Whenever someone asks me how they can be a better consumer, I tell them to shell out a few bucks and subscribe to Consumer Reports and Shop Smart.   They’re hands down the best resources out there for the consumer.  And the Consumer Reports website is unmatched in terms of giving consumers a powerful database to use for research.”

The Consumer Team will air Saturday, December 1, from 3-5PM Central on 1080 KRLD Radio in Dallas, Texas.    For more information and to listen live, go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas.

The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson features consumer tips and sponsor recommendations.   Pete Thomson has been involved in consumer advocacy for over 10 years.  Thomson has published numerous articles on consumer research, consumer rights and advertising ethics.  Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a full service advertising and marketing firm based in Dallas, Texas.

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