Archive for June, 2013

Consumer Team Radio: Best Cars For Teen Drivers

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)    The Consumer Team talk radio program will air a special feature discussing the best cars for teen drivers.   Jeff Bartlett, from Consumer Reports Automotive, will be a special guest on The Consumer Team broadcast airing  at 5PM Saturday, June 29, 2013 on KRLD Radio, Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Best Cars For Teen Drivers on The Consumer Team

Pete Thomson, Consumer Team host, commented on the segment.   He said, “Anytime we can get Jeff Bartlett to join us for a segment the information is always very useful.   Anyone who’s in the market for a car for a young driver will benefit from this Consumer Team segment.”

Thomson said that the special Consumer Team segment will cover cars for young drivers from several perspectives.  He added, “We’ll be talking about general buying guidelines and tips.  We’ll also get into specific makes and models that Consumer Reports recommends.    We’ll even discuss the issue of insurance for young drivers.”

The Consumer Team is heard Saturdays from 5-7PM on 1080 KRLD, Dallas-Ft. Worth.   KRLD is the #1 rated news station in the DFW market.  Similarly, The Consumer Team is one of the most listened to local consumer programs on the air in the US.   Pete Thomson has been active in consumer advocacy journalism and broadcasting for over 10 years.

For more information on The Consumer Team and to listen live, go to   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas.

Reverse Mortgages Backfire: The Consumer Team Investigates

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)    The Consumer Team talk radio program will air a special report on the growing number of consumer complaints regarding reverse mortgages.   Ernie Sprance will anchor the report which will be broadcast Saturday, June 15th on KRLD Radio from 5-7PM Central.

The Consumer Team - Saturdays 5-7 PM - KRLD Radio

Pete Thomson, host and producer of The Consumer Team, commented on the reverse mortgage story.   He said, “This is the second story we’ve done on reverse mortgages.  Last year, we did a Consumer Alert which focused on the lack of understanding that many seniors have regarding the transaction.   Now Ernie Sprance has new coverage to share with our listeners regarding reverse mortgages.  We’re especially concerned about this story because it impacts seniors and has the potential to have an adverse effect on their retirement quality.   Anyone who is considering using this type of financial instrument should listen to this segment.”

For more information on The Consumer Team or to listen live, go to   Airing on Dallas-Ft. Worth’s top rated news-talk station KRLD, The Consumer Team is one of the highest rated local consumer advocacy radio programs in America.  The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

Radio Show Connects Listeners With Honest Companies

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)    At some point, even the most discerning consumers get a bad deal.  From paying too much for consumer items to being a victim of a scam, most people eventually become a victim.   Consumer advocate Pete Thomson says that he’s no exception.   Thomson said,  “Yes, I’ve been snookered a few times.  In fact, going through the process of getting ripped off motivated me to get involved in consumer advocacy broadcasting.  I wanted to help protect people from some of the things that I had fallen for in the past.”

The Consumer Team - Saturdays 5-7 PM - KRLD Radio

Thomson is host of The Consumer Team, a weekly consumer advocacy talk radio program heard on CBS Radio’s KRLD in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas.   Thomson has been in broadcasting for over 30 years and consumer advocacy broadcasting for over a decade.  Thomson says his mission for The Consumer Team is to help listeners save time and money and avoid grief.   Thomson’s team consists of national consumer advocacy experts, his own staff of reporters and local DFW experts in a variety of business categories.

Thomson’s national consumer advocacy experts include writers for leading consumer advocacy sites such as   Consumer Team radio segments cover current consumer news and trends and give tips for how to be successful as a consumer.   And, since every Consumer Team program is current to that week’s news, the content is always fresh.  Thomson said, “Between our news bureaus in Dallas and New York and our expert guests, The Consumer Team is on the cutting edge of what is happening right now in the consumer markets.”

The Consumer Team sponsors, Pete Thomson says, are one of the most important parts of the program.  From financial planning to home repair to health and wellness,  Consumer Team sponsor experts  are featured on the broadcast each week.  Thomson described a very selective process that is used to identify potential sponsors.  He said, “We know that our listeners are depending on us to bring them quality sponsors whose values are in line with The Consumer Team.  Before they’re invited to be part of The Consumer Team, every sponsor is vetted and checked out thoroughly.  As a result of this process, our listeners know that they can depend on Consumer Team sponsors to have top quality products and services, fair prices and outstanding customer service.”

Thomson said that saving money is just one of the benefits of doing business with Consumer Team sponsors.  The other benefit is saving time.  Thomson added, “Realistically speaking, most people would never be able to spend the time necessary to find high quality companies like those on The Consumer Team.   And while we urge our listeners to always get at least 2 opinions on any major purchase, they can be confident when they call a Consumer Team sponsor.”

With a weekly audience of over 500,000 people, KRLD is the #1 ranked news station in Dallas-Ft. Worth.   According to ratings, The Consumer Team is one of the most listened to local consumer radio programs on the air in America.  Thomson commented on CBS Radio and KRLD.  He said, “KRLD and CBS Radio have been very supportive of The Consumer Team.   Because KRLD has such a large audience and footprint in North Texas, we know that The Consumer Team is helping thousands of people every week and that’s very exciting.”

The Consumer Team is heard Saturdays from 5-7PM on 1080 KRLD.  For more information and to listen live, go to   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.


Good Credit & Larger Home? Save Big on Insurance

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)      The Consumer Team radio program has become known as a source for great consumer deals.   As Consumer Team host Pete Thomson says on-the-air, “The Consumer Team exists to save our listeners time, money and grief in their consumer lives.”    In the area of homeowners and automobile insurance, The Consumer Team has certainly delivered.   According to Thomson, Consumer Team listeners have the opportunity to save thousands of dollars.

Roger Harkins, owner of Tri-Star Insurance, is a frequent guest on The Consumer Team.   According to Thomson, Harkins and his Tri-Star team have been able to save Consumer Team listeners significant amounts of money.   Thomson added, “For people with good credit and a larger home, the savings can be huge.  Eight years ago, I had my homeowners and auto insurance with Allstate.  Allstate is certainly a good company, but I was paying way too much.   I called Tri-Star Insurance for a comparison quote and they saved me $3,000 a year.   And with Tri-Star, they were able to get me more coverage too.   And now, after 8 years, I’ve saved over $24,000 just because of Tri-Star Insurance and their ability to get the best insurance coverage for the best price.”

Roger Harkins

The reason for the big savings, according to Thomson, is that many consumers are insured by the ‘direct writers’, insurance companies such as Allstate, State Farm, Farmers and Nationwide that give the consumer no alternatives.  Thomson continued, “Direct writers have a captive market. They only sell their one brand and because of this the consumer can oftentimes pay way too much.   With the help of our Tri-Star Insurance Professionals, we’re giving consumers the chance to get a comparison quote and save a lot of money.”

In 2012, State Farm’s rates increased for some consumers by over 30%.   According to Thomson, this opened up a lot of people’s eyes.  He said, “The 2012 rate increases really woke up a lot of folks.  When you see your insurance bill go up by over 30%, it gets your attention.   Fortunately, Roger Harkins and the Tri-Star Insurance Professionals have been there to help our listeners save money.”

According to Thomson, Tri-Star’s designation as a ‘trusted choice’ agency is a huge benefit to the consumer.   Thomson said, “As a trusted choice agent, Tri-Star Insurance Professionals represents top-rated insurance companies which compete to earn the consumer’s business.  Tri-Star is committed to offering the consumer competitive pricing, a broad choice of products and unparalleled advocacy.  Put another way, when consumers do business with Tri-Star Insurance, they win.”

Beyond the cost savings, Thomson says Tri-Star Insurance Professionals has helped consumers in several other ways.   Thomson said, “Many consumers are not only paying too much for insurance but they’re under-insured.   Tri-Star Insurance is very diligent about making sure that consumers have the proper coverages.”   Additionally, Tri-Star Insurance is able to offer big savings on commercial insurance.    Thomson encourages business owners to get a comparison quote.  He said, “The same savings logic applies to commercial insurance.  Anyone who owns a business needs to call Tri-Star and talk to John Coyle who heads up Tri-Star’s commercial division.”

To reach Tri-Star Insurance Professionals, call 214-387-0400 or go to    The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7PM Central on 1080 KRLD Radio, Dallas-Ft. Worth.   For information on The Consumer Team, go to     The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas.


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