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Consumer Team Radio: Celebrating Our Consumer Freedom

As we celebrate our Nation’s 238th Birthday, it’s a good time to ponder and appreciate the freedoms we have here in America.   In spite of the tremendous challenges that our country faces, freedom still rings in 2014.   Yet, with freedom, comes great responsibility.  As consumers, we need to be ever vigilant.  Being aware of consumer trends, research and scams isn’t just a hobby for the wise coupon cutting penny-pinchers.   Being plugged in is essential to consumer success.

The Consumer Team:  Celebrate Your Consumer Freedom

The Consumer Team: Celebrate Your Consumer Freedom

In America, the same freedom that we enjoy as consumers is also given to business.   Companies have the freedom to produce, market and sell the products that they choose, and that includes the merchandise of low quality.  Welcome to the consumer marketplace where we have the responsibility of choice.   And, as much as I despise the scammers in our midst, including many who need to be prosecuted and put out of business, I think we need to be very careful not to remove the freedoms of the marketplace.   And free consumers we must maintain the power to choose how we spend our money.

I’m troubled as I watch government agencies like The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, FDA, FTC and host of others take away freedoms that should remain in the marketplace.   And while I support some of the CFPB’s work, I believe we need to be very careful of not over-regulating the consumer marketplace.   With regulation comes less freedom and generally higher consumer costs.   We, the people and not the US government, should decide whether or not a company is successful.  It’s called voting with our wallet.

Over the next few days, maybe as you’re scanning the shelves at the grocery store or marveling at all the high tech toys at Best Buy or on Amazon, take a moment and appreciate the fact that all these products, all this ingenuity (both good and bad) is a result of freedom in America.   And remember that, in your life as both a citizen and a consumer, your vigilance is what keeps freedom alive.

Happy Fourth of July from all of us on The Consumer Team.


Pete Thomson

Founder – The Consumer Team

Saturdays – 5 to 7PM (Central) on 1080 KRLD

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The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.






Jim Poe Named Instructor for “The Richness of Life Institute”

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)   Jim Poe, founder and CEO of Texas Retirement Specialists, has been named an instructor for The Richness of Life Institute, a non-profit organization that offers adult education financial courses at college campuses throughout United States.  Poe has worked in financial services for over 30 years.  In addition to his work at Texas Retirement Specialists, Poe hosts a weekly radio program on retirement, “The Found Money Report”.   Poe is also a regular contributor of The Consumer Team radio program.

Jim Poe - Texas Retirement Specialists

Jim Poe – Texas Retirement Specialists

Commenting on “The Richness of Life Institute” Jim Poe said, “Having an opportunity to help people enrich their lives with financial education is very fulfilling.  And to be able to be part of “The Richness of Life Institute” is very meaningful to me.”   Poe added that objective, fact-based financial education for retirees is virtually nonexistent in the marketplace.  He said, “At ‘The Richness of Life Institute’ all the information we present is based on research from some of the country’s leading financial organizations.  With the right information and education, people can make wise choices with their money which means a better life in retirement.”

Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team and co-host of The Found Money Report, commented on Poe’s appointment to instructor at “The Richness of Life”.  He said, “I can’t think of a more qualified person to be teaching financial education than Jim Poe of Texas Retirement Specialists.  Every week when we do our radio programs, I literally take notes on many of the things that Jim talks about.  Based on the top ratings that Jim’s programs get on the radio, it’s clear that his message is resonating with the radio listeners of Dallas-Ft. Worth and North Texas.”

Response to “The Richness of Life Institute” has been enthusiastic among North Texas colleges.  After launching at The University of Texas in Arlington (UTA), the course is now being offered at Southern Methodist University, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas at Dallas, University of Phoenix and The Lockheed Martin Recreational Area.   Poe said that student feedback has been very positive.  He said, “We’ve had very favorable comments regarding the course.  Even people who consider themselves to be well informed on investing and financial matters have said that our course was very valuable.”

The course is generally offered in one classroom session per week for 3 weeks on both nights and weekends.  For additional information, including upcoming courses in North Texas, go to http;//  or call 888-774-4492.   The Found Money Report radio program is broadcast Saturdays at 10AM on KRLD Radio and 3PM on WBAP Radio.   The Consumer Team talk radio program is broadcast Saturdays at 5PM on KRLD Radio.


Consumer Team Radio: Protect Yourself on the Web

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)          The Consumer Team talk radio program will be airing a feature regarding Consumer Reports recent ‘State of The Net’ Study.  Jeff Fox, Technology Editor with Consumer Reports, will join Consumer Team host Pete Thomson for a discussion regarding internet safety and scams.   The segment will air on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 5PM (Central) on KRLD Radio, Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, calls the ‘State of the Net’ study the best of its kind.   Thomson added, “Consumer Reports has such a broad reach into the marketplace.  When they focus in on a topic or issue, they have a powerful ability to take a thorough and meaningful pulse of the marketplace.   In the segment with Jeff Fox, our listeners will benefit from in depth research into current threats on the net.  They’ll also learn how to fight back against the cyber bad guys.”

Included in the Consumer Reports study are the latest statistics regarding malware attacks against Americans.   Also included is research on mobile and social media security threats.   According to Thomson, the interview will cover a number of free programs that consumers can use to keep their web surfing safe.

The Consumer Team on 1080 KRLD is one of the most listened to local consumer programs in the country.   KRLD’s weekly audience is over 500,000 persons which makes it one of the top rated news-talk radio stations in the nation.   Thomson describes The Consumer Team as his ‘passion in life.’  He added, “I’ve been involved in consumer advocacy journalism and broadcasting for over 10 years.   Our goal on The Consumer Team is to help our listeners save time, money and grief in their lives as a consumer.  From finding great deals to helping folks avoid scams, we try to bring fresh content to the airwaves every week.”    Thomson described the consumer landscape in America as very challenging.  He said, “The good news is that consumers have more tools at their finger tips that can truly help them maximize their consumer lives.   The bad news is that there are more scams and bad deals out there than ever before.  The internet alone has presented a number of challenges to consumers.  On The Consumer Team our goal is to help people navigate through the shark infested waters.”

To learn more about The Consumer Team and to listen live online, go to    The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

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   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.



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