Kim Komando

Kim Komando (born July 1 1967) is the host of an American talk radio program based on the popularity of personal computers, the use of the Internet, and the complexities of consumer electronics. "The Kim Komando Show" is broadcast and syndicated on over 450 radio stations in the U.S. and two stations in Ontario, Canada. According to a "Talkers" magazine report for the fall of 2006, Komando's weekend program has reached a weekly cume of 2.25 million." [http://www.talkers.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=34 The Top Talk Radio Audiences] ", Talkers magazine, Fall 2006]

Komando has appeared on CNN, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, BBC and FOX News, and her syndicated columns appear in "USA Today" and other newspapers. Komando is also one of the principal shareholders, founders and Chairman/CEO of the Phoenix, Arizona-based WestStar TalkRadio Network, which, in addition to hosting other broadcast programs, distributes the Komando radio programs. Also, through the publishing arm of WestStar, Komando publishes daily and weekly email newsletters addressing issues topical to her radio program. Komando was the 2006 recipient of the Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Woman to Talk Radio. [" [http://www.talkers.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102&Itemid=69 Talkers Magazine] .talkers.com. 2007-05-26]

Komando refers to herself on her show as "America's Digital Goddess." [" [http://www.familyfirst.com/kim_komando_1.html Kim Komando] ." FamilyFirst.com. 2007-03-09] [Komando, Kim. " [http://www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness/resources/technology/communications/8_email_mistakes_that_make_you_look_bad.mspx 8 email mistakes that make you look bad] ." Microsoft.com Small Business Center.] According to her show's website, "Komando" is her actual last name, and is Russian-Ukrainian. [" [http://www.komando.com/faq.aspx Frequently Asked Questions] . Komando.com.]

She is married to Barry Young, host of "The Nearly Famous Barry Young Show", a local radio show in Phoenix. The couple have a son named Ian.

Criticism

Komando has come under fire for offering misleading and "emotionally-driven" advice. In particular, Komando's August 7, 2008 column for "USA Today" [http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/kimkomando/2008-08-07-digital-drugs_N.htm] warned of the risk of "digital drugs," in the form of acoustic binaural beats, an experimental noise intended to manipulate brain waves, but whose efficacy is currently supported by little or no scientific evidence. Komando suggested that parents should be worried about their children getting "idosers" online, leading at least one publication to suggest she was "beating up a story for sensationalistic purposes." [http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24200515-15419,00.html]

References

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External links

* [http://www.komando.com/ "The Kim Komando Radio Show" Official site]
* [http://www.wcbs880.com/pages/4708.php? Komando's radio clips] at WCBS-AM website
* [http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/kimkomando/_archive-komando.htm Komando's column] for "USA Today"


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