About

Our goals are to:

  1. Help our listeners and users of this website to have a better online experience, and

  2. Promote Internet use and technology industries in southeastern Michigan.

We bring you interesting guests and answer listeners’ questions about the Internet and the digital devices (desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones etc.) they use to access the Internet.

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Gary Baker

Gary Baker

Gary Baker has had a long career working with computers and promoting technology development in Michigan.  In the fall of 1997 when Foster called his ISP, Online Tech, and asked for help with some connection issues, he talked with Gary who was its president and one of the founders.  Their conversation and the whole idea of helping people enjoy their computer and online experience grew from there into the Internet Advisor Show in early 1998.  Their alliance has become Detroit’s longest running, locally produced technology talk show.  Gary also appeared as the Internet Advisor on WXYZ-TV  Channel 7 Action News Detroit from October 2000 to October 2002.

Gary is currently a Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Flagstar Bank, the largest bank with headquarters in Michigan and one of the largest mortgage orientators in the country. Previously he was the Director of IT & CIO for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the SVP & CIO at Gale, a part of Cengage Learning and VP of IT Delivery at Borders Group in Ann Arbor.  He was also a Partner in the Advanced Technology Group in Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting, Director of IT Transformation Services at AlixPartners and a Global Managing Director in EDS at GM.  Gary is a sought after lecturer on IT topics, new processes and innovative technologies locally and nationally.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

Foster Braun has been co-hosting the Internet Advisor on WJR since early February 1998 except for a short time in early 2000.  He has been in the Detroit radio market since 1975 where he has worked talk shows for most of his career and started with WJR in 1996.  Since 1998 he has gained enough knowledge of computers to ruin some really fine machines and then fix most of them with the help of the other Internet Advisors.  In 2008 he crossed over to the Dark Side and started worked exclusively on a MacBook Pro laptop.  His wife Ginny, who uses a Windows PC at home, is marching ahead with Windows 8.1;  so he is now equally confused in both worlds!  Foster identifies himself as “the voice of the listener” sometimes fighting through the geek-speak to explanations that even he can understand.

 

2012 Ed

Ed Rudel

 

Ed Rudel joined as a co-host in 2003.  Ed has toiled for many years as an executive troubleshooter for HP in Detroit handling the challenges of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in the corporate world and has worked side-by-side with Cal Carson in that role.  Both of them are currently executive level tech support for General Motors.  Ed is also the reformed “hacker”  (white hat….good guys) on the crew and every relatives’ favorite troubleshooter, including Foster… and he isn’t even related.

 

2012 Cal

Cal Carson

 

Cal Carson joined the Internet Advisor in the mid-2000’s to defend the honor of the “Dark Side” and help  with questions about Apple Computers.  Cal is an active member of the Detroit MacGroup and works with Ed Rudel as executive tech support for General Motors in Detroit.  He speaks with forked tongue, i.e. he is fluent in both Windows and Mac.

 

Emily Hay

Emily Hay

 

Emily A. Hay is the founder of Hay There Social Media where she focuses on helping small businesses and individuals “get” social media and make the most of the different tools available to further their purposes.  She hosts a new homepage resource (2012) Social Media which takes users from the basics (Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ etc.) to more sophisticated ways of building business through careful use of the right tools.

 

Rick Broida, The Gadget Guy

Rick Broida, The Gadget Guy

 

Rick Broida, The Gadget Guy has written about technology for more than 20 years and is the author of more than a dozen books.  He currently pens the popular Cheapskate and iPhone Atlas blogs for CNET and also writes for PC World, Popular Science, Savings.com, and Wired.   Rick co-hosts one show every month and reveals specials on the gadgets we love.  As a bonus, each time Rick appears on the show he has a bargain to share.

 

Shane Hamelin, CompuQuest Tech Expert

Shane Hamelin

 

Shane Hamelin Before coming to the Internet Advisor, Shane hosted a  radio show on CBS about the his favorite pursuit: Gaming. He is familiar with PC’s, gaming and portable technologies. Shane currently works with CompTech Services (Sterling Heights, Michigan) where he specializes in custom computers, home network solutions and sales.

 

 

Steve Dedoes

Steve DeDoes: Way back when the Internet Advisor was just starting we felt that we needed a distinct “sound”, an audio signature that would click every time a listener heard it and say, “Hey, that’s the Internet Advisor Show!” Co-host Gary Baker sought out Ann Arbor, Michigan song writer, musician and music professor Steve DeDoes for the task and he generously created our signature theme music. In 2011 we asked him for a refresh and he successfully “gilded the lily” by adding his talented son Mattie’s saxophone to the mix giving us a street-savvy, “saxy” version 2.0 of our theme music.  Steve is currently part of the Washtenaw County College Performing Arts Faculty and his son Mattie is a music student at Oberlin College in Ohio.

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Our flagship station is WJR 760 AM, Detroit and we are also heard on the following Michigan stations:

Michigan Talk Network Affiliates

WJRW

AM

1340

Grand Rapids

Sun 1p-2p

WJIM

AM

1240

Lansing

Sun 2p-4p

WKMI

AM

1360

Kalamazoo

Sun 12p-1p

WKLQ

AM

1490

Whitehall/Muskegon

Sat 4p-6p, Sun 12p-2p