Co-Hosts Joe King and Hank Kee have been bringing you computer
industry news, hardware and software reviews, guest interviews and
news of User Group meetings for over 30 years.
Three-time winners of the prestigious national Computer Press Awards, the computer guys try to answer
whatever questions you might have on computers and computing. A listener referred to the show as
"Car Talk for computers."
The Personal Computer Show airs Wednesday nights from 8PM to 9PM
ET on WBAI 99.5 in New York City.
The show starts off with Hank doing the computer news of the week. Then we
discuss the topic of the week until 8:30. The second half of the show starts
with announcements of local user group meetings,
followed by listener questions for the rest of the show. Call and ask us a
computer related question at (212) 209-2900.
The first Personal Computer Radio Show aired on WBAI on August 6, 1984.
WBAI should be heard in
a 90 mile radius around Manhattan (the station broadcasts at 50,000 watts).
If you're more than 90 miles of the Empire State Building (where the antenna for WBAI is), you can
listen on the Internet at wbai.org/playernew.html and maybe still at
RSS Feed and Podcast
In July 2004 we started an RSS feed at www.pcradioshow2.org/rss/pcradioshow.rss.xml. We
initially used it for classic RSS Feed things: to note the availability of the MP3 audio
archives, to occasionally announce upcoming show topics or guests and to notify
listeners of any scheduling changes (such as pre-emptions). Starting August
2005, Podcasting was added to the RSS feed.
RSS Feeds are read either with programs called RSS Aggregators or with a
web-based interface. Two free web sites for reading RSS Feeds are newsgator.com
and bloglines.com. If you read/subscribe to our Podcasting RSS feed with a program that only
understands RSS, the Podcasting feature will simply be ignored (technically it
is called the "enclosure" feature).
None of this affects the MP3 show recordings, which are still listed on the
same web page as always (www.pcradioshow2.org)
and can still be manually downloaded.
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Joe first crossed swords with computers back in 1964. Professionally, he has written columns and published
books on the subject for the last 25 years. A former president of the New York Amateur Computer Club, he
started broadcasting on WBAI in 1984.
Joe is happy to hear from you and will try to answer any computer related questions you may have.
Send him an email at
Hank has experience in computer automation dating back to 1960.
His professional career includes technical and managerial responsibilities
for major financial service institutions. He was formerly a columnist for InfoWorld and MicroSystems Journal.
He was the first recipient of the PC Magazine Award for Technical Excellence. Selected by PC World in 1988 for
Man of the Year. He has been a featured speaker at
trade conferences and has an extensive background in strategic business systems planning. He has been a
participant on various industries' advisory panels.
Hank is happy to hear from you and will try to answer any computer related questions you may have.
Send him an email at
I first worked in technical education as a college lab instructor in 1974. My first computer job was with Antic, the Atari resource in 1981. I worked at Eagle computer, at Toshiba, and at Sun Computers before coming to Peter Norton/Symantec in 1991. I was on the original support team for NAV 1.0.
By the end of five years with Syamantec, I was managing all online support for all SYMANTEC owned AV products (at the time this included NAV, SAM, CPAV, MSAV, Search and Destroy, Untouchable, Certus, NOVI and several others. I was a sysop on the Symantec web page, BBS, and the area producer for both CompuServe and AOL.
In 1994 I went to McAfee Associates, where I ran all online support and services. From there I went to Cybermedia, where I managed all service and support, a team of nearly 100 people.
At that time I became the local chapter president of the Help Desk Institute.
I joined Trend Micro in 1998, and today handle a mix of keynote speaking, press relations, outbreak education and technical research.
I have served in presidential committees, spoken at NATO and all over the world.
I would like to leave the world a better place, even a very slightly better place, because I was there.
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David, who lives in Huntington Beach, California, is also an amateur magician and plays the banjo.
After returning to New York in 1980 after serving fours years as a Teletype repairman in the United States Air Force, Stevie Debe started his broadcasting career that same year with The National Broadcasting System. There he broadcasted a weekly half hour music program at FM station WWUU in Longbranch, New Jersey. Always interested in communications and technology Stevie started working full time for a major communication company as a technician in 1981 serving the Wall Street area.
Stevie stopped doing live radio at that time. Stevie returned to radio in 1998 when he came to WBAI as an engineer through Mr. Anthony Sloan, the Arts Department Director. Stevie was welcomed to The Personal Computer Show as their engineer.
As well as radio engineering Stevie currently installs and maintains a major communications network, computers, and printers for a major communication company in New York city. Stevie also volunteers as a technician for public access television on Long Island. Multi talented Stevie Debe also has a CD available at www.cdbaby.com/steviedebe and plays bass
with local as well as internationally known bands. Stevie also does some acting on television and film.
Michael is our webmaster. After stumbling across computers while in college, Michael's first
job in 1975 was as an IBM mainframe programmer, a job category he stuck with for 10 years.
That was followed by nine years as a mainframe DB2 database administrator. Since then he has
worked in a research and development group and done technical writing and editing. He has also taught
a host of self-developed Continuing Education classes. Currently he is a computer consultant
and blogger, writing a Defensive Computing blog for
Computerworld. His personal site is michaelhorowitz.com.
Jeff has been using computers since he programmed a Monrobot XI on paper tape in high school in 1967. After developing software in banking and
insurance for a decade, he co-founded software publisher Fox & Geller in 1981 and was a pioneer in the PC software industry.
In 1990, he became a journalist and joined Consumer Reports, writing CR’s first reports on cell phones in 1993, on HDTVs in 1999, and on digital
photography in 2003. In 1997, he broke the news of how Doubleclick used cookies to track online consumers. In 2005, he created CR’s annual State
of the Net Survey, often cited by Congress, the FTC, and President Obama. He has served on expert panels for the FTC and spoken at numerous
privacy and security conferences.
As CR’s Technology Editor, Jeff edited many headline-making reports, including the one that uncovered millions of underage children on Facebook
and another that announced the first-ever national figure on how many smartphones were stolen in the US yearly. In January, 2014, his online CR
report, "Google Play Lets Your Kid Spend Like a Drunken Sailor," made national headlines, prompting Google to fix its flaw and agree to pay
parents up to $19 million.
Our musical theme, the Wanhal Stomp, is by
Sue Keller. It is based on Johann Wanhal
(1739-1813) / Rondo from Sonata in B flat for clarinet and piano. Our first use of this theme came from
Dorothy Siegal's interpretation for her own synthesizer on an album entitled: First Philadelphia Computer
Music Festival. Dorothy brought it to our show in 1985. Sue Keller reinterpreted it in 1997. Listen to
a MIDI version of the theme.
Alfred Poor is one of the most widely read experts on computer
troubleshooting and display technology, with monthly readership in magazines and on the Web measured in the
millions. He is an independent technology industry analyst and freelance writer, and publisher of
Alfred Poor's HDTV Resource Center.
He is a Senior Research Associate with Pacific
Media Associates, a market research firm serving the display industry. He also is President of
Working Papers, a technical writing service that creates white
papers and other documents for technology companies. In addition, Alfred is a member of the
Society for Information Display, an international organization of professionals
in the display technology industry.
Alfred is a columnist with Computer Shopper magazine, where he has written Alfred Poor's Computer Cures since
1994. He wrote feature articles and reviews for PC Magazine from 1983 to 2005,
was a contributing editor from 1989 to 2005, and was the magazine's first Lead Analyst for Business Displays.
In addition, he has written for Family PC, PC Week, PC Sources, Windows Sources, and Computer Life
Alfred has written numerous computer books, including
PC published by Microsoft Press that he co-authored with M. David Stone. The
book offers PC hardware troubleshooting for people not experienced in the area.
From early 2001 through 2009, Alfred joined Joe and Hank as a co-host on The Personal Computer Show.