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Biz Radio Network
BizRadio.png
Type Radio network
Country  United States
Availability In Texas through its Radio affiliates
Slogan "The Sound Of Your Money Growing."
Owner Biz Radio Networks
Launch date 2005
Official Website bizradio.com

The Biz Radio Network is a small, privately held network consisting of three AM radio stations, as well as Internet streaming via Industrial Info.com, itunes distribution. The network is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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Overview

The AM radio network consists of three stations, the newest being AM 1130 San Antonio. However, a much larger audience listens online, streaming, through the Industrial Info Network, and by downloaded podcast from ITunes, and from their own website, BizRadio.com. A November 2009 Houston Chronicle article states that it also is heard in Denver and Colorado Springs.

The network features news and analysis, with an emphasis on personal finance, though business subjects are also covered, under the tagline "The Sound of Your Money Growing".

The network states that its demographics consist of 61% men and 39% women, with nearly half (48%) in the over-55 category, 43% with college degrees and 33% with a higher degree, and over 2/3rds with net income exceeding $50,000. 30% of the audience has networths of $1 million or more, with incomes around three times the average income in its broadcast cities.

The network provides original market insights and analysis, and an opportunity for the audience to get to know many of the most famous Wall Street figures of this generation. The most popular program is the weekly offering, GENIUS MEETS STREETSMARTS, starring finance icon, Arthur Laffer and Daniel Frishberg, who also hosts The MoneyMan Report. The network caters to individuals (who are referred to by the network as "The Union of People Who Use Their Brains To Get A Better Deal") with high degrees of income, who spend on luxury items yet desire to maintain their "nest egg" by spending their money wisely. The key to the network's success is the very large stable of Wall Street celebrities, who frequent the programming.

The program director is network co-founder Elisea Frishberg, author of HOW IMPACT MARKETING CAN MAKE YOU RICH.

LIFESTYLES UNLIMITED, a show starring real estate mogul and media personality, Del Walsmsley, THE RAY LUCIA SHOW, THE MONEYMAN REPORT, with CNBC regular, Dan Frishberg, and THROUGH A TRADER'S EYES, are among the most downloaded finance programs in the world.

Management says they have never sought high ratings, but have gone for quality, and for information most entertaining and useful to the network's small but affluent audience, which represents a tiny fraction of the population in the listening areas, but controls the lion's share of the money. The Houston Chronicle wrote of the network's flagship station AM 1110 Houston, "Though tiny in numbers, there are more people with advanced degrees, million dollar networths, $50,000 cars, million dollar homes, and decision making jobs listening to BizRadio than the whole rest of the radio dial combined.

BizRadio lost $1.6 Million between January and August 2009, though performance has since improved considerably with injection of capital from several media partners. BizRadio programs are now increasingly airing through syndication on business stations around the country.[1]

SEC Settlement

In November 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Albert Kaleta and his firm Kaleta Capital Management sold $10 Million promissory notes to investors that would be lent to small businesses at 12 to 14 percent interest. Instead, the SEC alleged, the money was used to prop up the ailing Biz Radio network as well as a related investment advisory firm, Daniel Frischberg Financial Services (DFFS). As a result of these regulatory issues, Kaleta's interest was bought back by the company. Kaleta also is alleged to have used investors money to pay $1.6 Million in personal expenses, including $10,000/monthly credit card bills and a Mercedes. Kaleta denied the allegations of improper use of the monies. These allegations were never proven and were not part of Kaleta's settlement with the SEC. Kaleta signed a consent order neither admitting nor denying wrongdoing, and while the radio network and DFFS were not accused of wrongdoing by the SEC, both the radio network and Frishberg's investment firm will need to repay the investors, as do all other borrowers. [2]

In 2010 there have been new allegations and lawsuits related to station management issues.[3]

Biz Radio Network Stations

  • KTEK, 1110 AM, Houston (2.5 kW)[4]
  • KTMR, 1130 AM, Edna (Victoria) (10 kW)
  • Industrial Info.com

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References

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