Boomtown Business is broadcast every Saturday morning at 7 a.m. and Sunday morning at 11 a.m. The program offers listeners lively conversation on an array of topics of importance and interest to people doing business in the greater Bay Area.

Boomtown Business

I'm the host of weekly radio talk-show titled Boomtown Business, which airs on KDOW (AM 1220), the only full-time business radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Boomtown Business is sponsored by Mechanics Bank and is broadcast every Saturday and Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. The program offers listeners lively conversation on an array of topics of importance and interest to people doing business in the greater Bay Area.

The mix of topics is lively and current and covers a broad range of people and industries. The show’s theme song is Red Barchetta by the Canadian rock band Rush.

If you're interested in being a guest on the program, or would like to suggest a guest or topic, write to me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

To download podcast versions of past programs just click on the highlighted names of people who have already been featured and follow the instructions.

The following is the Boomtown Business program schedule, both past and future. Programs are broadcast Saturdays 7 a.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. (Tune into Business Radio [AM 1220] KDOW or go to and click on the Listen Live link.)


  • Mark McAfee, CEO, Organic Pastures, March 27-28
  • John Volk and John Sensiba, Sensiba San Filippo, on Bay Area entrepreneurship, April 3-4
  • Reena Jadhav, CEO, nuAlerts, about her social media start-up, April 10-11
  • Dale Kaye, CEO, Livermore Chamber of Commerce, and Rob White, economic development director, City of Livermore, about the municipality's emerging economy, arts and culture, April 17-18
  • Anthony Sandberg, world traveler, master networker and CEO of OCSC Sailing, one of the nation's largest sailing schools, April 24-25
  • Greg Harris, president of Quantum Workplace, and Mark Hirschfeld, author of Re-Engage, about the best companies to work for, May 1-2
  • Brian Garrett, CEO of Community Bank of the Bay, Tom McGraw, CEO of First National Bank of Northern California, and Nancy Sheppard, CEO of Western Independent Bankers discussing community banks and the iBankLocal program, May 8-9
  • David Reinecker, "Dog Trainer to the Hollywood Stars" and proprietor of, May 15-16
  • Sam Kirk, executive director, Youth About Business, a non-profit that sends inner-city kids to business training camps, May 22-23
  • Leni Miller, founder and president, EASearch, on business staffing, recruiting and consulting, May 29-30

  • Naomi Kooker, deputy editor of Boston Common magazine and the Boston editor of the Zagat Restaurant Guide. Ms. Kooker will be discussing gourmet cuisine, wine, epicurean living and etiquette, June 5-6

  • Read Phillips, Read Phillips, Beets Hospitality Group/Palm Event Center/Casa Real, Maureen Langan, The Tech Museum, and Kasey Howe, Scott's Seafood/Blackhawk Museum, discussing the event business, June 12-13
  • Joanne Brem, Joanne Brem & Co., Wendy Wallbridge, On Your Mark Corporate Coaching & Consulting, and David Peck, Leadership Unleashed, discussing the objectives, techniques and strategies of executive coaching, June 19-20
  • Rev. Karyn Bradley, senior minister, Unity Palo Alto, Rev. Susan Moeller, minister, Center for Spiritual Living, Mid-Peninsula, discussing spirituality in business and the workplace, and the dehumanization of the unemployed and working poor, June 26-27
  • Jim Woessner, founder and facilitator, Threshold Workshops, Barbara Groth, CEO, Big Buddha Baba, discussing creativity and problem solving in the workplace, July 3-4
  • Patricia Fripp, Fripp & Associates, Marcia Wieder, Dream University, Stephen V. Richardson, Stephen V. Richardson Consulting, on motivational speaking and its art and purpose, July 10-11
  • Bill Rosenthal, CEO, Communispond, discussing high-performance executive communication and presentation skills, July 17-18

  • Steve Richard,, co-founder and managing director, Vorsight, Andrew Crawford, Crawford Consulting International, discussing the art of professional sales training, July 24-25
  • Robin Goldberg, senior vice president of Global Channels and Partnerships at Blurb, the San Francisco-based self-publishing service, and Carla King, founder of Misadventures Media, discussing the self-publishing segment of the book industry, July 31 and August 1