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Listen Up: Home Improvement

17 September 2018  

Get your pencils and 'Honey-do' list ready.

This week we have a series of Podcasts that should help you get out the hammer and nails. Maybe for those projects in your future, or maybe you just ran out of cable TV makeover shows. We have checked all the blueprints and found some Podcasts that you can build on.

The Money Pit / This Old House Interviews

This show combines the grand-daddy of all home improvement shows with a new radio show and Podcast. Still going after all these years, the folks from This Old House bring their special prowess to problems presented by hosts Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete from The Money Pit. So whether your angst is caused by a plumbing problem, a landscaping nightmare, or a carpentry catastrophe there is an expert answer. Short and sweet they are mostly under 10 minutes, so you can get right back to those weekend projects.

Available at iTunes or at

The Money Pit Podcast

The Money Pit call-in radio show helps listeners with their home repair and improvement problems. This show has consistently been named among "America's 100 Most Important Radio Shows" by Talkers magazine, and has been on the air for over ten years. It is now carried on over 300 radio affiliates across the nation. Each week, Tom and Leslie take dozens of calls from listeners who ask about everything from pest problems to deck dilemmas. Their combined experience and expertise allow them to offer solutions to a wide range of problems, or they can always point callers in the right direction. You can call in to 1-888-MONEY PIT or post your question in their home improvement community. Tom Kraeutler is a hands-on home improvement broadcast journalist, and Leslie Segrete is probably best known as a carpenter and seamstress on TLC's hit surprise makeover show, "While You Were Out". Most are in the 45 minute range, but there is a one minute podcast for those people who are in a time crunch.

Available at iTunes, iHeart, and

Home Improvement with John and Dave

Another radio call in show, John Gordon and David Dovell are translating all their experience of years in the building industry, contracting, and maintenance, into a Podcast, using step by step directions, that take on projects as varied as removing a toilet, to building a deck.They also have a web site that can be used as a resource for your projects. A weekly show, you can call in with questions every Sunday from 8AM to 10AM Eastern time. Or you can check out the Podcast which usually runs a little over an hour. Having a broad appeal, they have cultivated major sponsors such as Lennox,The Home Depot, and others.

Available at iTunes, or

Hammer Time

Yavapai County Contractors Association is keeping it local with its own Podcast with Sandy Griffis. Hammer Time is heard every Saturday and Sunday on KQNA, at 7AM. Host Sandy Griffis is the Executive Director of the Yavapai County Contractors Association and has lived in the Prescott area for 21 years. Sandy has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MBA in business from San Diego State. Topics can vary widely, from current events, to guests like Toni Tennille, to covering local roofing options, designer surfaces, even landscaping. If you can't get up at seven on a Saturday, or need to check it later, you can spend about 45 minutes, and get it on Podcast.

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Rosie on the House

As a boy Louisiana-born Rosie Romero moved to Arizona with his family, and in 1972 began working in the remodeling industry. He founded Scottsdale’s Legacy Custom Building & Remodeling in 1988. Pressed by a national organization to take his easy way with people and his home-spun humor, to a bigger audience, Rosie presented this to Phoenix station KTAR. The radio station’s programming director loved Rosie’s idea for a home improvement call-in show but wasn’t convinced the Cajun carpenter could pull it off without any radio experience. He advised Rosie to take the concept to the much smaller KNFF. Rosie doled out easy-to-understand, common-sense advice to do-it-yourselfers about all kinds of projects around the home. That’s just the start. In the mid 1990s, television station KTVK-3TV convinced Rosie his popular on-air persona would work just as well on TV as on the radio. Since then, Rosie has also done regular home improvement segments on Good Morning Arizona.

In 2001, Rosie’s oldest son, Romey, a born handyman and trained home inspector, joined his dad as co-host of Rosie on the House. A year later, the father-and-son team agreed to devote themselves full-time to helping Arizonans with their home-improvement questions, and Rosie sold the majority of his stock in Legacy Custom Building & Remodeling to key employees. Rosie can be heard live on KTAR on Saturday mornings at 7AM Arizona time.

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