|For immediate release
January 28, 2002
NPR: Laura Gross
The Motley Fool: Chris Hill
"Foolin' Around" With NPR®
WASHINGTON, DC-The Motley Fool Radio Show from NPR debuted on public radio stations beginning January 26, 2002. With their "Foolish" style and hard-wired wit, hosts (and brothers) David and Tom Gardner bring their financial wisdom to NPR's first weekly, one-hour program dedicated to discussing the world of money.
Over nearly a decade, the brothers have garnered the loyal following of experienced stockbrokers and novice investors alike, reaching millions of people each day through an award-winning web site, a series of acclaimed books and a syndicated weekly newspaper column. Now, every weekend public radio listeners across the nation will hear and learn from The Motley Fool approach to personal finance, which has been praised by The Wall Street Journal as "humorous and savvy."
"NPR is our radio home and we couldn't be more proud," said Tom Gardner. "NPR represents the gold-standard of radio broadcasting and together we're working to make The Motley Fool Radio Show the best money show on the air."
The show will build on the Gardner brothers three successful years on commercial radio. It will include a lively mix of guest interviews, listener call-in segments, and games. The brothers will cover a range of money matters -- everything from getting out of debt and paying for college to avoiding the pitfalls of mutual funds and learning how to invest in the stock market. Guest interviews will include CEOs, celebrities, politicians, small business owners, and writers.
"NPR has never done a show about personal finance. Americans have such a deep and complex relationship with their money and we always wanted to tackle the subject in a smart and meaningful way," said Jay Kernis, senior vice president for programming at NPR, "The Gardner brothers are an extreme pleasure to listen to and when we met them, we knew the time was right."
The Motley Fool, Inc. is a diverse personal finance company that educates, amuses and enriches more than 30 million people each month. Founded in 1993, The Motley Fool has been on hand to help people achieve financial independence across a wide variety of online and offline media channels including its award winning website at www.Fool.com; its best selling Simon & Schuster and self-published books; and a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column carried by more than 225 publications.
NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of more than 16 million Americans each week via more than 640 public radio stations. NPR Onlinesm at www.npr.org brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable