An Internet Radio Talk Show with a Colonial Twist

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A new radio talk show focuses on taxes and personal financial planning, combining the time-tested principles of Benjamin Franklin, with the new technology available on the internet, and the public-interest issues they raise.

An internet radio station has teamed up with a local financial planner to launch a new radio talk show named "Poor Richard's Shoebox (C)." Voice America Radio (Tempe, AZ) is working with author Joseph F. Dunphy M.B.A. to produce a pilot, one-hour internet radio show focusing on taxes and personal finances.

The title reflects two key elements of the show. "Poor Richard" is a reference to Benjamin Franklin, whose autobiography was read carefully by many immigrants seeking a better life in America. The show uses examples from Franklin's work to reinforce basic principles. The "shoebox" refers to the phenomenon of harried taxpayers, who come into offices of financial professionals carrying "shoeboxes" (or their equivalent) of records in disarray, often at the height of the tax season. Result: they are charged "nuisance fees" for the work of getting organized.

The show aims to help people find simple, inexpensive ways to avoid these problems. It also helps to point out new resources on their computers and the internet, which amounts to an "electronic shoebox."

VoiceAmerica Radio approached the host because he had written and produced the audiotapes: "Financial Planning for Senior Executives: An Executive M.B.A. Seminar (Mint Condition Graphics; ISBN 1892359022, 1995). The tapes are in many business schools and universities worldwide.

"Poor Richard's Shoebox" airs weekly at 7:00 AM, Pacific time, initially for a West Coast audience, and is repeated again in the evening. The pilot is set to run 13 weeks, offering a complete series of basic tax and financial planning advice, so that people prepare themselves for a less stressful time in the upcoming tax season.

The toll-free call in number for the show is 1-888-335-5024.

People can reach the station via the website VoiceAmericaRadio.com.

Joseph F. Dunphy M.B.A. is a former financial reporter, earned his master's in corporate finance, and has experience in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, insurance, and personal financial planning since 1990.

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