WestStar TalkRadio Network
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WestStar TalkRadio Network is a national radio broadcast network, program creator and radio and television program syndicator, and is a fully owned subsidiary of WestStar MultiMedia Entertainment, Inc., with Corporate offices, broadcast and internet streaming/hosting facilities currently located at 2711 N. 24th Street, Phoenix, Arizona.
Other entities owned and operated by WestStar MultiMedia Entertainment,Inc., include WestStar Television Productions, WestStar Affiliate Relations, and WestStar Merchandising.
In August 2014 the company unveiled plans for a new 24,000 sq. ft. production, broadcast, streaming, hosting facility and corporate offices, with radio production/on-air studios, HD television production facilitates, including a new 3,500 sq. ft. television studio for a live television production of The Kim Komando Show and a fully secure web server facility. Construction is now underway in north-central Phoenix, Arizona, with move-in anticipated Q2 2015.
WestStar's current primary broadcast products are The Kim Komando Show, a weekly and daily radio and elevation program featuring consumer tech, computer and electronics oriented talk program hosted by Kim Komando.
In addition An American Christmas, an annual 12 hour radio broadcast special hosted by Chip Davis, Founder & Musical Director of Mannheim Steamroller is distributed via satellite by the company to more than 400 North American radio stations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In January 2015, the company announced the expansion of An American Christmas from 12 to 24 hours for Christmas 2015.
The company employs approximately 40 people who operate from WestStar's corporate headquarters and utilize 7 production studios, five of which are dedicated to radio broadcast/production and two to HD television production.
The company's current business endeavors include live and recorded long and short form national radio and television program distribution; commercial radio network spot production and sales; radio broadcast production; television production and program syndication; and Internet web marketing, television live web video streaming of The Kim Komando Show, as the network continues to make preparations to begin actual commercial television broadcasting of the Kim Komando Radio Program. Additionally, the network is engaged in both traditional and electronic publishing and distribution, and retailing of Komando branded and other specialty products.
The company is privately held, founded in 1989 by Phoenix radio executive and former radio talk show host Barry Young. National author and business woman Kim Komando took an ownership position with the company in 1993. Christine Aguilera, former President of SkyMall, is the company's COO. The company's reported yearly revenues are said to exceed $35 million (2012), but this cannot be independently verified.
Programs previously distributed through WestStar include the adult contemporary music program Your Weekend with Jim Brickman and the smooth jazz program Quiet Music with Nick Francis, Goddard's Gold and The 70s, two oldies/classic hits syndicated series hosted by KOOL-FM long-time Phoenix-based on-air radio broadcaster Steve Goddard. The Other Side With Steve Godfrey, another WestStar show, was canceled by the network in June 2011 as the company moved to focus almost exclusively on Komando branded products.
- WestStar TalkRadio Network Official Website
- Kim Komando Show
- Mannheim Steamroller An American Christmas