Do you tune in to Howard and Rinker?
Clark Howard comes off as a tight-fisted nerd on his nationally syndicated consumer advice radio show. It airs on WCLO weekdays in Janesville. Likewise, Harry Rinker’s Sunday morning "Watcha Got" show airs on WCLO. Listeners call in and describe their antiques and collectibles, and Rinker offers estimated values.
I listen to both at times. I hear Howard in trips home and back to the office during my lunch breaks. I often tune in Rinker while getting ready for church on Sundays.
Despite his penny-pinching ways, you have to hand it to Howard; he knows his stuff. As reporter Jim Leute explains in stories in today’s Gazette, Howard opened an Atlanta travel agency, grew it into a chain and sold it and "retired" at age 31. Then he went on the air as a guest for a radio show about travel, and that segment was so successful he got his own show. Now, he says, he saves 75 percent of what he earns.
On Rinker’s show, I’m struck by how often folks from Janesville call in. A woman from Janesville, for example, called this weekend, and Harry gave her an estimated value of a cookie jar featuring Little Red Riding Hood.
Howard and Rinker will both appear at the WCLO-WJVL Consumers and Collectibles Fair on Friday at the Pontiac Convention Center on Pontiac Drive in Janesville. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Howard will sign books and pose for photos with the public from 9 to 11 a.m. He will host a live, ticketed audience for a local edition of his radio show from noon to 2 p.m. Free tickets are available at Blackhawk Community Credit Union and Parker Community Credit Union.
Rinker will offer appraisals from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. While advance tickets are gone, you might take a chance of stopping in with a trinket to see if he still has more appraisal time.
VIP tickets to the Howard broadcast and special morning and afternoon Rinker sessions are $30 and are available at WCLO.com. Proceeds benefit Rock County Habitat for Humanity.
I wish I had time to stop out and see these two radio personalities Friday. We have a couple of collectibles that I’d love to have Rinker appraise, including a decades-old Janesville wagon with steel wheels. Unfortunately, between work and a family commitment, my schedule won’t allow it.
Do you listen to either or both of these shows? Do you plan to stop out to see Howard and/or Rinker on Friday?