| SEATTLE, WA -- (BUSINESS WIRE) Nationally syndicated radio hosts Tom Kraeutler and Mary Barretta will offer home
improvement tips and expert advice as the newest hosts of one of MSNBC's popular interactive chat events on MSNBC.com
(www.chat.msnbc.com), the number one news site according to Media Metrix.
Every Friday at 4 PM ET, Kraeutler and Barretta will host a session offering tips on everything from lowering
today's sky-high utility bills, to making homes safer for children, to finding the best home improvement contractors.
The team is best known for their nationally syndicated home improvement radio show, aptly named "The Money Pit,'' which broadcasts each
Saturday from 4 PM to 6 PM ET on the Talk America Radio Network. Tom Kraeutler is also a frequent contributor on MSNBC and was the
home editor for the MSNBC cable program, HomePage.
"Taking care of a home today is an interactive event,'' said Barretta. “Whether you're a single Mom or a family with two working parents, time
is short and getting the right information is the key. Our listeners want to know how-to, how much, and how long. We're excited to be able to
share our experience and knowledge with the MSNBC interactive community.''
“From high-tech homes to historic landmarks, every house needs care,'' said Kraeutler, who's often called the 'High Tech Tool Guy.' “It's the
21st century but many of us are living in homes built with technology that is over a hundred years old. Certainly, they don't stand up to the
demands of today's families without constant attention.''
“Chats are a perfect forum for home improvement and consumer issues. People love to share advice from their own experience,'' said Will
Femia, MSNBC.com Chat Producer. “Tom Kraeutler and Mary Barretta have expertise on everything from child safety to consumer frauds and
rip-off schemes. They are a welcome addition to our weekly chat schedule.''
To join this or any of MSNBC's chat events, viewers can log on at http://www.chat.msnbc.com.and click on the appropriate link.
Questions can also be posted in advance of the
weekly sessions and a complete transcript of the most recent event is always available for review.
This eUpdate posting by: Steve Joyce