Dave Meyer

All Things Considered Host

Dave Meyer has been anchoring KPLU news shows since 1987. He grew up along the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair and graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communications and psychology. Dave’s first job out of college was at WMRE in Boston, where he was mentored by legendary jazz and news radio host Norm Nathan.

Dave's most memorable KPLU moment: “Interviewing Phil Austin and David Ossman of The Firesign Theatre. Listening to their surreal comedy albums at an early age inspired me to seek out a career in radio, and it was an honor to share the airwaves with them.”

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

What New CEO Satya Nadella's Microsoft Might Look Like

Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO, addresses employees along with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer on the company's Redmond, Wash., campus.
PRNewsFoto/Microsoft Corp.

When Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson made his predictions for 2014, he included a “new Microsoft that no one expected.”

With the promotion of Satya Nadella to CEO and Bill Gates as technology advisor, Mark says his prediction is about halfway to fruition.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Parting Words of Wisdom from Financial Commentator Greg Heberlein

Greg Heberlein
KPLU

When Money Matters first aired on KPLU some 7 years ago, we were speculating about whether the housing bubble was going to burst, and wondering if we were heading into a recession. It's certainly been a wild ride since then.

All good things must come to an end, and it's time to bid farewell to financial commentator Greg Heberlein. For our final show, we leave you with some advice to keep in mind going forward.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Resolve To Manage Your Money Better In 2014

Ken Wilcox flickr.com

No matter how financially savvy you are, there’s always room for improvement.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

An Exciting New Year For Technology

Mark Anderson addressing the SNS Annual Predictions Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. 12/5/2013
Sharon Anderson Strategic News Service

A new and improved Microsoft.

Lower prices for smartphones and tablets.

A big emphasis on data encryption.

These are just a few of the developments Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson sees happening in 2014.

Mark shared 3 of his 10 predictions on the air with KPLU's Dave Meyer. With his permission, we present the entire list below:

Siris into silos. 

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Stock Market Thrives On Uncertainty

The Wall Street bull is ready for the holidays
sokole oko flickr.com

It is said the stock market climbs a wall of worry. Well, it was a really, really, big wall this year.  

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein groups the worries into three categories: Economic, Political and Market.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Crunching the Numbers Surrounding Bitcoin Fever

A bitcoin paper wallet
Wikimedia Commons

Have you been swept up in bitcoin mania?

Bitcoins purchased at the beginning of this year were valued at $13.50. As of Dec. 9, they were trading at close to $900. That’s a rise of more than 6000 percent!

Many folks are eyeing the virtual currency as an easy way to make huge profits. But KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein urges caution. Bitcoin prices may very well continue their march into the stratosphere. Or the bubble could burst.

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The Digital Future
1:09 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Pads Trump Smartphones This Holiday Season

Apple's new iPad Air
Tim RT flickr.com

The holiday season will be great for pads and tablets, but not so great for smartphones, says Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Tableau Software is one of Seattle's Fastest Growing Companies

PRNewsFoto/Tableau Software, Inc.

In the Center of the Universe, Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, stands Tableau Software. Tableau is 10 years old and has been a publicly owned company for just six months. It’s growing fast. In just the past three years, employment has gone from fewer than 200 to more than 1,000.

Financial commentator Greg Heberlein says Tableau is a company that local investors should keep their eyes on.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Microsoft Board Member Faces Scrutiny

File image
Jacquelyn Martin AP Photo

When Microsoft holds its annual meeting Nov. 19, shareholders will finish voting for the company’s board of directors. Usually it’s a straightforward affair, but this time, the candidacy of John W. Thompson will be closely examined.

Recently, a company that advises major shareholders on corporate governance urged shareholders to vote against Thompson.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Where Do Bright Ideas Come From?

nhuisman flickr.com

Scientific breakthroughs and profitable businesses all start the same way: someone comes up with a bright idea.

Our education system teaches people what to do with that idea. Scientists will test it with experiments. Entrepreneurs will develop business plans.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says what’s missing is teaching people how to come up with the right ideas in the first place. 

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Don’t Throw Away That Old Stock Certificate!

100 shares in the long-defunct Oregon and Transcontinental Company
Wikimedia Commons

It’s not uncommon for heirs to stumble across old stock certificates when disposing of an estate. What should you do with them?

If the stock is for a recognized company that’s still in business, your task is relatively easy. If there’s no cancellation stamp on the certificate, any brokerage can cash it in for you (but you’ll need to provide the necessary paperwork proving you inherited it).

If you don’t recognize the company name and can’t find it online, then you have some work to do. We’ll help you get started.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Could You Fall for a Ponzi Scheme?

The mugshot of Bernie Madoff, the reigning champ of Ponzi schemes
U.S Department of Justice Wikimedia Commons

If a financial adviser offers you a quick way to double your money, should you go for it?

Hold on to your wallet! The bigger the promised return, the more skeptical you should be.

On this week’s Money Matters, Greg Heberlein looks at Ponzi schemes and how to avoid them.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Why Buy U.S. Savings Bonds?

U.S. savings bond campaign poster, circa 1941 - 1945.
U.S. Treasury National Archives and Records Administration

Are U.S. savings bonds still a worthwhile investment? KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein thinks so.

Even with all the government shutdown shenanigans in Washington, D.C., Greg says savings bonds are still one of the safest investments you can buy.

In addition to safety, savings bonds are ideal for savers of modest means who need to sock a few dollars away each month. You can buy a savings bond for as little as $25.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Microsoft at a Crossroads

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
(cc) Georg Holzer, www.georgholzer.at flickr.com

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire sometime in the next 12 months, and there’s plenty of speculation about who will succeed him.

But Strategic News Service publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson says there are more important issues at stake.

Before making that new hire, Mark says Microsoft needs to do two things: refocus its brand, and restructure its top level of management.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Death and IRAs

Dave Meyer KPLU

You've worked hard to fund your golden years with an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). But what happens to that money when you die?

Well, since you won't be around, maybe you're not worried about it. But financial commentator Greg Heberlein says a little planning now can make things easier on your loved ones down the road.

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