Kathryn Boyd-Batstone / Rivard Report
With cybersecurity affecting many aspects of everyday life – from cyberhacking and breaches of personal data, devices connected to the internet, and even voter databases – the new Cyber Talk Radio show on News Radio 1200 WOAI fills a growing need to stay current on the latest in the technology industry, especially the cybersecurity space.
Jungle Disk CEO Bret Piatt hosts the weekly show and features guest speakers who discuss cloud computing, cybersecurity, and internet trends facing businesses in industries such as health care, financial services, real estate, and legal professions.
The Rivard Report interviewed Piatt to find out more about the new Cyber Talk Radio show.
Rivard Report: How and why did you decide to launch this radio show?
Bret Piatt: WOAI came to our Jungle Disk ribbon cutting and said they’ve been looking for someone to host a cybersecurity radio show. This sounds like a lot of work, but we’re passionate about this.
We feel like it’s a matter of preparation and taking advantage of an opportunity. We have a great team at Jungle Disk, with some of our staff who happen to be sound engineers. We were able to build a sound recording studio right here in the (Jungle Disk) office. On our team, we have the people that are experts at building a recording studio and (editing) sound.
We’re passionate about doing this weekly show because we think it’s important to help our listeners by telling local cybersecurity stories. We’re at a point now where we can devote the time and resources to highlighting these local stories.
RR: What’s the general format for the show?
BP: We do a long format sit down interview discussion with experts on various cyber topics. We’re on air for an hour. The first half of the hour we’re generally going through the high level explanation of the topic and providing detailed background. Then in the second half, we have the cybersecurity related discussion on that topic with our guest expert.
We broadcast Saturday at 11 p.m. on 1200 WOAI. We catch the folks leaving the Spurs game, or the ones relaxing on a Saturday night.
In case of a late running West Coast Spurs game we get bumped to a new time – and that’s understandable.
RR: What has the reaction to the show been so far?
BP: The audience is growing every week. The show is now available on the iTunes podcast service after the fifth episode. You’ll see 10 segments so far, with each show split into the learning segment and the cybersecurity segment.
We have gotten multiple requests for guests to come on the show to talk about various cybersecurity topics. That’s the first major milestone – when you have a queue of guests lined up waiting for opportunities to come on the show.
RR: What do you hope to accomplish with this show?
BP: We have guests lined up through the end of the year, with some slots still open in December. We intend to discuss relevant cyber topics which are new even for a highly technical audience, but we’ll use the learning segments to help frame the topic for a general audience. In short, we aim to cover cyber topics typical for the WOAI business listener, “from the dark web to your radio dial.”
To tune into the show live, listen to News Radio 1200 WOAI on Saturdays at 11 p.m.
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