Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Sundays @ 1 P.M.

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.


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Tom Appel


Beginning with a high school service-station job pumping gas and turning wrenches, Tom has usually managed to work around cars. Earlier, Tom was often found holding the flashlight for his father while he performed some needed repairs on a family vehicle. During college, Tom worked for Chrysler as a product specialist, staffing one of six experimental in-mall showrooms set up around the country. Tom also tried his hand at selling cars, spending several months learning (but not mastering) the trade at a domestic-brand dealership in the early 1990s. He has also worked in fleet leasing, specializing in Chevrolet and GMC light-duty trucks. During his time as a market research analyst and focus-group moderator, Tom worked with manufacturers and suppliers including General Motors, OnStar, and Porsche. Tom joined Consumer Guide in 2001 as an editor and became Associate Publisher in 2008. Tom moved into the publisher’s role in 2012. Tom is also a past president of the Midwest Automotive Media Association. He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, daughter, two cats, about 50 fish, and several antique German tube radios. He is often called to chat about cars “on air.” Tom is a regular guest on Drive Chicago on WLS radio, the Nick Digilio Show and Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder Show on WGN radio in Chicago, and on the nationally syndicated Greensense Radio and Bob Long’s AutoWorld programs. Tom’s blog posts have earned him three International Automotive Media Award gold medals.

Twitter @Car_Guy_Tom


Damon Bell


Damon Bell is Consumer Guide’s Senior Auto Editor. A lifelong car enthusiast, Damon joined Consumer Guide’s parent company in 2000 as the Research/Acquisitions Editor of Collectible Automobile magazine. He became Consumer Guide’s Associate Auto Editor in 2003, moved up to Auto Editor in 2005, and transferred to his current role as Senior Auto Editor in spring 2012. In addition to his duties for The Daily Drive, Collectible Automobile, and Consumer Guide’s new-vehicle reviews, Damon has worked on several award-winning hardcover books, including Hot Rod & Custom ChronicleCars of the Classic ’30sAmerican Cars of the 1950s, and Mighty Muscle Cars. Damon lives in Lincolnwood, IL with his wife and two sons, and he enjoys building model cars and playing ultimate frisbee in his spare time. He is a sucker for any film or TV show with a good car chase and admits to seeing every single Fast and Furious movie.

Twitter @DBell72333786


Jill Ciminillo


Jill Ciminillo is a nationally syndicated auto writer and editor, posting full-length car reviews and features to websites around the U.S. several times a week. Jill also manages the “Drive, She Said” blog for ChicagoNow and posts reviews to DriveChicago. She is the president emeritus of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. She also serves as a judge for the American Heritage Awards. Previously, Jill was the online automotive editor for the Chicago Sun-Times News Group and the print automotive editor for the Pioneer Press Newspapers.

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