Former Sony VP Mike Kahn brings new “gig” to The Big Photo Show

Mike Kahn newYou probably saw our recent announcement that Entertainment Radio News will once again be broadcasting live from The Big Photo Show, and we are very excited to welcome them back. ERN will broadcast their nationally syndicated and internet radio programs including Popular Technology Radio, Working Mother Radio, and Popular Science Radio from the show. You also might have noticed, when reading that announcement, a name very familiar to many in our industry among the show hosts: Mike Kahn.

Yes, it’s that Mike Kahn, our good friend and former Vice President of Partnership Marketing at Sony Electronics. Mike recently became host of  Popular Technology Radio, in which, along with Pop Tech’s impressive array of regular contributors and guests, he covers all the latest news, products and gossip concerning the wide field of consumer technology and entertainment.

Popular Technology Radio broadcasts via syndicated radio every Saturday from 9:00-11:00 AM PT on 41 stations nationwide in markets including; Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle, Orlando, St. Louis, Nashville, Grand Rapids, Memphis and Jacksonville.

Mike has also shaken up the consumer technology world with the advent of the Pop Tech Testers program which allows consumers to try out the latest and greatest technology first-hand. Testers are given the opportunity to provide real, relevant feedback live on Popular Technology Radio.

Kahn commented, “I am thrilled to be hosting Popular Technology Radio for ERN. My mission: share new technology that makes our lives better, easier and most importantly, fun.”

He will be doing just that at The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles on May 17. Be sure to listen in!

Sony develops waterproof smartphone


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Waterproof cameras are becoming commonplace. Waterproof high-end smartphones, not so much.

For those who want to dunk their expensive electronics to capture some HD video underwater, Sony is offering the Xperia ZR “featuring the highest level of water-resistance,” the company says. “By combining Sony’s leading camera technology with the highest level of water-resistance, you will never miss another moment.”

The Android smartphone has a 13-megapixel camera and 4.6-inch display. It can be submerged 1.5 meters in fresh water for 30 minutes. Pricing was not announced.

More information is here.

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On the DIMAcast: What Sony learned about imaging consumers and more at The Big Photo Show

New DIMAcast 2.0 logoIn this week’s DIMAcast, Mike Kahn of Sony talks about his company’s experience at The Big Photo Show. Listen and discover who the most passionate photography consumers are and what they are most interested in; how Kahn knew The Big Photo Show would be a hit when others doubted; and how he suggests photo business can capitalize on the enthusiasm for imaging among consumers today.

Download the interview here or at, or listen without downloading, using the player below. (Interview begins at 06:08.)

Sony Brings Fireball Tim Lawrence and His Hollywood Show Cars to The Big Photo Show

The DeLorean from "Back to the Future" is one of several famous cars coming to a Sony exhibit at The Big Photo Show

The DeLorean from “Back to the Future” is one of several famous cars coming to a Sony exhibit at The Big Photo Show

Kudos to Sony for bringing even more excitement to The Big Photo Show, with Fireball Tim’s Hollywood Car Showcase! The showcase will be adjacent to the Sony exhibit at The Big Photo Show, May 4-5, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. One of my all-time favorite movies is Back to the Future, and I can’t wait to see that famous time-traveling DeLorean! I wonder if it has a flux capacitor?

Among the other “star” cars Fireball Tim will be bringing to The Big Photo Show for attendees to see and photograph are the 1966 Batmobile, the Grand Torino from Starsky and Hutch, the 1968 Mustang from Bullitt, the 1977 Firebird from Smokey and the Bandit, “Rod Riguez,” a hot rod built in Japan, a 2013 Camaro convertible, a 2013 Mercedes SLR, and a 2013 458 Ferrari Italia.

“Sony is excited to be exhibiting at The Big Photo Show, and to get our latest, most innovative imaging products in front of thousands and thousands of the most passionate photography enthusiasts who will be attending the event,” said Mike Kahn, Director of Alpha Camera Systems for Sony Electronics. “We’re also very pleased to provide a once-in-a-lifetime shooting opportunity, with Fireball Tim and many of the world’s most famous movie and TV vehicles. Fireball Tim is also going to be teaching seminars on how best to capture vehicle shots, both still and video, at The Big Photo Show.”

Fireball Tim is a car designer for Hollywood films. He has created show vehicles for Disneyland, Universal Studios, and more than 400 movies and TV programs, including Avengers, Priest, Knight Rider, Batman, Son of the Mask, Pitch Black, Jurassic Park, X-Men, and Gone in 60 Seconds.

In addition, Fireball Tim is a funny and unique automotive TV host. His blogs, hilarious original series and webisodes have an international audience of millions. Past TV projects on the Speed Channel, TLC, Discovery and The Auto Channel have exceeded one billion viewers. Fireball Tim currently has a new show in the works with Pilgrim Productions.

He is also a children’s book author, and will be signing his book, “Fireball Tim’s Big Book of Wacky Rides” at The Big Photo Show.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at

On the DIMAcast: Sony at The Big Photo Show, Instant Rebate alternatives and more

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For the new episode of the DIMAcast, I had the chance to interview our good friend Mike Kahn, Director of Alpha Camera Systems for Sony Electronics and president of PMDA. We talked about Sony’s exhibit at The Big Photo Show, being held in Los Angeles, May 4-5, 2013, and all the innovations being introduced to consumers there. He also discussed his vision for the imaging industry over the next few years, and what it will take to bring that vision into being. Lastly, you won’t want to miss his update on Sony’s forthcoming alternatives to Instant Rebates, which Kahn first announced at 2013 PMA@CES last January.

Listen in here, or use the player below.