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Craftsman® Presents "The Down & Dirty – Secrets of DIY Design" Live on facebook.com/craftsman
Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Jan. 27, 2011)
America's DIY Designer, Frank Fontana to Provide Behind-the-Scenes Look of New Show While Offering Design and Tool Solutions
Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Jan. 27, 2011)
Craftsman is known for innovation and in 2011 the brand will unveil breakthrough technologies to improve productivity and directly respond to customers" needs and lifestyles. Therefore, it is only natural that Craftsman team with America"s DIY Designer Frank Fontana to further deliver creative solutions to help customers build and manage their space at home. The Craftsman World of DIY, the world"s first DIY Broadcasting Network, responds to the needs of an audience who seek a catalog of authentic content that is informative, entertaining and engaging.
Beginning today, Fontana is making a jump from traditional design and DIY television into the future by engaging in live media, Internet radio and online video, all produced from the Craftsman Experience in Chicago. The Craftsman Experience is the ultimate DIY playground, bringing visitors face to face with tools, live demonstrations and hands-on work stations.
Fontana will host a podcast series and video show called "The Down and Dirty," in which he will share projects from his recently launched book, "Frank Fontana"s Dirty Little Secrets of Design," and create new projects in response to requests from the audience, while identifying the Craftsman tools needed to complete each project. Each show will be uncut and unedited, giving viewers a glimpse at what really happens on a DIY set. And consumers across the country have the chance to get involved! Listeners/viewers can write or call in via Facebook and BlogTalkRadio™.
"We are excited to work with Frank Fontana this year," said Kris Malkoski, vice president and general manager of Craftsman. "He is a talented designer and provides his clients with innovative, out-of-the-box solutions to suit their design needs, similar to Craftsman. We value our customers and look forward to providing them with new ideas to renovate their home by giving them the essential tools to get the job done right. This represents the inaugural series on the innovative, new Craftsman World of DIY."
"The Down and Dirty" podcast airs 11 a.m. to noon CST on Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to noon CST on Sundays each week. In addition to the podcast series, Fontana will host a video show from 7 to 7:30 p.m. CST each Thursday. All segments are produced at the Craftsman Experience and will stream live via www.facebook.com/craftsman and Blogtalkradio.com/diy.
The Craftsman Experience is located at 233 W. Huron in Chicago and will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors to Craftsman.com can find a schedule of events that will be broadcast online.
For more than 80 years, Craftsman has developed innovative products. Craftsman was ranked as the most trusted Hand Tool brand and Lawn Mower brand in the 2010 Popular Mechanics ReadersChoice Awards. For more information, log on to www.craftsman.com or www.facebook.com/craftsman.
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About Frank Fontana
Interior Designer, TV host, Author and DIY expert Frank Fontana is best known in the media as "The Straight Guy-With A Queer Eye" and host of HGTV's top-rated DIY design show, Design on a Dime. On the show Frank puts his skills and budget savvy styling tools to the test daily to makeover one room, with only a one thousand dollar budget, all in one day! In addition to taking the reins of Design on a Dime, Frank was also the lead designer of HGTV's Takeover My Makeover, a featured designer for the Change the World campaign, and starred in HGTV's Christmas special Decked for the Holidays, as well as the highly popular HGTV competition, "Showdown."
Frank is also a regular fixture on NBC's TODAY Show, WGN news, and a Home Style contributor to Oprah.com. Many recognize Fontana as the real life "Italian Stallion" of the design world and underdog winner of ABC Television Network's 2004 DIY reality competition, The Great Domestic Showdown. Currently, Frank is the lead designer of Frank Fontana Designs, now headquartered in downtown Chicago, and services commercial and residential clients nationwide. Frank's new book, "Frank Fontana's Dirty Little Secrets of Design," is currently available in bookstores nationwide as well as amazon.com.