Michael Main is the Managing Editor for NewsRadio 1200 WOAI.
Michael began his relationship with Clear Channel radio at Newsradio 1200 WOAI in 1985 as a writer/reporter and quickly added numerous responsibilities including key roles in producing WOAI's four hour morning drive newscast. He is the first person in the door each morning, if you can call 1:30 a.m. the morning.
Michael is responsible for coordinating much of Newsradio 1200 WOAI's on-air news product and also produces his daily "Cyberstuff" feature focusing on Internet and tech related topics.
Michael's reporting has won him national recognition. Honors he has won over the years include several Press Club of Dallas "Katie" Awards for Best General News story coverage, Best Radio feature, and Best Spot News story, all of which attest to the diversity of his skills.
Michael was an integral team member when Newsradio 1200 WOAI won Edward R. Murrow awards, the most prized awards in broadcast journalism in 1994 and 1996. He's also been honored by the Associated Press, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism awards, UPI, and the Texas State Network.
Michael is responsible for writing the news product for various news readers on KJ-97 FM, KZEP-FM and Soft Rock 101.9 in San Antonio, and writes and anchors news each morning for Clear Channel stations in Corpus Christi, El Paso, Brownsville and Wichita, Kansas.
Michael is happily married to his wife, Amy. He is the proud stepfather of three grown children and grandfather to one very spoiled grandchild.
Your kids already have no idea what a rotary phone is and they might be confused by pagers...soon you may have to explain what this is too:
Barcodes may soon be obsolete.
Toshiba Tec is developing what's called an Object Recognition Scanner which may revolutionize the grocery store checkout line. It doesn't read barcodes, it reads foods.
According to the Japanese technology news service Diginfo TV, the scanner can distinguish both fresh foods and packaged items without the need for a barcode or requiring the checker to input specific information into a cash register.
The scanner relies on a camera to look at things like the color and texture of items.
Toshiba Tec says most of the technical hurdles have already been overcome, but it is still developing the database which the scanner will use. As you might imagine that's a massive task since the scanner will have to be able to identify every item in a store from every angle.
Still the company envisions the technology making it much easier for stores to keep tabs on their inventory and checkout lines much faster for you.
If you're one of those folks with a barcode tattoo...sorry.