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Tim Kridel

Independent Telecommunications Professional

Columbia, Missouri Area
  1. Kridel & Associates
  1. Heavy Reading,
  2. The Net Economy,
  3. Wireless Review
  1. University of Missouri-Columbia

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Kridel & Associates

Kridel & Associates

Free-lance writer and independent analyst

– Present

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I am the Ryan Seacrest of tech and telecom: I seem to be everywhere, involved in multiple projects, often behind the scenes, producing work that carries someone else's name. (In reality, I look more like Donal Logue.)

I've been covering the technology and telecom industries since 1998. The majority of my work centers around:

1) Wireless, including cellular, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, apps, devices, infrastructure, operators and vendors.
2) Cable/telco, including DOCSIS 3.0, FTTx and Carrier Ethernet.
3) Professional/commercial/enterprise audio-video, such as videoconferencing and digital signage.

I also occasionally cover smart grids and medical technology.

My projects are in three main areas:

1) Articles under my byline for trade magazines and websites.
2) Ghostwriting articles, white papers, blogs, tweets, executive speeches and other collateral for vendors and trade associations, both directly and through PR firms. I also occasionally do media training.
3) Writing research reports for analyst firms, both under my name and as a ghostwriter.

As an independent analyst, I've been quoted in Light Reading (LTE, HD voice), the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (regarding wireless number portability), the Chicago Tribune (municipal wireless and cell phone jamming), Federal Computer Week (a U.S. Navy wireless contract), Mobile Communications International (wireless infrastructure vendor market shares), Network World (wireless number portability) and The (Singapore) Straits Times (WiMAX).

Specialties:My specialties include translating MSEE- and MBA-speak into lay terms.


Free-lance writer and independent analyst

Kridel & Associates
– Present (12 years 6 months)

Some recent examples of my work:

1) -- I've been writing for InAVate since 2007. The magazine covers the pro/commercial/enterprise AV industry in the EMEA markets.

2) I wrote for Pro AV from 2003 to June 2011, when it went out of business. The magazine covered the pro/commercial/enterprise AV industry in the U.S. market. Many of my stories are now available at, which acquired the Pro AV archives.

3) -- I frequently write for AV Technology magazine and its blogs.

4) -- I occasionally write for Carrier Ethernet News.

5) -- I write several reports annually for the Heavy Reading 4G/LTE Insider research series.

6) -- I occasionally write for InfoComm's Special Reports series.

My other current and past clients include ADC, Blumsday, Calysto Communications, the CDMA Development Group, Cingular Wireless, Columbia (Missouri) Business Times, Compass Intelligence, Comunicano, Conexant, Current Analysis, Entrepreneur, Ericsson, Frost & Sullivan, Global Results Communications, Hallmark, iGR, In-Stat, Laptop, Microsemi, Multichannel News, MWW, Nuance Communications, Pyramid Research, RadiSys, ScreenPlays, Sprint, Telepresence Options, Telit, Tellabs, Texas Instruments and 4G Americas.

Research Editor and Analyst

Heavy Reading
(1 year 1 month)

I joined Heavy Reading to help edit analyst reports and then became an analyst covering wireless. I left to return to free-lancing full time, but I still write for the Heavy Reading Insider report series ( on a contract basis. My staff reports included:

1) "WiMax Reality Check"

2) "2004 Next-Generation Wireless Infrastructure Market Perception Study"

3) "Next-Generation Wireless Infrastructure: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis"

More details about each report are available by searching for the titles at

Senior Writer

The Net Economy
(1 year 10 months)

I covered all aspects of wireless, including technologies, devices, applications, services, vendors and carriers. I left in May 2002, when the magazine closed.

Staff Writer and Technology Editor

Wireless Review
(2 years 4 months)

I joined Wireless Review as a staff writer covering RF and SS7 engineering. I later became technology editor, responsible for five sections of the magazine, including news. My cover stories included interviews with Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Keiji Tachikawa, Stan Sigman and George Schmitt. I left in August 2000 to join The Net Economy.


Mid-Missouri Business Journal
(1 year)

I covered a wide variety of local business topics and companies. I left in May 1998 to work for Wireless Review.


Tribune Publishing Company
(5 years 1 month)

Although I went to grad school for journalism, I actually got my start in the industry in the pressroom rather than the newsroom. At the Tribune, I ran post-press equipment, mainly saddle stitchers but also inserters and labelers.



  • Writing
  • Magazines
  • Marketing Communications
  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Content Development
  • Copy Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Media Relations
  • White Papers
  • New Media
  • Journalism
  • Corporate Communications
  • Press Releases
  • Feature Articles
  • Publishing
  • Storytelling
  • Mobile Devices
  • Editorial
  • Newsletters
  • Content Strategy
  • Ap Style
  • Digital Media
  • Publications
  • News Writing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Speech Writing
  • Radio
  • Start-ups
  • Wireless
  • Web Content
  • Technical Writing
  • Content Management
  • Crisis Communications
  • Public Relations
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University of Missouri-Columbia

Magazine journalism

I completed all classwork for an M.A. but never got around to finishing my thesis, which was about how the talk format revitalized AM radio.

University of Missouri-Columbia

B.A., English, English

After finishing my B.A., I spent three semesters as an intern at The Missouri Review (, a literary journal.

Longwood High School

Honors & Awards

My Pro AV article, "2009 Outlook: The Road Ahead" (, won an American Society of Business Publication Editors Azbee award in the Original Research, Central Silver, Under 80,000 category.

From 2005 to 2011, I edited Tellabs' quarterly magazine, Insight (formerly Inspire and, before that, Emerge), which won three MarCom Creative awards ( in 2008: a gold medal for corporate magazine and two honorable mentions (design/magazine interior and design/magazine). Some Insight archives are available at

In 2001, while at The Net Economy, I received the Ziff Davis Media Chairman's Circle Award "for outstanding contributions in editorial and content."

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