Dennis Sage

First, you hear a woman’s voice, full-throated and sexy: “”Bob Cole from Bob and Ron’s World Wide Stereo on The Good Stuff.” Then comes that scratchy, no-nonsense baritone Pennsylvania radio listeners know so well, the voice that has been urging them to visit him in person for fun and a little mischief for more than 20 years. “All right, let’s talk Italian restaurants, and the difference between a 25-year-old, family-owned, Zagat-rated little gem and a national chain,” Bob Cole begins, delivering his radio monologue like he was sitting next to you at a bar. “One is genuine: homemade pasta, sauces perfected over

“We were just exploding for the last 8-9 years, but it’s come to a screeching halt,” says Dennis Sage of the Phoenix housing market. The A/V specialist started his eponymous home entertainment company in 1995 when it seemed like most of America was hot for a mini-mansion in the desert of Arizona. “We got a foothold with a lot of builders, inventing an early distributed audio package that they could sell to their buyers,” he remembers of the glory days. “But now, we’re having to morph into an entirely different business.” Sage’s adaptation to the lull in housing starts has included strategies like

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