Rich Halten can't get radio out of his blood. Got hooked as a DJ at 16. In and out of the biz over a career including public TV and advertising. Today he still prefers the challenge of radio over tamer pursuits like kickboxing and bungee jumping.
The Cold War was about the last thing on the minds of Miami residents -- until the fall of 1962 when Russian missiles were discovered in Cuba. Suddenly America's carefree tropical paradise had a front row seat for a looming World War III. What was it like to live under the threat of extinction at any moment? South Floridians, current and former, recall their tense days and sleepless nights, while archival audio heightens this cliffhanger moment in history. Produced for WLRN Miami's Under The Sun. Winner 2013 Edward R. Murrow Awards /Southeast Region: Hard News Reporting.
Two G.I.'s holed up in a house during Tet -- the pivotal battle of the Vietnam War -- go in different directions, choices that will impact the rest of their lives. A remix of a piece I produced in 2009. Aired Nov. 2011 on KCRW's "Unfictional."
The Sunshine Skyway bridge spans the mouth of Tampa Bay on the west coast of Florida. It carries thousands of cars everyday. It's also one of the top ten places to end your life. This is the story of the many who jumped, one lucky guy who survived, and how broken bones and a collapsed lung made him a new man. Winner 2012 Edward R. Murrow National Award for Audio News Documentary. Aired on KCRW's "Unfictional," WUSF's "Florida Matters," WLRN Miami's "Under the Sun," NPR's "Here and Now," Radio National Australia's "36o," PRX's Public Radio Remix, and featured on Transom.org.
What's it sound like when a whole country goes loco? We dived into the madness at Madrid's Plaza de España the night Spain beat Germany to advance to the World Cup Championship. Grab a vuvuzuela and join the celebration. (This is a SFX montage from a report I produced for Deutsche Welle).
After a full century of futility since their last World Series (in 1908), Chicago Cub fans keep coming back for more. More disappointment and tears, that is. So here's a salute to Chicago's Lovable Losers -- to the team that won't quit and the faithful who won't let them. Even after a loss -- when these comments were recorded -- they're a study in diehard loyalty. Produced by invitation of the Third Coast Festival for a series on things that are unique to the Windy City.
If you're a lost or abducted child, thankfully there's Amber Alert. But if you're one of 5.2 million American with Alzheimers, good luck getting home should you wander away. Until now, that is.
Many states are having success with a system similar to Amber Alerts. It's helping to locate missing Seniors -- and quickly, because survival rates decrease with each day they're gone. Here's the story of one gentleman who disappeared in the fog of dementia. It starts along Interstate 4 in Florida. Aired March 2009 on AARP's "Prime Time Radio."
A sonic fantasy mixed up for the 2008 Radio Ephemera competition at Third Coast Festival. The challenge: blend the themes of two books to tell a story. I chose the history of a violent 1930's San Francisco longshoremen strike juxtaposed with a prim 1950s sex education tome for teenagers.
But don't let that stop you from listening to this three-minute short doc that stands on its own. It played on Chicago Public Radio's "ReSound" show and podcast.
A 65-year old retiree who found the love of his life. A forty-something woman from Oregon who discovered her writing muse. A midwesterner who found fertile ground to grow a business and family. Three people who took a leap and realized their American dreams at the opposite end of the Americas. Aired October 2008 on AARP's Prime Time Radio.
Are you old enough to remember those gory, grainy movies in Driver's Ed? You know, the ones with real footage of crash victims?
This piece takes you back to that 16mm terror, narrated by the Director of Hell's Highway, with creepy natural sound and scenes from his documentary on those infamous safety films your friends dared you to watch. Aired March 2008 on AARP's Prime Time Radio.