RADIO: Highlights from WVUM
During my time at WVUM I worked as both News Director and host of 'Locals Only', which featured interviews with and performances by local musicians. The unique combination of those roles led to a diverse collection of work, of which I've picked out a few favorites below:
Beau Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General of the state of Delaware and Iraq War veteran, spoke to WVUM News via phone from Wisconsin in advance of his father's upcoming, and only, debate with Congressman Paul Ryan. He also reacted to the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney and talked about a potential career for himself in presidential politics.
As part of 2012's election coverage for WVUM, I filed this report after an Obama campaign rally at The Fillmore Miami Beach.
'The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster' is the daunting title of a very important book by author Jonathan Katz. As the name suggests, the book critiques the international response to the Haitian earthquake of 2010. When the quake hit, Katz was the only full-time correspondent there, which suggests he was fully involved in the country before international attention focused there following the beginnings of humanitarian efforts. Katz will be talking about his book at an event at the Miami Book Fair International on November 24th, 2013 and I got the chance to speak with him prior to that appearance.
Aside from coordinating news coverage for WVUM during my time there, I also hosted the station's local music show 'Locals Only'. One of my favorite interviews was with Andres and Sofy of Elastic Bond. The group describe themselves as "tropical soul". Their music truly is a fusion and blend of the most soulful melodies within the Miami sound. And their talent has made sure that my humble show isn't the only interview they've done.They've been featured on NPR, KEXP and other prominent music outlets in promotion of their latest effort, 'Real'.
For more from 'Locals Only', check out miamisounds.tumblr.com
I created the Mixcloud linked here for our WVUM News team. So here you'll find more of my reports and audio interviews, but also a lot of the work done by the WVUM News staff. by clicking this text.