Friday, March 14, 2014
Broadcast

You know the old joke—I have a face made for radio and a voice made for print. But there are things I can do in the broadcast world—like write! And shoot! My first true broadcast experience was writing scripts for two syndicated radio programs, Our Ocean World and MicrobeWorld, produced by Finger Lakes Productions International in 2002. I would love to do more.

In the past few years, I began to do a bit more work with video. Here I include some feature packages and short films I have put together.

I also have an old demo I made when I was looking for a radio job in 1987.

The Mechanicsville Local
Fencing academy teaches serious swordplay

Fencing may not be a huge sport in Mechanicsville, Va., but the Mechanicsville Fencing Academy is producing world-class athletes. I created a multimedia package—story, photographs, and video—to tell the story on the Academy and two of its top members: Stefani Deschner, one of the top-ranked fencers in the under-17 age group in the United States, and Rhiannon Harvey, a promising college prospect.

Here's the story: Fencing academy teaches serious swordplay

Here's the video The Academy

The Encounter

Because underwater videography is going to be an important method of reporting for my dissertation research, my Ph.D. committe at Virginia Commonwealth University wanted me to make a short film that: a) involved underwater videography; and b) told a story; that c) involved people and the usual residents of the underwater environment. This is what resulted from those marching orders.

Safe Haven: The Delmarva Fox Squirrel
and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Determined to improve my skills at wildife filmmaking, in the spring of 2012 I enrolled in a non-credit course, "Classroom in the Wild: Chesapeake Bay," taught by Danny Ledonne and Lauren Demko through the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University. We spent several days at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland's Eastern Shore. This is the result.

Drugstore Soda Fountains

When I enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Media, Art, and Text at Virginia Commonwealth University, I was determined to learn to tell stories using video. In the spring of 2011, I took a graduate course in multimedia journalism taught by Dr. Tim. Bajkiewicz—who became my Ph.D. advisor. I produced these two videos to accompany a story on drugstore soda fountains in Mechanicsville, Va.

 

Voice of Russia

Is Hurricane Sandy The Weather of The Future?Rarely I am called upon to be a source. Here, Ric Young—a colleague of mine at Virginia Commonwealth University—asked me to put on my scientist hat to discuss whether Hurricane Sandy was a harbinger of what we on the East Coast could expect from climate change.

Is Hurricane Sandy The Weather of The Future?

MicrobeWorld

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I began writing for Finger Lakes Productions, producers of the radio programs MicrobeWorld and Our Ocean World, in 2002. Below are samples of some of my scripts from MicrobeWorld. You will need a media player, such as, QuickTime, Real Player, Winamp, or Windows Media Player to listen to the programs.

This May 12, 2003, program described how microbial evidence is being used to learn more about the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

Roman baths | Read the script

 

We normally think of viruses as harmful agents, but this May 2, 2003, program reveals that viruses can contribute to the health of ocean ecosystems:

Awash in viruses | Read the script

 

When we think of Yellowstone National Park, we normally think of bears, wolves and moose. But, as we learn in this April 1, 2003, program, biologists there are also concerned with preserving the biodiversity of Yellowstone's microbial world:

Yellowstone thermophiles | Read the script

 

Most of us don't find B.O., body odor, all that pleasant. But giraffes find it downright sexy. This March 3, 2003, program reveals why:

Giraffe odor | Read the script

 

Without bacteria, there would be no chocolate. Learn why in the special Valentine's Day program which last aired on February 14, 2007:

Chocolate bugs | Read the script

Our Ocean World

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I began writing for Finger Lakes Productions, producers of the radio programs MicrobeWorld and Our Ocean World, in 2002. Below are samples of some of my scripts for Our Ocean World. You will need a media player, such as, QuickTime, Real Player, Winamp, or Windows Media Player to listen to the programs.

Scientists' efforts to detect a quick sensor for saxitoxin, the cause of paralytic shellfish poisoning, was profiled in the February 13, 2003.

Saxitoxin sensor | Read the script

 

Hurricanes are a significant hazard along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. This February 11, 2003, program discusses how sediments deposited by past storms can be used to reveal the region's hurricane history.

Hurricane history | Read the script

 

This January 8, 2003, program on Hudson Canyon mapping described a fantastic landscape on the ocean floor, near one of the biggest metropolitan areas on earth -- New York City.

Hudson Canyon mapping | Read the script

Book TV
Upheaval from the Abyss

I appeared on C-SPAN's BookTV twice when promoting my first book, Upheaval from the Abyss: Ocean Floor Mapping and the Earth Science Revolution. Aside from looking scary as hell—like a human were-Wookie caught in transition—I seem to do OK on camera. At least I seemed to do OK on these two appearances.

My first appearance was on a panel with Daniel Lenihan on "Undersea Archaeology" at the Virginia Festival of the Book. It aired on March 22, 2002.

The second was an interview after my appearance at the Fall for the Book festival. It aired on October 3, 2002.

Demo Time

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This is an old demo I made when I was looking for some a radio job -- actually any job -- in 1987. I had excellent help, Tom Michaels, a disc jockey in my home town of Shreveport, Louisiana. Unfortunately for his reputation, my initial attempts at reading a script weren't all that impressive.

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Listen to the demo