Broadcasting the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon

On the morning of October 22, runners lined up within sight of the Washington, D. C. statue depicting Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima, ready to take on the challenge of the Marine Corps Marathon.  Twenty-thousand embarked on the 41st running of this 26.2-mile journey — as another 10,000 queued near the Smithsonian Castle along the national mall to […]

Hosting New Nationwide Programs on CBS News Radio

Just months into its mission of working to connect military veterans with useful resources — and each other — ConnectingVets.com has launched an exciting new venture with CBS News Radio. Every weekday, many of the hundreds of U. S. radio stations affiliated with CBS New Radio will present Eye on Veterans, a report highlighting issues and personalities important to men and […]

Connecting veterans with resources and each other

The good news is: there are a thousand resources for veterans out there,” went the reasoning.  “The bad news is there are a thousand resources for veterans out there.” This was the rationale behind CBS Radio’s launch, in the early summer of 2017, of a multi-platform digital resource for military veterans — intended to vet (pun intended) those resources, then […]

First Radio Broadcast

45 years ago — on September 23, 1971 — there I was: prepubescent, wearing braces — and on the radio.  If you think I looked goofy, wait until you — (wince) — hear how I sounded. A decade later — still before I grew up and got serious about college and journalism — I had more fun than you can […]

9/11: 15 Years Later

September 11, 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives in New York, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Here is a brief sampling of voices captured for a series of reports Westwood One radio network affiliates are broadcasting to commemorate the anniversary — people offering their views on understandings […]

As early as in the next few weeks, an international tribunal in The Hague could announce whether China is operating within international legal norms as it builds up, and claims as Chinese territory, the Spratly Islands — a set of reefs, banks and cays jutting just above sea level a thousand miles from the Chinese mainland and within 200 miles […]

Gulf War 25th Anniversary

Having thought myself already a “salty” Marine at the time — and feeling not that much older now — it is difficult to fathom that 25 years have passed since the 1991 Gulf War. It is sobering, as well, to consider all that has transpired in Southwest Asia since Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Those undertakings were — for the […]

Veterans on Veterans Day

Early into my work this year with Westwood One News,  I was afforded the opportunity to spend considerable time with a variety of military veterans — sharing their stories in a series of 11 reports, each about a minute long. Participants ranged from college students to national leaders — discussing how they view their service and the day set aside […]

Hall of Fame Induction

When I was first posted as a Marine to the Washington, D. C. area, in 1989, a friend here recommended I volunteer with a group that helped publicize the Marine Corps Marathon. It was still a time in the event’s history when not all of the Corps’ top leaders thought the considerable effort required to put it on was worthwhile. […]

What had changed — and what hadn’t — in the three years since the U. S. Defense Department repealed the policy that prevented gay and lesbian service members from serving openly?  Based on months of research  and dozens of interviews, I explored that question in the fall of 2014.   On a recent summer morning in Northern Virginia, about 100 very fit […]