30th Anniversary of Berlin’s Wall Fall

In November 2019, Chas spent time in Berlin, examining the origins, surprise demise, and continuing impacts of the Berlin Wall — which fell in November 1989.

A Collection of Books about Radio

For decades now, one or two at a time, I have been collecting books about radio, my medium-of-first-love. In 2018, I began to more intentionally keep an eye out for volumes about imaginative audio production, theater of the mind, and the history and impact of sound-based news and entertainment. Below: what I’ve gathered so far. Abel, Jessica. Out on the […]

On July 25, 1969, 22-year-old Army Specialist John Fogle, an OH-6A crew chief, was torn open by AK-47 rounds — after the observation helicopter on which he was manning an M-60 machine gun unexpectedly flew low over a North Vietnamese Army encampment.  One round severed his femoral artery.  As John used a bungee cord to create his own tourniquet, the […]

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 […]

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 the launch, in the early summer of 2017, of a multi-platform digital resource for military veterans — intended to vet (pun intended) those resources, then make […]

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 […]

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 […]