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I am an Emmy-winning investigative reporter and college professor of Media Studies who has worked more than 25 years in radio, television, and newspapers. I have also collected vinyl records, mainly 45's, since 1960, and am considered an "expert" in record collecting, history, and memorabilia.

I am a published author of a textbook on TV news reporting, "Getting It First and Getting It Right," available on amazon.com. In addition to the Emmy, I have won the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association and two medallions for investigative reporting from the International Film and TV Festival of New York. My work has been featured on ABC News' "Prime Time Crime," and my investigations of the Clinton years in Arkansas are featured in the book, "Tag Teaming the Press: How Bill and Hillary Clinton Work Together to Handle the Media," published by Rowman and Littlefield.

My record collection includes thousands of 45's and albums, collected from living in Florida, Missouri, Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas, and now North Carolina.

I live with my beautiful wife Debby In Holly Springs, North Carolina. I have three wonderful sons and 4 lovely granddaughters.

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  • THE RACE FOR RATINGS CAN SOMETIMES BE FATAL
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    THE RACE FOR RATINGS CAN SOMETIMES BE FATAL

    5 years ago

    When a radio "stunt" goes terribly wrong, who is to blame--the broadcasters, the target of the stunt, or the audience that demands a certain kind of entertainment? The death of Kate Middleton's nurse once again brings...

  • KEEP YOUR COTTON-PICKIN' HANDS OFF THOSE POLITICAL ADS
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    KEEP YOUR COTTON-PICKIN' HANDS OFF THOSE POLITICAL ADS

    5 years ago

    Election day is just around the corner. When things get desperate, politicians do desperate things--like demanding TV and radio stations censor or remove their opponents' accusatory advertisements. Too bad federal law...

  • THE COMING ATTACK ON THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
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    THE COMING ATTACK ON THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

    5 years ago

    Can media outlets really be held accountable for mistakes printed or broadcast about a public official or public figure? A new lawsuit filed in North Carolina could go all the way in redefining terms like "malice" and...

  • THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS
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    THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

    4 years ago

    You'd think a woman in her 40's would feel extremely insecure being a boss in the male-dominated world of 1968 in Key West, Florida. But you never met Margaret Foresman.

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 14
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 14

    6 years ago

    Both of them singers from New York City, but one was black and one was white. One was rock and roll (sort of) and the other was Calypso. So what debt does the music industry owe them?

  • TEETERING ON A LEDGE
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    TEETERING ON A LEDGE

    5 years ago

    A young man in a life-threatening situation. What would he learn about safety, courage--and his own chosen profession?

  • PUTTING TIME IN A BOTTLE
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    PUTTING TIME IN A BOTTLE

    4 years ago

    Could a child's boredom lead to an international incident? Who knows where the churning waves of our lives may lead, with unintended consequences.

  • COULD ONE PERSON HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE?
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    COULD ONE PERSON HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE?

    5 years ago

    He's old now, slightly bent, certainly gray. Why did his grandson have to ask so many questions? Especially about what had really happened on that one certain day.

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 13
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 13

    6 years ago

    When you're way over the retirement age, which would you rather have--a walker or a Number One hit on Billboard? Let's take a look at some hit makers who took a drink from the Fountain of Youth.

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 12
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 12

    5 years ago

    A once-in-a-lifetime rock and roll lineup. Roy, Carl, Rick, and the original Blues Brothers. What a night in music history.

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 11
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 11

    5 years ago

    Talking dirty, making racial slurs,laughing at the mentally ill, and saying "one hell of a man" were all part of early rock and roll--although most people never heard all that on the radio. Let's take a look at what was...

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 10
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 10

    5 years ago

    Some singers have more in common than you think--people like Donovan, Nathaniel Mayer, Dean Martin, and the Valentinos can grace the same record collection. But what's really the truth behind some of these singers?...

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 9
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 9

    5 years ago

    When rock groups go to die, do they really show up on PBS? The group Foreigner is an exception, since reports of their death are greatly exaggerated. But there are still some family squabbles

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 8
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 8

    6 years ago

    Can going to a carport sale make you rich? What about being ripped off at an antique store? Both things, good and bad, can happen to record collectors as they search for that valuable piece of vinyl.

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 7
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 7

    6 years ago

    What happened when Elvis made a record with the "Songbird of the South?" Or when some guys, both black and white, had their picture splashed all over their album cover? Or when Sam the Sham first recorded in Memphis? ...

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 6
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 6

    5 years ago

    Worried about where you stand in the bad economy? Go to your grandparents' attic and look for Elvis Presley's "Speedway" movie soundtrack album or the Beatles sitting around with some pieces of meat. You'll be...

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 5
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 5

    4 years ago

    Who really fought The Battle of New Orleans other than the Americans and the British in 1814? Try Jimmy Driftood, the pioneer Arkansas musician who wrote that and other historical songs that became gigantic number one...

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 4
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 4

    5 years ago

    Lady Gaga doesn't have to worry about another artist answering her "I Was Born This Way" hit, but rock history shows there was a time when many hits spawned "answer" songs. From Elvis Presley to Hank Locklin to Jimmy...

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 3
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 3

    5 years ago

    One of the most controversial--yet most successful-- records of all time was seldom, if ever, played on the radio. And why did the group that recorded "Happy Together" fail to have a hit record with the same song? ...

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 2
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 2

    6 years ago

    What do "Round" Robin and "Chubby" Checker have in common besides their girth? And who was twistin' before Chubby, and did that person not get the credit he deserved? Go behind the scenes of early rock and roll.

  • THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 1
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    THE RECORD PROFESSOR PART 1

    5 years ago

    Young people--18 to 35--both male and female are rediscovering the joy of vinyl records. Students are finding out why one of the first Beatle albums didn't even have the Fab Four pictures on it, and why Simon and...

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