WARBIRD RADIO– It’s been a big day for a small broadcaster, WarbirdRadio.com has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting. The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the winners of the 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, Tuesday – June 21, 2016. The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize outstanding work produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. “Our judges tell us the work they reviewed this year is some of the best ever,” said RTDNA Chair Kathy Walker. “Our winners have clearly demonstrated how their commitment to outstanding journalism serves their communities, states and the nation.” This year, the 45th anniversary of the awards, RTDNA is presenting 103 national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 13 categories including Newscast, Investigative Reporting, Overall Excellence and more. RTDNA received more than 4,300 entries during the 2016 awards season, setting an all-time record for the fourth year in a row.
Earlier this year Warbird Radio LIVE’s interview with WWII P-38/51 pilot Ralph Maloof won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting in Region 12 (Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware). WarbirdRadio.com was also honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence encompassing the entire website and body of work within the Washington DC tri-state region. To date WarbirdRadio.com has been recognized with three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and now the National Award for Feature Reporting.
“We started Warbird Radio.com in 2009 because we believe the stories of our Airmen past and present are important. This history matters, but it sure is nice to know our peers at the Radio Television Digital News Association like what we’re doing and consider us worthy of an Edward R. Murrow award,” says Matt Jolley – host of Warbird Radio LIVE and founder of Warbird Radio.com.
The winners will be recognized at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City.
QUICK LINK: The Ralph Maloof Story
QUICK LINK: Complete List of Winners
WARBIRD RADIO – New York Times bestselling author Stephen Coonts joins Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE. Mr. Coonts is the author of the classic flying tale, Flight of the Intruder and many more. His latest work Liberty’s Last Stand is now available and is available via the link below.
According to his website: Mr. Coonts was born in 1946, Stephen Paul Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a coal-mining town of 6,000 population on the western slope of the Appalachian mountains. He majored in political science at West Virginia University, graduating in 1968 with an A.B. degree. Upon graduation he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and began flight training in Pensacola, Florida.
He received his Navy wings in August, 1969. After completion of fleet replacement training in the A-6 Intruder aircraft, Mr. Coonts reported to Attack Squadron 196 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He made two combat cruises aboard USS Enterprise during the final years of the Vietnam War as a member of this squadron. After the war he served as a flight instructor on A-6 aircraft for two years, then did a tour as an assistant catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS Nimitz. He left active duty in 1977 and moved to Colorado. After short stints as a taxi driver and police officer, he entered the University of Colorado School of Law in the fall of 1977.
Mr. Coonts received his law degree in December, 1979, and moved to West Virginia to practice. He returned to Colorado in 1981 as a staff attorney specializing in oil and gas law for a large independent oil company.
His first novel, Flight of the Intruder, published in September 1986 by the Naval Institute Press, spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists in hardcover. A motion picture based on this novel, with the same title, was released nationwide in January 1991.
The success of his first novel allowed Mr. Coonts to devote himself full time to writing; he has been at it ever since. He still enjoys flying and tries to do as much of it as possible.
Mr. Coonts’ books have been widely translated and republished in the British Commonwealth, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, China, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Serbia, Latvia, and Israel.
The U.S. Naval Institute honored Mr. Coonts with its Author of the Year Award for the year 1986 for his novel, Flight of the Intruder. He was a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1990-1998. He was inducted into the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 1992. In 2014 West Virginia University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
QUICK LINK: Stephen Coonts
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WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode Kara and Amy welcome F-16 aviator Heather Penny. Hear Heather’s story about flying the legendary fighter and her experience serving in the United States Air Force. To hear the show click on the download button below or play it directly from this site. Thanks for tuning in. (Photo Courtesy of USAF)
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WARBIRD RADIO – What do you get when you combine a native Alaskan with aviation and US Army Special Forces experience? The answer: Marcus Paine. An aviator’s aviator who boldly pilots his 1940’s era Stearman through some of the most challenging terrain in North America. Find out how he does it and why on this episode of Warbird Radio LIVE!
Rugged Alaskan, Marcus Paine, has been flying planes for over 30 years, and has over 10,000 hours in tailwheel airplanes. A very versatile aerobatic performer and star of Discovery’s AIRSHOW!, Marcus flies his 1941 Boeing 450 Stearman, the American Champion Super Decathlon the Piper PA-18 Super Cub and is the main pilot for Carol Pilon and her 450 Stearman.
He is a distinguished graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a former U.S. Army Special Forces Officer, Airborne Ranger, and Jumpmaster. He commanded a combat dive A Team and worked projects throughout the Middle East and South America. And if you were to swoon while meeting Marcus, fear not – he’s EMT qualified!
When he’s not flying at an airshow, you can find Marcus at his Unusual Attitudes flight school instructing pilots of all skill levels new ways of thinking about the principles of flight and mastering the airplane in every attitude.
As always, your call and comments are welcomed!
QUICK LINK: Marcus Paine’s Website
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WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of Wings Over New Zealand LIVE Show the date of broadcast here in New Zealand is the 15th of June 2016, which is exactly 50 years to the day since the arrival in New Zealand of NZ3801, the first RNZAF Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter. The type revolutionised Royal New Zealand Air Force operations and became an icon in New Zealand skies as it operated with the New Zealand Defence Force and many civilian organisations in an incredibly wide variety of roles.
The Iroquois fleet recently retired from RNZAF service and while a small few have now gone to museums, the rest of the fleet have been shipped to the USA to new owner Dakota Air Parts. So in this show we will remember the glory days of the Iroquois. Dave will be speaking live to our guest Des Gyde who spent many years working with the Iroquois, first on the maintenance side as a Safety and Surface Technician, before becoming a Helicopter Crewman. Des will tell some great memories of the Iroquois from his days based at Hobsonville, Wigram and Singapore with them, and on deployment to in places like Antarctica and the Sinai.
We’ll also have a round up of warbird related news from New Zealand and Australia, and Grant will give a quick take on the RAAF’s operation of the Iroquois too.
QUICK LINK: Wings Over New Zealand
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