Global Radio Program Marks Anniversary

Latin Pulse logo/social media iconST. LOUIS (SEPT. 22, 2015) – “Latin” Pulse,” the weekly online radio program with a global audience, recently marked its fourth anniversary. The 30-minute podcast covering news and public affairs of Latin America is produced in the studios of the Galaxy Radio on the Webster University home campus.

Rick Rockwell, School of Communications associate dean and program host and executive producer, James Singer, staff member and technical director, and Natalie Ottinger, student and newscaster, make up the current production team.

The “Latin Pulse” fourth anniversary program features outtakes from some of the most popular programs of the past year. Topics include the crisis of unaccompanied minors on the US-Mexico border, fronts in the Drug War, and the economic impact of China on Latin America. 

“I think it’s an important milestone that ‘Latin Pulse’ is marking four years online and we have shown it is a sustainable project for students, staff and faculty working together to complete each week,” Rockwell said.

“We have produced more than a year’s worth of programs at Webster University, the new home for the project, and we could have only made this transition with the support of administrators and staff here.”  

The Latin Pulse project began as a television show. From 2006 to 2010, it was broadcast on a nonprofit channel of DirecTV in San Francisco. In 2011, Rockwell and The Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University resurrected the program in an online radio format.

When Rockwell accepted a position at Webster University, he brought “Latin Pulse” with him. He did this with a grant from The Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University to get the program off the ground.

“Latin Pulse” can be a helpful tool for sorting out the complexities of Latin American news, politics, and culture. Rockwell begins each program with a synopsis of Latin American news. He then explores a topic in greater depth by interviewing leading experts and newsmakers.

“Latin Pulse” can be heard on iTunes, SoundCloud, Facebook, and Link TV. More than 133 thousand people subscribe to “Latin Pulse” from across Latin America, the United States, and Europe.

"Latin Pulse" is posted weekly on Friday evenings and is broadcast on the Galaxy Radio on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. An archive of “Latin Pulse” episodes can be found on the program’s SoundCloud page.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Fifteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level and master’s degrees in six diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, London, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

 Edited 10/7/2015.

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