"Latin Pulse" Comes to Webster

Successful online radio program opens season in new home

ST. LOUIS, MO (Sept. 8, 2014) - Weekly episodes of “Latin Pulse,” an English-language analysis of news, culture and events in Latin America, is now produced in the studios of Webster University’s Galaxy Radio. "Brazil: Presidential Elections & Threats to Free Speech," opens the new season. The episode focuses on the fall presidential campaign in Brazil and violence against the media there.

Rick Rockwell, one of the Webster University School of Communications (SOC) new associate deans, who revived “Latin Pulse” three years ago, serves as the program’s executive producer and host. Jim Singer, SOC student media coordinator, is the program’s editor and producer. Gabriela Canchola, a graduate student at Webster University, is the program’s associate producer and newscaster.

Latin Pulse logo"We have always tried to produce the program by combining the talents of students, staff and faculty,” Rockwell said about the program’s shift to a new site. “It is good to see we are following the same philosophy here at Webster where the quality of teaching and honoring different methods of teaching have long been important principles. As the program develops, we anticipate the need for student volunteers and the potential for additional learning opportunities.”

Rockwell has worked on “Latin Pulse” since its inception in 2006. At that time, it was a cable television program syndicated by Link TV of San Francisco, a national non-profit television operation seen mainly through DirecTV. Rockwell served as consultant, content advisor, and sometimes guest analyst for the program in its television form. But the television series was put on hiatus in 2010. With the help of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University, Rockwell engineered a revival of the program in the fall of 2011, this time as an online radio program.

CLALS is financing and sponsoring “Latin Pulse” this fall, providing support for the program while it makes its transition to its new home at Webster University.

“It is great to have “Latin Pulse” produced here at Webster,” said Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications. “It connects us with an important community–and I am especially happy for the opportunities Rick Rockwell is providing for students to work on the program.”

“Not only is this program a vehicle for learning in small groups, a project where students can immerse themselves in the production experience and content about Latin America, but we know educators are using this program in their classes to get their students talking about issues in Latin America,” Rockwell added. “Bringing education to areas of the world without easy access to learning is also an important foundational principle here at Webster. This program is a modern answer to the question of how to make such education accessible on a global scale.”

“Latin Pulse” goes out to more than 130,000 international online subscribers weekly. Besides its large audience in the U.S., the program appeals to listeners in Latin America (especially Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico) and Europe (with large groups of listeners in the U.K., Germany and France).

The 30-minute program is available in various locations on the web, including on iTunes, SoundCloud, Facebook, and on the websites of Link TV and CLALS, among other locations. Some of the episodes of the program are also re-posted inside the Brazilian online game Mini-Mundos. The program goes online every Friday evening, and this fall it will also be broadcast on Webster’s Galaxy Radio on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. A full archive of all 136 radio episodes of “Latin Pulse” can be found on the program’s SoundCloud page.

About the School of Communications

The Webster University School of Communications prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communication. The School provides a hands-on approach to learning that is grounded in the University's liberal arts foundations and commitment to global education. Sixteen undergraduate majors, five graduate degree programs, 14 minors and 14 certificates cover a wide array of communication specialties. They are taught by faculty who are theorists, artists, and practitioners. Students work with professional-grade media equipment, take courses at Webster's U.S., European, and Asian campuses, participate in robust field experiences and internships, and along with faculty and alumni, are frequently recognized for their academic and professional accomplishments.

About Webster

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The University is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

 

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