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Rudy Mancke Celebrates Two Decades of "NatureNotes"

By Tut Underwood

Rudy Mancke

Rudy Mancke is almost certainly South Carolina's most noted naturalist.  He hosted the long-running and well-remembered (and nationally-aired) ETV program "Nature Scene" and has now reached his 20th anniversary as host of South Carolina Public Radio's "NatureNotes." The feature remains a daily one-minute reflection on some aspect of nature in the Palmetto State, as it was from the beginning.  According to producer John Gasque, Mancke would record 15 programs, or three weeks' worth, at a session.  "Rudy would come in with a tiny piece of paper with 15 words on it.  And he would take one wor

South Carolina Business Review Turns 20

By Tut Underwood

Mike Switzer

For 20 years now, the South Carolina Business Review has brought business leaders, entrepreneurs and commentators to listeners of South Carolina Public Radio.  Mike Switzer has hosted the program its entire run, and takes satisfaction at its 20th anniversary.

South Carolina Moonwalker Recalls Historic Apollo Missions

By Tut Underwood

(April 21, 1972) Astronaut Charles M. Duke Jr., Lunar Module pilot of the Apollo 16 mission, is photographed collecting lunar samples at Station no. 1 during the first Apollo 16 extravehicular activity at the Descartes landing site.

A half-century ago, as the world watched in awe as Neil Armstrong took that "one small step" into history on the surface of the moon, a voice from Houston was his constant connection to humanity back on Earth.  Earlier, however, as the landing craft neared its destination, that voice had called "60 seconds," to warn the Apollo 11 astronauts - Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins - that they had only one minut

Ham Operators Ready to Provide Emergency Communications in the Event of Crises

By Tut Underwood

Ham radio operator Warren Rickey calls amateur operators statewide in SC HEART's weekly training exercise.  The group was founded to provide emergency communications when a disaster destroys phone and Internet capabilities.

When a disaster strikes, communications may become spotty or even gone completely.  Cell phone towers may be down, land lines even disrupted, and if the Internet is offline, there goes email.  Keeping communications open for hospitals and other health care facilities during these types of crises are what amateur radio operators - or "hams" - train for once a week, as members of the South Carolina Healthcare Emergency Amateur

75th Anniversary of D-Day Brings Veterans' Recollections of Tyranny's End in Europe

By Tut Underwood

The Allies suffered nearly 10,000 casualties on D Day, including 2500 dead.  Here they rest at Normandy.

75 years ago - June 6, 1944 - 156,000 Allied troops on nearly 7000 ships and landing craft and supported by 11,590 planes dropping both bombs and paratroopers, landed on the beaches of Normandy, France.  The top-secret invasion of Europe was code-named Operation Overlord, but is more broadly known the world over as D-Day.  That day began the battle to free the continent from the grip of Nazi Germany.  

Citizens' Academy Teaches Public How State, Local Governments Respond to Emergencies

By Tut Underwood

Historic 2015 flood

The past few years of historic floods and hurricanes has amply demonstrated how subject South Carolina can be to severe weather emergencies.  To help the public better understand how the state reacts to and deals with these situations, the S.C. Emergency Management Division has created a new program, the Citizens' Academy.

Re-release of "Uncle Walt's Band" Celebrates Influential South Carolina Vocal Trio

By Tut Underwood


In the 1970s and early '80s, an acoustic trio from Spartanburg made its mark with well-crafted tunes featuring beautiful harmonies.  Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood and David Ball were known as Uncle Walt's Band.  Their blend of folk, swing, and bluegrass influences attracted audiences wherever they lived - including Spartanburg, Nashville and, ultimately, Austin, Texas.  But, strangely, the enthusiasm of their fans never went beyond a faithful cult following.