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The 2012 Third Coast International Audio Festival

Every year, the Third Coast International Audio Festival seeks out the best new audio stories from around the world. The winning entries in the competition exhibit radio’s ability to provoke, entertain and transport us with little more than the sound of the honest human voice. Tuesday on RadioWest, we’re featuring a few of the winning stories from this year's contest and talking with some of their producers. We’ll spy on the world below from the vantage of a red-eye flight, investigate a Guatemalan massacre and meet a teenage Olympic boxing hopeful.

Since, 2001, the Third Coast International Audio Festival has held the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The competition has honored more than 100 extraordinary stories from seven countries/four continents and has  bestowed $250,000 in cash prizes to many of the most innovative producers of the past decade.


Today's RadioWest also features audio from the story "The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt" from the podcast Love+Radio. It won the gold award in the 2011 TC/RHDF Competition.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.