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Ryan Michael Painter On Being ‘The Unexpected Son’

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Ryan Michael Painter’s father was Utah’s first documented death from an AIDS-related illness. We’ll talk with Ryan about his memoir, The Unexpected Son and about the man he lost when he was just seven years old.

Robert Michael Painter grew up in a conservative state, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And he did what he thought he was supposed to do: Attend his church meetings. Marry young. Even father a child. But as a closeted gay man, he was also living a lie that he couldn’t maintain. This Friday at 11 a.m., Ryan shares with us the details of his father’s life, his early death and about his own upbringing — the “miracle child, growing up during an unfathomable plague.”

Ryan Michael Painter's book is The Unexpected Son. [Bookshop|Indiebound|Amazon| theunexpectedson.com]

Michael Painter is also the subject of our latest RadioWest Film, Remembering Michael.

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.