Timeout Radio

Rohan loves sports, geography, travel, and learning about the world. His program, Timeout Radio, includes a mix of interviews, information, music, and a place of the week.

Timeout Radio was one of only 10 initiatives nationally to win a 2020 Youth Summit Pitch Contest grant from the Points of Light Foundation. The Summit virtually brought together teens from across the United States to reflect on and engage with challenges and opportunities presented by the new school year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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25. Pandemics

An epidemic is when an unusually large number of people get a disease at the same time. When an epidemic spreads across many continents or through much of the world it is called a pandemic. Epidemics and pandemics can spread quickly and affect millions of people, but the good news is that they eventually come to an end. Hear about Dr. Dean Blumberg's work as a pediatric infectious disease specialist at UC Davis Health. Dr. Dean tells us about what kids and teens can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on school campuses and when playing sports, and what recreational activities families can safely do this summer. Then visit Boston, home to the first chocolate factory and the first public school in the United States, and learn how the city got its strange nickname, "Beantown".

24. City Desk

Local newspapers are the pulse of a community. They help people understand important issues in their area, put national issues such as racial injustice or pandemics into local context, connect small businesses with customers through advertising, record the history of a community, and help start grassroots efforts to bring about change. Hear about how local newspapers flourished in the early 1900’s and why they have struggled to survive over the past 20 years. Bob Dunning from the Davis Enterprise talks to us about his 50-year career as a sports editor and columnist, his advice to aspiring journalists, changes in journalism and newspaper publishing with the widespread use of online media, and the challenges of sports reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our place of the week is Oregon, which is home to not only Bob Dunning's birthplace, but also to the deepest lake in the U.S., and strangely — one humongous fungus.

23. Bike City USA

Davis has been voted one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the United States. It was the first city in the U.S. to have bicycle lanes and bicycle signals on traffic lights, and has more than 100 miles of bikeways. Pretty impressive for a town that is only about 11 square miles in size! In today’s show we meet Bob Bowen, who is on the board of directors of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, located in downtown Davis. Hear about the long relationship of Davis with bicycling, and the story of how the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame moved to Davis in 2010. Then learn about New Jersey, the original home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame where the oldest bicycle race in the country, The Tour of Somerville, has been held since 1940.

22. The G-Man: Gary Gerould on Sports Broadcasting

Thinking about a career in sports broadcasting? Meet the G-Man Gary Gerould, radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings for 36 years, who at the age of 80 is one of the NBA's longest tenured announcers. The G-Man got his start in broadcasting at the age of 14 at a local radio station in a small town in Michigan. Learn about his long broadcasting career and how the sports broadcasting world adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then visit Michigan to learn a few surprising facts about wolverines. When people think of Michigan, they think of automobiles. But did you know that Michigan has 11,000 lakes, 3000 miles of freshwater shoreline, and the first city in the U.S. to have phone numbers?

21. Sacramento Kings

The Kings are the oldest franchise in the National Basketball Association, and one of the oldest continuously operating professional basketball franchises in the United States. Learn how the Kings took the long road to Sacramento by way of Rochester, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and Omaha. In this episode we discuss the 2020-2021 season of the Sacramento Kings with Gary Gerould ("G-Man"), the radio voice of the Sacramento Kings. Make sure you tune in to our next episode when G-Man and I will continue our conversation and talk about his long and highly respected career as a sports broadcaster.

20. Pandemic Pets

Since mid-March 2020 there has been a huge surge in animal adoptions, fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Melissa Bain, a professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, tells us about the joys and challenges of pandemic pets, and what to consider when adopting animal companions during the pandemic. We meet 14-year-old Davis resident Kate Phillips and her canine companion Winston. Winston became part of the Phillips family last summer. Hear about the science behind why there is such a deep bond between dogs and humans and learn some cool facts about dogs. Then visit Siberia, where dogs first joined the human pack 23,000 years ago.

19. Rock the Vote

The 2020 U.S. elections were shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic and a nationwide movement for racial justice. About 55% of ballots in 2020 were cast by youth, up from 44% in the 2016 elections. This increase in turnout among youth made a difference in the outcome of the election across the country, especially in key battleground states. Rock the Vote is a non-profit organization whose goal is to build the political power of young people by increasing voter turnout among 18 to 24 year olds. Meet the Davis chapter of Rock the Vote and hear about their work to get young people to vote. Then learn about youth voting rights and visit Georgia, which in 1943 became the first state to lower the voting age from 21 to 18.

18. Ireland

Do you know what hurling and camogie are? How is Gaelic football different from American football? And what exactly is soda bread? Davis resident John Cunningham grew up in Ireland and will shed some light on all these things. Learn about hurling, the fastest game on grass. Hurling is Ireland's oldest pastime and combines the skills of baseball, hockey, and lacrosse into one high speed, high scoring, high energy sport. Then discover Newgrange in Ireland, the site of a neolithic passage tomb that is older than Stonehenge or the Egyptian pyramids.

17. Happiness

'Just Because' is a group of students and parents who did something special for teens in Davis to brighten up their day during this challenging time of social isolation and distance learning. Natalie Ries and Neil Redenbaugh from 'Just Because' tell us just what they did. How do you rate your life on a scale of 0 to 10? Find out about the World Happiness Report and how people from over 150 countries rate their happiness and satisfaction with life. Our place of the week is Finland, which holds the title of the happiest country in the world. Not only is Finland dark and cold for much of the year, it also has the most number of heavy metal bands per capita. So why are its people so happy? You'll have to listen to find out.

16. Radio Plays

A radio drama or radio play is a dramatized audio performance that relies on dialogue, music and sound effects to help listeners imagine the characters and story. COVID-19 restrictions prevented the Davis High Drama Club from performing onstage, but they got creative and instead worked on a series of radio plays that Sophia Davis tells us about. In our world of smartphones and high speed internet it is hard to remember a time when wireless messages couldn’t even cross the Atlantic. Learn how radio broadcasts were invented and the difference between AM and FM radio. Visit Nova Scotia, Canada, where Marconi changed the world with the first transatlantic radio transmission.

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Love your choice of music! My favorite part of your show is the place of the week segment.

Listening to your show right now--sounding good. Just a note to say welcome to the KDRT/DMA family, and I hope your participation brings you happiness!

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