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Talk radio, only greener: Loyola professor launches monthly radio show, 'EnviroCommentary'

February 7, 2014

On the first Saturday of every month, radio listeners in the New Orleans area will get the chance to listen to a different kind of talk radio show. This show is hosted by a combination naturalist-biologist-professional communicator who believes in explaining today’s hot button environmental and “green” issues in a way that hits home for people. Host Bob Thomas, Ph.D., director of Loyola University New Orleans Center for Environmental Communication, will kick off “EnviroCommentary” Saturday, Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. on WGSO 990 AM.

The radio show, which will air the first Saturday every month at 8 a.m. after its initial launch, will focus on spreading the word about environmental issues facing Louisiana with an opportunity for listeners to call-in with questions and comments. The show is part of a series called "All Things Local," created and co-managed by Loyola School of Mass Communication alumnus Kevin Fitzwilliam '03. Loyola junior Raquel Derganz-Baker, exchange student Emmy Gustavson and sophomore Jose Garza are also serving as producers and interns for the show.

As the host, Thomas is well-versed in highlighting the importance of local environmental issues—a passion reflected in his work with Loyola’s Center for Environmental Communication, one of the few centers in the country dedicated to training students and others to effectively communicate today’s leading environmental issues.

In fact, Thomas has always been active in local environmental issues. When he’s not teaching in Loyola’s School of Mass Communication, he can also be seen leading local group nature walks as a part of the Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater New Orleans, Inc. His new documentary exposing the tough lessons of the now-defunct Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (co-produced with e/Prime Media) recently debuted on public television station WYES.

Before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, Thomas hosted a weekly environment radio program called “The Environment Show,” on the same channel.

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