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Back in the 80s, long before the X-Games existed, Tom Haig traveled the world as an extreme athlete. He visited more than 50 countries as an international high diver, doing multiple somersault tricks from over 90 feet.

That life came crashing down one Sunday morning in 1996. While training on his mountain bike, he smashed into the grill of a truck and became paralyzed from the waist down. But less than a year later he completed a 100-mile ride on a hand-cycle and traveled by himself to Europe and the Middle East.

Since then he has continued to travel the world as a consultant, writer and video producer. He spent six months launching a Tibetan radio station in the Himalayas and shot documentary shorts on disability in Bangladesh, France, Albania, Ghana and most recently Nepal.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Story Behind 90.4 Tashi Delek FM

Phuntsok Dorjee
Now that I’ve been going to work for about a month, I’m finally wrapping my head around what I’m supposed to be doing. We need to create a ton of content for the station as well as teach the students how to record and edit audio. Unfortunately that job is still a month away as the students at the Tibetan Children’s Village are on their winter break until Losar, the Tibetan New Year, Feb. 20.

In the meantime I’ve got two adult students who are going to turn into crack radio men and will run the content side of the station once I’m gone. Lobsang and Chimi both took quite quickly to audio editing on Adobe Audition and Nuendo even though they were dumbfounded at first.

Their first project was editing an interview I did with our station’s creator, Phuntsok Dorjee. I conducted the interview while the station manager, Kalseng took levels and the two of them sat close by to see how it was done. Once they figured out it was just organized talking, their fear of being on a microphone was greatly reduced.

This picture has nothing to do with this post whatsoever. I bet you're really bummed you're looking at it too.

Next week they get to interview Phuntsok in Tibetan, but this week was spent painstakingly changing the levels on each exchange between Phuntsok and me. So instead of a long blog entry, you can see how they did for yourselves. And as you’re listening you’ll find out exactly what’s going on here at good old 90.4 Tashi Delek FM!

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