The Phoenix File is both a traditional online blog and a weekly radio broadcast with commentaries and conversations about the people, programs and issues impacting the quality of life in the Greater Phoenix area.
Stu Turgel is the blog author and radio host of The Phoenix File. Stu’s professional career has been devoted to enabling charitable organizations reach new heights and positively impact the lives and communities they serve. He is a prolific writer and commentator about issues of social justice; human rights and equality; nonprofit volunteerism, leadership, management and philanthropy; effective and responsible charitable giving and nonprofit accountability; and, community building.
Stu’s interest in broadcasting began as a child listening to local late night talk shows in Boston, old time radio serials and radio dramas, and news programming from throughout the world on short wave radio. He was fascinated with the way news and information was gathered and reported. Inspired by Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, Stu developed a deep interest in broadcast news gathering. His first experience behind the microphone came at WCMO-FM, his college radio station at Marietta College in Ohio where he majored in broadcast journalism. At WCMO-FM he was a disc jockey and a newscaster. He later studied broadcasting at the Northeast Broadcasting School in Boston under the guidance of iconic newsman Victor Best.
He entered the Army during the Vietnam War. He was trained at the Department of Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis where he graduated from the military broadcast journalism program. Stu was assigned to Johnston Island in the Pacific where he was the news director for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service broadcasting news on both radio and television. The highlight of his tenure at AFRTS was being part of the news team that broadcast the splashdown and recovery of the Apollo 11 capsule carrying the first astronauts to walk on the moon. When he returned to the U.S. Stu was assigned as a public information officer with the 47th General Hospital at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver.
Following his military service, Stu’s professional career for the next four decades was dedicated to working in the nonprofit sector where he specialized in philanthropy, public affairs and marketing communications. For 14 years he produced local segments of the nationally broadcast Children’s Miracle Network Telethon supporting Children’s Hospitals in North America. He also produced more than a dozen holiday-themed compilation record albums to benefit pediatric medical centers.
Stu retired in 2013 as the President & CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix. He continues to provide management consulting to charitable organizations. He is thrilled to once again be behind the microphone as a broadcaster at RADIO PHOENIX, central Arizona’s community radio station, where he hosts The Phoenix File, a weekly news magazine broadcast on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. The Phoenix File online blog is also an opportunity for Stu to comment and give voice to a variety of issues that effect life in the Valley of the Sun and beyond.
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