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Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, (now at Northwestern University in Qatar), has launched a podcast called Dubai Wave, produced by he and a talented team of students, in a course called Online Media Production. Bringing listeners around the world interviews with fascinating personalities from Dubai and the greater Middle East.

March 23, 2017

Ep 4: Dubai Radio - Brent Black

Presenting one of Dubai's most iconic personalities.. it's Brent Black!! The Dubai Wave Podcast is thrilled to bring you the dynamic host of Virgin Radio Dubai's The Ride Home with Brent Black, on the UAE's #1 hit music station. This Indiana native is all the rage here in the gem of the Middle East, and in this in-depth exclusive, he tells how he went from a small town in the American Midwest to become the ultimate Dubai radio pro. (Plus, his pet parrot, Lloyd, makes a suprise cameo :) Don't miss it! 

Produced by Dr. Spencer Striker, Digital Media Professor at the American University in Dubai, the show is created with the help of a talented student production team at AUD. 

Brent was raised in a tiny Indiana farming town, population 500. At age 17, he enrolled at Indiana University not really sure what he wanted to do in life…but his parents wanted him to pursue a career in law. To pay his way through college, he got a job at a local newspaper. Brent was constantly told by people to do radio including his boss who even told him about a job vacancy for a presenter on Indianapolis rock radio station, WTTS. He auditioned, and somehow had a weekend shift on air within two weeks. Eventually, Brent worked his way to Los Angeles and realized his dream – to do an afternoon drive show in LA…he talked to millions on 104.3 KBIG FM…and couldn’t believe he’d made it. In 2008, when Richard Branson launched Virgin Radio Dubai, a worldwide search for the right presenter led to Brent, who was holed up in LA, looking for adventure.  Two days later Brent was on a plane to Dubai to start work at Virgin. Brent soothes his sexy voice with late night visits to Pinkberry and sometimes double dates with Kris Fade. Enjoy our exclusive hour-long, in-depth conversation with Dubai's iconic radio personality, Brent Black! 


The concept with Dubai Wave is to look at big picture Dubai. Each episode will focus on a unique topic, such as Dubai Fitness; Dubai Social Media; Dubai Food Scene; Dubai Music, etc., with the goal to illuminate a 360-degree viewpoint of all the exciting things happening here, the gem of the Middle East. The impressive guest list to date includes the founders of two of Dubai’s most popular food blogs (Dubai Foodie Scene); the founder of Dubai’s most influential MMA gym, Tam Khan (Dubai MMA); successful entrepreneur, Anas Bukhash (Dubai Entrepreneurship); the editor of What’s On Dubai, Laura Coughlin (Dubai Magazines); the host of Virgin Radio, Brent Black, (Dubai Radio). Previously, Dr. Striker, with help from talented Digital Media and MBRSC students, launched a successful podcast called Digital Media & Tech in Dubai, focused on the Dubai tech industry, with eight episodes to date, featuring some of Dubai’s most exciting digital thought leaders.  

Hosted by:
Spencer Striker, PhD, Digital Media professor at the American University in Dubai
& Basma Choucri, AUD Digital Media student
Special Guest:
Brent Black, host of Virgin Radio Dubai
Special thanks to Reina Dib and Joy Semaan of the AUD Marcom Team
Produced by Basma Choucri
Edited by Karim Saad & Spencer Striker, PhD
Crewed by Lujain Mahmoud
Audio engineering by AUD Digital Media’s own Anil Mathew James

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