Your History & Pop Culture Time Machine

Time Rewind is a fun, fast-paced, one-minute daily broadcast feature that celebrates history and popular culture. Since it premiered on radio stations across the U.S. in 2007, Time Rewind has taken listeners of all ages on a journey back in time to landmark and culturally defining events. With its introduction to the classroom during the 2014-15 academic year, students have come to appreciate the creative way the program brings the past to life. Teachers and administrators marvel at the memories it evokes.

Executive Producer and Host David Mendel has compiled authentic sound bites, music tracks, commercials, themes and jingles that paint a vivid picture of each day in history. Time Rewind is the product of thousands of hours of research, fact-checking and an extensive audio library.

David transports his listeners to a time before smartphones, tablets, streaming technology and satellite radio — when almost everyone read a newspaper, and LPs, 45s and cassette tapes lined the shelves of most American homes. Those were the days when many took the ballgame and music with them to the beach and park in their transistor radios and boom boxes.

Each day of the year, David treats Time Rewind audiences to content that intrigues, educates and entertains. Do YOU know what happened on this day?


Time Rewind is not just entertainment. The feature is a valuable classroom tool that benefits students of Communications, Media Arts, AV, History, Social Studies, Science and other areas of study. By incorporating Time Rewind in a variety of academic programs and projects, including those within Career and Technical Education (CTE), students and educators make powerful connections to real-life applications. In addition, the program  offers multiple opportunities for cross-curricular teaching, media literacy as well as Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Read about Time Rewind’s earliest classroom successes HERE.


Time Rewind is the product of David’s passion for history and pop culture and his writing and broadcast production expertise. It is a unique program that is instructional to younger generations, nostalgic to more mature listeners and entertaining for everybody. With a blend of content that references recognizable historic figures, events and entertainment milestones along with items you may not have known, each episode sparks the imagination and builds a bridge to the past. David describes Time Rewind as “time travel for your mind.”


David’s 30-plus-year communications career began in radio and extended into film and television before he transitioned to public relations. After graduating from Boston University’s College of Communication with a degree in broadcast journalism, David worked at all-news radio powerhouses WEEI in Boston and KTRH in Houston. In between, he served as news director, anchor, reporter and talk show host at stations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and filed stories that were broadcast nationally on the CBS and ABC Radio Networks.

David served in various production management roles on commercial video projects, independent films and a nationally syndicated television talk show before accepting a position as senior producer for Baylor College of Medicine’s The Health Channel. He taught writing and video production courses at The Art Institute of Houston and founded the Houston chapter of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, now part of the Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP). In addition to hosting and producing Time Rewind, David is Public Relations Manager for the 50,000-member Houston Association of Realtors. To learn more about David’s professional background, check out his LinkedIn profile.