Time Rewind Reporter’s Journal

Veteran broadcast journalists David Mendel and Mike Xirinachs reveal the stories behind the stories as they share what was involved in covering major breaking news, including the downing of TWA Flight 800, the first Persian Gulf War, the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, a Ku Klux Klan rally, a city hall hostage standoff and other headline-making events.

Along the way, you'll gain new insights into the sports legends and other celebrities they interviewed during their distinguished careers. David and Mike will also welcome special guests.

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Veteran broadcast journalists David Mendel and Mike Xirinachs

Recent Podcasts

Oct 23, 2020

David welcomes longtime friend and colleague George Kovacik to reminisce high-pressure newsroom conditions that eventually convinced them to reevaluate news careers and move into public relations. They explain how, after once being the ones gathering and reporting the news, they each now provide information and experts to the media.

Oct 16, 2020

We welcome Michael Mendel, the creative force behind three decades of record album art for musicians like Gladys Knight & the Pips, Tony Bennett, Tammy Wynette, Curtis Mayfield, Donovan, David Cassidy, The Stylistics, The New York Philharmonic and many more. Michael reveals what went into designing album covers in the pre-digital era, including photo shoots and logistics you probably couldn’t get away with today. Plus, you’ll never guess who posed for some of his later covers. Check out a sampling of Michael’s more than 2,000 album covers on Discogs.

Oct 9, 2020

In the wee hours of every morning, story ideas are born in newsrooms across the country and around the world. These often require reporters to interview people that are out and about before most businesses are even open. David and Mike discuss crossing paths with a prostitute, bully and others while conducting the traditional ‘Man-on-the-Street’ (MOS) assignment.

Oct 2, 2020

Mike reveals his knack for entering restaurants for a meal and leaving with juicy news stories, including a cheating scandal that rocked the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an active swingers scene on Long Island, New York. David shares his experience making tough and sometimes unpopular decisions about assignments as a news manager.

Sep 25, 2020

Two years after covering the 9/11 attack in New York, Mike travels into the heart of the Persian Gulf War embedded with a humanitarian aid team. Amid the sound of gunfire day and night, he learns some surprising and amazing things about the Iraqi people and the U.S. troops serving in and around Baghdad.  He even scores a souvenir of Saddam Hussein.

Sep 18, 2020

A routine day of reporting turns upside down when terrorists attack the U.S. with commercial airliners. Mike takes us inside his 9/11 experience, trying to reach the burning World Trade Center for WCBS, but getting nowhere fast.

Sep 4, 2020

What happens when a reporter unwittingly becomes part of the very story he is covering? Mike faced this situation on multiple occasions and was even threatened with jail time. In this episode, he tells us how it all played out and what it feels like when the spotlight suddenly shines on the reporter.

Aug 28, 2020

Find out what happens when David takes on a newsroom full of smokers and what Mike discovers while on an undercover ice cream mission. Those stories, plus basements, pizza and more from the duo’s “radio daze.”

Aug 21, 2020

Former radio reporter Robert Hurst joins David and Mike to share gripping accounts of how he covered two disasters that drew global attention, propelled his broadcast career and garnered awards. The 1987 Comfort, Texas flood trapped a school bus full of church campers, claiming 10 young lives as others sought refuge in trees, and the 1989 Phillips Petroleum plant explosion and fire outside Houston left 23 workers dead and more than 300 injured. Robert reveals how he gained access to the story scenes before other media did.

Aug 14, 2020

David and Mike welcome special guest Jerry Barmash, news anchor/reporter for WABC in New York. With the U.S. still in the deadly clutches of the coronavirus pandemic and more police brutality taking place even as the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, we ask Jerry how he interviews the leading newsmakers of the day. Among them, coronavirus guru Dr. Anthony Fauci, former National Security Advisor John Bolton, fabled whistleblowing NYPD cop Frank Serpico and legendary sportscaster Bob Costas.

Aug 7, 2020

Schooled in the ways of fly fishing by Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams in our last episode, Mike this week reveals New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio’s pick as the greatest baseball player of all time. Plus, David’s encounter with a New York City mayor and “Bonanza” star Lorne Greene. And the heartwarming tale about how musical storyteller Harry Chapin found his way home and literally helped feed a community.

Jul 31, 2020

In this episode, Mike meets “God” at the beach in the form of baseball legend and American war hero Ted Williams; comedic genius Art Carney welcomes David into his Connecticut home for an exclusive interview over lemonade and cookies; and Mike pokes his head into Billy Joel’s Long Island motorcycle shop and confidently asks the “Piano Man” for an interview. Plus, a surprise celebrity encounter in an elevator.

Jul 24, 2020

Thinking on your feet is essential when covering a breaking news story. In this episode, veteran broadcast journalists David Mendel and Mike Xirinachs share the personal drama they encountered while tackling their respective assignments. For David, it’s being the only reporter inside Houston City Hall when a city council member’s aide is suddenly taken hostage. For Mike, it’s being among the first on the scene of what appears to be an oil tanker fire, but is actually one of the worst aviation disasters of the past 50 years: the downing of TWA Flight 800.

Jul 17, 2020

In this series premiere, you will meet veteran broadcast journalists David Mendel and Mike Xirinachs — reunited 30 years after running one of the most respected newsrooms in Connecticut. Find out how they broke into the news business right out of school, and then listen as Mike takes you behind the terrifying images of a Ku Klux Klan rally — one of his earliest assignments.