William F. Strong ('78 M.S.) and John Cook ('81 Ph.D.) met as students at UNT. Now they host the program "Good Books Radio," which runs on the PBS station in the Rio Grande Valley KMBH 88 FM and has attracted nationally known authors.
The duo, who were founding faculty members of the communications department at the University of Texas at Brownsville, started the radio program seven years ago. Strong says former UNT communication professor Ted Colson influenced his love of literature -- which Strong tries to pass on.
"We thought if people could hear directly from inspiring authors that it might inspire them to read, too," Strong says. "If not, we could at least expose our audience to beautiful ideas and beautiful words."