Tut Underwood

Reporter, Producer

Tut Underwood is producer of  South Carolina Focus, a weekly news feature. A native of Alabama, Tut graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Speech Communication.  He worked in radio in his hometown before moving to Columbia where he received a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina, and worked for local radio while pursuing his degree.  He also worked in television. He was employed as a public information specialist for USC, and became Director of Public Information and Marketing for the South Carolina State Museum. His hobbies include reading, listening to music in a variety of styles and collecting movies and old time radio programs.

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State Troopers bear the body of Sen. Clementa Pinckney to the South Carolina State House rotunda on Wednesday.
David Hunt

  State Senator Clementa Pinckney was not only a respected member of the South Carolina legislature, he was also a father, a husband and a friend to many people in and out of South Carolina. In addition, he was the beloved pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. In this report we hear from several of those who knew him well, and learn how their lives were touched by Pinckney.


  In the wake of the shootings at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, a renewed effort has arisen to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House. Among those calling for its removal is Gov. Nikki Haley, but there remain prominent South Carolinians on both sides of the issue. Today we hear from two of them: State Representative Jonathan Hill of Anderson, a republican who represents House District 8, and the Rev. Nelson Rivers IIL, long time Civil Rights activist and Vice President of Religious Affairs and External Relations for the National Action Network.


Linda O'Bryon

  The tragic shootings in Charleston last week shocked and saddened South Carolinians and all Americans.  But the resilience of Charlestonians shone through as they returned violence and hate with forgiveness.  In this report, U.S. Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina’s sixth congressional district remembers his friend, pastor and State Senator Clementa Pinckney, and gives his thoughts on why and how Charleston has remained  calm and has come together to heal after the tragedy.


  This week on South Carolina Focus, we learn more about an eagerly-awaited annual event in the Palmetto State – the Miss South Carolina Pageant, which will be broadcast on statewide TV Saturday, June 27. Executive Producer Jay Pitts gives us an insight into the many elements – lighting, music, choreography, costumes and more - that go into making the spectacle that is the pageant, which will originate from Columbia’s Township Auditorium. Additional perspective comes from one of the contestants, Miss Hilton Head Island – who just happens to be ETV Radio’s own Kate McKinney!


Red Bellied Snake
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

    This week on South Carolina Focus, we talk with Jim Knight, one of the state’s leading herpetologists, or reptile experts. He’s been studying and handling snakes, his specialty, for more than half a century, and now that summer is approaching, he says people who are out and about in the woods, on the lakes or even in their yards, may encounter a snake. Knight imparts some good advice on what to do in these unexpected meetings, and reminds us of the important role that snakes play in the cycle of nature, and perhaps even in the future treatment of some diseases as well.


Tut Underwood
SCETV

  On this South Carolina Focus, we remember the great South Carolina humorist William Price Fox, known for his books such as “Dixiana Moon,” “ Southern Fried” and “Doctor Golf.” His close friend Charles Israel talks about this gregarious, magnetic writer and how he saw the humor in life, as well as discussing one of the great adventures of Fox’s youth.


Conor Hanick
Courtesy of the artist

  On this edition of South Carolina Focus, we’re talking with New York pianist Conor Hanick, a veteran of concert stages from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo. He’s in Charleston to perform two concerts in Spoleto USA's Music in Time series, May 31 and June 2. He tells us how he chooses which pieces to perform and what he likes about Charleston and its audiences.


Roy Thomas
Alan Waite

  This week on South Carolina Focus, we talk with Roy Thomas, who wrote and edited The Avengers, among other titles, for Marvel Comics, and who recently authored the colorful tome “75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen.” The St. Matthews, SC, resident talks about the new blockbuster movie “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” featuring the title villain he created, and gives us a glimpse into the world of comics with the “true” origin of the Avengers, inspired more by printers’ deadlines than a brainstorm for a new “dream team” of heroes.


Musica Nuda
Angelo Trani

Vocalist Petra Magoni, and bassist Ferruccio Spinetti form the unique duo Musica Nuda, or “Naked Music.” They will present two concerts at Spoleto on May 21 and 22 at the College of Charleston that will demonstrate an amazing repertoire that encompasses jazz, rock, classical and more. Ms. Magoni talks about how the duo was formed and why it feels no limits on what it can perform even with its minimal instrumentation.


Pillars of Creation, 2015
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)

South Carolina Focus we talk with NASA head Charles Bolden about the amazing Hubble Space Telescope, which has, for the last quarter-century, provided breathtaking photographs of outer space never before possible. It has opened up so much new information to science it has caused textbooks on astronomy and astrophysics to be rewritten.

Post & Courier reporter Jennifer Berry Hawes
Post & Courier, Charleston, SC

  This week on South Carolina Focus we look at a respected state newspaper that has distinguished itself nationally: the Charleston Post and Courier was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for its series on domestic violence in South Carolina. Largely because of the series, the General Assembly has put forward legislation to combat this serious problem in our state. We talk with two of the reporters who worked on the series about their feelings on the problem and the prestigious prize their work has earned.


Last Days in Vietnam

Apr 20, 2015
Photo by Hiroji Kubota

  “Last Days in Vietnam” is a new film documenting the end of the Vietnam War on the 40th anniversary of America’s withdrawal from Saigon.  The film, produced and directed by Rory Kennedy, youngest child of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, will air on PBS and ETV April 28 at 9 p.m.


Tut Underwood
SCETV

  A good breakfast can sometimes be worth traveling for – if you’re a member of the South Carolina Breakfast Club.


Tut Underwood
SCETV

  This week, South Carolina Focus turns its attention to an appreciation of South Carolina native son Charles H. Townes, who passed away in January at age 99.  Townes was one of the world’s foremost scientists, and is known for creating one of the great inventions of the last century, the laser, which has inspired a galaxy of applications including everything from DVD players to surgery to measuring distances with a precision previously impossible.  Listeners may discover some interesting things they didn’t know about this world-renowned and Nobel Prize-winning South Carolinian. 

Tut Underwood
SCETV

  It’s the height of tax-paying season, and phone fakers and cyber criminals are out in force, trying to steal tax refunds, fool victims into sending them (posing as the IRS and other authorities) “additional taxes” they don’t owe, and employing various other schemes to cheat innocent taxpayers out of their money, financial information and sometimes their identities.  A representative of the South Carolina Department of Revenue gives listeners tips on how to spot a potential scam and how to protect themselves from being victimized by these fraudulent schemes, known as “phishing.”

180 Days Hartsville

Apr 2, 2015
Tut Underwood
SCETV

  This segment previews the PBS special 180 Days: Hartsville, which was produced by SC ETV in partnership with the National Black Programming Consortium. The documentary follows, over the course of an entire school year, the principals of two elementary schools in Hartsville, S.C. who are struggling to improve learning and opportunities for their children in the face of widespread poverty. With the help of a five-year, $5 million grant from Sunoco Corp.

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