Person 2 Person: Doug Fabrizio

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Person 2 Person: Doug Fabrizio (Photo provided by RadioWest)

(KUTV) Doug Fabrizio is a familiar voice in Utah. He is the host of RadioWest and has been on the air with KUER for 30 years.

"It's one of those jobs where you're constantly learning new things or meeting new people or trying to figure out an issue in a new way," Fabrizio told Shauna Lake. "Every day is different."

For every interview, Fabrizio comes very prepared. Perhaps even over-prepared.

"I am terrified of not being prepared," he said. "I think that, principally, that is the most important thing to a good interview."

In fact, Fabrizio usually has pages and pages of questions and notes for each interview.

"In radio, you're always worried about dead air. And I live in constant fear of that," he said.

Fabrizio had actually always wanted to be an actor, but didn't end up seriously pursuing that career.

"I couldn't do it. I totally chickened out," he said.

He regrets that he didn't just try to go down that path.

"But, that led me to radio. Because I had to find something else that would take into account my massive ego and my sense of being a ham and wanting to perform, and radio filled that void" said Fabrizio. "And for that I'm grateful."

He does get to do a little acting here and there. He often partners with Plan Be Theater Company and he will get to participate in its radio dramas and plays.

"What's great about radio for me is that it takes into account those things I wanted with theater," he said.

Fabrizio finds balance in his busy life through working with his hands.

He used to do a lot of woodworking, and has been working with leather as well.

"I like the fact that you lose track of time," he said.

It's also nice for him to get away from those daily deadlines.

"Every day is stressful," he said. "There's that constant anxiety of getting that thing right."

As you can imagine, Fabrizio has had many memorable moments during his years on the air.

He recalled one interview he did with a man named Gene Jacobsen who survived the Bataan Death March during World Ward II.

Jacobsen wrote a book about it, entitled "We Refused to Die."

Jacobsen talked about the announcement that the war was over and he felt joy for the first time and forgave those who had tortured him.

"It was such a beautiful story and such a genuine, such an authentic moment," recalled Fabrizio. "Here's what I learned from that: that stories are gifts. And the thing that you give in return is your attention, is to listen."

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