As a broadcaster and journalist and scholar he has hosted his own television show in Kansas City, Missouri; worked as a news reporter/ commentator for CBS Television (KCTV) and National Public Radio; produced classical music programming for KXTR-FM radio; written (and illustrated) ten books, more than 200 articles, and several short stories.
His most recent books are Peter Weir: Interviews and Douglas Fairbanks And The American Century.
Other books include The Gothic Imagination (Palgrave Mcmillan, 2011), Composers in the
Movies: Studies in Musical Biography (2005, Yale University Press), Schumann: A Chorus of Voices (2010, Amadeus Press), and the three-volume American Classic Screen (Scarecrow Press, 2010).
His current radio series are The World of Robert Schumann (currently being broadcast worldwide on the WFMT Radio Network) and Piano Portraits (A 17-episode series of interviews with world--class concert pianists).
Among his recent awards is the 2008 Kansas Governor's Arts Award
Recent invited conference appearances include "The Robert Schumann Bicentenary Conference" in Zwickau, Germany (2010). . . The International Popular Culture Conference in Warsaw, Poland (July 2012). . . and the "Portland International Piano Festival" in Portland (5-8 June 2014).
He has just returned from a sabbatical trip to Australia, where he researched a forthcoming book on Australian cinema.