Production Bios

Brenda Hughes

Producer and Co-writer
NORTH CAROLINA’S WWII EXPERIENCE

Brenda Hughes is the producer and co-writer of UNC-TV’s NORTH CAROLINA’S WWII EXPERIENCE, a two-hour, original documentary that focuses on North Carolina’s role in the Second World War. Told through the personal accounts of 25 veterans and home front civilians, the documentary pays tribute to the service, sacrifice and commitment of North Carolinians who participated in America’s victory over German and Japanese aggression.

A former news anchor/reporter at NBC affiliates in Washington, NC, and Richmond, VA, Brenda Hughes began her broadcast career working with Jefferson Pilot Teleproductions as one of the first female sports reporters in the Southeast.

Her first two documentaries, Thank You, Eddie Hart (an independent production) and Sing Behind the Plow (produced for UNC-TV) both won regional Emmys. Her latest independent documentary, Marching Once More, about veterans of the Battle of the Bulge who return to the battlefield 60 years later, will be broadcast on UNC-TV in January 2011.

Brenda is a graduate of Meredith College and holds an MS from East Carolina University where she was named one of 100 Incredible ECU Women in 2007.

Scott Davis

Director, Editor, Co-writer and Executive Producer
NORTH CAROLINA’S WWII EXPERIENCE

Scott H. Davis is the director, editor, co-writer and executive producer of NORTH CAROLINA’S WWII EXPERIENCE, a UNC-TV public television documentary that focuses on North Carolina’s role in the Second World War.

Scott’s career spans more than 30 years in public broadcasting. He has worked as a producer and director for public television stations and networks in California, New York, Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina. He is currently Executive Producer for External Productions at UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide public television network, where he develops projects with independent producers and partnering organizations.

Scott was the founding Executive Producer for North Carolina NOW and has produced several documentaries for UNC-TV, including a series of programs on special exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

He has received several awards for his work, including two Parents’ Choice Awards and six Emmy Awards.

Lisa Waldo

Associate Producer
NORTH CAROLINA’S WWII EXPERIENCE

Lisa Waldo is the associate producer of NORTH CAROLINA’S WWII EXPERIENCE. After attending the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University where she completed a short film on the Women’s Prison Repertory Company, Lisa joined the staff of UNC-TV where she served as the associate producer of Our State and NORTH CAROLINA’S WWII EXPERIENCE.

Mike Urben

Narrator
NORTH CAROLINA’S WWII EXPERIENCE

Mike has been a voiceover performer for 30 years on radio and television commercials as well as for corporate audio-visual presentations, having recorded nearly a thousand projects for companies such as Glaxo Smith-Kline, IBM, Martin Marietta, Raytheon, Golden Corral, Hitachi and many more. He was a disc jockey for many years before becoming a full-time radio commercial producer.

Mike has also narrated numerous special programs produced by UNC-TV, including Sing Behind the Plow, Monet in Normandy and El Greco to Velazquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III.

Mike and his wife Renee live in Cary and have three children between the ages of sixteen and twenty-three.

Fred Story

Composer
NORTH CAROLINA’S WWII EXPERIENCE

Fred Story began his broadcasting career in 1972 as a disc jockey at his hometown radio station in Erwin, Tennessee. He continued to work in radio while studying music education in college, and remained in broadcasting for 18 years.

In 1981, Fred moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to work for Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting. He began composing for TV and advertising in 1982 after being given the opportunity to write the theme for a television pilot. Although the show never got off the ground, the producer began referring Fred for other scoring jobs and the phone started to ring. During this time, he studied composition for seven years with Ziggy Hurwitz, famous for his work with artists as diverse as Woody Herman and the London Symphony Orchestra. By 1990, the scoring work became so plentiful that Fred left broadcasting to become a full time composer.

Today, Concentrix Music and Sound Design employs 4 composers, a full time sound designer and production support staff, with Fred at the helm as President and Creative Director.

Fred’s list of composer credits for television and film is lengthy. Among the many awards he has received are four Emmy Awards, three Telly Awards, a New York Festivals Gold Award, numerous Addy Awards, and dozens of Silver Microphone Awards.

Throughout his career, one force has driven Fred more than any other…passion. Not only his passion for writing music, but for applying his craft to strengthen the story, enhance the emotion, and make the end result more compelling.