The Voice of Douglas, a Douglas based internet show, recently celebrated its second anniversary.
The Voice of Douglas’ first broadcast was in March of 2011 out of the home of founders Danny and Martha Morales. Since then it has moved to several locations around town before finding a permanent home just over a year ago at the Christian Life Center located at 20th and Frederick.
The live stream show runs every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. on the web. It features Christian clergy, business owners, politicians, educators, historians, students, service organization representatives and other conversationalists from the local Douglas area.
The program’s goals are to stream positive voices from Douglas in an effort to help bring and keep positive transformation coming from the city.
The show was first announced by Morales at a city council meeting during a call to the public. It debuted that same night with Morales and Juanita Hernandez co-hosting and Martha Morales directing.
The following week, a corps of student volunteers from Douglas High School and Huber Junior High joined the staff and have directed, produced, co-hosted, and sound engineered the show ever since.
Some of the student volunteers have included: Erich Hernandez, Jose Moreno, Laura Blair, Elyzabeth Duarte, Carisa Hernandez and the Morales’ sons Danny and Michael.
Blair continues to be a regular co-host on the show.
“Working with Voice of Douglas, D Crew and all their cast and crew has been a delight,” she said. “Every Wednesday I have the privilege of meeting someone from the community that teaches me more about what our community has to offer. I'm excited for our third year together at the Voice of Douglas and all the opportunities to come.”
Looking back on the past two years Danny says it has been an “adventure”.
“It’s been amazing watching this thing grow,” he said.
Morales continues to add new programs to the show and just recently announced what is called a D-web or D Crew show which is now on its fifth episode which stars the youth of the Cochise County Youth Coalition.
“Chuey Duarte and Alex Boneo are the producers of that show,” he said. “We help in editing and stage and things like that.”
Right now the show is recorded and aired at a later date, Morales said. They hope to go live somewhere down the road.
Boneo, who has been with the show about a year, will also be having a cooking show which will begin to air in June.
"(The) Voice of Douglas has been a blessing to my life and an excellent media platform where Douglas' greatest assets can be discovered, promoted, and shared across the community," Boneo said.
The Voice of Douglas all began with a vision Morales said he experienced while driving to a military drill one weekend.
In addition, Morales, who is also a member of the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, sends out a bi-weekly email which includes not only the highlights of the show but also upcoming community events.
To date, the Voice of Douglas audience reach has extended around the nation and the world - with viewers as far away as the Middle East.
Many of Voice of Douglas program library can be viewed at the VoD Channel (www.livestream.com/voiceofdouglas).