Sandy Stories with Drew Westphal

October 4, 2020

Tyler and Drew share reminiscences and talk Hurricane Sandy

Tyler calls up his best friend, Drew Westphal, to talk "best beach memories from the good old days" (90s and early 2000s) in Southern California, and Drew's experience living in Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  Drew and Tyler grew up in the same small town in California and spent countless days on the beach together.  Drew still lives in New York City and reports that cleanup and rebuilding from Sandy are still ongoing. He runs the JoCo Cruise, a nerdy seven night cruise aboard Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam, with music, comedy, and other performances and events. Learn more about it at

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R. Tyler Buckingham

R. Tyler Buckingham is the Director of Content and Production for Coastal News Today and ASPN. Before launching CNT/ASPN, Tyler worked with Peter A. Ravella Consulting, where he created coastal funding solutions for beach communities. Previously, Tyler worked at Rooftop Comedy where he served as the video and sound editor. In 2013, Tyler worked with Ken Burns' documentary film production company, Florentine Films, where he worked on projects including The Roosevelts: An Intimate Story; I Can't Stop Loving You, a documentary about country music; The Address, a documentary about the recital of the Gettysburg address on its 150th Anniversary; and Vietnam. Tyler also worked on the Ken Burns mobile app, which was released to critical acclaim in 2014. From 2009 to 2012, he was a monitoring and evaluation consultant in the field of international economic development with the U.S. Trade & Development Agency. Originally from Ojai, California, Tyler grew up going to the beaches of Southern California and credits time spent in the tide pools with inspiring an early interest in marine biology and coastal systems. Tyler is the co-host of the American Shoreline Podcast and the host of the Beach Shack Podcast on coastal real estate.