Friday, January 8, 2010

StoryCorps recording project comes to WYSO

This spring, public radio station WYSO will play host to StoryCorps, a national recording project that is creating an oral history of the United Sates using the stories of every day Americans.

The StoryCorps mobile booth will be in the Dayton area from April 22 until May 15 of 2010. Prospective participants will apply to reserve an hour-long recording session at the mobile StoryBooth to interview someone they know - loved ones, friends, or members of their community. At the end of the session, participants receive a CD copy of the interview to take home, and, with their permission, another copy will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Som e of the interviews are subsequently heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, which is heard local on WYSO 91.3 fm.

On January 21, WYSO will host a meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Glen Helen Building to explain the StoryCorps process. StoryCorps senior coordinator Jenna Weiss-Berman will attend. Representatives of organizations and other persons who can inform and encourage prospective interviewees to apply for a recording time-slot are invited to this meeting. It is not a prerequisite to participation in StoryCorps, but it will provide important information on application procedures.

WYSO general manager Neenah Ellis says, “WYSO is thrilled to collaborate with StoryCorps on this very important project. We know that our listeners have valuable stories to tell and we are happy to act as facilitators.”

Harvey Paige is WYSO’s coordinator for this project. For more information contact him at 767-2476 or, or call WYSO at 767-6420.

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