Stories from Rochester residents about local life, past and present.
WXXI has compiled the best stories from the StoryCorps Rochester recordings, and presents them in a three-part special series that airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2, July 18 through August 1. Local voices such as musician Gap Mangione, sculptor Pepsy Kettavong, and Damon City Campus Executive Dean Emeterio Otero are just a few featured in the StoryCorps Rochester special series.
In July 2009 StoryCorps, one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, came to Rochester during the City’s 175th anniversary celebration to record more than 200 people who shared their personal stories. Over the past year public radio listeners have heard these stories during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. This StoryCorps Rochester special series brings the regional stories together for one last re-telling.
On Sunday, July 18 Sister Rosemary Burgio and Sister Maria Mariani talk about how the city has changed in the last 100 years; Donna and Tom Proietti share Donna’s experiences with breast cancer; Barbara Blaisdell talks about why she has been portraying Susan B. Anthony for 20 years; jazz pianist Gap Mangione talks about growing up with music; and Laotian-American artist Pepsy Kettavong is proud to create sculptures inspired by the great men and women of American history.
On Sunday, July 25 Kristian Englert confesses just how he froze his tongue to the flagpole in the school yard; Jacquie Archer tells her son David Skinner that she grew up with radio and radio grew up with her; Deborah Murray explains why she donated a kidney to her best friend’s husband; and we meet Charles Price, the first African American to serve on the Rochester Police Force.
On Sunday, August 1 listeners will meet Jean Tischer, the grand niece of women’s right pioneer Susan B. Anthony; Jeanne Corcoran recounts the events of June 1972, when Hurricane Agnes struck the southern tier of New York and submerged some parts of Corning under 18 feet of water; Emeterio Otero, Executive Dean at the Damon City Campus of Monroe Community College, talks about coming of age in Buffalo during the Civil Rights movements; and we hear from Betty Miller, who just celebrated her one-hundred-first birthday.
Since 2003, almost 30,000 everyday people have shared life stories with family and friends in StoryCorps recording booth. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is reaching out to record history, hopes, and common humanity —and illuminate the true character of this nation.
To learn more about StoryCorps Rochester, and to listen to the stories online, visit WXXI.org/storycorps. StoryCorp Rochester is supported by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and Valley Manor Custom Apartment Homes.