C&I NPR Station brings StoryCorps to Cape & Islands this spring

Peabody Award-Winning national Oral History Project to record the stories of everyday Americans on Martha?s Vineyard, May 10?19, and in Orleans, May 23?June 2

WCAI-FM, the Cape and Islands NPR Station, broadcasting throughout the region on 90.1, 91.1 and 94.3, is bringing StoryCorps to Cape Cod and Martha?s Vineyard this May and June.

A multi-year project started by award-winning radio documentary producer Dave Isay, StoryCorps documents the everyday history and unique stories of ordinary Americans by capturing intimate one-on-one interviews. StoryCorps was honored with a rare institutional Peabody award in April 2007. The project?s mission is to bring their Mobile StoryBooths?Airstreams refitted with recording studios?to every corner of the United States, building an oral history of everyday American life in the 2000s. In conjunction with WCAI, they will be recording on Martha?s Vineyard, outside Cronig?s Market in Vineyard Haven, from May 10-19 and in Depot Square, across from the Chocolate Sparrow, in Orleans, May 23?June 2. On Martha's Vineyard, WCAI has partnered with The Oral Center of the Martha's Vineyard Museum.

In the Mobile StoryBooth, participants record in pairs?oftentimes friends or loved ones?with one person interviewing the other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process and handles the technical aspects of the recording. At the end of each forty-minute session, the participants walk away with a CD of their interview. With their permission, a second copy is sent to the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress, where it becomes part of a high-quality digital archive.  Also with permission, copies of the interviews will be given to WCAI for future local production, and, for those interviews originating on Martha?s Vineyard, the Oral History Center at the Martha?s Vineyard Museum, WCAI?s co-sponsor on Island, will retain archival copies.

Select stories may air nationally Friday mornings on NPR?s Morning Edition, heard locally from 6-9:30am weekdays on WCAI-FM, broadcasting on 90.1, 91.1 and 94.3.

Reservations for recording sessions on the Vineyard open to the public on April 26th at 10am and for Orleans on May 11th at 10am. Availability is limited and reservations usually are filled quickly. Meet-and-greet welcome festivities will take place 11:30?12:30pm on Thursday, May 10th outside Cronig?s in Vineyard Haven and 11:30?12:30pm on Wednesday, May 23rd in Depot Square, Orleans.  All are invited to welcome the StoryCorps producers, learn more about their national oral history project, take a tour inside the Mobile StoryBooth, meet WCAI staff, and record their own stories for WCAI. 

?WCAI has been recognized for it?s own locally-produced oral history vignettes of area citizens, said John Voci, WCAI Station Director.  ?We are excited to now partner with StoryCorps and share the wealth of stories from our residents with the Library of Congress and the rest of the country.  What a great project.  We are proud to be involved.?

To make reservations for a StoryCorps interview, you can call 1-800-850-4406. For more information, you can go to our website at www.capeandislands.org.

About StoryCorps

StoryCorps is a project of Sound Portraits Productions, the nationally acclaimed New York City non-profit founded by Dave Isay. For more than a decade, Sound Portraits has celebrated the lives and struggles of unheralded Americans who have quietly and courageously overcome adversity through award-winning public radio documentaries, as well as through books, CDs, museum exhibitions, and Web sites. To hear Sound Portraits past radio programs, visit www.storycorps.net.

About the AFC

The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and placed at the Library of Congress to ?preserve and present American folklife?  through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public programs, and training. The center incorporates the Archive of Folk Culture, which was established in the Library in 1928 and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world. The Archive of Folk Culture will be the repository for the StoryCorps collection.

About WCAI, The Cape and Islands NPR Station

WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, is broadcast on WCAI 90.1FM, WNAN 91.1FM and WZAI 94.3FM. WCAI is a listener-supported public radio station serving Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and the south coast. Founded by local residents, the station is a service of WGBH Radio. Recipients of a 2007 duPont-Columbia Award, WCAI strives to celebrate the uniqueness of the communities that we serve while discussing common issues.  Visit the station's website here.

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