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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

STORYCORPS, THE NATIONAL ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, COMES TO ROCHESTER
WXXI HOSTS STORYCORPS DURING ITS MONTH-LONG STAY

OPENING CEREMONY THURSDAY, JULY 2

(June 30, 2009) – Rochester – StoryCorps, a national initiative to document everyday history and the unique stories of Americans, arrives in Rochester on July 2, 2009. WXXI invited StoryCorps to Rochester to capture the stories of Rochesterians as part of the celebration of the City’s 175 Anniversary. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project in partnership with NPR and the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress.
The StoryCorps MobileBooth – an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio – will be parked outside the Rundel Library at the corner of Broad Street and South Avenue from July 2 until July 25, and will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Rochester Public Library has graciously donated this space for StoryCorps to utilize as it collects at least 120 interviews during its stay in Rochester. The first round of reservations opened June 18. A second round is scheduled for Friday, July 3 at 10 a.m., and can be made by calling toll free 800-850-4406 or going online at www.storycorps.org. 
Since its launch in October 2003, StoryCorps has collected interviews in all 50 states -- over 26,000 stories in all. In Rochester, StoryCorps is partnering with WXXI-AM 1370, Rochester’s NPR station, which will air a selection of the local stories and create special programs around the project. Selected segments may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. You can hear StoryCorps on AM 1370/HD91.5-2 and WRUR-FM 88.5 during Morning Edition at 6:25 and 8:25 a.m.
WXXI will host an Opening Day press event to introduce the project to the community and allow press and the public to tour the booth, speak to the StoryCorps staff, and hear from the first set of participants who will interview on the day of the event.

WHO:

WXXI President Norm Silverstein, City of Rochester’s Chief of Staff Jean Howard, Po’ Boys Brass Band, Gap Mangione, and StoryCorps staff

WHAT:

Opening remarks by WXXI President Norm Silverstein, proclamation presented by City of Rochester’s Chief of Staff Jean Howard, and StoryCorps staff, tour of StoryBooth

WHERE:

Rundel Library, corner of Broad Street and South Avenue

WHEN:

Thursday, July 2, 2009, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

10:30AM

Interviews with StoryCorps and WXXI staff, live music by Po’ Boys Brass Band

11:00 AM

Opening remarks by Norm Silverstein. Proclamation by City of Rochester’s Chief of Staff Jean Howard

11:10 AM

Tours of MobileBooth, Photo Op

11:30 AM

Interviews begin (among the first several are Gap Mangione and his daughter Ardis Mangione Lindley)

 

 

 

 

Major funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. StoryCorps also relies on the support from its participants and listeners. StoryCorps' Rochester visit is being supported by Valley Manor Custom Apartment Homes, a Seniorsfirst Community and Canandaigua National Bank and Trust.
For more information about the project, visit <WXXI.org/storycorps>.

General Press Guidelines:
With permission from the participants*:
-Cameras will be allowed in the booth before tape begins rolling. Photographs and video can be shot from outside the window during interviews.
-Press can listen in to interview with wireless headphones from outside the booth (when available).
-Press can interview participants before and after their StoryCorps interviews.     
*First two interviews following opening ceremony on Thursday, July 2 have given prior consent.

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