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Sunday, July 3 at 8 p.m. – The Moth Radio Hour

(Rochester, NY) – AM 1370 is pleased to bring a new radio series to its schedule. The Moth Radio Hour, airing every Sunday in July at 8 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2 beginning July 3, features true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment. Each Moth Radio Hour mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales that captivate, surprise, and delight audiences with their honesty, bravery and humor.

Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then recreated in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theaters and clubs around New York City and later around the country. Today, The Moth is a nonprofit organization with ongoing programs, all of which contribute their best stories to The Moth Radio Hour: The Moth Mainstage where celebrities appear alongside unique voices from all walks of life.

Topics for the July schedule include:

7/3 – Monologist Mike Daisey hosts a live Moth performance called OMG: Stories of the Sacred. Stories and storytellers in this hour include Andrew Solomon: A writer discovers an artistic community thriving in post-Taliban Afghanistan, Judy Gold: A comedian starting to appreciate the rituals of her faith after the death of her father, and Reverend Al Sharpton: After being stabbed in the chest, the reverend must put the doctrine of "Forgive Thine Enemy" to the test.

7/10 – Popular Moth storyteller Tome Shillue plays host, and details his complicated relationship with fame as star of kid’s TV show Blue’s Clues. Other stories include: Fathia Absie- A young Somali woman immigrates to the US, and battles to keepher sister out of trouble and Cindy Chupack: Executive Producer/Writer of Sex in the City discloses how she handles finding out that her husband thinks he might be gay.

7/17 – Senior Producer Jenifer Hixson is host this show. Stories and storytellers in this hourinclude Phil Caputo - Journalist gives details of being a rookie reporter and then a seasoned war correspondent.  Ophira Eisenberg - A little girl gets The Barbie Dream house after a terrible car wreck and Tricia Rose Burt - A Southern overachiever attempts to loosen up in a drawing class. Photo: Phil Caputo.

7/24 – This episode is hosted by Sarah Austin Jenness, The Moth’s Producing Director. Storytellers include Aimee Mullins: An award-winning athlete, artist and double amputee, Sirdeaner Walker: a mother speaking of her son’s suicide, Ed Koch: an anti-Semetic platoon leader, and three teenagers from New Orleans who share their story of prejudice and power.

7/31 – The Moth’s Artistic Director Catherine Burns hosts this episode. Stories and storytellers include: George Dawes Green: A matriarch goes to war when her family plantation is slated to be turned into a theme park. Edgar Oliver: The genesis story of a true bohemian: two children, one spectacularly eccentric mother, and Savannah, Georgia. Ted Conover: A guard at Sing Sing is intrigued by a prisoner's unusual tattoo.


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