Public Radio Station WYSO is partnering with StoryCorps to record stories of the Miami Valley’s veteran and military community. StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative will be at the WYSO Studios in Yellow Springs June 30 – August 8.
StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs. Each story is a conversation between two people with a shared relationship (family members, friends, colleagues, etc) recorded by a trained facilitator. StoryCorps preserves the recordings in its archive at the Library of Congress, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. The Military Voices Initiative focuses on veterans, service members, and military families. It is an opportunity for them to share their experiences in their own words. It is also an opportunity for civilians to understand more clearly the complex realities of veterans’ service and sacrifice.
“WYSO is pleased to partner with StoryCorps and the Veteran and Military Center at Wright State to collect stories from our community. Our mission is to give voice to local people and this local/national partnership makes that happen,” said Neenah Ellis, WYSO General Manager.
This is StoryCorps’ third visit to the Miami Valley. As with prior visits, local interviews will air on WYSO, this time as part of the station’s Veterans’ Voices series, which is a partnership with Wright State University’s Veteran and Military Center.
The public is invited to a listening event celebrating stories from the StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative on Thursday, August 1 at 7p.m. at Sinclair Community College’s new Centerville Regional Center, 5800 Clyo Road. The event, presented in partnership with Sinclair Community College, is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/storycorps-military-voices-listening-party-tickets-63445975621