Thu November 7, 2013
inTune Station Blog

From The Desk Of President Neil Best: A Legacy Of Personal Stories

Listening to the 10th anniversary retrospective of StoryCorps on Morning Edition was a powerful reminder of just what amazing partnerships are created through public radio and what an incredible part you play.

StoryCorps was founded 10 years ago with the mission to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. It is modeled both in its sprit and scope after the efforts of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) through which oral history interviews across the United States were recorded in the 1930s.

I am certain this project, under the leadership of David Isay, would have been successful under any circumstances. At the same time I would suggest the weekly broadcast of selected segments from the stories recorded by StoryCorps on Morning Edition has been instrumental to the wonderful success of this program.

The funding model of public radio is so dependent upon the audience it creates wonderful opportunities. In this case NPR and local stations, including KUNC, not constrained by commercial influences, take four to five minutes every Friday morning to slow down, share with people we will never know. To breathe and reflect.

So many family stories have been shared and captured, to be shared with future generations. With permission recordings are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, along with the oral histories recorded by the WPA project in the 1930s. An important part of the American Legacy.

There are many other partnerships that your membership dollars make possible, but for now I invite you to take a few moments to think about what you have helped create. You may also enjoy visiting the StoryCorps page at NPR and listen to some of the wonderful stories you find there.

Warm Regards,

President & CEO

PS: Your thoughts and comments are always welcome below... or you can reach out directly at neil.best@kunc.org, @neil_best, or 970.350.0806