Southern California Public Radio, Betty St. Peter,
StoryCorps, Marisa Karplus, (646) 723-7020 ext. 75
STORYCORPS, THE NATIONAL ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, COMES TO EAST LOS ANGELES, CA
89.3-FM KPCC HOSTS STORYCORPS DURING ITS 4-WEEK STAY IN EAST LOS ANGELES – MADE POSSIBLE BY THE CAPITAL GROUP COMPANIES AND
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY
OPENING RECEPTION THURSDAY, JANUARY 29
LOS ANGELES (REMINDER - January 27, 2009) – StoryCorps, a national initiative to document everyday history and the unique stories of Americans, will arrive next week in East Los Angeles with an opening reception and welcome by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina Thursday, January 29. StoryCorps will be collecting the stories of Southern California residents as part of their cross-country tour. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project in partnership with NPR and the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress.
The StoryCorps mobile StoryBooth -- an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio -- will be parked at East Los Angeles Library, part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library for four weeks and will be open Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. StoryCorps plans to collect approximately 120 interviews during its stay in East L.A.
Since its launch in October 2003, StoryCorps’ mobile and stationary recording studios have collected interviews in 100 towns in 48 states -- over 20,000 stories in all. In East L.A. StoryCorps is partnering with 89.3-FM KPCC, which is operated by Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), So CA’s most listened to NPR news station. KPCC 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.
89.3-FM KPCC 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: KPCC staff, StoryCorps staff, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina
WHAT: Reception with StoryCorps staff and Gloria Molina, tour of StoryBooth
WHERE: East Los Angeles Library, 4837 E. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022
WHEN: Thurs, Jan 29, 10:30AM – 12:30PM, first two StoryCorps interviews, and an
“Open House” for press
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 on January 29 have given prior consent.