Institute for Oral History News
Living Stories Celebrates 100 Episodes, Inclusion on iTunes UMay 6, 2014
Editor Michelle Holland recently completed her series of 100 radio spots featuring audio clips from the BUIOH collection. Named Living Stories, these productions ran on 103.3 FM KWBU, Waco's NPR station, from 2010-2013. Radio segment topics ranged from the effects that momentous events such as the Great Depression and World War II had on individuals, to memories of school days, holidays, leisure activities, and daily life.
"With Living Stories, my goal was to bring attention to some of the audio gems in our vast collection at BUIOH and to give listeners a feel for what oral history is," Holland notes. "I hope the segments highlight the richness that individuals can bring to the historical record, and how these memories can inform our understanding of both the past and the present."
Kim Patterson and Louis Maze provided narrations for the segments through the years, and Stephen Bolech at Baylor's Ray I. Riley Digitization Center helped create the radio-quality audio files, often needing to digitize the open reels or cassettes the interviews were first recorded on. The complete set of 100 episodes continues to be available on the Living Stories homepage, but is now also available on iTunes U as part of Baylor University's greater collection of educational offerings.