Miami Valley StoryCorps

Miami Valley StoryCorps interviews are the result of WYSO’s collaboration with StoryCorps, the national oral history collection project that visited Dayton in the spring of 2010 and 2014. All the Miami Valley StoryCorps segments consist of interviews between two local residents.

Best of Miami Valley StoryCorps: Mary Morgan & Joy Schwab

Jun 13, 2013
Joy Schwab and Mary Morgan
StoryCorps

In honor of StoryCorps founder Dave Isay’s visit to Dayton, we’re re-broadcasting some of our favorite Miami Valley StoryCorps interviews, recorded in 2010.

Mary Morgan was the first woman to run for Dayton City Commission in 1969. She went to the StoryCorps booth with her long-time friend Joy Schwab, a librarian from Beavercreek, to talk about what led her to run for office. Morgan describes herself as an "Appalachian migrant anti-racist feminist."

(Originally broadcast October 20, 2010)

Elizabeth Cline and Doug Cline
StoryCorps

In honor of StoryCorps founder Dave Isay’s visit to Dayton, we’re re-broadcasting some of our favorite Miami Valley StoryCorps interviews, recorded in 2010.

In March of that year, Doug Cline experienced a major heart attack. He was only 51 years old. A month later, Doug and his wife Elizabeth went to the StoryCorps booth to talk about the moment that shook their lives and forced them to re-evaluate their day-to-day priorities.

(Originally broadcast November 20, 2010)

Dan Carl and Michael Castle
StoryCorps

The founder of StoryCorps, Dave Isay, is coming to Dayton for a WYSO fundraiser at the Schuster Center June 21.  StoryCorps is a national oral history gathering organization.  In honor of Dave Isay’s visit, we’re re-broadcasting some of our favorite Miami Valley StoryCorps interviews, recorded in 2010.

Ruby Nicholson and Jane Scott
StoryCorps

The founder of StoryCorps, Dave Isay, is coming to Dayton for a WYSO fundraiser at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 21st.  StoryCorps is a national oral history project.  In honor of Dave Isay’s visit, we’re re-broadcasting some of our favorite Miami Valley StoryCorps interviews, recorded in 2010.

Dave Isay on the National Day of Listening

Nov 23, 2011

This Thanksgiving, you're invited to take a moment to participate in StoryCorps' National Day of Listening.  Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps – the national oral history project you hear each week on Morning Edition. WYSO’s Sarah Buckingham talked with Dave Isay about the National Day of Listening, coming up November 25th, and how you can get involved.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Eunice Powell & Julia Bell

Jun 29, 2011
Julia Bell and Eunice Powell
StoryCorps

"Danny was born in ’46, and at that time they said he would never walk or talk. I have to laugh every time I say that because I was determined he was going to walk and talk."

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Erica Fowler & Melissa Fowler

Jun 22, 2011
Erica Fowler and Melissa Fowler
StoryCorps

"Soapbox racing gave me so much more confidence in who I am."

When Erica and Melissa Fowler became soap box derby racers in 1985, they were joining a Dayton tradition. The sport was founded by Dayton Daily News photographer Myron Scott in 1933.

Fifty-five years later Erica Fowler was the champion of the Dayton Soap Box Derby, raced that year in its original location at Burkhardt Hill.

Erica brought her sister Melissa to the StoryCorps booth to reminisce about that final race, and the impact soap box racing had on them as young women.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Dan Carl & Michael Castle

Jun 15, 2011
Dan Carl and Michael Castle
StoryCorps

Dan Carl and Michael Castle have been together for fifteen years. The Centerville couple says they are religiously married, just not legally. Castle is the Pastor at Cross Creek Community Church in Dayton. His partner, Dan Carl, works in the medical field. Mike and Dan came to the StoryCorps booth to share the story of the birth of their first child, Gideon.

This interview was edited by WYSO's Sarah Buckingham and posted to the website by volunteer David Neely. To find out more about volunteering at WYSO, click here.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Bruce Geiger & Sarah Hewitt

Jun 8, 2011
Bruce Geiger & Sarah Hewitt
StoryCorps

“I have early onset of Alzheimer’s, and what that means is that I don’t always remember what I’ve just said. You could say that it’s tragic, or you could think it’s wonderful.”

There's an evident bond between father-daughter duo Bruce Geiger, of Dayton, and Sarah Hewitt, of Centerville. Bruce was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at age 69. He is happy to reflect with his daughter on his life before the disease erases his memory. Sarah has the opportunity to ask her father all the questions she has always wondered about.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Frank Porter & Frank Dixon

Jun 1, 2011
Frank Porter and Frank Dixon
StoryCorps

“When I play on the street corner, I’m trying my best to tug at someone’s heartstrings, to bring them back to a love that they remember or a love that they had. It’s to inspire and give away my love, ‘cause I love Dayton. We shootin’ kinda bad right now, but we will come back.”

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