StoryCorps and WPSU began recording interviews Aug. 5

Sue Paterno and Fred DelGrosso to offer first interviews on Aug. 5

University Park, Pa. -- StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, sharing, and preserving the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, began interviews in Bellefonte, Pa., on Aug. 5 and will continue through Sept. 4, as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

StoryCorps’ MobileBooth -- an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio -- will be parked at the corner of Allegheny and High Streets in Bellefonte, Pa., directly across the street from the Centre County Courthouse for four weeks. Reservations can now be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour, toll-free reservation line at 800-850-4406 or visiting http://wpsu.org/storycorps online.

StoryCorps has partnered with WPSU-FM, central Pennsylvania’s NPR station, to collect approximately 170 interviews. WPSU-FM will air a selection of local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth and create special programs around the project. Segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. With participant permission, all StoryCorps interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The first interview was conducted between Sue Paterno and her 14-year-old granddaughter Olivia on Aug. 5. The interview was followed at 11:45 a.m. by opening remarks by WPSU-FM station manager Greg Petersen and the StoryCorps staff, and a tour of the MobileBooth at noon. At 12:30, the day's second interview was conducted between Fred DelGrosso and his 14-year-old granddaughter Elizabeth.

Last Updated November 18, 2010