Seaside, California StoryCorps, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, will team up with 90.3 KAZU in Seaside, California, as part of its Military Voices Initiative. Together, they will honor the Monterey Bay area’s veteran and military community by recording and preserving their stories.
StoryCorps will be recording at California State University Monterey Bay. Reservations can now be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour, toll-free reservation line at 800.850.4406 or visiting storycorps.org or kazu.org.
“KAZU’s partnership with the StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative creates a unique opportunity for local veterans and active duty military to preserve their memories and those of their loved ones,” said Mik Benedek, KAZU General Manager.
Nearly half a million people of all backgrounds and beliefs have recorded a StoryCorps conversation. The organization preserves the recordings in its archive at the Library of Congress, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. Recording an interview in a StoryCorps booth couldn’t be easier: You invite a loved one, or anyone else you choose, to a StoryCorps recording site. There you’re met by a trained facilitator who explains the interview process, brings you into a quiet recording room and seats you across from your interview partner, each of you in front of a microphone. The facilitator hits “record,” and you share a 40-minute conversation. At the end of the session, you walk away with a copy of the interview, and a digital file goes to the Library of Congress, where it will be preserved for generations to come.
The Military Voices Initiative builds on this notion and contributes to StoryCorps’ diverse collection by recording and preserving the stories of veterans, service members, and military families. It is an opportunity for them to share their experiences in their own words. It is also an opportunity for civilians to understand more clearly the complex realities of veterans’ service and sacrifice.