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KDNK radio wants to hear your story

John Colson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

WOODY CREEK ” Carbondale’s community access radio station is taking a cue from National Public Radio’s popular “StoryCorps” program and will begin recording the stories of local characters beginning next week in Woody Creek.

On Sunday, March 3, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., radio station KDNK-FM will have a crew at the Woody Creek Community Center ” known as WC3 ” to record the stories of all local residents who show up.

The project has been dubbed “Audio Stories,” and was inspired by the realization that as the valley’s population ages and old timers die, a wealth of tales and remembrances are being lost. StoryCorps, on NPR, performs a similar function but on a nationwide basis using traveling trailers equipped with “story booths.”

Amy Kimberly, KDNK’s development director, said the local project will use portable audio recording equipment, and the recording will be made mainly by the station’s news director, Steve Zelaznik.

She said there is no way of knowing how many people will show up, but she specifically mentioned the names of two local luminaries she hopes will participate ” George Stranahan and Gaylord Guenin.

“We just think that someone needs to record the stories in this valley, of this valley,” Kimberly said in a telephone interview Thursday, as she took a break from the station’s on-air fund drive.

And the stories are best, she said, when told in the first person by those who lived them, “in their own voices.”

“This is just the beginning,” Kimberly continued. “There’s a lot of stories to get.”

The second round of Audio Stories will be recorded at the Crystal Meadows senior housing project in Carbondale, in the Rominger Room on Tuesday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., she said.

Kimberly said the idea for the project came from a conversation she had with valley native Virginia Sterrett, 75, who was born on Red Mountain and is a busy senior activist, working among other things to get a senior citizens center opened in Carbondale.

Sterrett, reached at her home Thursday, recalled that she had remarked to Kimberly that there are lots of stories to be told in the valley.

“We’re not losing the stories, we’re losing the people to tell ’em,” she said.

Sterrett suggested KDNK go to Crystal Meadows. And then, Sterrett said, she did the advance work ” visiting the lunch room at Crystal Meadows one day to talk to people about taking part.

Kimberly urged anyone from the upper valley interested in recording their stories to show up at WC3 on March 3.

Ann Owsley, manager of the WC3 space, said she is donating the use of the facility to Kimberly, since she considers KDNK “a sister nonprofit that provides us with lots of support.”

Normally, she said, nonprofits must pay for use of WC3, just as individuals would for parties, recreational events or other gatherings.