Detroit Lakes and Lake Park/Audubon Radio Plays

Local teens interviewed seniors about growing up in the area and wrote short plays based on the stories they heard. The final scripts were performed live on the radio by both students and seniors.

Detroit Lakes and Lake Park/Audubon Radio Plays
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"I was impressed with the ability and interest the students displayed, and the fact that they 'stayed with' the project."
"[My favorite part was] listening to the stories they created from the stories we told them."
"[I enjoyed] the look on the students’ faces when they found out how we got along with NO telephone [and] NO indoor plumbing!"

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Detroit Lakes and Lake Park/Audubon Radio Plays

Listen to the plays as they were broadcast on KDLM.

Tell Me A Story Take 1

Tell Me A Story Live - 2

Tell Me A Story Live - 3

Tell Me A Story Live - 4

Exit Interview - Tell Me A Story

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Students from two schools conducted interviews with the local senior population and together along with an area storyteller, worked to create short radio plays on a specific part of the senior’s life.  These stories or plays were then performed on live radio from the stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre over a span of four weeks. 

Youth Participants: Nikki, Abigail, Kendra, Kendra, Randa, Katie, Rayna, Addie Kay, Alice, Kaitlyn, Michaela, Justine, Kalley

Adult Participants: George Oja, Sally Oja, Roger Engstrom, Sharon Sinclair

For more information: Contact Project Manager Maren Levad at or 651-259-3480.

Background on Detroit Lakes
Detroit Lakes was founded in 1871 by Colonel George Johnston and, aided by the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad, it quickly expanded. There are over 400 lakes within 25 miles of the city, giving its name credence as a lake county.  In 1877, Detroit Lakes was elected the County Seat in a race against Frazee, Lake Park and Audubon with a ninety percent majority.

Detroit Lakes city website

The Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center

Becker County Historical Society

Detroit Lakes’ Historic Holmes Theatre

Radio Resources

The history of Minnesota’s part in cofounding National Public Radio

An article about the evolution of the radio in Minnesota and local newspapers’ involvement (PDF document)

With technology today, is radio a dying commodity? A website explaining the importance of radio today.

Listen to some old favorite radio show on this website.

A photograph from the early days of WCCO Radio.

Project Details

Date: January 2011 - March 2011
Partner(s): Pam Daly, Teacher, Detroit Lakes Middle School; Jennifer Bartley, Lake Audubon High School; DLCCC/Historic Holmes Theatre; Becky Mitchell, Outreach Director; Kevin Mitchell, Tech Director; Patricia Nunn, Professional Storyteller; Carol McCarthy, announcer, and Jeff Leighton, owner, of KDLM.
Location: Detroit Lakes, MN

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