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.
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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
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 email@example.com 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
Detroit Lakes’ Historic Holmes Theatre
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.
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