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Collecting veterans' stories at Orlando Sentinel Prime Expo


90.7 WMFE & 89.5 WMFV collecting stories for StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative

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We will be recording conversations within our station vehicle at PRIME Expo on Feb. 23.[/caption]

Central Florida public radio stations 90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV will host an interactive storytelling booth to record conversations of veterans at Orlando Sentinel Prime Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center.

The stories will be recorded in the station's wrapped vehicle on the show floor and then submitted under StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative, which provides a platform for veterans, service members, and military families to share their stories. "In doing so we honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we—as a nation—are listening," StoryCorps says.

Please read below to learn how you can participate in the storytelling booth.

Make an appointment

Sign up with a family member, friend or colleague for a storytelling appointment at our booth next to the Veteran Resource Center at PRIME Expo on Feb. 23. Walk-in appointments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Prepare for your conversation

Listen to some other StoryCorps conversations to get ideas. Here's one from the Military Voices Initiative:

Lisa Torello and Tony Cistaro

In December of 1965, Sgt. 1st Class Carl Torello was serving with the Special Forces in Vietnam when he was killed by a roadside bomb. His daughter, Sgt. Major Lisa Torello, was 5 years old at the time. Almost 50 years later, she connected with Tony Cistaro, the only survivor of the attack that killed her father. Their conversation was recorded in Washington DC just one day after they first met. More>>

Here are some good questions to get you started:
How did you come to serve in the military?
What is your proudest moment?
During your service, can you recall times when you were afraid?
What are your strongest memories from your time in the military?
What lessons did you learn from this time in your life?


What to expect during your appointment 

We’ll have a quick conference about what your conversation will focus on.
You’ll pose for a photo with your interview partner.
Then, you’ll step into our mobile recording booth (WMFE station vehicle) to record your 10-15 minute story.
When your recording is finished, you’ll fill out a form that includes a conversation title, summary and keywords.


We will upload your recording to the Military Voices in Central Florida Community on the Archive StoryCorps site and send you a link to your conversation so you can listen and share. Your story will also be archived in the Library of Congress. Questions? Email jbabcock@wmfe.org.