About StoryCorps Tampa Bay

StoryCorps Tampa Bay

StoryCorps® is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps® has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants, and this past January StoryCorps® spent a month in St. Petersburg recording the stories from your Tampa Bay friends and neighbors.


Broadcast Schedule

Monday at 8:35 a.m. during Morning Edition and 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered on WUSF 89.7.


This Week on Radio

Arthurene Williams and Debra Woodard have been friends since growing up together in church. (photo courtesy StoryCorps)

In this week's edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, lifelong friends Debra Woodard and Arthurene Williams reminisce about growing up in the church and how that informed their careers as educators and child and family advocates in Pinellas County.


Recent Storycorps Tampa Bay episodes

Life, Love and Lipstick (November 17, 2014)
Ruth Parrish (front) and her daugther Paula (courtesy StoryCorps)

Ruth Parrish has lived to be 94 years old. In her nine decades alive, she’s learned a few things.

In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Ruth talks with her daughter Paula Parrish about life, lipstick, and how to be happy.

A Historic Beach Trip (November 10, 2014)
Betty Harden (right) and her cousin, Gregory Porter (courtesy StoryCorps)

Gregory Porter brought his cousin Betty Harden to the StoryCorps Booth at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg to share her story.

Betty became a part of St. Pete history one June day in 1958 when she and her friends went swimming at...

A Pioneering Police Officer (November 3, 2014)
Edgar Pickett III and his father, Edgar Pickett Jr. (courtesy StoryCorps)

Edgar Pickett, Jr. was the first black police officer on the force in Lakeland, a job he held for over 29 years.

But there was one day 50 years ago his career was almost cut short.

He shared the story - along with other stories from...

The Language of the Birds (October 27, 2014)
Michael & Patricia Dalton

Michael Dalton has done many things in his life – he’s been a teacher, an engineer, and a business owner. But about 20 years ago he stumbled into a new passion: training parrots to speak. Dalton didn’t have much experience with animals, so he...

Young Actors Follow Their Dreams (October 20, 2014)
Shelby Ronea, her mom Renea Elmore and Noah Diggs

Not every friendship starts on the set of a movie.

But that’s how Tampa teen Shelby Ronea and fellow actor Noah Diggs of St. Petersburg met. The pair was among the actors tapped for the Haley Joel Osment film, “...

Baseball Pioneers Share Their Memories (October 13, 2014)
Walter "Dirk" Gibbons (l to r), Neil J. Armstrong and Clifford "Quack" Brown

Every Monday, WUSF 89.7 presents Story Corps Tampa Bay, and this week’s story comes from a recording at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa as part of the “StoryCorps @ your library” series.

Today we meet two professional...


Hosted By

Carson Cooper, Host

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has...

Craig Kopp, ATC Host
Craig Kopp, Host

Craig Kopp has been a radio journalist since 1974. Craig has been based in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of his career, working in radio, television and newspapers. Most recently, Craig Kopp was news director and afternoon host at...


Produced By

Eric Mennel, Producer

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