StoryCorps® Tampa Bay Episode Archives

The Language of the Birds (October 27, 2014)
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 came...
Young Actors Follow Their Dreams (October 20, 2014)
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, “Sex Ed,” filmed during the...
Baseball Pioneers Share Their Memories (October 20, 2014)
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 baseball...
His Parents Live On (October 6, 2014)
Ronald Porter is a 30-year-old educator whose parents were a huge influence on him both personally and professionally, even though his mother died when he was just 12 years old. In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Porter talks about his mother...
A Dream Realized (October 3, 2014)
Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio came to the United States with his parents when he was 9 years old.
His parents overstayed their visas, and he lived the majority of his life in Tampa, where he would eventually become known as “a dreamer,” after...
A Second Life after 9/11 (September 26, 2014)
Christina Hoskin and Robert "Bob" Rogan are best friends and life partners - but it hasn’t always been that way. The two met in New Jersey while both were in previous marriages.
On this week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay, she says everything started...
'This Little Light of Mine' (September 19, 2014)
Performers are often tasked with walking a thin line: how does someone express oneself while also embodying another character?
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, playwright, director, and co-founder of St. Petersburg’s Studio@620,...
Meet One of St. Petersburg's 'Courageous 12' (September 10, 2014)
In the 1960’s, black police officers in St. Petersburg faced barriers when it came to promotion, what beats they could cover, even the ability to arrest certain people. Nearly 50 years ago, in 1965, twelve of those officers sued the city of St....
The Feeling of Liberty (July 25, 2014)
In 1980, the Cuban government opened its doors, allowing citizens to leave the country in what would become a mass exodus. The country's economy had suffered a serious downturn, and political unrest and mass incarceration was making aspects of...
Two Siblings, Two Schools, Two Stories (July 18, 2014)
Lou and Lolita Brown are brother and sister, born about eight years apart - just a big enough separation to give them very different life experiences.
Lolita was one of the last students to go through the Pinellas County School system prior to...
Marching to His Own Drumbeat (July 11, 2014)
Ronald Gregg has drummed nearly his entire life, playing with musicians all over the world and for the U.S. Army Band.
But it all had to start somewhere.
In this installment of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Ronald tells his wife Bette about how...
When Faith and Love Collide (July 3, 2014)
Susan and Ed Bilbao grew up in the Philippines, in an environment very heavily influenced by Catholicism. Susan worked for religious organizations, and Ed had every intention of becoming a priest.
And while their faith united them, it also...
A Chance Meeting at Applebee's Changes 2 Lives (July 3, 2014)
Christopher Warren had been in love with Kimberly Williams since the 6th grade.
He even managed to dance with her once in middle school, but never had the guts to ask for her number. That is until 14 years later, when he bumped into her at an...
There's Thunder Somewhere (June 20, 2014)
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Al Campbell tells the story of a high school tragedy that helped pull a city together.
Al was head coach of the Gibbs High School football team in 1970. The district had attempted to close the...
The Big and Small Miracles of Life (June 20, 2014)
Mozelle Davis of St. Petersburg is a spiritual woman who believes very much in miracles.
In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Mozelle talks with her daughter, Celeste, about some of her most intense spiritual experiences and what she...
Persistence + Friendship = Recovery (June 6, 2014)
Tawny Swain Castle was a social worker in St. Pete, working with the homeless population, when an undiagnosable disability which resembled Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) left her homeless, too.
Returning to a life of normalcy for Tawny meant more...
College Roommates, Forever Friends (May 30, 2014)
Many of us have great memories of our college dorm experiences, and according to two roommates, you couldn’t have found a better place and time then the third floor of Jennings Hall at the University of Florida in 1982.
Tampa Bay Times...
You Always Stood Next to Me (May 30, 2014)
Growing up in the 60s and 70s, Peter and Susan Betzer knew about homosexuality, but it wasn’t openly discussed. It wasn’t until both of their daughters came out as lesbians that they were confronted with how to feel about issues of gay rights on a...
A St. Pete Pioneer and Her Politician Son (May 30, 2014)
Frank Peterman Jr. talks with his son, Taffery, about Frank’s mother, Peggy Peterman. Peggy was a groundbreaking journalist at the St. Pete times, writing about race and civil rights. She also made some fascinating friends during her career....
An Olympic Inspiration (May 15, 2014)
When 83-year-old Peter A. Torino was a young child, he had an accident in his father’s workshop. The son of two immigrants was standing near the old Chevy his father was repairing when some gasoline spilled on to his legs and he went up in flames....

 

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