Wednesday, January 30, 2013

KJZZ Hosts StoryCorps Mobilebooth

Governor Jan Brewer and son Michael Brewer
 record their conversation at the 2011 StoryCorps Event
The Valley’s public radio station 91.5 KJZZ is collaborating with StoryCorps— a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds— to record interviews in Phoenix, AZ from February 12 to March 8 as part of StoryCorps’ 2013 cross-country MobileBooth tour. 

StoryCorps’ MobileBooth— an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio— will be parked at the Phoenix Art Museum. Reservations will be available at 10 a.m. on January 31 and can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 800-850-4406 or visiting

The MobileBooth interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.

KJZZ will air a selection of the local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth. Segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.

“This is another opportunity for KJZZ to share the stories and voices of our community,” said Jon Hoban, KJZZ’s chief content officer. “Every day we strive to provide a variety of voices and perspectives, and the StoryCorps Phoenix project reflects our commitment to helping Valley residents share the stories that connect us to our region,” said Hoban.

Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Dave Isay, StoryCorps aims to create a growing portrait of who we are as Americans. By traveling to every corner of the country, StoryCorps currently has one of the largest collections of American voices ever gathered, with interviews collected from nearly 80,000 Americans in all 50 states.

“StoryCorps tells the true American story—that we are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness and heroism. Each interview reminds people that their lives matter and will not be forgotten,” said Isay. “By strengthening connections between people and building an archive that reflects the rich diversity of American voices, we hope to build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.”

To help offset its operating costs, StoryCorps suggests a donation of at least $25 for each MobileBooth interview. If participants cannot afford to meet the suggested donation, they may participate at no cost to ensure that StoryCorps remains a free public service.

About StoryCorps 
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three books: Listening Is an Act of Love and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps—all of which are New York Times best sellers. For more information, visit

About 91.5 KJZZ
KJZZ is a listener-supported public radio station that is licensed to the Maricopa Community College District. It is a community service of Rio Salado College’s Division of Public Service, which also includes 89.5 KBAQ and Sun Sounds of Arizona. KJZZ features a mix of local and NPR news, entertainment, jazz and blues—serving nearly 267,000 weekly listeners. For more information, visit