Listen to these stories from east Texas. This is football country and the sport is more than just a game it’s a rite of passage. We spent the week recording that rite of passage for this audio postcard. In addition, some of the student athletes stories were featured on Cowbird.com a multimedia storytelling platform. https://soundcloud.com/collectingcollectively/4th-1
Treece, Kansas was a heavy supplier of lead and zinc ore during World War I & II. After the 1950′s, ore production declined rapidly turning the once booming mining town into an environmental wasteland and now a ghost town. The Recollective went to Treece in 2009 when Congress passed a bill authorizing funding for a voluntary [...]
4th & 1 from The Recollective on Vimeo. Check out these stories from over fifty high school football players from communities in and around Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Detroit. This audio postcard appeared on the Center for Documentary Studies’ Porch Blog and Huffington Post /Youth Radio.
Producer Whitney Henry-Lester introduces us to Susan Tanner and husband Marty Boratin who love music so much they’ve opened their home in Hamburg to touring bands who need a good night’s sleep—and maybe a little breakfast in the morning. Musical house guests over the years have included Anders Parker, Tyvek, Arrington De Dionyso, Erin McKeown, [...]
Buffalo native Jillian Mertz talks about how the songs of Jackson C. Frank, a little known folk musician from her hometown, helped her understand her complex relationship with her father, magician Ray Mertz.
Legendary radio broadcaster Stan “Stas” Jasinski was a fixture of Buffalo’s Polish community for decades before his passing in 2005. His longtime co-host, Mark Wozniak is joined by writer/musician Mark Kohan, retired WBFO News Director Mark Scott and his mother Sylvia Scott as they remember the man behind the title: Mr. Polka Radio.
In the 1970′s, dancer Gail Lyons and drummer Emile Latimer discovered love in Buffalo, New York through West African music. After all these years, they find that the beat still goes on.
Lenny Rico and wife Cindy talk about inheriting the longest running Italian-American radio show from Lenny’s parents, Emelino and Mary Rico. Their show, Casa Rico is the heir to Neapolitan Serenade that began broadcasting to Buffalo in 1935.
The Colored Musicians Club is one of Buffalo’s oldest music venues. Jazz giants from Count Basie to Billie Holiday played there, but even with the grandeur of its star-studded guest list the club remains as down home and friendly as a backyard barbecue. Listen as club regulars Les Davis, Charlie Reedy, Shirley Reeves and George [...]