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StoryTown Radio Show launches 10th season with online fundraiser

From STAFF REPORTS

Jonesborough’s StoryTown Radio Show will begin its 10th season on Jan. 25, 2020, as it debuts its season-opening production. 

StoryTown moved to a livestream format in April of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic began. The cast and crew believed it was important to continue bringing to life the stories and music that demonstrate East Tennessee’s resilience and strength during these difficult times. 

The radio show, as many other live venue productions, lost its primary revenue source through ticket sales in 2020, and will continue to lose revenue in 2021 until it is safe again to resume live theatrical productions.

To support their 10th Season, StoryTown is having a donation drive from January-March to raise their goal of $6,000, which will cover all costs of the monthly production and bi-weekly podcast. For as little as $2, the public can donate and support this important program that shares the history, heritage, and culture of Jonesborough and the East Tennessee region. To donate, click on this link and choose the level of support, with special incentives associated with certain levels: https://townofjonesborough.thundertix.com/campaigns/1380

StoryTown Radio Show is determined to make its 10th season its most exciting yet, adding new segments to include exclusive online concerts from special music guests, behind-the-scenes interviews with community leaders and icons, and even online tutorials. The first tutorial, available to those making a donation of $10 or more, is an online harmonica lesson presented by Piedmont Blues great Freddie Vanderford, an inductee in the South Carolina Folk Life Hall of Fame, and a regular music guest on the StoryTown Radio Show. 

The livestream as well as other events will post on the StoryTown Radio Show Facebook page and the StoryTown podcast at www.storytown.simplecast.com or wherever you listen to podcasts.   

The 2021 season will explore a variety of themes, and feature fascinating guests and interviews in addition to its usual scripted program. 

January 25: MUSICAL TRADITIONS

February 22: BLACK HISTORY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

March 22: WOMEN IN MOTION (Stories of Women Educators)

April 26: THE GREAT OUTDOORS

May 24: NATURE CALLS

June 28: OUR PLACE IN HISTORY

July 26: CELEBRATING OUR VETERANS

August 23: CUSTOMS, TRADES, and CULTURES

September 27: APPALACHIAN FOOD WAYS

October 25: CURIOSITIES

November 22: HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

As always, anyone interested in sharing a story about any of these subjects may contact the radio show by calling the McKinney Center at 423-753-0562 or email [email protected].