Yoselis Ramos

Producer, StoryCorps Tampa Bay

Yoselis Ramos has been with WUSF since Fall 2010. She's reported on various Tampa Bay stories ranging from transportation issues such as bicycle safety, to keeping up with public forums and city/county official meetings, to the exciting things happening right in your neighborhood.

Now, she's producing StoryCorps Tampa Bay, a collection of home-grown stories that were recorded at the StoryCorps booth in St. Petersburg in early 2014.

She's currently a 2015 candidate for a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in secondary education and gerontology.

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StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
2:36 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Lost Son

Michael and Deb Gilbert
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Deb and Michael Gilbert talk about their son Sean. Sean died eight years ago in 2007 from alcohol and drug addiction. Deb and Michael stepped into the storycorps booth last year in St. Petersburg and remembered Sean, starting with the day he was born. 

Music Used:

"Amazing" by Aerosmith from the album, Get a Grip.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
5:48 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: The Boy Next Door

Roseanne Van Deln Castro & Albert Castro
StoryCorps

Sixty-five years is quite a long time but that’s exactly how long Roseanne Van Deln Castro and Albert Castro have been married. The Castro’s stepped into the Storycorps booth in St. Petersburg last year to tell their story of how they met and how they decided to tie the knot.

Both Roseanne Van Deln Castro and Albert Castro are retired and enjoy traveling.

Music Used:

"Still Into You" by Paramore from the album, Paramore.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Young Man's Lessons

Theresa Lassiter and grandson Omari Isaiah Booker
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, then-12-year-old Omari Isaiah Booker talks with his grandma, Theresa Lassiter. Omari and Theresa talk about the lessons he’s learned about money management, character, and love. 

Theresa Lassiter is a community activist in St. Petersburg. Omari Booker is now 13 years old and he says he will be the next black president.

Music: 

“Evening Shadows Coming Down” by Amos Milburn from the album, Essential Recordings (2001).

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Sisters Bond

Sisters Alina Lezcano (right) and Elaine Lezcano-Perez (left)
StoryCorps

There is no bond like a bond between sisters. In this installment of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Alina Lezcano tells her younger sister, Elaine Lezcano-Perez, about her own unusual entry into this world and what it meant to her 14 years later when her baby sister came along. 

Music:

“Lost Star” by Jelsonic from the album, Various Moods, from freemusicarchive.org.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Classroom Troubles & Inspirations

Godsisters Dr. Wendell Norton and Izella McCree talk about education then as students and now as Pinellas County teachers.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, public school teachers and godsisters Dr. Wendell Norton and Izella McCree talk about the differences, similarities, and challenges in education - dating back to their time as students to becoming teachers of students. 

Dr. Wendell Norton is now retired. 

Music:

“Three is a Magic Number” by Bob Dorough from the album, School House Rock! Rocks.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Stay for Awhile

Marie Izzo and Lori Rosenthal stepped into the Storycorps booth last year.
StoryCorps

Marie Izzo and Bruce Blackburn the third met in college but they led separate lives. In this installment of Storycorps, Izzo tells her friend Lori Rosenthal about how she and her husband reconnected in their 30s when he was seriously ill. Izzo tells us it took love and hard work to give her husband another 15 years of life.

Music:

“Stay Awhile” by She & Him from the album, Classics.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Homeschooled Philanthropist-in-the-Making

Denise Ford and Nykko Ford recorded their interview at the Storycorps booth in St. Petersburg in 2014.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, a mother and son discuss his homeschooling experience. Denise Ford had 10 children, some of which were homeschooled so she could incorporate religion into the curriculum.

Nykko Ford tells us about the benefits of being homeschooled and one thing in particular he learned that made his mom proud.

Music:

“Hall of Fame” by The Script featuring Will.i.am from the album, #3.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: "Cause You're a Girl'

Carol and C.J. Albernathy shared their story in the StoryCorps booth in St. Petersburg in 2014.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Carol Albernathy talks about overcoming inconveniences and challenges in college and at law school because she was a woman. She attended Stetson University in the 1950s and later law school in the ‘70s.

  Carol Albernathy’s advice for women today is, “don’t put up with any crap."

Music:

“It's a Man's Man's World” by Etta James from the album, All the Way.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Wonders Up Close

Renata Schwartz stepped into the StoryCorps booth last year to tell her story.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Renata Schwartz tells us about her trip to Africa. As a part of the English commonwealth, she was able to easily travel overseas. There, she encountered wild elephants, a tribe of Pygmy people, and found herself learning to communicate without words.

Music:

“Breakdown” by Jack Johnson from the album, In Between Dreams.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
1:14 am
Mon February 16, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Love- All You Need

Rita Dudley (left) and her son Dwight Dudley (right) shared their story at the StoryCorps booth.
StoryCorps

In our next installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Rita Dudley talks about raising nine children in St. Petersburg with her third-oldest child, son Dwight. They talk about how Rita and her late husband, Bob, didn’t have much money, but still found ways for their large clan to have fun and to grow closer.

Today, Rita Dudley enjoys family gatherings with all nine of her children, her 25 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Rita turns 86 this Thursday, the 19th  and we wish her a very happy birthday.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Small Town Childhood

Esther Parker (left) talks with her daughter, Chrissy Jackson (right) about growing up in a small town.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Esther Parker tells her daughter, Chrissy Jackson, about growing up in a small town in Ohio. 

Parker talks about growing up without electricity, playing games with the neighborhood kids, working with horses on the farm, and shares her favorite childhood memory.

Music:

“I’ve Got the World on a String” by Peggy Lee from the album, Sugar ‘n’ Spice.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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Storycorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Airport Karma

Married couple Donald Harvey and Victoria Hewitt encountered a not-so-nice travelor on a particular flight.
Storycorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, married couple Victoria Hewitt and Donald Harvey tell the story of karma and one amazing flying experience.  While pregnant, Hewitt and her husband encountered a not-so-good traveler aboard their flight…which ended on a high note.

Music:

“From a Window Seat” by Dawes from the album, Stories Don’t End.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Adventures in Writing

Robinson Sterling (left) talks with her friend Theresa Rush Richardson (right) about writing a memoir.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Robinson Sterling talks with her friend, Theresa Rush Richardson about her memoir. Sterling has lived in various places around the world including Mexico and Israel. She’s had many adventures in life, but writing her own memoir has been its own kind of venture.

Getting her memoir published and getting a degree were the last couple of items on Sterling’s bucketlist. Sterling completed her Master’s degree in social work at the age of 60. She's still waiting to get published.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Making Tough Decisions

Pat Spencer
StoryCorps

Pat Spencer grew up in Montgomery, Alabama before settling in Tampa. She has been an active member of the NAACP since she was seven years old and has always been a volunteer for various organizations. 

 

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Spencer talks about her time volunteering in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s office in Montgomery. During the time Arthurine Lucy became the first African-American to desegregate the University of Alabama, Dr. King requested Spencer enroll too.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Love Between Cat, Prince

Mary and Lewis Key
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Mary and Lewis Key recall the first time they met at a Halloween Party. Mary dressed up as a cat while Lewis was in a Phantom of the Opera costume and he became her prince. The magic happened over a conversation about baseball. 

To cement their relationship, Mary and Lewis Key have a tradition of celebrating their love and marriage like many couples do on Valentine’s Day, but they don’t just celebrate in the month of February; they celebrate on the 14th of every month.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay is produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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