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

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Childhood Innocence

Clarice Pennington and Cora Royal talk about Cora's childhood, her favorite memory and growing up in segregation times.

In this intallment, Cora Royal tells her friend, Clarice Pennington, about her childhood and the experience of segregation in St. Petersburg. 

Cora Royal was a teacher, and Clarice Pennington was a principal in Pinellas County. Both women are retired.

Music Used:

"One Nation Under the Groove," by Funkadelic from the album, One Nation Under the Groove

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12:46 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

July 4th Events Around the Bay

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There are various events this weekend around Tampa Bay, celebrating the Fourth of July:

Fireworks Cruise

Channelside, Tampa

July 3

Tickets include a 2.5 hour cruise, reserved table, buffet, water views of Tampa at sunset, live DJ entertainment, and fireworks show.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon June 29, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Escape

Lucia and Alma Ayala tell the story of the day they fled from Lucia's abusive husband, when they stepped into the StoryCorps booth in 2014.

In this installment, we hear from mother and daughter, Lucia and Alma Ayala, about the day Lucia decided to leave her abusive husband and travel with four little kids from Connecticut to Miami, Florida. Alma shares with her mom what that trip was like for her as a little girl, and the imprint it left on her.

Alma Ayala attended Yale University.

Music Used:

"Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony from the album, 3.0.

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6:48 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning Win Top GM Honor

Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman
Credit Tampa Bay Lightning

Although the Tampa Bay Lightning fell just shy of winning hockey's coveted Stanley Cup - the team's general manager captured top honors Wednesday night.

The Lightning's Steve Yzerman was voted the National Hockey League's general manager of the year and received the trophy at the NHL's Awards Show in Las Vegas.

The league's 30 club general managers, a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media voted on the award at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The final voting totals include points for first, second and third place.

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3:22 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Bigger Gains Expected from St. Pete Pride

World Pride 2012 in London.
Credit "WorldPride 2012 - 164" by Tom Morris via Wikimedia Commons

St. Pete Pride, the annual LGBT celebration in downtown St. Petersburg is here for it's 13th year and organizers expect a $15-20 million economic impact. 

"We've seen hotels throughout downtown St. Pete just booking like crazy," executive director of St. Pete Pride, Eric Skains said. "A lot of them are sold out. The typical ones are already sold out and a few are booking up quickly that really normally don't."

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10:21 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Local Community Celebrates 150 Years

The community of Bealsville will celebrate its 150th anniversary starting this Thursday.

Just south of Plant City is a place with a history of agriculture and adversity. Bealsville was settled by 12 freed slaves and their families following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. This week, residents of the small, unincorporated Hillsborough County community will celebrate Bealsville's 150th anniversary.  

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon June 22, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Sacrifices

Amy and Michael Facundo

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Michael and Amy Facundo tell the story of how they met at a high school football game, and how their love grew out of the sacrifices they’ve had to make for each other.

Amy Facundo is a school teacher in Immokalee where a majority of her students come from migrant families.

Music Used:

“Some Kind of Wonderful” by Michael Bublé from the album, Crazy Love (Hollywood Edition)

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5:02 am
Wed June 17, 2015

New Exhibit Takes Museum-Goers Back...Yard

Lakewood Plaza, outdoor living space. Long Beach, Calif., 1950s. Maynard L. Parker, photographer. Courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.
Credit The Huntington Library

The 1950's marked the birth of Levittown, TV dinners, and kitchen automation--not to mention about 3.8 million babies per year. Another innovation that gained popularity in this decade was the backyard as we know it.

I toured the newest exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center, "Patios, Pools and the Invention of the Backyard." It features six displays that bring viewers to the back lawn of the 1950’s through pictures, drawings and ads. 

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9:32 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Lightning Fizzle; Blackhawks a Dynasty

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, right, congratulates Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series on Monday, June 15, 2015, in Chicago. The Blackhawks defeated the Lightning 2-0 to win the series 4-2.
Credit AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The stars and the scrubs alike took a spin with the Stanley Cup before it finally wound up in Joel Quenneville's hands. The Blackhawks coach wouldn't have it any other way.

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StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
7:30 am
Mon June 15, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Humor & Little Things

Anita May Flores & Jesus Benjamin Flores

In this installment, we hear from married couple Jesus Benjamin and Anita May Flores.They met right before Ben went into the military. They kept in contact and fell in love through a year of letter-writing. They’re still together after 31 years and they tell us their secret to a lasting marriage. 

Jesus Benjamin and Anita May Flores. Ben says their place of refuge is Passe Grille Beach- the place they went to before they got married, and the place they still go to now.

Music Used:

“Still the One" by Orleans from the album, Walking and Dreaming. 

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3:12 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes Dies

Fans of the old "Championship Wrestling from Florida" promotion most likely remember two people: announcer Gordon Solie and legendary pro wrestler "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes, whose real name was Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., died Thursday at the age of 69. He made his name, first as a 'bad guy,' wrestling for promoter Eddier Graham at the Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa before becoming known as a 'good guy,' appearing for various promotions around the country and world.
  • Source: ESPN
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Professional wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes, known as "The American Dream," died Thursday, the WWE announced. He was 69. Rhodes, whose real name was Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., made his professional wrestling debut in 1968 as a tag-team partner on the Texas Outlaws with Dick Murdoch. The charismatic, bleach-blond Texan was known for his on-camera self-promotion.
7:18 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Tampa Champion Returns To GRID

Taylar Stallings - GRID MVP

The second season of a professional sport called “GRID” begins Saturday.

It features 5 men and 5 women performing various fitness moves on a 4 quadrant grid. One of the athletes must be over 40. Last year’s Most Valuable Player was 29 year old Taylar Stallings. WUSF's Lisa Peakes reports:

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
7:30 am
Mon June 8, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Gradual Love

Ann Roberts and Doris Bowen.

In this installment, Ann Roberts asks her mother, Doris Bowen, about her late husband and Ann's father--Jim Elmer Bowen. Bowen talks about her late husband in terms of gradual love, high blood pressure and motorcycle adventures.


“Radar Love" by Golden Earring from the album, Moontan. 

 StoryCorps Tampa Bay airs every Monday on WUSF 89.7 at 8:44 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered.  

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5:05 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

3-D Technology Enables California Girl To Have A New Arm

Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Annika Emmert enjoy a visit with Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Credit Michael S. Butler / WUSF News

At Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Thursday mechanical engineers, aerospace engineers and movie stars teamed up, all to improve the life of a  California girl.

Dominique Courbin and Michael Gonzalez are part of the team from the University of Central Florida trying to beat the clock to get their latest project ready for 10-year-old Annika Emmert.

 Courbin is concentrating on getting everything just right.

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8:55 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Top Spelling Contestants Give Advice To The Next Generation

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