WPSU's Story Corps

Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:35am, 8:35am and 5:45pm

WPSU's Story Corps, a local oral history project, records and shares the stories of central Pennsylvanians. WPSU is traveling to towns throughout the listening area to give you a chance to record your personal and family history with a friend or loved one.

(Click here for archived WPSU's Story Corps conversations from March 2014 or earlier.)

Subscribe to WPSU's Story Corps podcast.

Greg Johnson and Lewis Watt.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

This week, WPSU is bringing you oral history recordings of veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

Today, Greg Johnson talks with his friend Colonel Lewis Watt, about his time flying helicopters in Vietnam.  

This interview originally aired on April 30, 2015.

Al Turgeon and Larry Ragan.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

This week, WPSU is bringing you oral history recordings of veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

Today, Larry Ragan speaks with his friend, Al Turgeon, who flew helicopters during a tour in Vietnam.   

This interview originally aired on April 27, 2015.

Steve Schroeder and his daughter, Jennifer Rand.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

This week, WPSU is bringing you oral history recordings of veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

Today, Steve Schroeder speaks with his daughter, Jennifer Rand, about his military service in Vietnam.

This interview originally aired on April 29, 2015.

Denny Shaffner and Fred Ralston
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Fred Ralston talks with his friend Denny Shaffner about the Civilian Conservation Corps. 

Thomas Dotts and Ron Stratton.
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Thomas Dotts speaks with his friend, Ron Stratton. Dotts is a third generation Ford dealer and Stratton is a second generation car dealer. You can listen to other Story Corps recordings on our website at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Julie Ruggiero Houston and Rosemary O'Neill Shuey.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Rosemary O’Neill Shuey talks with her daughter, Julie Ruggiero Houston, about the annual 4th of July carnival in Osceola Mills.  

Merrill Dunlap and Dave Campalong
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Merrill Dunlap talks with his friend, David Campolong, about their shared experience coaching Little League teams in Clearfield.   

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Richard Hughes and Dave Wulderk
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, historian David Wulderk talks with his friend, Richard Hughes about the “Bloody Knox” cabin and its significance during the Civil War.    

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Denny Shaffner and Robert Day
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Denny Shaffner talks with longtime Clearfield radio DJ, Robert Day.

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.  

Eric Fox and Ken Undercoffer
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Ken Undercoffer talks with his friend, Eric Fox, about his life-long passion for fly fishing. 

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Ken Leonard and Fred Guarino
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Fred Guarino talks with his friend, Ken Leonard, about his memories of the Clearfield Flood in 1936.   

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Michael Kunsman and Michael Kennis
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Michael Kunsman talks with his friend, Michael Kennis, about how agriculture has changed since Kennis began farming in the 1950s.   

You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Joan Myers, Doris Manos, Rita Gill Thompson and Eleanor Bodle
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Eleanor Bodle graduated from the Clearfield School of Nursing in 1953. Today, she talks with fellow graduates Joan Myers, Doris Manos, and Rita Gill Thompson about their training and about living as students at the nurses home.

Richard Hughes and Eric Fox
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, Richard Hughes talks with his friend Eric Fox about notable people from Clearfield County, including well-known Atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair.   

Rebecca and Richard Hummel
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Richard Hummel speaks with his wife, Rebecca, about their surprising connection to the Gearheart Knitting Company. You can listen to other Story Corps recordings at WPSU.org/storycorps.  

C. Alan Walker and his father, Ray Walker.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Today, C. Alan Walker talks with his 103-year-old father, Ray Walker, about the Clearfield flood of 1936 and about founding his Bradford Coal Company in 1935. You can listen to other Story Corps recordings on our website at WPSU.org/storycorps.

Mary Kay Royer and her friend Richard Hughes.
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center. Richard Hughes spoke with his friend, Mary Kay Royer, about the unique history of the Pennsylvania town of Frenchville.

Eric Fox and his friend Tina Fischer.
WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center. Today, Eric Fox talked with his friend Tina Fischer about why she leads outdoor recreation classes.

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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center.

Ninety-year-old Rodney Bowers talked with his granddaughter Larissa Gill about his memories of growing up in Clearfield. 

Denny and Sue Shaffner.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

 

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In July, we stopped at the Clearfield County Historical Society’s William B. Alexander Research Center. Denny Shaffner talks with his wife Sue about growing up on Mill Road in Lawrence Township. 

Story Corps Vietnam: Lewis Watt and Greg Johnson

Apr 30, 2015
Lewis Watt and Greg Johnson.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. In commemoration, WPSU will bring you oral history recordings from Vietnam veterans.

Colonel Lewis Watt speaks with his friend Greg Johnson about his time flying helicopters in Vietnam.   Watt was in the Marines for over 25 years. Johnson was also in the Marines as an aviator.

You can listen to other StoryCorps interviews on our website.

Steve Schroeder and his daughter, Jennifer Rand.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. In commemoration, WPSU is bringing you oral history recordings from Vietnam veterans. Steve Schroeder speaks with his daughter, Jennifer Rand, about his military service in Vietnam.

You can listen to other Story Corps interviews on our website

Terry Nau and Katie O'Toole.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. In commemoration, WPSU will bring you oral history recordings from Vietnam veterans.

Terry Nau, author of the memoir “Reluctant Soldier, Proud Veteran” speaks with longtime friend, Katie O’Toole. They became friends in the mid-1970’s when they both worked for State College newspapers.

Al Turgeon and Larry Ragan.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. In commemoration, WPSU will bring you oral history recordings from Vietnam veterans.

Larry Ragan speaks with his friend, Al Turgeon, who flew helicopters during a tour in Vietnam. Turgeon is a professor emeritus of turf management at Penn State.  You can listen to other StoryCorps interviews on our website.

StoryCorps
Emily Reddy / WPSU

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Robert Brown interviewed his son Jimmy, who loves history and has won a number of awards for his history presentations.

StoryCorps pair
Emily Reddy

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Curt Bierly and his son Stan talk about the family business, Stanley C. Bierly, in Millheim.

StoryCorps pair
Emily Reddy

WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Longtime friends Pauline Zerby and Jerelene Reish talk about growing up in Millheim.

Looking for an older WPSU's Story Corps interview? Click here to find them.