Juneau women's travel stories to be broadcast

Writings range from letters home to essays about New Zealand, New Guinea, Cuba and England

Posted: Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Five Juneau women will share their travel stories today in a 43-minute pre-recorded program during KTOO-FM's 3 p.m. "Juneau Afternoon" show.

The program mixes stories with music and was co-produced by Jamie Foley and KTOO volunteer Shelly Owens. It will be rebroadcast on "Women's Prerogative" at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

"This is sort of a creative project to see if we could put stories together with music," Owens said. "People are a little shy talking about things that are a little more intimate, and everyone in Juneau travels. We thought this would have a universal appeal."

All five of the writers read previously written essays in the program. Foley traveled to Cuba, Margie Thomson went to New Zealand, Jane Edwards saw England and Joy Lyon visited New Guinea.

Joyanne Bloom traveled to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in the summer of 2001 to visit a friend from Juneau who was working as an administrator in the Peace Corps. Her story is a letter to her mother - one of many she's written since she was old enough to travel. This is the first time Bloom has shared any of the letters publicly.

"I was a little reluctant," Bloom said. "You write them and you never look at them again. I was afraid that it wouldn't sound good to me. But it sounded okay."

"I was quite pleased," she said. "I thought that this would just be an invitation to read (on the air). But they were very professional and nurturing. We had a couple meetings at Jamie's small home, so we got comfortable and heard each other's stories over tea and cookies."

• Korry Keeker can be reached at korry.keeker@juneauempire.com.

Also on KTOO:

KTOO-FM will broadcast the Juneau Symphony's performance of Beethoven's Ninth at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. This will be the first time a Juneau Symphony performance has been broadcast live on the radio, according to a KTOO press release.

The broadcast will be preceded by a recorded conversation with symphony conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett and string section member Bob King. Concert producers are Albert McDonnell for the Juneau Symphony and Jeff Brown for KTOO.

KTOO has produced live broadcasts of the Folk Festival for the last 29 years and has produced concerts from various venues in Juneau throughout its 30-year history. This will be the first time that KTOO has broadcast a Juneau Symphony concert. The broadcast will also be streamed live on the Internet at www.ktoo.org.



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