I found this very interesting article in our State Magazine. I thought I would share it with the rest of the world. Next time my hubby and me go to Little Rock/North Little Rock area we are going to check this out!
Tales from the South showcases the art of Southern Storytelling. A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Mrs. Morell was working as a writer and English professor teaching online classes for a university in Florida when a fellow writer and English professor in San Francisco contacted her about his plans to create a radio show featuring literary work. She then told her writer friends about it and offered to send their stories to him.
Her friends show fell through and suddenly she has 10 really good stories on her hands. According to Mrs. Morell she didn’t want to just thank those people who had submitted their work and let them know that it was all for nothing. So she decided to pick up the phone and call KUAR…Little Rock Radio Station KUAR-FM 89.1…to see if they had any interest in using these people stories, however when she made this call she did it with no plans to start a radio show herself.
She was invited by the radio station to come pitch her idea to the station program manager who liked it so much that she was asked to do weekly show. However by this time her career had moved forward and she was a mother of three small children, a restaurant owner, and the owner of the Temenos Publishing Company (a small literary press), so needless to say she didn’t have time to do a weekly show, but she somehow found the time to do a monthly show.
Long story short it became a success and eventually Mrs. Morell decided to move he show to the Starving Artist Café where there would be an audience for the program. The popularity of this program grew and three years later the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock offered to provide some funding to make it a weekly program. In the end they agreed to do a 16 week pilot program, which is when the decided to add a dinner and music to the program to make more of an event, and just right off the bat they started selling out shows.
The popularity of the show has also grown on the air waves to being broadcasted and heard worldwide via streaming audio at www.kuar.com and is also carried by World Radio Network (WRN) in Europe, Africa, and Asia. It’s also heard on RTE, Ireland’s Public Broadcasting Service, and now on multiply public radio stations across the United States.
“Tales from the South” must be Southern to the extent that writers must currently live in the South, which includes Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida or be from the South originally.
The district Southern art of storytelling is rich in language and detail, and the voice is alive in all of them according the Mrs. Morell. Mrs. Morell also states that no stories are ever rejected, however she may spend hours editing to help the author get it ready to present so that the author will have a good reaction from the audience.
“Tales from the South”
Starving Artist Café
411 Main Street
North Little Rock, AR.
Admission for the show is $7.50
Article provided by K.D. Reep of the Arkansas Living Magazine