Mississippi Moments Brings History Alive With Expanded Broadcast Schedule

Mississippi Moments Brings History Alive With Expanded Broadcast Schedule

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

For the past decade, Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) and the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH) at The University of Southern Mississippi have been sharing the stories of real people who have lived through some of the most dramatic moments in the nation's history. Beginning Feb. 2, this special program will begin airing Monday-Friday at 12:30 p.m. on MPB Radio.

"For 10 years, the Mississippi Moments radio broadcasts on MPB have brought to the people of Mississippi the stories of their common history from the people that experienced it," said Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, director of the COHCH.

"With this new daily schedule, we will be able to share more stories from our vast collections at the Center."

Listeners will hear about Freedom Summer, the Piney Woods, music, food and other aspects of history and culture of the Magnolia State.

Ross Walton, producer of Mississippi Moments, is excited to keep sharing the stories that keep Mississippi's history and culture alive.

"Some of the most moving and memorable stories are of Mississippi persevering through difficult conditions, be they wartime service, natural disasters or fighting for civil rights," Walton said.

Walton also says that the radio program showcases stories about traditions that make Mississippi's people so unique.

Mississippi Moments is produced by the COHCH with generous support from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

COHCH has been collecting and preserving the stories of Mississippians since 1971. The oral history collection contains nearly four thousand interviews, by far the largest in the state and one of the largest in the South. The collection is available to researchers in the Mississippian Room of the McCain Library and Archives and in the Center's offices on the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss.

Mississippi Moments is available as a podcast and can de downloaded anytime by MississippiMoments.org.

For more information about upcoming events in the College of Arts and Letters, of which the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage is a part, visit www.artsandlettersnow.usm.edu.