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Radio Story: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Funeral

Jessica Handler

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Today, a story from Atlanta author Jessica Handler about a public event that happened in the city 42 years ago which left a permanent impact on her.

The Radio Story project seeks sincere, stirring, and surprising stories of encounters with Atlanta. If your story is selected, we’ll match you with a WABE staff person to edit, record, and produce your piece for use on the air. We are looking for stories that express an original idea with clear, creative writing. For example:

  • Can you share a unique moment you experienced in neighborhood?

  • Can you talk about a random act of kindness that you witnessed or experienced?

  • Does your ‘field of expertise’ allow you to see Atlanta in a unique way?

  • Were you witness to a moment of Atlanta history?

Different from a political or finger-pointing commentary, our hope is that the series will uncover great true-life moments that show the unique texture of the city. Send your story here, citycafe@wabe.org.

The Guidelines:

Start with the basics. Please include your name, address, daytime telephone number, and e-mail address. Because of security and virus concerns, we are unable to open e-mails with attachments so please copy your essay into the body of your email.

Tell a single specific story. We want your submission to come directly from a first hand experience in and around metro Atlanta.

Make it real. Your story doesn’t have to have a happy ending. For authenticity’s sake, it should be as true to life as you can make it.

Have a beginning, middle, and end. Like all good stories, yours needs a sense of flow and conclusion.

Show us where you are and who’s around. Yep, we’re asking for some description. Don’t resort to clichés, but when appropriate do help paint the scene for us.

Write like you would talk to a friend. The more comfortable you are with the words and phrases in your story, the more the feelings within it will be able shine through. There are more tips on writing for radio, found here.

Keep it short. Read your story out loud before you send it in. Each commentary should take about two-and-a-half minutes to read aloud (about 400 words in length).

Also, please note that we do not need CDs, TAPES or AUDIO FILES. In the event that we are interested in taking the next step with you, we will contact you directly.

WABE reserves the right to read on the air and/or publish on its web site - or in any medium now known or unknown - the e-mails and letters that we receive. We may edit them for clarity or brevity and identify authors by name and location. By sending us a letter or e-mail, you agree to these terms.