Archive for the ‘YouTube’ Category

Another D-Day, Part 2

August 27, 2007

Our good friends at YouTube were kind enough to allow us to upload Anne-Marie Berger’s story on the Iwo Jima Marines (even though it’s over the 10 minute limit). Here it is:


About People

August 24, 2007

Sorry, I know it’s been a while since we’ve had something new here. Ran into a small problem with YouTube (turns out they mean it when they say your video can’t be longer than 10 minutes…), and other day-to-day stuff got in the way.

We had a nice visit at the station yesterday with a vet and former POW. His son brought him down for an interview with Kate Shaw. I’ve been behind the scenes on the project for the most part, so for me it’s good to have a reminder that this project is really about people. We need to always remember that.

More Video — More Thoughts

August 15, 2007

The stories our Living St. Louis producers have been doing all summer for the Your Stories project have just been amazing. We’ve been showcasing their stories on our YouTube channel, and have been giving you some of them here as well. Of course, there is more to Living St. Louis than World War II stories, as you’ll be able to see from their just launched Living St. Louis blog.

But back to World War II for now. I used to watch Hogan’s Heroes as a kid. It sure made the life of a POW seem not so bad. But as Patrick Murphy found out, that wasn’t what it was really like:

VJ Day

August 15, 2007

Today—August 15—Is VJ Day, the day Japan announced it would surrender (although the actual surrender ceremony wouldn’t take place until September 2) in 1945. These are the sort of dates we all learned and were tested on during school. And while a certain amount of history knowledge is no doubt a good thing to have (as Ken Burns has pointed out, 40 percent of high school seniors think we fought with the Germans against the Russians during World War II), one thing the Your Stories project has taught me is that fact and dates take on a new significance when you know what is behind those dates and facts. 

An example? Here’s one from the war in the Pacific, the one that ended on August 15, 1945:


Learning the Future Through the Past

August 8, 2007

One theme we’ve talked about quite a lot in this space is that we are cataloging the past so it won’t be lost forever. But we are also trying to find the best way (or ways, rather) to present those stories so that they are more than just an archive, but a history for all to experience. That is why we are blogging here and uploading our videos to YouTube.

Other PBS stations are tying some of the same things, and know we aren’t the first to think that there may be opportunities out there, and I’m sure there are opportunities out there we haven’t thought of. Still, I think it’s interesting that we are really trying to learn the future through the past.



Two Views

August 7, 2007

Just uploaded a couple more Your Stories videos to our YouTube channel, and I though the contrast between them was interesting.

First, a memory about what it was like to be young and at home during the war:

Second, what is was like to be young and in combat:

These and many more videos from the Your Stories project are on our YouTube channel, and I am working on getting a good index of them up on our Your Stories site as well. As you can tell, we are still working on using YouTube to its full potential.

How’s It Going?

August 3, 2007

Simple question, not quite a simple answer. We here at KETC have been working on the Your Stories project for a little over two months (well, that’s not really accurate, we’ve been collected and telling stories for you to see since D-Day, but we’ve been working on the project for much longer than that). If you’ve been watching our Channel, it’s hard to imagine you don’t know that we are collecting and telling the St. Louis stories of World War II.

But it’s no secret that this has been a new sort of project for us. We are trying not only to tell stories, but allow you to be a part of the storytelling as well. And we are trying to find out how social media tools like this blog, and Facebook, and YouTube, and the story submission tool on our Your Stories site can allow to better do our job of being the region’s storyteller better.

So how’s it going? I guess you can tell us better than we’ll be able to tell ourselves. What do you think?


Happy 6th of July

July 6, 2007

A couple of days late for Independence Day, but I wanted to share a Living St. Louis story by Jim Kirchherr on Omar Bradley. Bradley was from the central Missouri town of Moberly, and was famously called “the soldier’s general.” But now I’m giving away the story. Enjoy.



See them off…and seeing them when they came back

June 21, 2007

As part of the Your Stories effort, we are creating short stories (called interstitials in the public TV world) that we are airing between programs. We are also uploading them to our YouTube Channel. Here’s one by producer Anne-Marie Berger where veteran Betty Mudd Ellison tell us about what it was like to see the boys (and they often were boys) off to war, and about visiting the ones who came back wounded.