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I-69 Radio Doc Now Online

posted Jan 19, 2013, 8:35 AM by Mack Hagood   [ updated Jan 19, 2013, 8:48 AM ]
This is part one of the three-part documentary radio series created for WFHB by students in my I-69 class at Indiana University's Department of Communication and Culture. Members of the tiny Bethel Christian Church have mixed feelings about the new stretch of Interstate 69 being built in rural Southern Indiana. They hope the road will bring jobs, but they know it will divide their community and affect a delicate soundscape they believe connects them to God. 

This piece features the voices of Jim Wade, Pastor David Self, and Charles Ramsden of Bethel Church in Springville, Indiana. This story was reported by students Alyson Arrendale, Jen Samson, and Leroy Velasquez. It was edited by me. My co-executive producer of I-69: Sounds and Stories was Matt Guschwan. Produced in partnership with WFHB and Traditional Arts Indiana.

Here's the original intro that was read when the piece aired:

During the summer, twelve students took a new class at Indiana University called Audio Production as Service: Sounds and Stories in the Path of I-69. Led by Mack Hagood, a PhD candidate and Associate Instructor in the Department of Communication and Culture, the students broke into research teams to interview rural residents and record natural sounds in the proposed pathway of the I-69 extension. They wanted to learn how I-69 will impact life stories and soundscapes in southwestern Indiana.

Today in part one of our series I-69: Sounds and Stories we visit the community of Bethel Christian Church, located in Springville, Indiana, about 17 miles south of Bloomington. This small church, which dates back to the late 1800s, is not easy to find today, but it will soon be near a major interstate—though not near an onramp or offramp. The twenty or so regular church members hope the interstate will bring economic benefits to the region. However, they are saddened that the highway will cost them two beloved elders in the church, physically divide their community, and overrun the natural sounds they love—sounds that they believe bring them closer not only to nature, but to God. In this report, you will hear the voices of church member Jim Wade, Pastor David Self, and church member Charles Ramsden, who is losing his home to I-69 and leaving the Bethel Church community.