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Friend Weller

Chief Engineer

When his dad said “Don’t play with that old radio, you’re going to get shocked,” 10-year-old Friend Weller was certainly looking out for his own best interests. What was at the time an elementary-school-aged hobby soon turned into a life-long career decision. Friend has worked professionally for nearly three decades as a radio announcer and engineer in both commercial and public radio. He came to Utah State University over 30 years ago, beginning his career in radio at KUSU-FM as a student in 1981, and graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Speech. After stints at radio stations all over northern Utah; Friend came to Utah Public Radio with 28 years of broadcast experience and nearly 35 years in electronics and sound reinforcement. He has worked in small settings as well as crewing for arena-sized venues and everything in between focusing on broadcasting, sound, lighting and other specialties. He is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers holding the rank of Certified Radio Broadcast Engineer.

StoryCorps
6:59 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Roy Nisson: Dentist To The Stars

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From astronauts and test pilots to Hollywood celebrities, retired dentist, 93 year-old Roy Nisson talks with his wife Janice about his brushes with the stars.

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StoryCorps
1:06 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Ambassadors Of Goodwill: The Mesquite-Toes Tap Team

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst talks with her mom, Kathy Lyne Jones about being a dance ambassador for the city of Mesquite, Nevada.

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Kathy: I belong to a senior dance team called The Mesquite-Toes. Our average age is 69 1/2. I have only danced with them for three years but they celebrated their 10th year anniversary this year. It started as an exercise class at the rec center. Out of the ten beginners five of them are still dancing. We took a trip this year to Palm Springs and to Knott's Berry Farm in California and then next year we are going to Alaska on another cruise. We do about 26 different dances. We have tap classes, jazz classes and clogging classes. I do like the clogging the best. I think it's the fact that you can take out all of your frustrations...stomping your feet that loud.

Kerry: Tell me about the groups favorite color.

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StoryCorps Segments
6:08 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Folklorist Gets His Comeuppance From The Pioneer Past

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Hal Cannon, former state folklorist and founder of The Western Folklife Center, visited the StoryCorps booth with his wife Teresa Jordan.  He recalls his experience working with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers to preserve the material culture of Utah's pioneer past.  Cannon talks about an unexpected visit from Kate Carter, former director of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. 

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StoryCorps
1:06 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth: 36 Years Of Federal Service

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Retired Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth talks with Amnesty Kochanowski, National Park Service Safety Manager, about the role that our National Parks parks have played in his life and the life of his family.  After 36 years of federal service Jock Whitworth retired January 3, 2014.  He plans to pursue his interests in hiking, photography and volunteering for nonprofit organizations.

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Utah News
4:00 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Share Your Eclipse Experience on AU Tuesday

My photo does the eclipse no justice, but I enjoyed watching this view of the sun on a cardboard box throughout the eclipse. -- jp

Whether you ended up in the designated "sweet spot" with a solar telescope or just happened to see an eclipsed shadow on your front porch, we want to hear about your Utah eclipse experience. Post your photos or just your thoughts on UPR's Facebook page. Amateur solar gazers, writers, photographers are all welcome. It was a special night in Utah and we want to keep the feeling alive.

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