"My Story" from Spokane Public Radio

Credit Leona Vander Molen

Statement of Purpose:

Spokane Public Radio is a community-focused organization, and we believe it’s important to include voices from the community in our coverage of important topics that affect our region.

“My Story” is a new initiative that invites listeners to submit video or audio clips sharing their personal experiences. 

All clips that meet our guidelines will be posted here to help spark conversations with our neighbors. Submissions will be identified by first name or left anonymous if the submitter prefers. Select clips will be edited for broadcast on air and posted on SPR’s social media pages. Our hope is that “My Story” can be a constructive forum for learning about the perspectives of people in our community.


  • Share your own experience. We’re more interested in personal experience and opinion than social commentary. Tell a story about something that’s happened to you related to the topic before offering prescriptions on what you believe others should do. Each submission should start with the phrase “My story about [topic] is . . . ” 

  • Write it out and be brief. Clips should be a maximum of 2 minutes in length. We strongly recommend that you write out your comments ahead of time. 300 words is a good estimate for a 2 minute clip. 

  • Keep it civil. Some of these topics will inspire passionate debate. But My Story is not a place for name-calling, profanity, or hyperbole. 

October 2020 Topic: Back to School

As students from preschool to college head back to virtual and in-person classrooms, SPR wants to hear your story of what school looks like this fall. Submit your short audio or video clip beginning with the phrase “My story about back to school is . . .”

How to Submit:

When you’re ready to add your story, follow these steps:

  • Write out your story and practice by reading it aloud.

  • Click "PLAY" on the video below and then select whether you want to respond with video or audio. 

  • OR use the video or audio recorder on your phone to record yourself and send the file to mystory@kpbx.org.

By submitting, you are giving Spokane Public Radio permission to broadcast your video and/or audio on the radio and/or post it to SPR’s website and/or social media pages.

The information you provide will not be used for marketing or fundraising purposes.

We may edit your submission before sharing it on-air or online. We reserve the right to reuse or republish your submission, or to withhold your submission from publication. You must be 13 years or older to provide a submission.



Catherine - My Story

Oct 26, 2020

This story was submitted by a listener named Catherine in July 2020 when the topic was "The Police."

Elise - My Story

Oct 26, 2020

This story was submitted by a listener named Elise in October, 2020 when the topic was "Back to School."

April - My Story

Aug 10, 2020

This story was submitted by a listener named April in July 2020 when the topic was "The Police."

Sheri - My Story

Aug 5, 2020

This story was submitted by a listener named Sheri in July 2020 when the topic was "The Police."

I get my computer access at the public libraries, which are closed, due to the coronavirus. I’m a 71-year-old, white female. I don’t like cops and try to avoid them. I’ve had bad experiences. My dad grew up in Clearwater Co., Idaho. As a small kid, he was bullied by a tough boy. That bully became the country sheriff. My Idaho relatives refer to members of “law enforcement as “big boys.” My redheaded grandma would say, “They must need new uniforms,” when she saw someone pulled over for a traffic infraction. I think cops are a necessary evil, but often do more harm than good for society. Too many become part of a “good old boys” club.


Anonymous - My Story

Jul 30, 2020

This story was submitted by a listener who wished to remain anonymous in July 2020 when the topic was "The Police."