StoryLine is a program of the ECHO Network which is dedicated to building social capital and fostering trusting relationships in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. StoryLine was created by ECHO to illuminate the rich diversity of voices throughout our community and to celebrate our common humanity. Listening carefully to the stories of others will help us see the similarities among us and appreciate the differences. As a result, ECHO hopes to create a culture of inclusion in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in which residents throughout the community become more understanding, trusting and respectful of one another.
At an ECHO Marketing Committee meeting in 2006, members discussed the various ways to reach out to the greater Winston-Salem community. Listening to each other’s stories rose to the top as a potential outreach tool. The committee determined that the StoryCorps model would be an ideal model for a new program. Making the program a reality all began with the generous donation of a used bookmobile. Most recently used as an ice cream truck, the bookmobile was transformed, through the generous support of CJMW, M Creative and SPEVCO, into a state-of-the-art mobile recording studio. The StoryLine bus travels throughout Winston-Salem and Forsyth County gathering the stories of everyday people talking about their life stories. The conversations are permanently recorded on a free CD given to each participant. These stories are shared with the community in a variety of ways. You can hear the stories on the radio, listen to stories on this site, as well as hear them in various community venues from time to time. The StoryLine theme song is from “Sparklers” by the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble.