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StoryTown Radio Show to feature music guest Ubunibi-Afia Short

Contributed Photo • Ubunibi-Afia Short

From Staff Reports

The StoryTown Radio Show will celebrate Black History Month on Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the McKinney Center in a production that will feature stories and skits about the lives and contributions of local African Americans in Jonesborough and the East Tennessee region, all drawn from oral histories collected through the StoryTown initiative.

The fascinating lives of regional citizens Mary Katherine Williams, Mary Alexander, Alfred Greenlee, Nancy Robinson, pastor Danny Johnson and many more will be presented on stage by the cast of the radio show.

Special , most recently seen in the one-woman show “Nancy” by Anne G’Fellers-Mason, and in the original musical “Welcome to Marfa.” Short, who appeared on StoryTown for the first time last year, wowed audiences with her soulful rendition of Nina Simone’s “I’m Feeling Good”.

Tickets are $10 and available online at or by calling the Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010. Season passes for this year’s StoryTown Radio Show are also on sale. A pass guarantees a seat at this popular event, which frequently sells out in advance.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The award-winning Jonesborough StoryTown Radio Show and Podcast is performed as a story-filled old-time radio performance at the McKinney Center. The production is broadcast on the local public radio station 89.5 FM the last Wednesday of the month, with bimonthly podcasts on These productions celebrate the culture, history and stories of the people of Jonesborough and the Southern Appalachian Region. Since 2011, the show has been performed by a multi-cultural cast of local actors, storytellers and musicians, creating an audio patchwork quilt of what it means to be home in the Mountains of Tennessee.