Tara Anderson, arts and culture correspondent for WFPL, is stepping down from the role of producer of the monthly Louisville Moth storytelling competition. Anderson has been the producer of the event since it first began in September 2011 and was instrumental in bringing the event to Louisville.
The Moth began in New York City as a live event in 1997. In 2009, public radio picked it up as “The Moth Radio Hour,” which airs locally on WFPL at 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Currently, regular Moth events are held in more than 20 cities worldwide, but Louisville was an early-adopter, in part because of Anderson’s previous involvement with the New York City Moth and because of the strong audience the city had for “The Moth Radio Hour.”
Taking over for Anderson is Rachel Raphael, who works the front desk at Louisville Public Media and also teaches Nia. Raphael has been a frequent volunteer for the program and a regular audience member.
The Moth regularly draws crowds upwards of 200 people to Headliners Music Hall on the last Tuesday of every month. Volunteer storytellers from the audience put their names in a Moth tote bag (this is public radio after all). Ten names are drawn at random and those 10 people tell a five-minute true story on the theme of the evening. Three teams of judges score the stories, and at the end a winner is declared.
Hosts have included former WFPL news director Gabe Bullard, Salon’s Erin Keane, author Ashlee Clark Thompson, and storyteller and writer Graham Shelby.
The Moth returns next Tuesday, May 26. Doors open at 7 p.m. and storytelling begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. This month’s theme is “Adventure.”