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On August 19th to August 20th, KCRWs Independent Producer Project kicked off its 5th edition of the 24-hour radio race. Radio producers from all over the world had one day to write, record, and edit a nonfiction radio story. We produced a story about Coney Island’s iconic landmark The Wonder Wheel and the journey of its owner Deno D. Vourderis, a Greek immigrant who bought and restored the ferris wheel in the early 80s. This piece is narrated by his grandson Deno John Vourderis, who continues the family tradition of maintaining and running the wheel with his father and brother. This story was made possible with the help of Amanda Deutch from Coney Island History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to record, archive, and celebrate the oral history of Coney Island.

 

The only thing about America that interests me is Coney Island.
Sigmund Freud

Credits:
Produced by Carlo Patrão and Erica Buettner
Music by Dana Boulé.
Thanks to Deno John Vourderis and Amanda Deutch

 

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