“Story Road Utah” is a simulated one-to-one-and-a-half hour old-time radio broadcast produced by Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts in cooperation with community concert presenters, city arts councils and historical societies, heritage and family organizations, and anyone else who wants their pioneer-era stories told in a thoroughly entertaining format.
In a style similar to A Prairie Home Companion, but with true stories and real locations, “Story Road Utah” introduces you to people who made Utah what it is today, and whose stories teach us lessons that will make our lives richer and more rewarding.
The program features two co-hosts—father and son Marvin and Sam Payne, house band Enoch Train, led by Clive Romney, and a “live studio audience”—you! It also includes, depending on the episode, music, stories, poems, dramatizations, and interviews with contemporary artists, artisans, performers, farmers, ranchers, sheepherders, and others who preserve pioneers skills, arts and lifestyles.
Story Road Utah’s storytellers bring to life the stories of Utah’s pioneer settlers, while modern practitioners tell the stories of how and why they do what they do, and how they are influenced by the pioneer legacy. The program involves audience participation activities, “live” commercial announcements, and humorous dialogue from the hosts.