New Website Will Host Extensive Oral History of September 11

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Broadcastr, a new Brooklyn-based startup set to launch next month (it has been open to selected users since December), will serve as a repository for thousands of audio files that are tied to specific sites. A partnership with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will provide users with more than 2,000 oral histories from first responders, witnesses, and others who wanted to share what they saw and where they were on the day the World Trade Center fell. "This is a way to get these stories out to people who are visiting the city or who are halfway around the world," Joe Daniels, president of the foundation building the memorial, told the Associated Press. "It's pretty powerful stuff."

The National September 11th Memorial & Museum and Brooklyn-based startup Broadcastr have teamed up to curate an oral history of the infamous day's events. As part of Broadcastr's debut next month, it will host over 2,000 interviews with eye witnesses and first responders about their experiences on September 11th, 2001. About a week after the site goes public, Broadcastr will offer both iPhone and Android versions of an app that will be able to associate geolocation data with uploaded stories. That data can also be used to filter stories, so tourists and mourners can walk through the forthcoming September 11th Memorial, and hear the recollections of those affected by the tragedy. Broadcastr aims to become to audio what Flickr and YouTube are to photos and videos -- serving as a repository of people's stories, as told in their own voices.

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