Frank Stasio, a familiar voice to National Public Radio listeners, headlines the annual Friends of the UNCG University Libraries Dinner Monday, May 10. Stasio, who hosts WUNC’s “The State of Things,” will speak on “The State of Conversation.”
For the past four years, Stasio, a Buffalo, N.Y., native, has immersed himself in the culture, lore and history of North Carolina. His studio acts as a salon, where Stasio has perfected the art of conversation with everyone from folk musicians to politicians to hound breeders to beauty queens, gaining a unique perspective on his adopted state. He will address the question of what it means to be a North Carolinian in 2010.
Stasio was named permanent host of “The State of Things” in June 2006. Visit “The State of Things” on the web at http://wunc.org/programs/tsot/.
He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station’s news director. From there he went to National Public Radio, where he rose from associate producer to newscaster for “All Things Considered.” He left that job in 1990 to help start an alternative school in Washington, D.C.
Stasio returned to NPR as a freelance news anchor, guest host of “Talk of the Nation” and other national programs, and host of special news coverage. He also presents audio theater workshops for children and teachers and conducts radio journalism workshops for broadcasters in former Soviet-bloc countries. He lives in Durham.
Stasio’s presentation begins at 8 p.m. A reception and seated dinner precede the program. The reception begins at 6 p.m., the dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner takes place in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center. Complimentary parking is offered in the Walker Avenue parking deck.
Tickets to the event support the UNCG University Libraries. Tickets for the dinner and program are $45 for Friends members and $55 for non-members, and must be ordered by May 4. Table sponsorships are $500 and include eight tickets and recognition in the event program.
Program-only tickets are $12 each, and may be purchased on a space-available basis up until 8 p.m. the day of the program.
Call the University Box Office at 4-4849 or visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice/ for tickets.