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The Sound Of Your City

Jul 2, 2012
Originally published on July 2, 2012 5:35 pm
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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We've been asking what you already love. What is the heart of your city? You've been sending pictures, and some of you have sent us sound.

BILL DEPUTY: This is Bill Deputy(ph). New Orleans, Louisiana, has many signature sounds. Music spills out of the clubs; the clang of the streetcars. But what defines the soundscape of this city, is the sound of the steam calliope on the Riverboat Natchez.

(SOUNDBITE OF STEAM CALLIOPE)

MARCUS BURNS: I'm Marcus Burns(ph) from Fort Hood, Texas. And the sound of my city every morning, Monday through Friday at 6:30, is the sound of soldiers training.

(SOUNDBITE OF SOLDIERS CHANTING)

KIM ELSHAM: This is Kim Elsham. The sound of Chicago is roller derby at the Windy City Rollers.

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: ...on the track and (unintelligible) for the Double Crossers.

(SOUNDBITE OF ROLLER DERBY RACE)

MARTRICE WHITE: My name is Martrice White(ph). The sound of Portland, Oregon, is migrating songbirds on Mount Tabor at daybreak.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONGBIRDS)

WILL COLEY: My name is Will Coley(ph). The sound of Santa Monica is the rhythm of rush hour at the gym.

(SOUNDBITE OF MACHINERY)

COLEY: Sixty-eight people focused on their aerobic exercise machines.

(SOUNDBITE OF MACHINERY)

UNIDENTIFIED RESTAURANT WORKER #1: (unintelligible) Ms. Williams to the front, please.

RANDY SKACK: My name is Randy Skack(ph), and this is the sound of Kansas City, Missouri - the dinnertime line at Gates Barbecue.

UNIDENTIFIED RESTAURANT WORKER #2: Hi. May I help you? (unintelligible) on bone. Put it on a bun, please. Hi. May I help you?

SKACK: I'll have a turkey on bun with beans, to stay.

UNIDENTIFIED RESTAURANT WORKER #1: Turkey on bun, please. BB, please.

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