South Dakota resident Buddy Seiner wants to hear your fishing stories.
More accurately, he wants to record them for generations to come.
Seiner is working on the first online archive for audio fishing stories. The project, called Fish Stories, will help anglers share their fishing tales, reports, favorite moments and memories, all while preserving their fishing legacies for future generations.
Seiner is self-funding the project at the moment, but as the storytelling community continues to grow and Fish Stories begins to make an impact on anglers around the world, he said they will have options for “True Fans” to help with funding. The project also will seek corporate partners who share their mission and vision for the “storytelling revolution” and will work with business owners to provide more value to their customers and brand.
“As the demand for free content continues to rise, advertising becomes more and more necessary in the media production world,” Seiner said. “Unless creatives (writers, videographers, audio producers) are attached to an already-established brand, advertising it is one of the most efficient ways to move their mission forward. I believe Fish Stories will become sustainable without flooding the website with banner ads and popup sales graphics. I believe we can create a mutually beneficial partnership with corporations, business owners and the fishing community at large without compromising our mission’s integrity or our listener’s experiences.”
The project will include a website and a smartphone app that will allow listeners to easily access these great fishing tales.
“Recording a story will be made easiest with the Fish Stories app,” Seiner said. “That will be available in May. Until then, we encourage using the voice recorder on your smart phone. Hit record on a new voice memo and hold it like a microphone. Once done, email your recorded story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will review it for inclusion in the archive.”
In addition to the archive, Seiner will be producing fresh audio content for the Fish Stories Podcast. He said the podcast will feature conversations with individuals who have unique stories to tell and will be field produced to make the listener feel like they are in the moment.
“Ultimately, theatrical performances and documentary-style stories will also be included when we are ready to take that step,” Seiner said. “Outdoor media has become a sprint towards perfection. 4K video, journalists who can immerse you in a moment and professional fishers on YouTube are becoming the norm. Until now, audio has been limited to tips and tricks podcasts and interviews with professionals in the industry. Fish Stories will give the microphone, and the platform, to anyone with a fishing story.”
Seiner said patrons can submit a story idea to be featured on the podcast by sending an email at fishstories.org or calling their phone line at (605) 301-0858 and leaving a short message (three minutes maximum) about the story and why they believe it is important.
“It will allow us to record our grandparents, parents, children, family, friends and neighbors and listen to their stories for generations to come,” he said. “Audio is the future of outdoor storytelling, and we are starting the movement.”
The project currently has a landing page at fishstories.org where people can sign up for a weekly newsletter and follow along on social media. Seiner also put together an audio trailer for the project, available on SoundCloud at http://tinyurl.com/kkwecxd.
“I believe that all fishing stories deserve to be told,” Seiner said. “You might wonder if you have a great story to tell. I challenge you to think back to some of the stories you remember growing up. They did not have to be amazing or extraordinary to be captivating.
“You might be thinking, ‘I know someone who is great at telling stories!’ Perfect, now the hard part is acting. Call them. Right now. Let them know that you’d like to meet up for tea.”
He recommended finding a quiet location and preparing some questions, then letting them know that you would like to interview them. Seiner said asking someone if they are willing to do this may be a bit scary at first, but you might come to find that people don’t really mind a phone or recorder resting in front of them.
“Heck, most anglers are begging for an excuse to tell their favorite stories,” Seiner said. “It’s time for us to begin preserving these stories so the legacies of our friends and family will live on forever.”