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Trotwood-Madison Schools To Avoid State Takeover, Following Release of State School Report Cards

State school report card grades were mixed this year for districts in the Miami Valley. The annual report measures district performance based on test scores from the 2017-2018 school year.

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Poor Will's Almanack: September 18 - 24, 2018

For a number of years, I have marked the position of the Sun on a wall in a certain room of my house, noting how it not only moves throughout the day, but also how it moves with the seasons. I have followed that practice, sometimes doing it to tell the time of year (although it can do that as well as any calendar), but mostly because of the way it makes me feel. Paying attention to where and when the sunlight comes through my window helps me to feel cared for. Strangely, it makes me feel like...

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You Could Be In The Room Where It Happens

Donate to WYSO ahead of our Fall Membership Drive, and you could win tickets to see Hamilton in Cincinnati.


Record a birthday greeting for WYSO!

Bayard Rustin, half-length portrait, facing front, microphones in foreground
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection.

Before the freedom riders and Martin Luther King Jr., there was Bayard Rustin, a gay African American Quaker and civil rights activist. Rustin taught King Ghandian non-violence and was the major organizer for the 1963 March on Washington.  Rustin once stated that if we want peace and social justice, “We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers.”

Cincinnati Composer and long-time Choral director Steve Milloy found his role model late in his life.

The Sound Valley Summer Music Festival is a new one-day event highlighting local music and benfitting local causes.  This year the event will benefit Brigid's Path, which supports newborns and mothers affected by the opioid epdemic.  Event co-organizer Zac Pitts visited the WYSO studios along with members of NovaGold, Weathervein, and A Voice Of Your Own for a live preview of the festival on Kaleidoscope. 

Sara Bir returned to the program to discuss her cookbook of recipes from all over Ohio. We live in a big state with varied cuisines. The food you'll find in Cleveland will be quite different from what you might discover to eat in Cincinnati. And then there are all those places in between. The author did a great job of assembling a wide variety of recipes that reflect the diversity and culinary excitement that you can find in Ohio.

The New Old-Fashioned
Bill Cunningham

Smalltown, Midwest, USA (Magnaphone Records) is the third full length album from the New Old-Fashioned.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live acoustic set on Kaleidoscope ahead of the release and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about recoding in analogue, their evolving vocal harmonies, and more.

The New Old-Fashioned will celebrate the release of Smalltown, Midwest, USA on Friday, August 31 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in downtown Dayton. More details at: newoldfashionedmusic.com

Some of Ohio’s major exporting industries, including agriculture and automotive manufacturing, could suffer if the United States and Mexico make a trade deal without Canada.

The countries are reportedly in negotiations, trying to reach a deal on a revised North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, by Friday. However, earlier this week, President Trump said that if Canada won't sign on, the U.S. and Mexico will do their own bilateral deal.


State Rep. Fred Strahorn and local officials met Wednesday to talk about the next U.S. census.
April Laissle / WYSO

State Rep. Fred Strahorn met Wednesday with other Dayton officials to brainstorm ways to boost participation in the next United States census. Although Census Day is still more than a year away, the Trump administration’s recent proposal to add a new citizenship question to the survey has shined a spotlight on the effort. Some community leaders say their neighbors want to opt out of the count.

North Dayton activist Tommy Owens says that when he talks to some people in his community about the census, they have a lot of questions.

Barn artist Scott Hagan works on a barn at the Allen County Farm Park in Allen County, outside Lima.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In the late eighteen hundreds a group of six men were hired by Wheeling, West Virginia brothers Aaron and Samuel Bloch to advertise their tobacco product. Those men, who called themselves barn massagers, wall dogs and barn lizards, painted tobacco signs on barns located along busy roads in rural Ohio and West Virginia, which started a Nationwide trend for barn advertising.

Reverend Daria Dillard Stone
Senior Voices

Today on Senior Voices, we meet Reverend Daria Dillard Stone, who was raised on Broadway in West Dayton. She shared her early memories  with Dayton Metro Library interviewer, Jennifer Hicks.


From Left to Right: Charlie Simms, president of Simms Development, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH -2), and Rebecca Benná, executive director of Five Rivers MetroParks.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Ohio Republican Congressman Mike Turner (R-10) was in Dayton Wednesday afternoon  to celebrate revitalization progress in downtown Dayton. Turner was joined by Congressman Brad Wenstrup of Ohio’s 2nd District. 

Wenstrup is the newest member of  Congressional House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax and economic development policies. 

Dayton band Shrug

Tippapalooza is an annual festival highlighting regional music and benefitting the Tipp City community.  Event organizers Bill Wendell and Lisa Santucci visited the WYSO studios to talk with Music Director Niki Dakota about the upcoming event which features performances from the 1984 Draft, Seth Canan and the Carriers, Neo American Pioneers, and Shrug.