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Community Efforts Underway to Increase Local and National Recognition of Ohio Players' Funk Legacy

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The local music community in Dayton is increasing efforts to recognize the impact and legacy of the area's funk history. Petitions and pushes are underway to commemorate iconic Dayton funk band Ohio Players with local and national notice: to have a portion of Hillcrest Avenue dubbed Ohio Players Way, and to successfully induct the group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Longtime local musician and music journalist Don Thrasher spoke with Radio Basim on WYSO's Behind the Groove about the group's history, the petition making the rounds for the Hall of Fame ballot entry, and his recent article for Dayton.com about the street renaming campaign.

Don Thrasher on WYSO's Behind the Groove

The petition to earn Ohio Players a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, created by Daytonian Keith Jenkins is available on Change.org, and Don Thrasher's articles on the Hall of Fame petition and the Hillcrest Avenue dedication can be found on Dayton.com.

Basim has worked in the media for over twenty years, as an A&R rep with Capitol Records and as a morning drive show producer. He is a filmmaker, media arts adjunct, and also a digital editing teacher in the Dayton Metro area. In 2012 he joined WYSO as a Community Voices Producer, and his work has earned him a “New Voices” Scholar award by (AIR) Association of Independents in Radio. Basim has produced the award-winning documentary Boogie Nights: A History of Funk Music in Dayton. He also served as Project Manager for ReInvention Stories, a multimedia docu-series produced by Oscar-winning filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert. In 2020, Blunt received a PMJA (Public Media Journalists Association) award for his WYSO series Dayton Youth Radio, for which he is the founding producer and instructor. Basim spins an eclectic mix of funk, soul, and classic R&B every Thursday night from 8 p.m to 10 p.m., as host of the 91.3 FM music show Behind the Groove.