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WYSO's Sonic 60th: The Hot Mud Family

WYSO went on the air 60 years ago, and we’re celebrating by listening back to some highlights from our historic audio collection.

In the 1970s, local programs were flowering at WYSO. Antioch College students, WYSO staff members, and community volunteers collaborated to make programs then, as now. And live, local music was also a defining part of what made WYSO, WYSO. Here’s a recording of the Hot Mud Family – familiar to WYSO listeners and music lovers all over the country back then.

They had their start in the late 60s as folkies, but went deep into bluegrass and old time music as well. Here they are in 1974: Suzanne and Dave Edmundson, and Rick Good with guest fiddlers Van Kidwell and Greg Dearth.

The recording engineered by Randy Thom, who went on to become the head of sound design for LucasFilm and Skywalker Sound in California with – so far – two Academy Awards and 15 nominations.

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Neenah Ellis has been a radio producer most of her life. She began her career at a small commercial station in northern Indiana and later worked as a producer for National Public Radio in Washington, DC. She came to WYSO in 2009 and served as General Manager until she became the Executive Director of The Eichelberger Center for Community Voices where she works with her colleagues to train and support local producers and has a chance to be a radio producer again. She is also the author of a New York Times best-seller called “If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians.”
Jocelyn Robinson is a Yellow Springs, Ohio-based educator, media producer, and radio preservationist. As an educator, Robinson has taught transdisciplinary literature courses incorporating critical cultural theory and her scholarship in self-definition and identity. She also teaches community-based and college-level classes in digital storytelling and narrative journalism.