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Basim Blunt

Senior Media Producer and Instructor, Dayton Youth Radio Project Coordinator and Host, Behind the Groove

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 Friday night from 10:00 pm to midnight, as host of the 91.3 FM music show Behind the Groove.

Ways to Connect

Fifteen: Miami Valley Teenagers Reflect On Their First Protest

Jun 5, 2020
Ja' Nya Lewis and Joe Freeman
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If you've been watching media coverage of the nationwide demonstrations against police brutality, you may have noticed a lot of young people on the frontlines. Dayton Youth Radio project manager Basim Blunt had a phone conversation with Ja' Nya Lewis and Joe Freeman, two local teenagers were protesting Dayton. 

Timmy Lien and Blake Leach
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In this final installment of Dayton Youth Radio's Teens In Quarantine miniseries, Fairmont High School students Blake Leach and Timmy Lien talk about life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Timmy Lien

The work online is definitely more reasonable than in class, which I am thankful for. But when I'm done, there is not really anything else to do. I cook sometimes, I can follow recipe, but my diet hasn't really changed since the lockdown.

Isaiah Jackson and Roderic Blake
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio, a story about teens in quarantine from Isaiah Jackson and Roderic Blake, two juniors at Fairmont High School who are also best friends.

Isaiah Jaskon

Hi, my name is Isaiah Jackson. I'm 16, almost 17 years old, and I'll be 17 in August. I live with my dad and my sister.

I would say I'm a pretty chill person, honestly, because you can't go on being mad at everything or being annoyed. But usually I'm annoyed, I just don't show it.

Nick Kvalheim And Nichole Henderson
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have the fourth feature from our Teens In Quarantine series, with stories from Nick Kvalheim, a student at Oakwood High School and Nicole Henderson a student at Fairmont High School.

Nick Kvalheim

Max Gallanstein And Ethan McFarren
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio we continue our Teens In Quarantine series with two stories from students at Fairmont High School. First, we'll hear from Max Gallanstein, who's a big sports fan, and then we'll hear from Ethan McFarren, who produces dance music from his bedroom recording studio.

Max Gallantstein

Hello, my name is Max Gallanstein. I'm a junior at Fairmont High School. I live with my two parents, Mary and Phillip, and I have two older brothers.

Dylan Potts and Ashley Daniels are juniors at Kettering Fairmont High School.
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio, the second feature in our Teens In Quarantine series. Dylan Potts and Ashley Daniels, two juniors from Kettering Fairmont High School talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting life as a teenager.

Dylan Potts

The first thing I'm going to do after this coronavirus stuff is finished with, is get my hair cut because it's already been forever since I've gotten a cut. By the time this is over, my hair is going to be crazy.

Laura Hutchens leads the Interactive Media Program at Kettering Fairmont High School.
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Laura Hutchens leads the Interactive Media Program, part of the Career Tech Center at Fairmont High School in Kettering Ohio. Her students produce all kinds of videos for school and the community. They create radio broadcasts, graphic design projects and much more. The school even has a campus radio station WKET 98.3 FM Kettering.

Imani Reed and Molly Mitchell are juniors at Kettering Fairmont High School.
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have a new series from Kettering Fairmont High School. Students there were eager to talk about life under quarantine, and so their teacher, Laura Hutchens, called us up and our collaboration began

Today we'll hear from Imani Reed and Molly Mitchell, both juniors at Kettering Fairmont High School. 

Imani Reed

Mandela Brown
Basim Blunt / WYSO

We have a history of mistrust between African-Americans and our nation's police officers who have been sworn to enforce the laws in times of slavery, Jim Crow, legalized segregation, and now the war on drugs. In this last installment of The Best of Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story that first aired three years ago by a Centerville high school student named Mandela Brown.  

It was a summer night at only 9 p.m.  My three friends and I had gone to get ice cream, but Trey didn't have cash, so we went to the Wright-Patt Credit Union so he could use the ATM.

The Best of Dayton Youth Radio: A Full House

Apr 10, 2020
Daylan McKinney
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on the Best of Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from Daylan McKinney from Ponitz Career Technology Center in Dayton. McKinney was a senior when this story first aired two years ago. He wanted to deal with a topic that a lot of our high school kids are grappling with, the effect of divorce on a family.

I’m 17 years old and a former athlete. I used to play basketball for Ponitz, and I played from freshman to junior year. Then I stopped playing.

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