Basim Blunt

Project Coordinator, Dayton Youth Radio and Host, Behind the Groove

Basim joined WYSO as a member of the 2012 Community Voices program. His work has earned him a “New Voices” Scholar award by (AIR) Association of Independents in Radio. Basim has produced the award-wining documentary Boogie Nights: A History of Funk Music in Dayton. He also is the Production Coordinator for Dayton Youth Radio in addition to hosting Behind the Groove.

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The Best of Dayton Youth Radio: It's Just Family

Jan 16, 2020
Olivia Brintlinger-Conn
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Since its start, Dayton Youth Radio has featured the voices of over 200 Miami Valley teenagers from nine area high schools.  Starting this week, we’re going to share some of the Best Of Dayton Youth Radio so far, and we’ll be back with new stories in the spring.

In 2016, then-Yellow Springs High School student Olivia Brintlinger-Conn talked about family and adoption.

Malik Simmons
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My name is Malik Simmons. I am 17 years old and I go to David H. Ponitz. I have my granny's name tattooed on me, and it means a lot to me. I can take her everywhere with me. It brings me comfort. When I get sidetracked or distracted for what my goal is in life, I just look down at my arm and I know how to get back on track.

Kayla Tucker
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I'm Kayla Tucker. I'm a senior at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center. I'm 17 years old. I'm also a first year varsity cheerleader for basketball and football. When I was 10 years old, I experienced the aftermath of a hurricane that flooded the river by our house so much that the cold water covered my feet as I stood on the sidewalk. I didn't realize how much power and strength the weather had.

I was reminded of that power once again last Memorial Day weekend when several tornadoes touched down in Dayton on May 27, 2019

Darius Coleman
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Before you spend too much time wondering what to give that teenager on your holiday shopping list, you should listen to this story by Darius "Ace" Coleman, who says his parents always brought him everything he wanted. 

My name is Darius Coleman. I'm 16, born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. I go to a school called DECA High. I play football, had a perfect season, 0 and 10. I live with my mom, Janay. I go to my dad's house every other weekend. His name is Anthony.

Dorian Mays
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I remember going to the Oregon District with my family back in February. I was with my mom and aunts because they were getting matching tattoos. I remember eating spicy and lemon pepper wings at Blind Bob's with my uncle and sister. We were getting hungry while waiting for my mom and aunts to have their tattoos finished. It was February, so it was a bit chilly, partly cloudy, but that didn't stop the smiles and laughter from the people walking around.

Jackson Sawyer
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My name is Jackson Sawyer. I'm 17, and I'm a senior at Centerville High School. Anyone who is a middle child knows that being the middle child is the worst. I'm never taken seriously when I want to be, and I never get the sympathy I want when I need it. I have five siblings, and I live with my parents.

Having five siblings is normal, but my family is even less normal than that as my three youngest siblings are all adopted.

Jalen Brown
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16 year old Jaylen Brown told our Dayton Youth Radio class at Dayton Early College Academy about some of the things he loves: his family, gangsta rap from the 90s and lots of sweets, cookies, candy bars, soda, donuts.  But then he realized that good things don't last forever. 

I used to eat candy, sweets and meat for days. My diet was terrible. I didn't listen to my mother who did try to tell me right, but she had to work so she couldn't enforce it as much. My teeth were bad back then.

Brittney Murphy
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What do Katy Perry, Denzel Washington and George Stephanopoulos have in common with Dayton Youth Radio producer Brittney Murphy? They're all PKs or preacher's kids. 17 year old Brittney shares her memories of her father.

Me being able to accept Christ as my holy savior is thanks to Reverend George Dean Murphy Junior, my pastor and my father.

Imagine instruments playing, children and adults singing, and a pastor that keeps you in the presence of the Lord.

Nina Edwards
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio we'll meet a senior from the David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center. Teenager Nina Edwards says the history lessons taught in public school doesn't reflect her culture.

Hello, my name is Nina Edwards, and I'm a Black girl in a white man's world. I attend Ponitz CTC, where the racial makeup is more than half Black kids.

Morgan Risch
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I'm Morgan Risch. I'm currently 17 and a senior at Centerville High School. I'm going to tell you about my junior prom experience. 

I had waited for years, and last year I was finally a junior and was going to  be able to go to prom. I had been looking forward to prom since I knew what prom was. The idea of getting dressed up and looking and feeling like a princess was a dream come true to me.