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.

Ways to Connect

Stepdadding: A Teenager Talks About Gaining A Parent

May 16, 2019
Michael Moreland
Basim Blunt / WYSO

My name is Michael Moreland. I am 15 years old and a sophomore at DECA High School. I'm actually a very funny person, I like to make people laugh. Making people laugh brings a joy to me, because I like seeing others smile. I'm a very positive person.

I live with my younger sister, y mom and my soon-to-be stepdad.

Let me tell you about stepparents.

At first they come in and try to take over a mother or father's position from your actual parents splitting. It's kind of a hard adjustment.

PolySci: A Teenager Ponders Policy

May 9, 2019
Kayla Mulligan
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Teenagers watch the news and are affected by the sometimes harsh and divisive political debate in our country. Kayla Mulligan is a senior at Thurgood Marshall STEM High School. She watches CNN and other political shows on TV, and she's learning about politics in America. In today's essay, Kayla shares her opinion about President Trump's efforts to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Deshanay Roberson
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Living in what therapists call a dysfunctional family affects the mental health of teenagers and adults in profound ways while adults can walk out of a toxic relationship. Many teenagers find themselves simply stuck.

My name is Deshanay, but everybody calls me Desha. I am an introvert. I'm a photographer, and I draw portraits on the side of my free time. I really like peace and quiet and being by myself. I live with my mom, my nanna, and my great granny. My dad passed away when I was five from cancer so he's not in the picture anymore.

Joy Thornhill
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Women’s reproductive rights have been a topic of ongoing debate in the Ohio Legislature, around the state, and in many homes.  Today on Dayton Youth Radio we meet a young woman and her father who are participating in that discussion.  

I'm Joy. I'm 18 years old, and I love to write, I have ever since I could hold a crayon. And I hate negativity discrimination and inequality like most people that I know. I live with my dad, Craig Thornhill, which certainly has been a roller coaster over these past few years with lots of ups and lots of downs.

Alex Folker
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Our names - whether given or chosen - tell the world who we are. Today's youth radio producer Alex Folker from Stivers School of the Arts says that she changed her life simply by changing her name.

Writing is really a passion of mine. I kind of have this system in the way that I write that I'm really picky about because I don't like people messing with it. I guess I'm pretty stubborn.

Cell Therapy: A Teenager Talks About Her Phone

Apr 4, 2019
Kamryn Campbell
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Many of us, young and old, spend too much time on our  smartphones.  Today on Dayton Youth Radio we’ll hear a teenager’s perspective on living with and without her phone.  

Every child has one of those moments where their parent just looks at them like, Oh my God, I really signed up for this. It's trial and error, being a parent.

If: A Teenager Talks About Mental Health And Hope

Mar 28, 2019
Masaad Patterson
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For African-American teenagers, suicide is the third leading cause of death, but many are afraid to seek help, let alone talk about it on the radio. Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story that helps us understand what teenagers go through when they struggle with depression. It's from Thurgood Marshall STEM High School, and a note to listeners: this story addresses suicidal thoughts. 

Julian Newberry
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Many teenagers are concerned about the current political climate in the United States and the debate over immigration. Today we'll hear the perspective of a high school senior and his thoughts on immigrants coming to America. 

My name is Julian Newberry. I'm a 17 year old student living in Dayton and going to Thurgood Marshall STEM High School.

Black Girl Manifesto: A Teenage Poet Testifies

Mar 14, 2019
Toné Reddick
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have the first story from a new class at Stivers School of the Arts. It’s from a teenager, who's a poet and performance artist. This student has a lot to say, and she wants you to listen.

Ignorance in this generation is not spread across everyone.

My name is Toné Reddick, and I'm a 16-year-old from Long Island New York. I feel like everything I go through, I learn something that makes me love myself even more. Especially when I know how aware I am, when I know how special I am, how rare I am.

Pops: A Teenager Talks About His Grandfather

Mar 7, 2019
Gabre Wilder
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It is said that God couldn't be everywhere so she created grandparents. Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from a high school basketball player who wanted to quit after a bad game. That's when someone he calls "Pops" stepped in.

My name is Gabre. I'm 17, and I'm currently growing up in a single parent household. My mom is raising five of us. I've got four siblings, two brothers and two sisters.