Basim Blunt

Senior Media Producer and Instructor, Dayton Youth Radio Project Coordinator 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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Demetrius Oglesby
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It's been about 40 years since the first hip hop records came out, and now rap music is American mainstream. Today's Best of Dayton Youth Radio story was produced by Demetrius Oglesby in 2017 who says he was an academic scholar until he got to high school and became infatuated with Hip-Hop. When we met Demetrius during his senior year of high school, his grades and his household chores had taken a backseat to his dreams of becoming a rap music star.

Jack Long
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Today on the Best of Dayton Youth Radio, we revisit a story from Jack Long about finding his father. Jack produced this story in 2018 when he was a senior at Bellbrook High School. 

All high school seniors go through a discovery period. We’re about to leave the home we grew up in and the people that surrounded us for eighteen years. So, we instinctively reflect back on our family and our parents.

The Best of Dayton Youth Radio: Inseparable

Mar 5, 2020
Dosjine and Odyssee Brown
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Today on the Best of Dayton Youth Radio, a story produced at the You Media Center in Springfield in 2016. It was the first Dayton Youth Story produced by twin sisters. Dosjinee and Odyssee are from a close knit family, and when they produced this story, they had pretty much done everything together, birthday parties, vacations, sharing the same toys. In fact, the 17 year olds had never been apart from each other for more than four hours.


Hannah Williams
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In this Best Of edition of Dayton Youth Radio, we feature a story that originally aired in 2016. It’s from Hannah Williams, who attended Tecumseh High School in Medway, Ohio. Hannah tells us about her brother Wesley, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

Today, I'm going to talk about my brother and the legacy he left behind.

DeAnte McGlown
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Dayton Youth Radio allows teens to talk about the issues they care about. We hear them trying to figure out what life is all about. In 2016, DeAnte McGlown was a junior at the Dayton Early College Academy. He wrote and recorded an essay called "Breaking the Silence" while he was at school.

The Best Of Dayton Youth Radio: The Last Detail

Feb 13, 2020
Dai'laron Daniels
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In this Best of edition of Dayton Youth Radio we'll listen back to an interview from 2019. Dai'laron Daniels from the Thurgood Marshall STEM School talked to his grandpa Jim, an African American veteran of World War II. 

My grandfather's name is Jim Guy. He's not my biological grandfather; he became my grandfather when he adopted me and my older brother Da'lin as his grandchildren. He was one of the first people to hold me at the hospital after I was born. I did this interview with my grandfather, and it was pretty amazing what he was telling me.

Author Gilbert King visited with students from Tippecanoe High School's Center for Performing Arts
Liz Robbins, Director of Communications from Tipp City Exempted Village Schools

On November 4, 2019 Tippecanoe High School's Center for Performing Arts, the Tipp City Public Library and Tipp City Exempted Village Schools in partnership with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (DLPP) held a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert King. King discussed his non-fiction book, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America.

The Best of Dayton Youth Radio: Black Enough

Feb 6, 2020
Marc Williams and Taylor Felder
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In this Best of edition of Dayton Youth Radio, we observe Black History Month with a story that originally aired in 2017. It's about the baggage that comes from going to private school, being middle class, well educated and a person of color.


Taylor Felder: My name is Taylor Felder. I'm 17 years old. I'm African-American, and I go to the Miami Valley School. I play soccer run track and I'm a part of my school's a capella group.

Darnell Terry
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Many parents want their teenagers to be financially responsible, and when Darnell Terry was a student at Ponitz Career Technology Center, he said he had it all figured out. 

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

Jan 16, 2020
Olivia Brintlinger-Conn
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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.