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.

Ways to Connect

Julian Newberry
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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
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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.

James Turner
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Sometimes we don't realize the impact that teachers have had on our lives. Today we'll hear from a student at James H. Ponitz Career Technology Center who says his fourth grade teacher inspired his lifelong passion for art and drawing. 

My name is James, and I know a lot about basketball. I know where the NBA players are from, stats, and the college where they went. But the main thing that everybody knows me from is drawing.

Max Lightcap
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Bob Dylan, the Clash and many other musicians resonated with the teenagers of their eras, and today’s teens have their own artists whose music inspires and heals. Today's Dayton Youth Radio producer tells us how J. Cole's music inspired him during a tough time in his life.

My name is Max Lightcap. I'm 18, a senior at Centerville High School. There are some things that have happened to me that many of my friends don't know about.

Josh Zientko
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Football is a team game. But every player has a story. In preparation for Super Bowl Sunday, we have a Dayton Youth Radio story about football from a teenage athlete’s perspective. Centerville High School student Josh Zientko talks to his friend Drew Schimmel about life on the field. 

My name's Josh Zientko. I'm 17 years old, and I go to Centerville High School. I play football; I'm varsity number 38. My story is about the time that I really just didn't want to play football anymore. I was kind of over it.

Daniel Cheak
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Things shrink when a person is sick. They're in the house, in their bedroom or maybe even a hospital bed, but today's Dayton Youth Radio student learned that living in a small world has given him wide dreams.

Growing up, I've spent all of my time invested in school and my studies. For my family I was always forced to complete any homework right after school and to place education above all else. I've even received acceptance for a couple of full ride college scholarships, but none of it has been easy.

Zulek Johnson
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Fathers and sons can have many different types of relationships that can go on to impact future generations of a family. Zulek Johnson of Ponitz high school spends time with his father in a man cave. It's covered with Cincinnati Bengals memorabilia, a team his father has never given up on.

My dad and I have a man cave. Being that this is my dad's favorite team, it's Bengals everything, Bengals posters, Bengals rugs to Bengals clocks. The calendar even has Bengals on it. The Bengals are doing very terrible this year, like always, but my dad still always has faith.

Only Child: A Teenager Talks About Family

Jan 10, 2019
Darrion Mosley
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We have no control over certain things that have a huge impact on how we grow up — like whether we have siblings. Today’s Dayton Youth Radio story is from an only child. 

Hi, my name Darrion Mosley and I am 18 years old.

JeDawn Wilson
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Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to win an Oscar for Best Director for her film "The Hurt Locker," and that's a big deal if you're a young woman looking for inspiration as an aspiring filmmaker. 

My name’s JeDawn, and I’m a senior at Ponitz CTC. My goal in life is to entertain people with movies.