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Dayton Youth Radio presents Tipp City Student Conversations With Author Gilbert King

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
Author Gilbert King visited with students from Tippecanoe High School's Center for Performing Arts

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. Students had the opportunity to interview King for a podcast, have lunch with the author, have their books signed and attend the DLPP awards ceremony. The DLPP made Gilbert King available through their Author Speaker Series.

Tipp City Student interviewers include: Katie Reeder, London Eberly, Megan Haggerty, and Elise Cooper. Editing assistance from WYSO Miller Fellows Ray Graham and Lee Wade.  

Support from the Tipp City Foundation, Tippecanoe Educational Endowment, City Council Member Frank Scenna and Heather Bailey, Tipp City Rotary Club, 91.3 WYSO radio station, Dayton Literary Peace Prize and an anonymous donor made this event possible. 

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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.