Community Voices

Judy Atlagh (l) and Lonnie Franks (r)

Air Force veteran Lonnie Franks from Dayton who returned from his military service in Vietnam with a changed attitude. Franks talked with his daughter, Judy Atlagh, about his decision to go to war in Vietnam, and then, later in life, to promote peace in Dayton.


Judy Atlagh (JA): Dad, I know you joined the military way back when Vietnam was still a thing. I'd be interested in knowing a little bit of background leading up to that choice to join the military.

Dayton resident Robert Kahn saw his childhood home of Mannheim, Germany invaded the Nazis during WWII.
Leo DeLuca / WYSO

In November 1938, the Nazi leadership in Germany organized a series of violent actions against Jewish citizens all across the country.  German soldiers attacked the homes, synagogues and businesses of Jews and more than 30 thousand Jewish men were taken to concentration camps. 

Those attacks are known as Kristall Nacht, the night of broken glass, referring to the shattered glass on streets and sidewalks in the aftermath. It’s often seen as the beginning of The Holocaust, the mass genocide of Jews and other minorities in Europe during World War II.

Morgan Risch
Basim Blunt / WYSO

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.

Many people, like Rosealie and Katie are opting for locally grown, seasonal flowers for weddings and other special events.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Jackie Hampton has pulled up to a small, self-serve, farm stand. It houses seasonal produce from That Guy’s Farm and floral bouquets from That Girl’s Flowers. She’s here to buy flowers for her daughter’s anniversary.

“Actually this is my first time. I’ve always bought their produce and stuff.” Jackie says looking opening the door to the small, refrigerated building, “ They have beautiful flowers. You don’t see this kind in the stores.”

A new series begins today on WYSO called ReEntry Stories: conversations between people who were once in prison.  When they return to the community, they often they have trouble finding jobs, housing, education and mental health services.

Every year in Ohio, more than 22,000 people are released from prison, 1,500 in Montgomery County alone. 

Yellow Springs Actor Brings Audio Books To Life

Nov 5, 2019
Yellow Springs actor Teri Clark Linden in her home studio
Debra Oswald / WYSO

Audio book publishing has exploded in the last several years. More than half of all Americans over the age of 12 say they have listened to an audiobook and there are nearly 50 thousand audio books to choose from.

Every one of those audio books is read out loud and recorded, sometimes by the author, but often times by a professional actor like Yellow Springs resident Teri Clark Linden. She has been narrating audiobooks for the past 10 years. She’s done about 200 of them in that time.

Devin Gum
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we feature 18 year old Devin Gum, a high school senior from Centerville, who will be voting for the first time in next year's presidential election. Devin spoke to his father Kevin about the upcoming election.

I asked my dad if he thought that Trump made America great again.

"I think America's stronger now," he said. "He's made  great strides in our deals we have with Asia, Mexico and Canada."

"How do you rate Trump's overall performance?" I asked.

Lizzy Sparks
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have the first story from a new class of producers from Centerville High School.  Senior Lizzy Sparks tells us about an extraordinary meeting with someone very special over pizza.

My name is Lizzie Sparks. I'm an aspiring author. I write stories; I like to create things. I’m a Gemini, and my father was a sperm donor.

My story is about finding my family and finding the truth out about who I am and where I came from and meeting my brother for the first time in person.

Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from The David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center about a teenager dealing with life after a tragedy occurs. A note to listeners, this story does discuss suicide. 

My name is Deja', I'm 17 years. I'm the oldest of five kids: Ethan, Viviana. Juan Diego and Tony. I also have two dogs who are both rescues, a big dog named Roger and a smaller dog named Lily.

Brooke Stingley with her family at the Clinton County Fair
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Farming presents unique challenges for women. As wives of farmers, they often balance full-time jobs off the farm while raising a family. Living in sparsely populated areas means many farm women are left trying to cope with the stress alone. Today County Lines introduces us to Annie’s Project, intended to build a community among rural women in Ohio.

Monica Wood lives in Clinton County. Today, she’s in the barn with her husband training calves for the show ring.