Community Voices

Many members of the Huffman family are buried at Woodland Cemetery.
Sheila Raghavendran

In southwest Ohio, you’ve heard the name Huffman: There’s Huffman Historic District. Huffman MetroPark. Huffman Dam, Huffman Building, Huffy Bikes -- and so WYSO listener JoAn Howard wanted to know: who is Huffman?

The answer to JoAn’s question takes us back to 1812, when William Huffman, the first in this Huffman legacy, moved to Dayton. It was a not-so-glamorous place at the time. There wasn’t much development or transportation, according to Tom Morrow from the Dayton Railway Historical Society.

Gwen Mayo
Basim Blunt / WYSO

What happens when parents allow their teenagers to see their flaws, frailties and mistakes. Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from a teenager that realized parents can be both positive and negative role models who love them in life.

Renee Wilde / WYSO

Here in southwest Ohio, it’s not hard to find small country towns that were thriving fifty years ago but are now struggling to survive.

They’re all subject to similar economic forces – but each one has its own story.

Max Lightcap
Basim Blunt / WYSO

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
Basim Blunt / WYSO

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
Basim Blunt / WYSO

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.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company opened its 50th season with the world premiere of The Bench, A Journey Into Love.
Scott Robbins

A dance company is more than graceful bodies moving across a stage; it’s also the people behind the scenes making sure the artists can create.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) has been presenting dance “rooted in the African American experience” for half a century. DCDC has weathered the ups and downs of the performing arts in a small Midwestern city for a long time.

Zulek Johnson
Basim Blunt / WYSO

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
Basim Blunt / WYSO

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
Basim Blunt / WYSO

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.