Community Voices

The Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors turns seventy-five this year and to celebrate DSPS will offer seventy-five hours of artist demonstrations from October 21 through November 24. Community Voices Producer Will Davis gives us a preview.

Marylyn Hart is a life-long resident of Dayton, and a painter. I recently visited Marylyn in her studio, which is a room brimming with books and music and colors and shapes.

Drive-in Movie Theaters Struggle to Go Digital

Aug 30, 2013

Over the last few years, due to pressure from the film industry, more and more movie theaters have been converting their projection method from 35 millimeter film to digital. While many small and independent theaters have been struggling to adapt, drive-in theaters in particular are at a crucial moment in this nationwide transition. Community Voices Producer Lauren Shows takes us to Dayton's Dixie Twin Drive-In to find out why.

We Have a Dream

Aug 28, 2013

I was only 2 years old in August of 1963, when those 250 thousand people converged on Washington.  They traveled by car and train and chartered bus.  Some just walked or hitchhiked.  They came from all over the country.

Early in the day, at the Washington Monument, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez lead the crowds in singing "We Shall Overcome," and they proceeded to march peacefully to the foot of the Lincoln Memorial for more music and speeches.  Mahalia Jackson sang, as she often did at Dr. King's request, and then Dr. King came to the podium.

WYSO 2013 Community Voices Special (Part Two)

Aug 19, 2013

Radio stories by, for, and about the Miami Valley, produced in WYSO’s 2013 Community Voices training. 

This hour, we meet a young man trying to beat the odds, get some history on the Dayton Dragons, meet members of the area polyamorous community - and more!

Civil Rights To Right Now

Aug 16, 2013
Photo credit by Axel Bahnsen, courtesy of Antiochiana

WYSO holds a rich digital archive from the Civil Rights era. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in 2014, we’re partnering with community organizations to augment it with the stories of local residents who lived through this transformational period in our history.

Community Voices producer Jocelyn Robinson used the historical audio to inspire childhood recollections of the day when the streets of Yellow Springs looked more like the streets of Birmingham, Alabama.

Beating The Odds

Aug 15, 2013

In the Chicago public schools, and urban school districts across the nation, if you’re a black male the odds are against your going on to college. If you do, there’s a good chance you won’t complete your degree. The college graduation rate for African American males who graduate from Chicago Public Schools is a little more than 20 percent.  WYSO Community Voices Producer Amy Harper takes a look at the forces affecting the life of one young man who is trying to beat the odds.  

Culture Bound

Aug 14, 2013

The United States is a country of indigenous, emancipated and immigrant peoples. It has one of the most unique mixtures of cultures in the world.  Are we afraid of our multiculturalism or is it the foundation of our lives? Community Voices Producer Venita Kelley explores the idea that cultural heritage and legacy matter to Americans.

People are enthusiastic about revealing the reasons they are who they are, why they understand events in the way they do, and why they do what they do if we ask, “What is your culture and how do you demonstrate it every day?”

Bringing The Dragons To Dayton

Aug 13, 2013

Early in the 2014 baseball season, the minor league Dayton Dragons will sell out their one-thousandth consecutive ball game at home, a record in North American professional sports. There hasn’t been an unsold ticket for a Dragons game since 2000, when they played for the first time in the $23 million stadium built for them by the city. Community Voices Producer Stephen Siff and student-reporters Chris Cullum and Kathleen Sullivan explore Dayton’s love for these Dragons, and why it almost never came to be.

WYSO 2013 Community Voices Special (Part One)

Aug 12, 2013

Radio stories by, for, and about the Miami Valley, produced in WYSO’s 2013 Community Voices training. 

This hour we’ll go on a bear hunt, uncover a hidden gem in Springfield, meet a local choir singing for social change, and learn why the sound of crinkling paper makes some peoples’ brains tingle.

Southwest Ohio Young & Poly

Aug 12, 2013

A new way of thinking about relationships is growing in the US. Polyamory is the ability to have romantic love for more than one person at a time. Dayton is home to a growing polyamorous community. Dayton is known for being a city of innovation and now that innovation affects relationships as well. A local group called Southwest Ohio Young and Poly was formed in response. Community Voices Producer Nicole Richter has the story.