Arts & Culture

Conrad's Corner: November 16, 2018

Nov 16, 2018

Cathy Essinger reads her poem, "Coincidence."

Billy Pitll
Basim Blunt / WYSO

When you have a tough road, it’s good to know someone has walked it before. Today’s Dayton Youth Radio producer tells us about some real-life and fictional characters who have helped him on his  journey. 

My name is William Richard Pittl III; call me Billy for short.  I am the third of two other people, and we all look exactly alike. I’m 18 years old, and a senior at Centerville High School.  I love to sing and do voice impressions of famous people or cartoon characters.

Linda Schmitmeyer did a very brave thing; she wrote a memoir detailing her family's decades-long ordeal dealing with her husband's mental illness. Linda, her husband Steve, and their children lived through it and they stayed together as a family. If anything it has made them stronger.

This is a powerful and very personal story that will provide strength and inspiration to those who are dealing with their own mental illness or that of a loved one.

It's an early Thanksgiving on The Jewel Case! We'll be taking the night off next week, and so we'll be celebrating with our radio friends THIS week, instead. Our theme is "Gratitude"- something we can always use more of, right? We'll be spinning songs of thanks from Sam & Dave, Sarah Vaughan, Ernest Tubb, Slade, even Bad Brains, plus a bunch more to boot. Up first...

21 years ago an author came through Dayton on book tour. He was traveling with his wife. They were driving from city to city-he doesn't fly. James Lee Burke had just published "Cimarron Rose," the first book in a new series he was writing that featured Billy Bob Holland.

I had no idea when Jim walked into the studio that this interview would mark the genesis of what has become a long running conversation. 21 years later I have interviewed James Lee Burke more times than any other author.

Brent Winebrenner on location in Guatamala
Brent Winebrenner

On November 15 at John Legend Theater in Springfield, the documentary film Guatemala: On the Edge of Discovery will be shown at a free and open to the public event.

The film is the first full length documentary by Springfield native Brent Winebrenner. Following his graduation from North High in 1976, Winebrenner went on to college and then became a CPA. But, a lifelong love of traveling and photography eventually pulled him toward a more artful career path.

Conrad's Corner: November 11, 2018

Nov 11, 2018

Conrad Balliet reads Joan Harris' poem, "November Pines."

Conrad's Corner: November 10, 2018

Nov 10, 2018

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Rising Water.'

Come one, come all, to a beautiful show! It's gonna be awesome and...some other stuff. Some other musical stuff.  Daylight savings time is now in our rear view- the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. What better time to make our theme "A Little Night Music"? We'll be spinning tunes about night time from all over the musical and temporal maps, from Blind Willie Johnson to Deep Purple to Peggy Lee, and many more to boot. But first...

Filmmaker Max Kaplan got to know filmmaking at a young age as the son of the Reel Stuff Aviation Film Festival organizer.  Kaplan started making his own films in 2011, and today at age 18, he's about to debut his latest short film Good Kids.  Kaplan joined Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt live in the WYSO studios to talk about the film, his career so far, and what's next. 

Good Kids will premier at the Neon in downtown Dayton on Thursday, November 8 and will be available on YouTube November 9.