Zoe Williams
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Area high school students are at home now - since classes have been suspended.   Today on our series, the Best of Dayton Youth Radio, we hear from a student who learned to appreciate old vinyl records from her younger brother and her dad. 

I'm Zoe. I'm a senior at Stivers School for the Arts, and I'm also slightly obsessed with JD Salinger.

Lace up, friends. This week's theme is SOLE POWER; we'll be spinning tunes about shoes, boots, slippers, sneakers...all your favorite footwear, with tunes from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Run-DMC and back again, all broken in and ready to wear. Are you ready, boots? Start walkin'.

Ain't nobody here but us chickens. And ducks. And turkeys. And maybe a few pigeons, peacocks, and ostriches. This week's theme is FOWL PLAY- songs about all of the above and maybe even a few more. We're gonna have ourselves a fowl ball, and it won't be the same without you, so tune in, won't you?

How you doin' out there? Bearing up ok? Lots of good sounds in store this time around as we try to make the best of a weird, scary situation. Our theme this week is SOCIAL DISTANCING- we'll be spinning songs about staying in and keeping to one's self with tracks from Chet Baker to the Statler Brothers to Etta James to Bad Brains, and much more. "Alone" doesn't have to mean "lonely", you know. Let's all be alone together.

Stringus Khan / Facebook

Dayton bluegrass six-piece Stringus Khan are set to release their debut album this month, called "Colorado Speed Bump." The band returned to the WYSO studios to play some live cuts and spin tracks from the new album, and talk with host Juliet Fromholt about band happenings since their last visit to the show.

Stringus Khan will celebrate their new album "Colorado Speed Bump" at Blind Bob's on March 13th with California Howdy, ahead of its wide release on March 18th.

All aboard the Night Train. This very night we embark upon a WHIRLWIND TOUR. We'll be taking a look at songs that list cities and places, of which there a LOT: Animaniacs to Zeppelin, and many, many in between. We'll be logging some serious miles, and you don't even have to leave your chair. Unless you want to dance, that is.

EmiSunshine/Evan Miller

The 15-year-old country music star EmiSunshine is currently making a tour of the United States, and making a couple of stops in Ohio along the way. The singer, born Emilie Sunshine Hamilton, made a detour to WYSO's studios to talk with Niki Dakota on Excursions about her music career (starting at age 9), her tour behind her latest album Family Wars, and play a few songs live on air.

Utilizing both stages at the Brightside Music and Event Venue in downtown Dayton, the 2020 Sound Valley Winter Music Festival will showcase a variety of local and regional artists including Shrug and The Katawicks, winners of the inaugural Dayton Battle of the Bands. Billy Swayne (Neo American Pioneers), Kyleen Downs and Eman Jones and KB, along with Sound Valley's Zac Pitts, visited the WYSO studios for a preview of the event live on Kaleidoscope.

McGuff and the Dumpster Fires
McGuff and the Dumpster Fires / Facebook

Playing together for over five years, Dayton's McGuff and the Dumpster Fires have decided this year to close the book on the band, and play one last show at the end of the month to celebrate. McGuff and the Dumpster Fires made a final visit to the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope, and to talk with host Juliet Fromholt about the final show, and the history of the band since the beginning.


Downhome Bluegrass on WYSO presents a tribute to renowned Dayton banjo player Mike Lilly, who passed away in February at the age of 70. Host Tom Duffee welcomes Fred Bartenstein, bluegrass historian, author, and University of Dayton faculty member, to the show to discuss the legacy of Lilly, and play choice cuts from across his decades-long musical career.