We’re celebrating WYSO’s 60th birthday this year by listening to highlights from our historic audio collection.

Julia Reichert got her start in media at WYSO with a radio program called The Single Girl – maybe the first feminist radio program in the United States. Today, she’s a celebrated and award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Bob Penrod
Senior Voices

Today on Senior Voices, Dayton native Bob Penrod talks about serving in not one but two wars. At 89 years old, Bob remembers his Navy service and his short career with a popular Dayton radio station between wars. He shared his story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Barbara Gerla.


Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli address the crowd at Dayton Boys Prep Academy.
April Laissle / WYSO

Nearly 100 people gathered at Dayton Boys Prep Academy Tuesday to learn more about the latest efforts to turn around Dayton Public Schools. The district, which received an overall grade of “F” on this year’s state report card, is trying to avoid state takeover next year.

Army veterans Ericka Carter and Loghan Young.
courtesy of Carter and Young

The role of women is expanding in the military, yet gender stereotypes remain. Today on Veterans’ Voices, we hear from Army veterans and Wright State students Loghan Young of Huber Heights and Ericka Carter of Dayton who pursued career paths in the military that defied expectations.


Andre Lewis and his friend and recovery sponsor William Roberts, who works in social services in Dayton and is a church pastor with nearly three decades clean.
Maddie McGarvey / WYSO

WYSO’s Recovery Stories series brings you conversations from the heart of Dayton’s opioid epidemic. In this story, we meet Trotwood-native Andre Lewis and his friend and recovery sponsor William Roberts.

Roberts works in social services in Dayton and is a church pastor with nearly three decades clean. As Lewis explains in this story, he first met Roberts at a treatment program for struggling addicts. 

What follows is a transcript of their conversation, edited for length and clarity.

Shaun King speaks at Antioch College's Freedom to Vote rally
Dennie Eagleson

The Freedom To Vote rally was held Sunday on the Antioch College campus in Yellow Springs. It was hosted by the College's Coretta Scott King Center and its purpose was raise awareness of the importance of voting and to provide the the opportunity to register to vote.

Civil rights activist and author Shaun King was the keynote speaker.  He told the crowd of more than 250 people that it takes more than a good idea to support a cause.

Stats + Stories: What Does The National Statistics Office Do?

Sep 24, 2018
Andreas V. Georgiou is an economist with specializations in Monetary Theory and Stabilization Policy and in International Trade and Finance.
Stats + Stories

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

In this Stats and Short Stories episode, John Bailer, chair of the department of statistics at Miami University is joined by Rosemary Pennington, professor in the department of media journalism and film and Richard Campbell chair of the department of media journalism and film. Their guest is guest Andreas Georgiou, visiting lecturer at Amherst, Former President of ELSTAT, the Greek National Statistics Office and member of the American statistical association’s Committee on Professional ethics. 

solar panel
Credit Sergey Edentod/SHUTTERSTOCK

AEP Ohio has announced a commitment to eventually double wind and solar generation in Ohio. The proposal is the next step in their plan to move away from coal power.

Supporters say the plan sends a signal around the country to clean energy companies. Neil Waggoner, with the Sierra Club, which agreed to support the plan in 2015, says AEP’s project and the state’s renewable energy standards are a signal to solar and wind developers.

Mercy Health, the owner of the Springfield Regional Medical Center has announced a new ER location built in Southwestern Clark County, slated to open in late 2019.
Mercy Health

Mercy Health, owner of Springfield Regional Medical Center, recently announced a new $14.5 million dollar emergency room facility will be built in southwestern Clark County. The emergency room will serve residents of Enon, Fairborn, New Carlisle and Yellow Springs.

Adam Groshans, the Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Health Springfield Regional says that although this new ER is close to larger Dayton and Springfield facilities, the existing emergency room at Springfield Regional is overcrowded.

Today we begin season four of Veterans Voices - stories about local military veterans produced by student veterans at Wright State University. The American military is very diverse, and it’s where many men and women first learn how to build relationships with people from different cultures. Army veteran David Berry of Springfield was raised in America and Navy veteran Pyotr Dobrotvorsky of Yellow Springs was raised in Russia. Our series begins with a conversation between these two veterans about the differences and similarities of their native countries, and of themselves.