Dayton Youth Radio

WYSO is committed to putting local voices on the air. We give local voices the time and space to tell their own stories, in their own words, without commercial interruptions. Our Community Voices training program for adults has been doing this since 2011. In 2014 we expanded that program to include high school students. They are the future of Dayton – and they have a lot to say.

Dayton Youth Radio project manager Basim Blunt teaches broadcasting and storytelling skills to high school students. Basim works with about 45 teenagers each year from various schools in the Miami Valley, guiding each students' story from the classroom to the WYSO airwaves.

We plan to keep diversifying the types of schools we work with. In 2016-17 we continued to serve Dayton’s urban core by working with Ponitz Career Technology Center and Stivers School for the Arts, but also worked with the suburbs (Centerville High School), a rural district (Tecumseh High School) and a private school (Miami Valley School).

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation, the Vectren Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council

Take It Easy: A Teenager Talks About Love

Oct 10, 2019
A' Lise Melvin
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we meet A'lise Melvin, who will give us a glimpse of teen love during senior year, when emotions run high and the future is coming fast.

When I got to high school freshman year, I met this boy in my science class. He was funny. He knew how to get my attention even though he was short as heck; he was so short, his feet didn't even touch the ground while he was sitting in a chair. He was still fun to be around.

Da'Leron Daniels
Basim Blunt / WYSO

In this edition of Dayton Youth Radio we'll meet Dai'laron Daniels, a junior from Thurgood Marshall STEM High School, and hear an interview he did with his grandpa Jim, an African American veteran from World War II.

My grandfather's name is Jim Guy. He's not my biological grandfather; he became my grandfather when he adopted me and my older brother Da'lin as his grandchildren. He was one of the first people to hold me at the hospital after I was born. I did this interview with my grandfather, and it was pretty amazing what he was telling me.

Jaya Jones - Dayton Youth Radio
Basim Blunt / WYSO

There comes a time when we have to sit our sons and daughters down and have The Talk. Dayton Youth Radio producer Jaya Jones wants to tell us that she's already empowered herself to travel the social landscape called High School. 

My name is Jaya, and I am a 16 year old virgin. I think that this topic isn't talked about a lot of time among teens because it is assumed that everyone has the same opinion.

Mark Gullette
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Dayton Youth Radio is a safe place for high school students to share stories about their lives. As parents we ask teenagers to do what we say but oftentimes they do what they see us do, and today we have a story about a teenager's memory of how his parents marraige survived a bad night and a terrible argument.


Baby: A Teenager Discusses Parenthood

May 30, 2019
Daeon Mukes
Basim Blunt / WYSO

In five seasons of Dayton Youth Radio, we've never done a story about teenage parents. Today we're going to hear from Daeon, a junior at the Dayton Early College Academy. Daeon interviewed his classmate and close friend Keyshawn, who's 17. Keyshawn and his girlfriend are about to have a baby in just a few weeks. 

Marquan Walton
Basim Blunt / WYSO

My story is about the night my dad was shot.

His name is Marvis Walton. I wouldn't say he is my favorite parent, but we have always had a different connection than me and my momma, Laquanna Hindsman.

I've always been told that I look more like Momma. Some would even go so far to say that I was her twin. I never agreed, but this fact has always kept us close. We used to crack jokes saying how ugly one another was, but the response was always the same, "But you look just like me."

Stepdadding: A Teenager Talks About Gaining A Parent

May 16, 2019
Michael Moreland
Basim Blunt / WYSO

My name is Michael Moreland. I am 15 years old and a sophomore at DECA High School. I'm actually a very funny person, I like to make people laugh. Making people laugh brings a joy to me, because I like seeing others smile. I'm a very positive person.

I live with my younger sister, y mom and my soon-to-be stepdad.

Let me tell you about stepparents.

At first they come in and try to take over a mother or father's position from your actual parents splitting. It's kind of a hard adjustment.

PolySci: A Teenager Ponders Policy

May 9, 2019
Kayla Mulligan
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Teenagers watch the news and are affected by the sometimes harsh and divisive political debate in our country. Kayla Mulligan is a senior at Thurgood Marshall STEM High School. She watches CNN and other political shows on TV, and she's learning about politics in America. In today's essay, Kayla shares her opinion about President Trump's efforts to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Deshanay Roberson
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Living in what therapists call a dysfunctional family affects the mental health of teenagers and adults in profound ways while adults can walk out of a toxic relationship. Many teenagers find themselves simply stuck.

My name is Deshanay, but everybody calls me Desha. I am an introvert. I'm a photographer, and I draw portraits on the side of my free time. I really like peace and quiet and being by myself. I live with my mom, my nanna, and my great granny. My dad passed away when I was five from cancer so he's not in the picture anymore.

Joy Thornhill
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Women’s reproductive rights have been a topic of ongoing debate in the Ohio Legislature, around the state, and in many homes.  Today on Dayton Youth Radio we meet a young woman and her father who are participating in that discussion.  

I'm Joy. I'm 18 years old, and I love to write, I have ever since I could hold a crayon. And I hate negativity discrimination and inequality like most people that I know. I live with my dad, Craig Thornhill, which certainly has been a roller coaster over these past few years with lots of ups and lots of downs.