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

The Best of Dayton Youth Radio: Silver And Gold

Mar 26, 2020
Maya Smith-Custer
Basim Blunt / WYSO

All this month, on Dayton Youth Radio, we’ve been dipping into the archives and bringing you some teen voices from years past.  We call it the Best of Dayton Youth Radio. Today we turn the clock back three years and hear a story from Maya Smith Custer at Stivers School for the Arts. For her story, Maya wanted to interview her best friend, her grandfather, William Smith.

Alzheimer's is a disease. It's a progressive memory loss. There are more than three million cases in the U.S. a year and it can't be cured. Isn't that crazy?

Demetrius Oglesby
Basim Blunt / WYSO

It's been about 40 years since the first hip hop records came out, and now rap music is American mainstream. Today's Best of Dayton Youth Radio story was produced by Demetrius Oglesby in 2017 who says he was an academic scholar until he got to high school and became infatuated with Hip-Hop. When we met Demetrius during his senior year of high school, his grades and his household chores had taken a backseat to his dreams of becoming a rap music star.

Jack Long
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on the Best of Dayton Youth Radio, we revisit a story from Jack Long about finding his father. Jack produced this story in 2018 when he was a senior at Bellbrook High School. 

All high school seniors go through a discovery period. We’re about to leave the home we grew up in and the people that surrounded us for eighteen years. So, we instinctively reflect back on our family and our parents.

The Best of Dayton Youth Radio: Inseparable

Mar 5, 2020
Dosjine and Odyssee Brown
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on the Best of Dayton Youth Radio, a story produced at the You Media Center in Springfield in 2016. It was the first Dayton Youth Story produced by twin sisters. Dosjinee and Odyssee are from a close knit family, and when they produced this story, they had pretty much done everything together, birthday parties, vacations, sharing the same toys. In fact, the 17 year olds had never been apart from each other for more than four hours.


Hannah Williams
Basim Blunt / WYSO

In this Best Of edition of Dayton Youth Radio, we feature a story that originally aired in 2016. It’s from Hannah Williams, who attended Tecumseh High School in Medway, Ohio. Hannah tells us about her brother Wesley, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

Today, I'm going to talk about my brother and the legacy he left behind.

DeAnte McGlown
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Dayton Youth Radio allows teens to talk about the issues they care about. We hear them trying to figure out what life is all about. In 2016, DeAnte McGlown was a junior at the Dayton Early College Academy. He wrote and recorded an essay called "Breaking the Silence" while he was at school.

The Best Of Dayton Youth Radio: The Last Detail

Feb 13, 2020
Dai'laron Daniels
Basim Blunt / WYSO

In this Best of edition of Dayton Youth Radio we'll listen back to an interview from 2019. Dai'laron Daniels from the Thurgood Marshall STEM School talked to his grandpa Jim, an African American veteran of 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.

Author Gilbert King visited with students from Tippecanoe High School's Center for Performing Arts
Liz Robbins, Director of Communications from Tipp City Exempted Village Schools

On November 4, 2019 Tippecanoe High School's Center for Performing Arts, the Tipp City Public Library and Tipp City Exempted Village Schools in partnership with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (DLPP) held a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert King. King discussed his non-fiction book, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America.

The Best of Dayton Youth Radio: Black Enough

Feb 6, 2020
Marc Williams and Taylor Felder
Basim Blunt / WYSO

In this Best of edition of Dayton Youth Radio, we observe Black History Month with a story that originally aired in 2017. It's about the baggage that comes from going to private school, being middle class, well educated and a person of color.


Taylor Felder: My name is Taylor Felder. I'm 17 years old. I'm African-American, and I go to the Miami Valley School. I play soccer run track and I'm a part of my school's a capella group.

Darnell Terry
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Many parents want their teenagers to be financially responsible, and when Darnell Terry was a student at Ponitz Career Technology Center, he said he had it all figured out.