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

Cell Therapy: A Teenager Talks About Her Phone

Apr 4, 2019
Kamryn Campbell
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Many of us, young and old, spend too much time on our  smartphones.  Today on Dayton Youth Radio we’ll hear a teenager’s perspective on living with and without her phone.  

Every child has one of those moments where their parent just looks at them like, Oh my God, I really signed up for this. It's trial and error, being a parent.

If: A Teenager Talks About Mental Health And Hope

Mar 28, 2019
Masaad Patterson
Basim Blunt / WYSO

For African-American teenagers, suicide is the third leading cause of death, but many are afraid to seek help, let alone talk about it on the radio. Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story that helps us understand what teenagers go through when they struggle with depression. It's from Thurgood Marshall STEM High School, and a note to listeners: this story addresses suicidal thoughts. 

Julian Newberry
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Many teenagers are concerned about the current political climate in the United States and the debate over immigration. Today we'll hear the perspective of a high school senior and his thoughts on immigrants coming to America. 

My name is Julian Newberry. I'm a 17 year old student living in Dayton and going to Thurgood Marshall STEM High School.

Black Girl Manifesto: A Teenage Poet Testifies

Mar 14, 2019
Toné Reddick
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have the first story from a new class at Stivers School of the Arts. It’s from a teenager, who's a poet and performance artist. This student has a lot to say, and she wants you to listen.

Ignorance in this generation is not spread across everyone.

My name is Toné Reddick, and I'm a 16-year-old from Long Island New York. I feel like everything I go through, I learn something that makes me love myself even more. Especially when I know how aware I am, when I know how special I am, how rare I am.

Pops: A Teenager Talks About His Grandfather

Mar 7, 2019
Gabre Wilder
Basim Blunt / WYSO

It is said that God couldn't be everywhere so she created grandparents. Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from a high school basketball player who wanted to quit after a bad game. That's when someone he calls "Pops" stepped in.

My name is Gabre. I'm 17, and I'm currently growing up in a single parent household. My mom is raising five of us. I've got four siblings, two brothers and two sisters.

James Turner
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Sometimes we don't realize the impact that teachers have had on our lives. Today we'll hear from a student at James H. Ponitz Career Technology Center who says his fourth grade teacher inspired his lifelong passion for art and drawing. 

My name is James, and I know a lot about basketball. I know where the NBA players are from, stats, and the college where they went. But the main thing that everybody knows me from is drawing.

Max Lightcap
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Bob Dylan, the Clash and many other musicians resonated with the teenagers of their eras, and today’s teens have their own artists whose music inspires and heals. Today's Dayton Youth Radio producer tells us how J. Cole's music inspired him during a tough time in his life.

My name is Max Lightcap. I'm 18, a senior at Centerville High School. There are some things that have happened to me that many of my friends don't know about.

Josh Zientko
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Football is a team game. But every player has a story. In preparation for Super Bowl Sunday, we have a Dayton Youth Radio story about football from a teenage athlete’s perspective. Centerville High School student Josh Zientko talks to his friend Drew Schimmel about life on the field. 

My name's Josh Zientko. I'm 17 years old, and I go to Centerville High School. I play football; I'm varsity number 38. My story is about the time that I really just didn't want to play football anymore. I was kind of over it.

Daniel Cheak
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Things shrink when a person is sick. They're in the house, in their bedroom or maybe even a hospital bed, but today's Dayton Youth Radio student learned that living in a small world has given him wide dreams.

Growing up, I've spent all of my time invested in school and my studies. For my family I was always forced to complete any homework right after school and to place education above all else. I've even received acceptance for a couple of full ride college scholarships, but none of it has been easy.

Zulek Johnson
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Fathers and sons can have many different types of relationships that can go on to impact future generations of a family. Zulek Johnson of Ponitz high school spends time with his father in a man cave. It's covered with Cincinnati Bengals memorabilia, a team his father has never given up on.

My dad and I have a man cave. Being that this is my dad's favorite team, it's Bengals everything, Bengals posters, Bengals rugs to Bengals clocks. The calendar even has Bengals on it. The Bengals are doing very terrible this year, like always, but my dad still always has faith.