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

Nina Edwards
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we'll meet a senior from the David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center. Teenager Nina Edwards says the history lessons taught in public school doesn't reflect her culture.

Hello, my name is Nina Edwards, and I'm a Black girl in a white man's world. I attend Ponitz CTC, where the racial makeup is more than half Black kids.

Morgan Risch
Basim Blunt / WYSO

I'm Morgan Risch. I'm currently 17 and a senior at Centerville High School. I'm going to tell you about my junior prom experience. 

I had waited for years, and last year I was finally a junior and was going to  be able to go to prom. I had been looking forward to prom since I knew what prom was. The idea of getting dressed up and looking and feeling like a princess was a dream come true to me.

Devin Gum
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we feature 18 year old Devin Gum, a high school senior from Centerville, who will be voting for the first time in next year's presidential election. Devin spoke to his father Kevin about the upcoming election.

I asked my dad if he thought that Trump made America great again.

"I think America's stronger now," he said. "He's made  great strides in our deals we have with Asia, Mexico and Canada."

"How do you rate Trump's overall performance?" I asked.

Lizzy Sparks
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have the first story from a new class of producers from Centerville High School.  Senior Lizzy Sparks tells us about an extraordinary meeting with someone very special over pizza.

My name is Lizzie Sparks. I'm an aspiring author. I write stories; I like to create things. I’m a Gemini, and my father was a sperm donor.

My story is about finding my family and finding the truth out about who I am and where I came from and meeting my brother for the first time in person.

Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from The David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center about a teenager dealing with life after a tragedy occurs. A note to listeners, this story does discuss suicide. 

My name is Deja', I'm 17 years. I'm the oldest of five kids: Ethan, Viviana. Juan Diego and Tony. I also have two dogs who are both rescues, a big dog named Roger and a smaller dog named Lily.

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.