Neenah Ellis

General Manager

Neenah Ellis is the general manager at WYSO. She began her radio career in high school, working at her parents’ commercial radio station in Valparaiso, Indiana. She came to WYSO in 2009 after 30 years as a radio documentary producer in Washington, D.C. She’ s been a producer for “ All Things Considered” at NPR and has won three Peabody Awards, broadcasting’ s highest honor, for her work. She is also the author of “ If I Live to be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians,” which is based on her radio series about people 100 years of age.

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Antioch College President Roosevelt and former Ohio Governor Bob Taft are both the great-grandsons of American Presidents. Roosevelt's great grandfather was Theodore Roosevelt, President from 1901 to 1909. He was succeeded by William Howard Taft of Cincinnati.

The relationship between the two men is chronicled in The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, published in 2013. They two were allies; Taft served as Roosevelt’s Secretary of War, but later clashed and Roosevelt ran against Taft in 1912.

Country music legend George Jones died on Friday April 26 at age 81. Jones has been called the quintessential country singer.

WYSO general manager Neenah Ellis created a radio documentary about  Jones in 1992 for a public radio program called Soundprint.

A visit to Nashville, Tennessee during Fan Fair, an annual gathering of dedicated country music fans, serves as the backdrop for a review of George Jones long career.  Ellis takes listeners inside the recording studio as Jones makes an album that he hopes will mark his comeback.

WYSO Turns 55

Feb 8, 2013

Fifty-five years ago, on February 8, 1958, WYSO began broadcasting. 

It was students who did all the legwork to get the station licensed and ready.  After many years of un-licensed, unofficial broadcasting on the campus of Antioch College, WYSO went on the air with 19 watts of power.  They gathered expectantly on the second floor of the student union building in the new studios.  At 8pm, Bruce Johanson, script in hand, stepped up to the microphone.

Stories from the Yellow Springs Post Office

Dec 27, 2010
Katie Tilly

Stories from the village of Yellow Springs gathered at the post office during one long day by WYSO reporters and volunteers. It's an audio time capsule about a small town with a long history on the first day of the holiday mailing season, the Monday after Thanksgiving, 2010.

Five reporters contributed to this story: Emily McCord, Jerry Kenney, Juliet Fromholt, Sarah Buckingham and Katie Tilly, plus independent radio producer Katie Davis. Hosted by Neenah Ellis.