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.
On February 10, 2012, Rev Cool celebrated 30 years on the air at WYSO during a special edition of Around the Fringe. Rev was joined in the studio by Andy Valeri, Niki Dakota and a numerous local musicians. Throughout the evening longtime listeners and friends called in with their memories and well-wishes and Dayton's Free Shakespeare company was on-hand for dramatic readings of email memories.
All 4 hours of this special show are available to stream.
Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, fill-in host Juliet Fromholt chats with Tom Duffee of the Midnight Ramble. They discuss the Duffee's love of old-time music and how hosting a program on WYSO was a family affair.
The Midnight Ramble airs Saturday nights, 9pm - midnight.