Reinvention Stories

WYSO's Juliet Fromholt interview Jason Shelton in Trotwood
Credit Shawndra Jones

Have you ever had to reinvent yourself, because of the big changes in our local economy or in your personal life? Did you lose a job, go back to school, do things you never thought you’d be doing? What is that like?

In season two of ReInvention Stories, we meet residents of Old North Dayton, Trotwood and Five Oaks; men and women, new immigrants and life-long residents, all of them transforming themselves and their communities.

Every story you hear on the radio has a short film here on the website. Scroll down to see and hear them.

An interactive map of Dayton, full of photos, patents, city events, history, is online at reinventionstoreis.org. Check it out. Find stories from your neighborhood, or add your own story!

The ReInvention Stories team in season two is: filmmakers Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar, Shawndra Jones, Eric Risher and Basim Blunt plus WYSO producers Jerry Kenney, Juliet Fromholt, Sarah Buckingham and Neenah Ellis.

A big thanks to the funders of season two – see them listed below - and a shout out to the original granting organizations. ReInvention Stories was part of Localore, a nation-wide initiative to encourage public radio stations to work with independent media producers of all stripes. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio were the major funders. We’re proud to say we were an original Localore station!

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed June 5, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Merphie Frazier

This week on Reinvention Stories we meet Merphie Frazier, president of the anti-violence group Street Souljaz.

Frazier went to the University of Dayton on a football scholarship.  He suffered injures, but he was still able to play - and he was being recruited by the NFL. Frazier wanted to play for the Steelers - until he saw a presentation at a training camp…

This ReInvention Story was produced by Steve Bognar, Basim Blunt, Wayne Baker, Neenah Ellis and Sarah Buckingham.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed May 29, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Kelly Dailey

This week on Reinvention Stories we meet Kelly Dailey, owner of Funk Lab Dance Studio and Creative Arts Center in Kettering. Dailey grew up in Bellbrook and studied nursing at Wright State University. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for seven years at Good Samaritan Hospital and Kettering Medical Center. Now she runs the Funk Lab Dance Studio full time.

This ReInvention Story was produced by Megan Hague and Sarah Buckingham.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed May 22, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Daniel Kinney

Daniel Kinney works third shift at UTC Aerospace Systems, a company that makes wheels and breaks for airplanes. He’s been an electrician for over twenty-five years. He and his wife Keshia own and operate Caribbacanas, a Caribbean food truck. They are part of a group of people reinventing dining. Kinney saw that the food truck movement has potential, and recognized the instability in manufacturing - so he decided to make the leap.

Caribbacanas is now a member of the newly formed Miami Valley Mobile Food Association. The truck will be hitting the streets again this summer.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Barbara Caveda

Barbara Caveda’s mother was ill and couldn’t work while she was growing up on Staten Island, New York. At age twelve, Caveda left school to go to work and take care of her mom. She says the only thing that made her mother happy was baked goods – cakes, pastries, and especially chocolates.

Today, Caveda is pursuing that passion with a small home business called Barbara’s Chocolates, which she runs out of her own kitchen.

She chose Dayton at random, by pointing her finger on a map. And came here looking for a fresh start.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed May 1, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Briana Ballard

This week on ReInvention Stories, Briana Ballard, a Dayton native who’s been interested in religion and different forms spirituality from a young age.  Ballard owns Anything Under the Moon One Stop Pagan Co-Op in the Belmont business district. She took over the business in March of 2012.

This ReInvention Story was produced by Liz Cambron, Julia Reichert and Sarah Buckingham.

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