The mission of WYSO is to give voice to our community, our nation and our world with independent news, music and storytelling.
Our vision is to be the greatest small station in the country as measured by the number of local stories told and by the vitality of our budget, 90% of which comes from local listeners and businesses.
We will achieve our mission and vision by operating from our core beliefs:
- We believe in education and the curiosity that drives it. An effective and inclusive way to tell local stories is to grow our Community Voices model, which trains community members to make radio in collaboration with WYSO staff.
- We believe in collaboration. WYSO engages in partnerships across our region. This builds our capacity to deliver more and better local programs.
- We believe in editorial independence. Our funding model of local listener and business support ensures that WYSO will remain an independent voice.
- We believe in diversity. WYSO is a home for voices that are often excluded from mainstream media. Our programs and our staff must reflect the diversity of our community.
WYSO 91.3FM began broadcasting with 10 watts of power on February 8, 1958 as a student-run station on the campus of Antioch College. We were on the air four hours a day back then with local public affairs and music programming.
Today we broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 50,000 watts of power and we reach twelve counties in Southwest Ohio with a potential audience of more than one million.
WYSO is the Miami Valley's only NPR News station, and we carry their flagship programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Our own news department delivers local and state news plus public affairs programming and news specials.
We have twelve different local music programs, hosted by knowledgeable and dedicated music lovers, most of them volunteers.
Today WYSO is licensed to Antioch College and our studios are in Yellow Springs, Ohio. We have ten full time and two part-time staff members. More than twenty people volunteer weekly.
We are supported in large part by over five thousand members and a distinguished roster of underwriters from from all over the Miami Valley. We also receive funds from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and eTech Ohio.
In addition to NPR, we carry programming from Public Radio International, American Public Media and PRX. Our overnight programming comes from the BBC (British Broadcasting Service), and we air the work of independent radio producers as well.
As a part of Antioch College, WYSO is committed to supporting Antioch's educational mission and values. WYSO also abides by the Public Media Code of Integrity: http://www.codeofintegrity.org/
Click the link below to download WYSO's CPB Station Activity Survey