Basim Blunt

Host - Behind the Groove

Basim joined WYSO as a member of the 2012 Community Voices program. His work has earned him a “New Voices” Scholar award by (AIR) Association of Independents in Radio. Basim has produced the award-wining documentary Boogie Nights: A History of Funk Music in Dayton. He also is the Production Coordinator for the 2014 ReInvention Stories series in addition to hosting Behind the Groove.

Ways To Connect

A Teenager Champions Equal Rights For Women

May 21, 2015
Heather Ashley (Dayton Youth Radio)
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Heather Ashley is from Dayton and lives with her mom and dad, little brother and sister.  Her dad was laid off and is still unemployed.  The source of most of the family income is Heather’s mom, who works full-time. Heather has strong feelings about feminism.  Here’s project coordinator Basim Blunt – to introduce us:

Growing Up In Foster Care: One Teen's Experience

May 14, 2015
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Today in Dayton Youth Radio, project manager Basim Blunt introduces us to a teenager who grew up in foster care and shares some vivid memories of his experience.

 

18 year old Shakur Wortham told me that his whole life had been a lie. He had spent most of it in Foster Care and he's always had a hard time  getting close to people.

I knew he had a story inside of him but we couldn't get it on paper and we were running out of time. So one day we just went into the studio and hit record.

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For the class of 2015, graduation is drawing near. Many high school graduates will be leaving home, going off to college and some starting families. Ponitz Career Technology Center Media Arts senior Lucien Wright feels that many young black males have future plans career not based on reality but fantasy. 

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In preparing for the life skills he will need after graduation, Dayton Youth Radio producer King Jalaw Walker wanted to talk with two very important people to get some advice. If Jalaw doesn't change his ways, the Ponitz High School senior might miss out on his own graduation this spring. Here's his story:

Funding for the Dayton Youth Radio Project comes from the Virginia Kettering Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and The Dayton Foundation.

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Sierra Derrick is a senior in the Media Arts Program at Ponitz Career Technology Center. She had come to class with a serious and personal story idea. She wanted to share what it felt like when her home was broken into and the thief walked off with their flat screen TV. The most appalling fact for Sierra was that she felt many in her Trotwood neighborhood knew about the burglary but no one came to police in fear of being labeled a snitch

Lil Bruh: A Teen's Look At Family Connections

Feb 19, 2015
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DeAndre Stringer grew up without a father and has been grappling with what that means in his life. DeAndre is a senior at Ponitz Career Technology Center, and a student in the Media Arts program. In this story, Lil Bruh, DeAndre talks to his mother about what it was like having to be both mother and father, and he attempts to reach to his little brother who lives with his father in another state.

Sneaker Jones

Feb 12, 2015
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The Air Jordan basketball shoe is hands down the best selling sneaker in history.  With about $2 billion in sales, the sneaker is more than a consumer product, it's a symbol of status and wealth especially among the hip hop generation.  New Air Jordans go on sale usually twice a year, and unfortunately, there have been news stories of fights, vandalism and shootings associated with the sneaker since they came out in 1985. 

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Logan Walker is a vivacious and popular high school senior at Pontiz Career Technology Center in Dayton, and when you speak to Logan about her goals for the future, you'll find that she's passionate about becoming a TV journalist.  She thinks the deck is stacked against her because she's African American, but are her attitudes about race and a career in journalism misunderstood?

Funding for the Dayton Youth Radio Project comes from the Virginia Kettering Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and The Dayton Foundation.

 

 

Students from Ponitz Career Technology Center pictured with WYSO's Basim Blunt on the students' first visit to the WYSO studios for youth radio classes that turned into Dayton Youth Radio.
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

This fall, WYSO expanded its community voices radio production training to include high school students at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center and founded Dayton Youth Radio.

Funk legend Greg Jackson will return to the Miami Valley for a live performance at Gilly's.  Behind the Groove host Radio Basim caught up with Jackson ahead of his visit to talk about the funk, Jackson's time performing with Zapp and more.

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