Basim Blunt

Project Coordinator, Dayton Youth Radio and 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 Dayton Youth Radio in addition to hosting Behind the Groove.

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Jim Bucher is well-known to most Miami Valley residents.  He spent thirty years as a photographer, reporter and TV personality on WDTN Channel 2.  But, changes in the media landscape brought changes to Jim’s professional and personal life.  WYSO’s Jerry Kenney has this week’s Reinvention Story.

Major funding for the second season of ReInvention Stories comes from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation with support from Wright State University CELIA fund, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation and Antioch College.

Don Domineck
Basim Blunt

Today on ReInvention Stories, we go to the Dayton View neighborhood, northwest of downtown, and meet Don Domineck.

He remembers good times in the 1960s: growing up in a close knit family in a neighborhood that was economically vibrant. But everything changed in the 1980s, when the city faced an epidemic of crack cocaine use, and Domineck himself became addicted.

During the 1970’s, a new genre of music called funk was making its way into the American mainstream and Dayton, Ohio was at the epicenter. Community Voices Producer Basim Blunt says that more funk bands came from Dayton, than any other place in the world. This story is about the world famous funk bands that hailed from the city’s West Side, and one community’s attempt to honor their legacy before the music fades.