Community Voices

The Musical Legacy of Paul Arnold

Feb 13, 2015

Paul Arnold would have been 83 years old this month. He grew up in Dayton's Edgemont District and sang gospel at the neighborhood Baptist church. In the 1950s, Arnold became a founding member and lead singer of the Gospelaires, and by the 60s, the group had achieved acclaim for its international performances.  Arnold died in 2006.

Former Racehorses Find New Vocations

Jan 15, 2015
Renee Wilde

The legalization of gambling in Ohio is spurring newly built racinos, casino-racetrack hybrids.  As a result, there’s been a resurgence of popularity in the Harness racing industry, and Ohio is now the second largest producer of standard-bred horses. In 2015, there will be over 1,100 standard-bred mares in Ohio giving birth to the next generation of harness racing horses. But what happens to all those horses once their careers end? Community Voices producer Renee Wilde discovered one option for these retired racehorses, and she had another motive.

Dayton Goes 3D: Community Voices Tours Doppelganger Laboratories And Proto BuildBar

Dec 18, 2014
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

3D printing isn’t the future—it’s now. In the last year and a half, four new 3D printing services have opened in the Miami Valley, and the most recent additions are each trying out something new.

A “maker space” with beer

The Proto BuildBar on First Street in downtown Dayton is perhaps overly hipster: the employees are wearing gas station attendant shirts and retro eyeglasses, and the music is 90’s indie rock. But Proto BuildBar is more than a hip hangout. If you’re a techie, it could be a dream come true. They have a dozen 3D printers and rows of workbenches with soldering guns and magnifying glasses.

“We are the world’s first build bar,” says General Manager Alex Todd. “We are a small scale coffee shop and bar housed together with a 3D print and maker space. It’s kind of a cool concept. You can come in and rent time on 3D printers.”

Jayson Reynolds / WYSO

The bookstore business is volatile these days, and while independent bookstores are fighting off online competition better than record stores did, there are still causalities. And it’s not just the owners and employees that suffer when an indie bookstore shuts down. The cities and towns they serve suffer too.

Books N’ More in Wilmington, Ohio, is closing. In fact, by the time you read this, they’ll be gone.

Zoot Theatre And The Magic Of Puppetry

Sep 24, 2014
Mojgan Samardar

Puppetry is an ancient art form and here in the Dayton region, a contemporary theater group, known as the Zoot Theatre Company, is keeping the art form alive. Community Voices producer Mojgan Samardar spent time with the company members this spring as they prepared their version of George Orwell’s classic story: Animal Farm. 

Family Reunions: A Tradition in Decline?

Sep 21, 2014
Ashley Appleman

Family reunions are a common summer tradition for many Americans. But what happens when a family tradition, spanning generations, starts to fade? WYSO Community Voices producer, Ashley Appleman, tells us the story of the 49th and final Over Family Reunion.

In July I traveled home to Woodbury, PA for the final Over Reunion. I must admit, I hadn’t gone for the past 10 years –school, moving out of state—it wasn’t a priority. However, attending this one was important to me– the end of a tradition I had known since childhood.

Revisiting Occupy Dayton

Sep 17, 2014
Hannah-Willow Shows / Flickr Creative Commons

In September, 2011, thousands of protestors gathered in Zucotti Park near Wall Street in New York City. Many thought the protest would only last a few days, but as videos of mass arrests and police brutality went viral, the situation quickly escalated and soon broadened. Community Voices producer, the late Kyle Pitzer revisits Occupy Dayton.

Transitioning Ex-Offenders Back Into Society

Sep 10, 2014
Michael Coghlan / Flickr Creative Commons

Twenty-seven percent of Ohio's ex-offenders go back to prison according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. That number is lower than the national average. Next year, a record breaking number of nearly 20 thousand ex-offenders will be released in Ohio. Community Voice producer Jonathan Platt has this story about one non-profit that is providing a way for ex-offenders to make the transition back into society.

Rescuing Raptors At Glen Helen

Sep 7, 2014
Renee Wilde / WYSO

The Glen Helen Raptor Center is a non profit organization which takes in about 150 injured or orphaned birds of prey a year. The Raptor Center is run by a former volunteer turned director, Betty Ross. For over 30 years she has been caring for injured birds, conducting public educational programs, and assisting state agencies with recovery efforts for endangered and threatened species.

So what kind of bird can you find here?  Hawks, owls, falcon’s, vultures, kites, osprey and eagles.

While we were talking, Harry Marsh brought in an injured, juvenile hawk. 

Connecting Across Cultural Lines With Ham Radio

Sep 3, 2014
Nite_Owl / Flickr Creative Commons

Amateur radio is a kind of non-commercial broadcasting.  Also known as ham radio, the people who do it are known as hams. It's a popular hobby; there are more than 2 million ham radio clubs around the world, and more than a dozen here in southwest Ohio.

Community Voices producer Charlene Edwards, a rookie ham, says every operator has a call sign they use to identify themselves and she has this story about the colorblind quality of ham radio broadcasting.

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