Community Voices

Senior Voices: Rosemary Kinney

Mar 7, 2018

This week on Senior Voices, Rosemary Kenny recalls working at Sunshine Biscuits down on Cincinnati Street, not far from UD Arena. The plant closed back in 1972, but she still keeps busy these days. Rosemary shared her story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Cynthia Wallace-King.

Transcript:

ROSEMARY KINNEY (RK): We moved here back here in 1966 from Hillsboro, Ohio, and I’ve been here in Dayton for some years.

CYNTHIA WALLACE-KING (CW): So where have you worked in the city of Dayton?

Zoe Williams
Basim Blunt / WYSO

So many of us have records on shelves or in the basement. And chances are the record player is long gone. But, Zoe Williams, of Dayton Youth Radio is here to tell us that teenagers are glad we didn’t throw the vinyl away.

I'm Zoe. I'm a senior at Stivers School for the Arts, and I'm also slightly obsessed with JD Salinger.

Senior Voices: Brenda Shephard

Feb 28, 2018

Today on WYSO, we begin a journey into Dayton’s history.  We’ll hear from Daytonians who share their memories and their hopes and dreams for their community. It’s a series called Senior Voices.

Last summer volunteer interviewers spoke with elders from the Dayton community to preserve and share their stories as part of a collaboration between the Dayton Metro Library, Rebuilding Together Dayton, and WYSO.

Hezikiah Reed
Basim Blunt / WYSO

A lot of us have been tuned into the Olympics this week, but it's good to remember that some young people have their own private races. 

My name is Hezikiah, which means God's strength.  All my life I felt I was different.  My teachers and adults in my life would say I had a nice smile, but one thing that really set me apart was my voice; some people would think that I was a girl just from the way that I talked. 

Dom Ramsey
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Fathers and sons exchange a lot by being together. Put a microphone in the hands of the son and he will have many questions. This month we offer two conversations from Dayton Youth Radio. Last week we heard from John Hahn, a teen and his father - a white family.  They spoke about race and politics and this week, Centerville High School student Dom Ramsey and his father, who are African American, travel that same landscape. 

Touring Dayton's New Funk Museum With SUN's Ernie Knisley

Feb 14, 2018
Ernie Knisley toured all over the world during the ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, as a member of the band SUN
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Dayton, Ohio – the birthplace of Funk Music will celebrate the opening of the Funk Center and Museum on Friday. Funk music started flowing out of Dayton in the 70s – and scores of hit records became part if the American soundtrack.  Groups like The Ohio Players, Heatwave and Parliament became household names.

Today on Culture Couch, Community Voices Producer Renee Wilde gets a private tour of the center with a local musician whose band, called SUN, was part of Dayton’s funky scene back in the day.

Tonya Revilla at the Your Voice Ohio Middletown opioids forum. Revilla has become an activist since her son's fatal overdose in 2016. She has started a petition that requests more programs for addicts and stricter penalties for dealers. She says she has c
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Around 50 people took part in a public meeting on Southwest Ohio’s opioid crisis Monday night at Middletown's MidPointe Library, one of a series of such meetings WYSO is participating in this spring for a project called Your Voice Ohio.

At the meeting, many Middletown residents spoke about the need for more treatment and detox services for drug users. Tonya Revilla lost her son to an overdose 19 months ago.

 Zombie Dogz launched as a food truck in 2012, and they opened up a restaurant in 2016.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Jayne Monat of Yellow Springs asked WYSO Curious how food trucks impact the local economy and how their impact compares to that of traditional restaurants. And the rise of food trucks, both locally and nationally, has been impossible to ignore.

Entrepreneur Magazine reports that revenue from food trucks has nearly tripled, from $960 million to $2.7 billion, over the last five years.

Food trucks are everywhere in the Miami Valley, and now some of the most successful mobile eateries are spawning spin-offs and transitioning into traditional restaurants.

John Hahn
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story about listening carefully when fathers and sons talk; sharing family history, ideas and politics. Today, we will share one conversation where son and father trade ideas. They are white, and next week, we'll hear from an African American father and son.

Dayton Filmmaker Leah Byrd Brings 'Hot & Bothered' To The Web, Big Screen

Feb 8, 2018
Leah Byrd wrote, directed, and stars in Hot & Bothered
George Drake Jr. / WYSO

Dayton filmmaker Leah Byrd is trying to break down racial and gender boundaries in a new web series called Hot & Bothered. The characters in her series are among the most underrepresented in television: black women and members of the LGBTQ community.

A 2016 report by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found that less than 40% of all regularly recurring characters on TV shows are black, and that only 25% of LGBTQ characters are people of color. Leah Byrd’s series Hot & Bothered has both.    

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