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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.    

Will Higher Taxes Solve Springfield’s Problems?

Feb 5, 2018
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In May, Springfield voters approved a temporary income-tax increase. It raises the city’s tax rate from 2% to 2.4% for a period of 5 and 1/2 years.

But that wasn’t the first time the city asked residents for more money. A tax hike was also on the ballot in November of 2016. At the time, Springfield City Manager Jim Bodenmiller told voters that he would have to cut city services if the increase wasn’t approved.

He wasn’t bluffing. The tax increase failed in 2016, and the city started slashing services. 

Sarah Weymouth
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Centerville High School student Sarah Weymouth about parents communicating with their teenagers.

You know your kids better than anyone else right? Inside and out, right? I’m sure that’s how my dad felt, up until last week when i gave him a reality check. My parents got divorced when I was 7 years old. Before then, we all lived together happily in our little ranch style home in suburban Centerville, Ohio.

Book Ends: A Teenager's Love For Reading

Jan 25, 2018
Malia Hampshire
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Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story, from the Dayton Early College Academy by Malia Hampshire about the joy of reading.

My name is Malia Hampshire. I go to Dayton Early College Academy. I love to bake cupcakes, and trains scare me.  I love to read - like really love reading.  I have an overactive imagination and sometimes need an outlet.  I needed to find something that was very productive.

Mean Girls: A Teenager Talks About Being A Bully

Jan 18, 2018
Dori'Asia Smith
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Sometimes you check the news and realize you are right in the middle of it. That happened to Dori'Asia Smith, a student at the David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center; she saw stories about bullied teens and kids who killed themselves because of it. She thought about it and realized, she was a bully. 

My name is Dori’Asia Smith. I am now 17 years old. I’m a senior, and I’m a varsity volleyball athlete. I was once a mean girl back in 7th grade. A mean girl is someone that picks on somebody else for no reason, just like bullying somebody. 

Megan Johnson
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have the first of two stories about teenagers dealing with the opioid crisis. Today we'll hear from Megan Johnson, a senior at Centerville High School.

My story is about my 25 year old cousin, whose life was taken by the use of heroin.  She overdosed on Fentanyl. I did this story because this is something I think about on a daily basis every night before I go to sleep, losing someone who was so close to me to drugs and seeing what it did to my family.

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