Fifty-five years ago, on February 8, 1958, WYSO began broadcasting.
It was students who did all the legwork to get the station licensed and ready. After many years of un-licensed, unofficial broadcasting on the campus of Antioch College, WYSO went on the air with 19 watts of power. They gathered expectantly on the second floor of the student union building in the new studios. At 8pm, Bruce Johanson, script in hand, stepped up to the microphone.
Meme: Culture in Transmission is currently showing at the Herndon Gallery on the Antioch College campus. The Creative Director of the gallery, Dennie Eagleson and one of the exhibit's contributing artists, Will Davis, talked with Nikki Dakota on Excursions about the exhibit. The idea for the exhibit grew up around the concept.
Long before there was a WalMart and many of the other discount store chains that we know today there was the A&P chain of grocery stores. Marc Levinson initially approached this writing project with the intention of writing a biography about the two brothers, George and John Hartford, who guided the A&P through many decades and changes. When Levinson began his research he quickly changed course after he realized that George, the older brother, had led such a secretive life that he wasn't a substantial enough subject for a biography.
Singer-songwriter David Wilcox has a long history with Yellow Springs and WYSO, having attended Antioch College. He returns to the area ahead of a performance in Springfield to lend support to WYSO's Fall Membership Drive, sharing songs and stories with Niki Dakota.
David Wilcox will perform with Susan Werner on Friday, October 12th at Kuss Auditorium in Springfield.