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Lori Gravley reads Julie Moore's poem, "The First Time I Saw a Shooting Star."

People will ask me; "what was your favorite author interview?" or "what is your favorite book?" I cannot answer those questions. When it comes to crime novels I have many favorite writers. If I felt obligated to admit which writers I think are at the very top of their game in that genre right now I would name Philip Kerr along with a few others.

Kerr's latest novel "Prussian Blue" features his noir detective Bernie Gunther. This is the 12th book in this series.  I'm pleased to report that "Prussian Blue" is also the best Bernie Gunther book so far.

Classic Country Radio Thrives in the Miami Valley

Apr 28, 2017
Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers playing with Centerville’s Alternative Strings Orchestra.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

WBZI in Xenia is a classic country radio station with a large, loyal listening base—so large that they have 3AM and 2FM signals broadcasting across Southwest Ohio. They play old school bluegrass, country, and gospel. They also keep their listeners up-to-date with news, stock, and farm reports. Their brand of classic country radio is both timeless and current, and it's been gaining popularity.

Maxine Skuba reads her poem, "Ohio Life Part 7."

Rediscovered Radio: Clean Gene’s Record Machine

Apr 26, 2017
Clean Gene Lohman and Sherry Novick at the WYSO studios in the 1970s
WYSO Archives

In 1965, a kid named Gene Lohman came to Yellow Springs to attend Antioch College. He brought with him an almost encyclopedic knowledge of popular music, especially R&B. As a child, Gene had been bed ridden with measles, with only a transistor radio for company. That inspired a lifelong passion for artists recording on labels like Savoy, Chess, and Stax.

Peter Mulvey returned to the WYSO studio ahead of his performance at Dayton's Yellow Cab.  Mulvey performed live on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about recording his latest album with Ani Difranco, his recent TED Talk and more.

Peter Mulvey will perform at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton on Saturday, April 22nd with Shrug. 

David Garrison reads David Petreman's poem, "Living Large."

Litz Live on Excursions

Apr 21, 2017

Baltimore-based Litz is a family band currently on their spring tour.  On their way to a Dayton gig, they visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about growing up musical, recording and more.

Litz will perform at Jimmie's Ladder 11 on Brown Street in downtown on Friday, April 21st.  

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poem, "454 W. Millett"

Toxic Shlock is the debut album from Dayton based trio SKRT, out April 29th on Fantastic Freak Family Records.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about recording the album, transitioning from a duo to a trio, and more.

SKRT will celebrate the release of Toxic Shlock on Saturda, April 29th at Blind Bob's.  They'll be joined onstage by Lung, The Dirty Socialites, Yikes! A Band, and Doxx.

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