Arts & Culture

The WYSO Archives

Between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s, about three and a half million people migrated from Appalachia to the urban manufacturing centers of the Midwest. Over 40,000 came to the Dayton area from West Virginia, Tennessee, and especially Eastern Kentucky, seeking work at companies like National Cash Register, Frigidaire, and General Motors. They brought their culture and their music along with them. Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson brings us the rich mountain heritage in the WYSO audio collection, preserved through the efforts of three local brothers.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Creation."

Maxine Skuba reads her poem, "A Matter of Time."

After a busy summer of live performances, Jonny Dreads and the Mystiks return to the WYSO studios.  The band performed a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about their latest lineup, writing and recording and their plans for 2015.

Jonny Dreads and the Mystiks will perform on Friday, November 28th at Peaches Grill in Yellow Springs.

Gary Shteyngart's memoir "Little Failure" has recently  been issued in a paperback version. The book came out last year in hardcover. At that time I tried to book another interview with Gary (more about that later) and I reviewed it for the Cox Ohio newspapers. Here's my review:

Miss Lissa and Co. joined Shakin' Dave in WYSO studios for the November 2014 edition of Shake's Hall Pass.  The band performed original material and put its mark on classic blues tunes, talking to Shakin' Dave about the mutual love for the genre.

Myrna Stone reads her poem, "The Long View."

Steve Makofka is one of 30 local musicians participating in Such A Night: The Last Waltz live, a musical recreation of the Band's The Last Waltz to benefit WYSO.  Makofka visited the WYSO studios for a live set on the air and spoke with Niki Dakota about the collaborative show as well as what he's been up to musically.

Such A Night: The Last Waltz Live to benefit WYSO is November 26th and 28th at the Dayton Art Institute.

Rita Coleman reads her poem, "Know Only This."

Actor, songwriter, and musician Michael Malarkey called into the WYSO studios ahead of his show at the Canal Public House on November 29th. Tune in to hear him talk about his lifelong passion for music and his recent success playing Enzo on the CW show The Vampire Diaries.

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