Arts & Culture

Lori Gravley reads Kathy Austin's poem, "Legacy."

Malcolm Mackay lives on a remote island in Scotland. The crime rate where he lives in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis is almost non-existent. Most of the crimes that do occur in the area have taken place exclusively in Mackay's imagination. He writes crime novels and they are populated by criminals who are running rampant in the Scottish city of Glasgow. In Mackay's novels the police make an occasional appearance but they usually are not doing that much to prevent crime. In some instances they are permitting some bad things to happen. Looking the other way. Getting paid off.

Zane and the Sway return to the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope ahead of a busy month of May. The band talked with host Juliet Fromholt about recording their forthcoming album, upcoming gigs and more.


Zane and the Sway will perform Thursday, May 4th at the Old Crow Bar in Middletown, on May 5th at Courthouse Square for The Square is Where.  They'll also be at SideShow 12 at the Yellow Cab later in May and at the WYSO Community Concert, September 10th at RiverScape MetroPark. 

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.

The Guitar Giant

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

Leah Byrd (Hot & Bothered), Kris Kristensen (Jak), and E.R. Dickey (...He Didn't Even Leave a Note) are all writer/directors soon to graduate from Wright State University's film program.  They'll each be showcasing work at the 2017 Big Lens Film Festival and visited the WYSO studios to talk with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about their process, what drew them to film and their career plans upon graduation.

The 2017 Big Lens Film Festival is Sunday, April 30th at the Rave Cinemas at the Greene.  

The High Notes
Every Atom Photogaphy

The High Notes began in 2011, but the band's current lineup is fairly recent.  As they prepare to release their first demo recording, the High Notes visited the WYSO studios to perform live on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about songwriting, upcoming gigs and more. 

The High Notes will perform at Englewood's Courtyard Lounge on Saturday, June 17th. 

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.