Community Voices

Revisiting Occupy Dayton

Sep 17, 2014
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In September, 2011, thousands of protestors gathered in Zucotti Park near Wall Street in New York City. Many thought the protest would only last a few days, but as videos of mass arrests and police brutality went viral, the situation quickly escalated and soon broadened. Community Voices producer, the late Kyle Pitzer revisits Occupy Dayton.

Nancy Horlacher looks through her collection of frequently asked questions in the Local History Room at the Dayton Metro Library. "Gem City of Ohio: Exact origin unknown."
Lauren Shows / WYSO

“Gem City” — that phrase should sound familiar to most people in the Miami Valley.

A quick glance into the Yellow Pages, or a quick Google search, reveals a list of several dozen Dayton-area groups and businesses that use the name. But what’s that nickname for Dayton all about? Two WYSO listeners, Dot Schnering and Gary Honnert, recently asked the question:

Why do they call Dayton the Gem City?

Connecting Across Cultural Lines With Ham Radio

Sep 3, 2014
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Amateur radio is a kind of non-commercial broadcasting.  Also known as ham radio, the people who do it are known as hams. It's a popular hobby; there are more than 2 million ham radio clubs around the world, and more than a dozen here in southwest Ohio.

Community Voices producer Charlene Edwards, a rookie ham, says every operator has a call sign they use to identify themselves and she has this story about the colorblind quality of ham radio broadcasting.

A Search For Water

Jul 14, 2014
Renee Wilde / WYSO

We notice things done by hand, they stand out. And this spring and summer we have been visiting people who work with their hands; we heard from a Thatcher and two arborists.  Today Community Voices producer Renee Wilde has another story of a person who uses their hands in an unusual way.

Do you know what a water witch is? Some say it's a myth; others don't know.  But if you guessed that a water witch is one of those sticks that you find water with, that’s pretty close. 

Keeping A Native Roofing Tradition Alive

May 5, 2014
Renee Wilde

Spring is roofing season – time to check your roof for damage it may have sustained during the winter.  Near the banks of the Great Miami River in Dayton, a man is making an unusual roof this spring, using materials most that most people would never consider. Community Voices producer Renee Wilde has our story.

Tucked between a busy interstate and a pair of train tracks lies a prehistoric site called the Sunwatch Indian Village, and in that recreated village something unusual is going on. An Irishman is keeping a Native American tradition alive.

Thanksgiving Audio Essays from Centerville High School

Nov 28, 2013

Students in Centerville High School's Communication Arts Broadcast Management program share what they are thankful for this year.

AJ Brooks, 17

Madison Brown-Boles, 16

Phillip Hickey, 17

Photo by Lauren Shows

It's the time of year when ghost and ghouls are on the mind. but for some folks in the Miami Valley, the spirit world is a year-round occupation. Community Voices Producer Lauren Shows takes us to Springfield to meet Darin Hough, who quit his job to open Ghost Hunting Source, a store that sells paranormal investigation equipment.

“Well, I've been selling the equipment online for about six or seven years now,” Darin Hough says, “And it's just gotten bigger and bigger every year, so I just thought I'd try and take the next step.”

The Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors turns seventy-five this year and to celebrate DSPS will offer seventy-five hours of artist demonstrations from October 21 through November 24. Community Voices Producer Will Davis gives us a preview.

Marylyn Hart is a life-long resident of Dayton, and a painter. I recently visited Marylyn in her studio, which is a room brimming with books and music and colors and shapes.

Drive-in Movie Theaters Struggle to Go Digital

Aug 30, 2013

Over the last few years, due to pressure from the film industry, more and more movie theaters have been converting their projection method from 35 millimeter film to digital. While many small and independent theaters have been struggling to adapt, drive-in theaters in particular are at a crucial moment in this nationwide transition. Community Voices Producer Lauren Shows takes us to Dayton's Dixie Twin Drive-In to find out why.

WYSO 2013 Community Voices Special (Part Two)

Aug 19, 2013

Radio stories by, for, and about the Miami Valley, produced in WYSO’s 2013 Community Voices training. 

This hour, we meet a young man trying to beat the odds, get some history on the Dayton Dragons, meet members of the area polyamorous community - and more!