Community Voices

A Blue Sky Summer

Sep 16, 2011

The question “What did you do this summer?” Is the topic of many a back-to-school essay. Forty area students will answer “I was a Blue Sky artist”. Community Voices producer Susan Byrnes follows the experience of a few of those students who participated in the Blue Sky Project, one of Dayton’s most unique summer arts programs. The results of their participation can be seen at the Blue Sky Project Final Exhibition, on display for Urban Nights, September 16th , at 8 North Main St. in downtown Dayton.

 

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for August 21, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Cyber Security, the latest installment in the SOCHE Talks

-Antioch Writers' Workshop Faculty Reading: Rakesh Satyal

-This week's PoliticsOhio: GOP Looks To Compromise On Senate Bill 5, Unions Say It's Too Late by Emily McCord

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for July 24th, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Luke Dennis' Community Voices story about Charlie Campbell

-Free Shakespeare Prepares for A Midsummer Performance by Jerry Kenney

-Poor Will's Almanack: July 19 - 25, 2011 by Bill Felker

WYSO Community Voices 2011 Special

Jul 24, 2011
Photo by Dennie Eagleson

Radio stories by, for, and about the Miami Valley.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Eunice Powell & Julia Bell

Jun 29, 2011
Julia Bell and Eunice Powell
StoryCorps

"Danny was born in ’46, and at that time they said he would never walk or talk. I have to laugh every time I say that because I was determined he was going to walk and talk."

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Erica Fowler & Melissa Fowler

Jun 22, 2011
Erica Fowler and Melissa Fowler
StoryCorps

"Soapbox racing gave me so much more confidence in who I am."

When Erica and Melissa Fowler became soap box derby racers in 1985, they were joining a Dayton tradition. The sport was founded by Dayton Daily News photographer Myron Scott in 1933.

Fifty-five years later Erica Fowler was the champion of the Dayton Soap Box Derby, raced that year in its original location at Burkhardt Hill.

Erica brought her sister Melissa to the StoryCorps booth to reminisce about that final race, and the impact soap box racing had on them as young women.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Dan Carl & Michael Castle

Jun 15, 2011
Dan Carl and Michael Castle
StoryCorps

Dan Carl and Michael Castle have been together for fifteen years. The Centerville couple says they are religiously married, just not legally. Castle is the Pastor at Cross Creek Community Church in Dayton. His partner, Dan Carl, works in the medical field. Mike and Dan came to the StoryCorps booth to share the story of the birth of their first child, Gideon.

This interview was edited by WYSO's Sarah Buckingham and posted to the website by volunteer David Neely. To find out more about volunteering at WYSO, click here.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Bruce Geiger & Sarah Hewitt

Jun 8, 2011
Bruce Geiger & Sarah Hewitt
StoryCorps

“I have early onset of Alzheimer’s, and what that means is that I don’t always remember what I’ve just said. You could say that it’s tragic, or you could think it’s wonderful.”

There's an evident bond between father-daughter duo Bruce Geiger, of Dayton, and Sarah Hewitt, of Centerville. Bruce was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at age 69. He is happy to reflect with his daughter on his life before the disease erases his memory. Sarah has the opportunity to ask her father all the questions she has always wondered about.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Frank Porter & Frank Dixon

Jun 1, 2011
Frank Porter and Frank Dixon
StoryCorps

“When I play on the street corner, I’m trying my best to tug at someone’s heartstrings, to bring them back to a love that they remember or a love that they had. It’s to inspire and give away my love, ‘cause I love Dayton. We shootin’ kinda bad right now, but we will come back.”

Anne Branning and Rani Deighe Crowe
StoryCorps

Rani Deighe Crowe of Brookville brought her long time friend Anne Branning to the StoryCorps booth just before Anne left Yellow Springs for New York City. In this very emotional interview, Anne shared memories of her brother David - a Marine who died in Fallujah on November 12th, 2004. He was 21 years old.

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