Downtown Dayton

Tonight is First Friday in downtown Dayton and the United Way will host the Live United Block Party in the Oregon District from 4 to 7 p.m. 19 agencies of the organization will set up booths along Fifth Street, If you visit more than 10 of the booths then you will be entered into a raffle to win several prizes, including a diamond tennis bracelet and a pair of tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals football game. Look for Heater, the Dayton Dragons' mascot, wearing a Live United T-shirt during the block party.

September 14 marks Urban Nights in downtown Dayton and the unveiling of the You Are Here project at Courthouse Square.  The next day, the Blue Sky Project will celebrate it's final exhibition of the summer entitled "Creative Surprises."  Peter Benkendorf and Terry Welker visit the WYSO studios to discuss these two artistic endeavors, their origins and what you'll be able to experience on September 14 and 15 in downtown Dayton.

RiverScape MetroPark will host the final concert in this year's series, with Stranger performing from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The park's concession stand will be open and beer will be sold from 5 to 7 p.m. MetroParks will demonstrate various kayaking skills on the river and free kayak rentals will be available.

Lynn Adams

Niki….are you getting ready for Mother’s Day???

Downtown Dayton tonight is Urban Nights from 5 to 10 p.m. More than 30,000 people are expected to pack the streets, so come join the fun and experience your downtown!

One special trip tonight is at the Dayton International Peace Museum. Several students of the Dayton STEM school will be there talking about the art they created in a new exhibit "Why We Need to Work for Peace: Student Perspectives on Conflict and Genocide".

First Friday tonight in Downtown Dayton and there is a free art hop from 5 to 10 p.m. First Friday lets you explore downtown and you can browse galleries, restaurants, downtown businesses, and live music.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for March 11, 2012 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge about Dayton's First Four Festival

-Juliet Fromholt interviews Ben Rivet and Tori Reynolds about Go With the Flow, a program they developed that combines yoga with live music. 

-Jerry Kenney speaks with David Van Allen, spokesman for the United States Postal Service about the proposed consolidation of regional services.

Today is 2012’s First Friday in Downtown Dayton. Lots of exhibit openings at the galleries, art demonstrations, live music and jazz and ice skating. As you are wandering around you will be hearing REV. COOL'S AROUND THE FRINGE since lots of places have dialed their radio to 91.3 WYSO.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for November 27, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews Scott Murphy from UpDayton about the Activated Spaces in downtown Dayton.

-Jerry Kenney interviews David Romick, president of the Dayton Education Association about the Priority School Campaign

-An Interview with Marsha Bush in Conrad's Corner


Photo by Lynn Adams / Courtesy of the Downtown Dayton Partnership

Tonight is the Grand Illumination in downtown Dayton on Courthouse Square featuring live music entertainment, carnival rides, games, holiday crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides and a gingerbread house display.  The tree lighting will be at 7:45pm followed immediately by the Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights.  Go to and check it out.

Friday and Saturday from 6 - 8:30 p.m is Aullwood’s Enchanted Forest. You can roast marshmallows, meet the black rat snake and box turtles, friendly trail guides will escort visitors along the luminary-lit trail and you will meet costumed forest creatures.

Saturday is Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday and on Saturday and Sunday the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra will be doing lots of favorites from the Romantic era…including a famous Liszt tune.