Miami Valley StoryCorps

Miami Valley StoryCorps interviews are the result of WYSO’s collaboration with StoryCorps, the national oral history collection project that visited Dayton in the spring of 2010 and 2014. All the Miami Valley StoryCorps segments consist of interviews between two local residents.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Frank Porter & Frank Dixon

Jun 1, 2011
Frank Porter and Frank Dixon

“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

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.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Wayne Baker & David Fogerty

May 18, 2011
David Fogerty and Wayne Baker

"I can’t imagine one kid having a negative thing to say about their experience at Burkes' Barbershop…”

Wayne Baker and David Fogarty have been friends since 1970, when Baker's family moved to Yellow Springs - right next door to the Fogartys. Baker's strongest memories of his childhood in the village are of Burkes Barbershop. And of wisdom passed down from the proprietor, known as "Brother Burkes."

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Miami Valley StoryCorps: Bing Davis & Margaret Peters

May 11, 2011
Bing Davis and Margaret Peters

"I've been blessed with many blessings...two of my blessings are being born black and growing up in East Dayton."

Bing Davis is an artist, educator and cultural leader in Dayton. Born the son of North Carolina sharecroppers, his family moved to Dayton when he was just two weeks old. Bing Davis and his friend and associate – Margaret Peters – went to the StoryCorps booth to talk about growing up on Dayton's east side, and how Bing is using the lessons he's learned in life – to teach others.

Danny Rodriguez and Yetunde Rodriguez

“You’re an atheist, and this is something you came out with a few months ago. I guess I kind of worry if you don’t believe in God you’re gonna start throwing everything else out the window.”

Yetunde Rodriguez and her husband Danny share their childhood memories of their mothers and reflect on how those memories have influenced their own growing family. Yetunde and Danny live in Dayton. They have three children.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Philip & Andrew Maurer

Apr 27, 2011
Philip Maurer and Andrew Maurer

"Ever since he died and I knew I would never see him, I’ve been rehashing all these memories. That trip was important because it was one of the few times I got to interact with this man who I loved, who loved me, who I had fun with."

There's a unifying bond between siblings who are close in age, and the Maurer brothers of Findlay, Ohio have only two years separating them. Philip is 24, and Andrew is 26. They came to StoryCorps to discuss their shared childhood experiences, and try to make sense of what they still remember.

(Originally broadcast January 24, 2011)

Dorothy Harback and Fred Bartenstein

“There was a great feeling of loss in the community and that was the context in which tearing down the Victory Theater seemed like one more nail in the coffin of a dying city.”

The Victoria Theater in downtown Dayton has survived two fires and a flood. But in the early 1970's an economic downturn threatened the theater. Citizens rallied to Save The Victory, as it was known at the time. Yellow Springs resident Fred Bartenstein and Dorothy Harback of Lebanon remember how the community pulled together to save the Victoria Theater from demolition.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Kim Clay & Vanessa Stanton-Clay

Apr 13, 2011
Kim Clay and Vanessa Stanton-Clay

"We have been truly blessed since the plant has closed - because some people have committed suicide, divorces, people have lost their homes, their cars... We're still standing. Everytime we think we're going under the water, something pushes us right back up."

Miami Valley StoryCorps: George Vlahos & Tom Ferratt

Apr 4, 2011
George Vlahos and Tom Ferratt

"I went to first grade for a month, maybe six weeks. The Italian Army invaded the village, therefore we were left without a teacher. Luckily, she left the textbook with us and so from that textbook my illiterate mother and I learned how to read."

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Doug Cline & Elizabeth Cline

Mar 30, 2011
Elizabeth Cline and Doug Cline

“All I can remember is looking out the back of the ambulance and getting the feeling we were driving about 90 miles and hour. At that point it started setting in that this was a very serious event.”

Doug Cline experienced a major heart attack one morning in March. He was only 51 years old. A month later, Doug and his wife Elizabeth sat down to talk about the moment that shook their lives and forced them to reevaluate their day-to-day priorities.