Reinvention Stories

WYSO's Juliet Fromholt interview Jason Shelton in Trotwood
Credit Shawndra Jones

Have you ever had to reinvent yourself, because of the big changes in our local economy or in your personal life? Did you lose a job, go back to school, do things you never thought you’d be doing? What is that like?

In season two of ReInvention Stories, we meet residents of Old North Dayton, Trotwood and Five Oaks; men and women, new immigrants and life-long residents, all of them transforming themselves and their communities.

Every story you hear on the radio has a short film here on the website. Scroll down to see and hear them.

An interactive map of Dayton, full of photos, patents, city events, history, is online at reinventionstoreis.org. Check it out. Find stories from your neighborhood, or add your own story!

The ReInvention Stories team in season two is: filmmakers Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar, Shawndra Jones, Eric Risher and Basim Blunt plus WYSO producers Jerry Kenney, Juliet Fromholt, Sarah Buckingham and Neenah Ellis.

A big thanks to the funders of season two – see them listed below - and a shout out to the original granting organizations. ReInvention Stories was part of Localore, a nation-wide initiative to encourage public radio stations to work with independent media producers of all stripes. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio were the major funders. We’re proud to say we were an original Localore station!

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed April 16, 2014

ReInvention Stories: Jerry Bowling

This week on ReInvention Stories, we meet Jerry Bowling, a lifelong resident of Dayton’s McCook Field neighborhood, the area around North Dixie Drive. Bowling is active in his community as the president of the neighborhood association and leader of a local environmental advocacy group. But, while working to reinvent his neighborhood, Bowling has also had to reinvent himself.

 

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Around the Miami Valley
6:15 am
Wed April 9, 2014

ReInvention Stories: Don Domineck

Today on ReInvention Stories, we go to the Dayton View neighborhood, northwest of downtown, and meet Don Domineck.

He remembers good times in the 1960s: growing up in a close knit family in a neighborhood that was economically vibrant. But everything changed in the 1980s, when the city faced an epidemic of crack cocaine use, and Domineck himself became addicted.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed April 2, 2014

ReInvention Stories: Jennifer Evans

Today on ReInvention Stories, we return to Old North Dayton.  Troy Street runs through the center of the neighborhood. And there has been a bakery at Troy and Warner since 1917. Folks who grew up in the neighborhood remember Evans Original Bakery for its cream horns and donuts. WYSO's Sarah Buckingham has the story of the re-birth of this neighborhood icon.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed March 26, 2014

ReInvention Stories: Shondale Atkinson

Today on ReInvention Stories, we visit Trotwood, west of Dayton, which has undergone dramatic change in recent years with the closure of the Salem Mall.

There’s a home for teenage mothers in Trotwood, part of a non-profit called The Mustard Seed Foundation. It’s a place where mothers can live with their babies as they try and build a stable future. It was founded by a former teen mom Shondale Atkinson, whose own reinvention is where the story of the Mustard Seed Foundation begins.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed March 19, 2014

ReInvention Stories: Tad Erichsen and John Footh

Today on ReInvention Stories, we'll visit Five Oaks, a neighborhood northwest of downtown Dayton. Five Oaks has been in decline for 25 years, and plagued with crime. Since 2008, home foreclosures have been rampant and vacant properties are common.

Some Five Oaks residents have dedicated themselves to their community's reinvention, and they're working with the city to bring their neighborhood back. Tad Erichsen and John Footh are recent transplants to Five Oaks, who are reinventing themselves along the way.

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