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!

Phillip Raimey worked at Gem City Records for more than 15 years. But when the iconic music store closed in 2010, Raimey opened his own shop, and hired former Gem City employees to work at The Record Gallery in the Oregon District.

This story was produced by Lesley Fogle, Niki Dakota, and Sarah Buckingham.

ReInvention Stories is brought to you by WYSO and Localore, a national initiative produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Incorporated – in collaboration with Zeega- with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

James Wilson and Tonya Thomas
Emily McCord

This week on ReInvention Stories, we meet Tonya Thomas and James Wilson, a couple from downtown Dayton. Tonya spent a decade working as a cook in Georgetown, Ohio before a divorce turned her world upside down and brought her back to Dayton. Tonya’s been with James for almost two years now. She’s in her mid-forties and he’s ten years older. They are both unemployed and struggling with health issues. James is looking for work as a truck driver.

This story was produced by Emily McCord, Steve Bognar, and Sarah Buckingham.

WYSO has been bringing you ReInvention Stories on the radio each week, accompanied by short films on the web. But, there is a third component to our ReInvention Stories project: an interactive web documentary at  www.ReInventionStories.org, featuring seven new stories from Dayton.  

ReInvention Stories is a multimedia storytelling project that asks the question: How does a city of inventors reinvent itself? Sarah Buckingham has this week’s story.

Brenda Dewinter was laid off from her job at Wright-Patt on September 29th, 2012 and she went on unemployment. But since December she’s been pursuing an associates degree in network system administration -  at ITT Technical Institute in Dayton. 

This ReInvention Story was produced by Shawndra Jones, Julia Rechiert, Steve Bognar, and Sarah Buckingham.

This week, Kimberly Collett tells how she re-invented a landmark Dayton restaurant: The Wympee drive-in on East Third Street. It was a burger place, open since in 1938, and it was closed for only one year before Collett re-opened it as Olive: An Urban Dive in 2011.

Collett brought a wide range of skills and experience to her business. She had backpacked across Europe, she’d been a caterer, a set builder, and an event planner. But when she became a single mom, she focused her considerable energy…

This ReInvention Story was produced by Liz Cambron.

Last summer the ReInvention team met Karen Stephens while she was walking her dog in South Park, where she lives. Her reinvention story is about coming home.

This ReInvention Story was produced by Emily McCord, Steve Bognar, Julia Reichert, Kyle Wilkinson, and Sarah Buckingham.

Also visit ReInventionStories.org.  You’ll find a super cool multi-media, interactive website that tells seven more reinvention stories in a longer format. And that’s where you can tell your story and include your
own photographs.

Patrick Reed is a retired Dayton Fire Captain and owner of the family restaurant Angie’s.  Angie’s first opened as a Hungarian restaurant in 1938. It was a Belmont institution, famous for its cabbage rolls, until it shut down in the 1990’s. Pat Reed re-opened the neighborhood icon in 2009, as Angie’s Firehouse Tavern.

This ReInvention Story was produced by Shawndra Jones, Liz Cambron Kyle Wilkinson, Julia Reichert and Sarah Buckingham.

Oronde Clarke
Shawndra Jones

Oronde "Ron" Clarke got into trouble as a young man in Troy, Ohio. After spending time in prison Clarke turned his life around, and with the help of Dayton social programs he started his own business, Clarke's Enterprise. ReInvention producers spoke with at his home in South Park.

This ReInvention Story was produced by Shawndra Jones, Steve Bognar and Sarah Buckingham.

Emily McCord

  This year WYSO presents ReInvention Stories, a multimedia storytelling project that asks the question, how does a city of inventors reinvent itself? One answer for Dayton is its immigrant population. The city developed a plan called Welcome Dayton to embrace new people and cultures as a way to rebuild the economy. Emily McCord introduces us to “Mona” and “R,” Iraqi Refugees living here in Dayton.

Kevin Rotramel is a tattoo artist at Truth and Triumph Tattoo in Belmont. Rotramel grew up in Elkhart, Indiana and came to the Miami Valley to attend Cedarville College. He studied finance and then communications, but the business world wasn’t for him - so he reinvented himself.

This ReInvention Story was produced by Kyle Wilkinson, Shawndra Jones, and Sarah Buckingham.