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 17, 2013

ReInvention Stories: The Record Gallery

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.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Tonya Thomas & James Wilson

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.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed April 3, 2013

ReInvention Stories: LaToya Coleman

LaToya Coleman

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.  

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed March 13, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Brenda DeWinter

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.

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The Economy & Business
6:30 am
Wed February 27, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Kimberly Collett

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.

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