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 February 20, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Karen Stephens

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.

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

ReInvention Stories: Patrick Reed

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.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed February 6, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Oronde Clarke

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.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Iraqi Refugees "Mona" & "R"

Iraqi couple
Credit 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.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

ReInvention Stories: Kevin Rotramel

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.

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