WYSO

Youth Radio

WYSO is committed to putting local voices on the air. We give local voices the time and space to tell their own stories, in their own words, without commercial interruptions. Our Community Voices training program for adults has been doing this since 2011. In 2014 we expanded that program to include high school students. They are the future of Dayton – and they have a lot to say.

Dayton Youth Radio project manager Basim Blunt teaches broadcasting and storytelling skills to high school students. Basim works with about 45 teenagers each year from various schools in the Miami Valley, guiding each students' story from the classroom to the WYSO airwaves.

We plan to keep diversifying the types of schools we work with. In 2016-17 we continued to serve Dayton’s urban core by working with Ponitz Career Technology Center and Stivers School for the Arts, but also worked with the suburbs (Centerville High School), a rural district (Tecumseh High School) and a private school (Miami Valley School).

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation.

Ben Roth
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week is the season finale of Dayton Youth Radio.  Miami Valley School student Ben Roth talks about his relocation to a different part of the country. 

Ben Roth is a student at the Miami Valley School. Special thanks to Lindsey Cummings, social studies teacher at the Miami Valley School. Learn more at the school's website:  http://www.mvschool.com/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Jacquelyn Adkins
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Stivers School for the Arts graduate Jacquelyn Adkins about life as a student athlete with an eating disorder.

Jacquelyn Adkins is a graduate of Stivers School for the Arts. Special thanks Leslie Rogers and Eva Maksutis of the Creative Writing Magnet. Learn more at the school's website: http://www.stivers.org/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Silver and Gold: A Teenager Cares For Her Grandfather

Jun 29, 2017
Maya Smith-Custer
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from Stivers School of the Arts graduate Maya Smith-Custer about her best friend, her grandfather.

Maya Smith-Custer is a graduate of Stivers School for the Arts. Special thanks Leslie Rogers and Eva Maksutis of the Creative Writing Magnet. Learn more at the school's website: http://www.stivers.org/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Princess: A Teenager Talks About Her Hero

Jun 22, 2017
Tiffany Pauley
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story by Tiffany Pauley from Stivers School for the Arts, about how her neighbor transformed into her hero.

Tiffany Pauley is a student at Stivers School for the Arts. Special thanks Leslie Rogers and Eva Maksutis of the Creative Writing Magnet. Learn more at the school's website: http://www.stivers.org/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Christopher Patriqin
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Christopher Patriqin at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center about his family ties.

Christopher Patriqin is a graduate of Ponitz CTC High School. Special Thanks to Ponitz Radio media arts instructor Joanne Viskup. Learn more at the school's website: http://ponitzctc.org/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

The Big Swim: A Teen Athlete Talks Body Image

Jun 1, 2017
Jeffrey Wallace
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Stivers School of The Arts senior Jeffrey Wallace about overcoming his insecurities and finding self confidence on the swim team. 

Jeffrey Wallace is a student at Stivers School for the Arts. Special thanks Leslie Rogers and Eva Maksutis of the Creative Writing Magnet. Learn more at the school's website: http://www.stivers.org/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Elisabeth Bush
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Elisabeth Bush, a 17 year old student at the Miami Valley School, about the five words that changed her life.

Elisabeth Bush is a student at the Miami Valley School. Special thanks to Lindsey Cummings, social studies teacher at the Miami Valley School. Learn more at the school's website:  http://www.mvschool.com/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Tim Priest
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Centerville High School student Tim Priest about forming a bond with his uncle.

Emma Johnson
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from Stivers student Emma Johnson whose learning about feminism and activism from her grandmother.

Emma Johnson is a student at Stivers School for the Arts. Special thanks Leslie Rogers and Eva Maksutis of the Creative Writing Magnet. Learn more at the school's website: http://www.stivers.org/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Zach Whitaker
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we'll hear from Zach Whitaker, a student at Centerville High School who loves music and is wildly passionate about the bass guitar.

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