WYSO

Youth Radio

An off-shoot of the station's groundbreaking Community Voices training project, WYSO's Youth Radio training program brings journalism and broadcasting skills like those used in WYSO's daily operations to area high school students, teaching everything from interviewing technique to digital audio editing.

 

WYSO began the youth-focused program in September 2014, partnering with Dayton's Ponitz Career Technology Center. WYSO Community Voices producer and Behind the Groove host Basim Blunt taught sixteen students in the school's Media Arts Radio Division how to produce feature stories for radio.

 

With  support from the Ohio Arts Council and the Virginia W. Kettering foundation, WYSO expanded its Youth Radio curriculum to the Dayton Early College Academy and Dayton Regional STEM school in the 14-15 school year.  The program returned to Ponitz Career Technology Center in the fall of 2015 and will visit other area schools in early 2016.

 

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

Basim Blunt / WYSO

For the class of 2015, graduation is drawing near. Many high school graduates will be leaving home, going off to college and some starting families. Ponitz Career Technology Center Media Arts senior Lucien Wright feels that many young black males have future plans not based on reality but fantasy. 

Basim Blunt / WYSO

In preparing for the life skills he will need after graduation, Dayton Youth Radio producer King Jalaw Walker wanted to talk with two very important people to get some advice. If Jalaw doesn't change his ways, the Ponitz High School senior might miss out on his own graduation this spring. Here's his story:

Funding for the Dayton Youth Radio Project comes from the Virginia Kettering Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and The Dayton Foundation.

Basim Blunt / WYSO

Sierra Derrick is a senior in the Media Arts Program at Ponitz Career Technology Center. She had come to class with a serious and personal story idea. She wanted to share what it felt like when her home was broken into and the thief walked off with their flat screen TV. The most appalling fact for Sierra was that she felt many in her Trotwood neighborhood knew about the burglary but no one came to police in fear of being labeled a snitch

Lil Bruh: A Teen's Look At Family Connections

Feb 19, 2015
Basim Blunt / WYSO

DeAndre Stringer grew up without a father and has been grappling with what that means in his life. DeAndre is a senior at Ponitz Career Technology Center, and a student in the Media Arts program. In this story, Lil Bruh, DeAndre talks to his mother about what it was like having to be both mother and father, and he attempts to reach to his little brother who lives with his father in another state.

Sneaker Jones

Feb 12, 2015
Basim Blunt / WYSO

The Air Jordan basketball shoe is hands down the best selling sneaker in history.  With about $2 billion in sales, the sneaker is more than a consumer product, it's a symbol of status and wealth especially among the hip hop generation.  New Air Jordans go on sale usually twice a year, and unfortunately, there have been news stories of fights, vandalism and shootings associated with the sneaker since they came out in 1985. 

Basim Blunt / WYSO

Logan Walker is a vivacious and popular high school senior at Pontiz Career Technology Center in Dayton, and when you speak to Logan about her goals for the future, you'll find that she's passionate about becoming a TV journalist.  She thinks the deck is stacked against her because she's African American, but are her attitudes about race and a career in journalism misunderstood?

Funding for the Dayton Youth Radio Project comes from the Virginia Kettering Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and The Dayton Foundation.

 

 

Students from Ponitz Career Technology Center pictured with WYSO's Basim Blunt on the students' first visit to the WYSO studios for youth radio classes that turned into Dayton Youth Radio.
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

This fall, WYSO expanded its community voices radio production training to include high school students at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center and founded Dayton Youth Radio.

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