Public Radio Station WYSO will bring the renowned storytelling organization The Moth to the Victoria Theater on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm.
Founded in 1997, The Moth celebrates “true stories told live” in a variety of settings around the country, including live performance, a podcast, and the Moth Radio Hour, which airs on Saturdays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 11pm on WYSO. At the Victoria Theatre event, The Moth will present a so-called “mainstage event,” a curated evening featuring five storytellers from around the country who have developed and shaped their stories with Moth directors.
“We’re so happy to host The Moth,” says WYSO general manager, Neenah Ellis “We believe in the power of storytelling and we know our listeners will love this presentation. We’ve been trying to get The Moth here for almost ten years and finally, the day will come in April!”
Local raconteurs may submit their own stories for consideration by using The Moth’s online pitch form available at https://themoth.org/share-your-story/pitchline.
“Public radio programs are so varied, and the thread that runs through them all is great storytelling. The Moth Mainstage is a showcase of just that: great — and I mean riveting — storytelling. So we know WYSO listeners will love this event,” says WYSO development director Luke Dennis.
A limited number of VIP ticket packages, which include premium seats and a post-show reception, will be available as thank-you gifts for WYSO donors during the station’s calendar year-end fundraising effort at www.wyso.org. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday December 17 at www.ticketcenterstage.com
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, public radio station WYSO 91.3 is licensed to Antioch College with studios in Yellow Springs. It broadcasts on multiple platforms: 91.3 FM, live streaming at WYSO.org, on HD radio and on NPR One, a mobile application. WYSO is the Miami Valley’s only NPR News station with programming from NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, PRX and the BBC as well as the work of local and independent radio producers.
WYSO Public Radio will add a new locally hosted music program to its lineup on Monday, March 5. Equinox, which takes its name from the classic John Coltrane composition, is a weekly, three-hour jazz radio show. Each Monday night, host Duante Beddingfield will lead listeners on a journey through straight-ahead jazz, from classic tracks to the latest releases, including local musicians, obscure performers, and artists from all over the world putting their own unique stamp on the music.
Beddingfield is a Dayton native and formerly served as jazz writer for both the Dayton Daily News and Dayton City Paper. He has booked jazz musicians for area venues such as Pacchia, and performs regularly around the region as a jazz vocalist with musical partner Randy Villars.
“Hosting a jazz radio program has always been one of those lifelong dreams,” says Beddingfield. “Jazz is an art form that doesn’t tend to get proper credit these days, and I’m incredibly excited for the chance to bring some great jazz to the local radio landscape. I’m looking forward to sharing some good times and great music with WYSO listeners.”
Equinox will air Monday nights on WYSO, 8-11pm. Shakin’ Dave Hussong’s Hall of Fame Blues will move to Sunday afternoons from 3-5pm.
“We are delighted to expand the number of locally-produced music shows on WYSO,” says WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota. “WYSO continues its tradition of identifying and nurturing Miami Valley residents who are passionate about music, and are driven to share it. Duante brings passion for jazz and a great deal of experience to Monday nights.”
Equinox will begin airing on WYSO on Monday, March 5. Hall of Fame Blues will be heard on Sundays beginning March 11. As part of the schedule update, Snap Judgement will now follow Tables of Contents, on Tuesdays at 10pm, and The Jewel Case will be followed by eTown on Thursdays at 11pm. The complete schedule of changes can be found at WYSO.org.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, public radio station WYSO 91.3 is licensed to Antioch College with studios in Yellow Springs. It broadcasts on multiple platforms: 91.3 FM, live streaming at WYSO.org, on HD radio and on the Public Radio Player, a mobile application. WYSO is the Miami Valley’s only NPR News station with programming from NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, PRX and the BBC as well as the work of local and independent radio producers.
Thanksgiving Day, San Francisco.
More than a dozen special guests joined The Band on stage for their farewell concert show: The Last Waltz. Guests included Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and many more seminal legends of the 70’s rock scene.
To top it off, the prominent New York film director Martin Scorsese was hired to capture the concert on 35mm film before turning it into the documentary of the same name, The Last Waltz.
The film starts with a black slate and white text reading: “PLAY THIS FILM LOUD”. The movie’s aged well. It captures the climax of an America wholly enamored by the raw talent and passion produced when their rock and roll stars align on stage, in their natural habitat.
November 19th, Dayton Ohio.
More than forty years later, on a chilly Fall afternoon just a few days before Thanksgiving, Dayton’s own Yellow Cab bar stirs with thirty local Daytonians. Some of them have known each other for years, some are just meeting now. All are incredibly gifted, impassioned musicians; with one common cause.
In a few days, these local musicians will take the stage at the Dayton Art Institute to perform their very own Dayton rendition of The Last Waltz. Today was the last of their four Sunday rehearsals before the gig hits the stage; Jeff Opt invited me to the rehearsal to ask around.
Jeff Opt is the conductor behind Dayton’s own Waltz; he’s the one that brought the idea to life over six years ago. While Jeff’s a musician in his own right, he prefers to manage the business behind the stage instead; letting the musicians and their talent take them wherever it leads.
“They’re here cause they love the music, they wanted to be a part of it. I don’t direct them, I let them — they build it themselves. I got the speakers, I got the PA, but I just invited like ten people I knew, they dropped in, they invited friends they knew, you know it’s still very organic.”
You can tell. Dayton’s Last Waltz may find its roots from the artists who originally partook in The Band’s ‘78 concert, but its spirit of community — what really makes the show special — is manifested by Dayton’s unique and diverse community of talented artists.
The artists span all sorts of demographics, coming from a wide assortment of local Dayton bands; something Jeff hopes more people take away from the concert: “the thing I wish people would take more away from, is they should go see these people in their bands. Everyone up here plays their own music… these are all amazing musicians that any night of the week you can probably see at least one of them play for five bucks.”
I asked Jeff how closely they follow the setlist and performance of the original ‘76 show. While he paid respect to the film calling it “arguably the best concert film ever”, he’s not looking for a note for note copy — rather an attempt to capture the spirit of what made the original Waltz so special. “Everyone involved with it is into classic music, I mean this is the classical music of our era.”
I labeled it an homage, Jeff agreed but offered a much more fitting word: “We like to call it a celebration… again you were asking what theme runs through this, it’s community.”
So come celebrate. Celebrate the artists that brought the show to life forty years past, celebrate the artists keeping it alive today. Celebrate music, celebrate Dayton music; celebrate the 70’s, celebrate the now.
Watch Such a Night: The Last Waltz Live in the Renaissance Auditorium at the Dayton Art Institute Wednesday November 22nd, as well as Friday night on the 24th. All proceeds from the show go towards both WYSO radio and the Dayton Art Institute, and at this time both shows are SOLD OUT.
In late September, WYSO general manager Neenah Ellis was awarded the 2017 Madison Hodges Innovator Award for Public Media Advancement. The award is given by the University-Station Alliance, which recognizes professionals who strengthen the public media system through their relationship with their licensee. Ellis was recognized for enhancing WYSO’s tradition of community engagement through the station’s Community Voices initiative.
You’re invited to join WYSO every Saturday, starting today at 10am for “Dinner Party Download.” Described as a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation: “public radio’s arts & leisure section.” In every episode you’ll learn a joke; bone up on an odd bit of history and then wash it down with a themed cocktail recipe; meet artists of note; have your burning etiquette questions answered; savor an emerging food trend; and hear your new favorite song.
Your Hosts and Party Planners
RICO GAGLIANO has worked in public radio for over a decade. His pieces have been heard on All Things Considered, Weekend America, The Savvy Traveler and other series, but he was best known as a reporter on “Marketplace,” for which he filed stories from England, Ireland, Sweden, The Netherlands, India, South Korea and across the good ol’ USA. He also penned and performed many of the show’s “Marketplace Players” comedy sketches. Prior to radio, Rico worked as a TV writer on shows for MTV, ABC, Fox Family and The Cartoon Network… and as a freelance print reporter for LA Weekly, the Village Voice, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and others. He continues to contribute pieces to The Wall Street Journal and Dwell magazine. Rico co-created, performed and wrote for the circus-like L.A. sketch comedy troupe The Ministry Of Unknown Science, which at various times required him to drop his pants on stage, stand fully clothed in frigid ocean waves for half an hour, and stand way too close to the explosion caused by detonating a sex doll filled with propane. The troupe had a top-10 video podcast on iTunes and filmed pilots for Spike TV and the SyFy Network. Rico holds an MFA from the American Film Institute. He’s been a fan of dinner parties since childhood, when it meant he got to eat in his parents’ bedroom and watch TV all night while the grownups sat around in the dining room getting wine-tipsy.
BRENDAN FRANCIS NEWNAM has been winning dinner parties since first taking a seat at the kid’s table at his family’s holiday gatherings. Granted, by then he was in his 20s and had graduated from Rutgers at the top of his class while the rest of his tablemates were toddlers, but, still, a victory is a victory, even if you make a 5-year-old cry. A long time foodie, during the height of America’s cupcake craze, Brendan sought refuge in Europe, where he wrote and edited travel guides, music reviews and celebrity profiles for various websites and magazines, including Vice and Blackbook, and delivered lectures on the ontology of the gin martini. But even la dolce vita gets old, and he returned to America to embark on a career in law. But after earning a JD and spending a summer fighting for prosecutorial reform in Bulgaria, he was seduced by public radio’s siren call. (Or maybe that was the sound of corduroy rubbing?) Before launching The Dinner Party Download, he produced and reported for national public radio shows including “Marketplace,” “Marketplace Money,” “Fresh Air,” and “Weekend America,” and, in his spare time, created and produced “Audiovant,” one of the first music interview podcasts. Though he now has a stable income and is chipping away at his law school debt, Brendan continues to freelance for various outlets, including Dwell, Modern Farmer, Saveur, and CNN.com, where, in 2011, he penned a series of travel tales called “The State I’m In.” Brendan is also a past Knight Media Fellow, and lest you think he has a face for radio, the national fashion website Racked named him a “style icon,” and that’s without even knowing about his tattoo of the word “tattoo.”
JACKSON MUSKER wears many party hats. He calligraphs and hand-delivers invitations to our Guests of Honor. He folds napkins into endangered species for our Main Courses (to raise awareness). And he serves as the test subject for every cocktail, which is an issue on Deadline Friday. Jackson landed his producer position after reporting/producing stories for L.A.’s beloved arts & culture show Off-Ramp. Prior to his radio gigs, he studied English at Duke University and double-minored in History and North Carolina-style BBQ. Jackson enjoys writing fiction, teaching kids, critiquing movies, butchering other languages, and bemoaning the Dodgers’ annual collapse. He has contributed to NPR’s Morning Edition, The California Report, the San Francisco Bay Citizen, and Cyberfrequencies.com.
MICHELLE PHILIPPE loves bite-sized dinner party food and doesn’t talk with her mouth full. Which is really important when she’s narrating our “History Lesson with Booze” segment. In addition to telling you what happened this week in history for DPD, she tells you what’s coming up tomorrow in the “Marketplace Datebook.” Michelle, herself, tries to live in the moment. She does that as an actor. And until she lands her dream job playing an evil alien space queen, she considers herself lucky to have a pretty cool job at Marketplace. Though she doesn’t have the proper wardrobe for it, Michelle is also an amateur gardener. She grows tomatoes which she loves to eat and which her husband loves to compost.
- The guiding themes to interpret however you see fit are “Giving Voice” and “radio in the hands of the people”.
- These are not the only ideas we want to see, but they are 2 important ones for you to think about.
- WYSO or 91.3 WYSO must be someplace in your design.
- The winning design will be used for both the shirt and hoodie for 1 year. It will be screen printed in up to 3 colors.
- The creator of the winning design may be thanked/mentioned on the air and online, if they wish to be.
- Time frame for submissions: July 20th – August 18th
- Acceptable file formats: high-res (300 dpi) vector art–Illustrator, Corel, or PDF
- Send submissions to [email protected]
- You may send up to 3 designs. However, only 1 design from those may be part of final public voting.
- WYSO will select 4 finalists from all submissions. Those 4 finalists will be put online for public voting to determine the winner.
- The names of the finalists will not be put with their designs to maintain as much anonymity as possible before the winner is announced.
- Voting multiple times is discouraged, but hey, we can’t stop you if you’re determined.
- Time frame for voting: August 20th – September 1st
WYSO Public Radio will add a new locally hosted music program to its Tuesday night lineup. Tables of Content will take listeners into the sub-genres of modern day Hip Hop, exploring the art-form and its effect on music, culture and politics.
Host Jason Jordan, who will go by the name 3J the DJ on the air, is a Dayton native and musician with a deep seated love and knowledge of the genre.
“My love for music has led me to the heart of WYSO. With pride, I look forward to joining a team of dedicated music lovers, like myself, on a mission to keep radio in the hands of the people,” says Jordan.
Tables of Contents will air Tuesday nights on WYSO, 8-10pm. Dave Barber’s Jazz Night, which currently airs in that timeslot will go on hiatus.
“I’ve been hosting music programs on WYSO for nearly all my adult life and it’s time for a break,” says Barber. “WYSO’s volunteer music hosts are rare birds. I know how serious the commitment is, and how deep the passion is that drives the commitment. I’ve had the chance to meet Jason, know how knowledgeable he is about music, how much it means to him and how closely Niki has worked with him in helping prepare him to host on WYSO. As I take a hiatus from a long run, I would like to thank all of the listeners who have shared music with me over the years. I wish WYSO the best and encourage listeners to tune into Jason on Tuesday night.”
WYSO will air jazz programming with NPR’s Jazz Night in America, hosted by musician Christian McBride Tuesday nights at 10pm.
“WYSO’s music continues to grow with this addition of Hip Hop to our lineup”, says music director, Niki Dakota. “It has been a pleasure working with Jason to develop this new show. This is but a slice of things to come, as we work to continue to expand the spectrum of musical offerings for our listeners.”
Tables of Contents will begin airing on WYSO on Tuesday, May 23rd.
Public radio station WYSO 91.3 is licensed to Antioch College with studios in Yellow Springs. It broadcasts on multiple platforms: 91.3 FM, live streaming at WYSO.org, on HD radio and on the Public Radio Player, a mobile application. WYSO is the Miami Valley’s only NPR News station with programming from NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, PRX and the BBC as well as the work of local and independent radio producers.
This one day seminar will be taught using WYSO’s Community Voices training model to explore the history of podcasting, recent trends in listening, and the basics skills participants will need to create their own podcasts. The workshop will also include a roundtable discussion with regional podcasters and a chance to try out ideas for podcasts with instructors and fellow participants.
Instructors include WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis, Community Voices coordinator and Wright State University New Media Incubator manager Will Davis, WYSO Morning Edition host and reporter April Laissle, and WYSO webmaster and deputy operations director Juliet Fromholt.
How To Go:
When: Saturday, May 6th, 9am-5pm
Where: The WYSO Studios, 150 East South College Street in Yellow Springs
Cost: $150/$100 for graduates of WYSO’s Community Voices
WYSO is launching a crowd sourcing project to open the dialogue between our community and the new administration.
Write a letter to the President-elect and send it to WYSO. We want to hear from you, your family, your friends and your neighbors. Your letter can be written or recorded for audio or video.
Here’s what to do:
Write a letter: No more than 300 words – THEN
Read your letter out loud and make an audio or video recording of around 90 seconds.
Or – let us know if you need help getting it recorded – THEN
Send us a selfie-portrait of yourself holding your letter.
Send your letter to [email protected] with the subject line: Dear Mr. President