Hi everybody! I’ve been participating in the Community Voices class here at WYSO and it has been fantastic so far. The class teaches radio production and aims to create a community of radio producers. It runs for six months and by the end of it all of the class participants will have created a feature length radio story, as well as several other projects along the way.

The first project that I was assigned was to create a vox pop. A vox pop is a short collection of interviews from the general public to get a sense of how people feel about a certain topic. For example, vox pops are often used at political rallies to see how the crowd feels about a certain candidate. Because I just recently moved to Yellow Springs I wanted to get a sense of how the folks that live here feel about the place, so I went downtown and asked the question “What is your opinion of Yellow Springs?” The general sense that I got was that the people of Yellow Springs like it here because of the community.

Making the vox pop was a fun project and I feel that I gained a lot from it. I certainly conquered my shyness when it comes to talking to people on the street! At first It was nerve-wracking to go up to people and ask for an interview, but after awhile the nervousness went away and it felt natural. I’ve come out of the project with some basic interviewing skills and a pretty decent vox pop as well! If you would like to find out more about Community Voices click here. If you would like to listen to my Vox pop click the player below!

Last week I worked as a shift manager for the WYSO spring membership drive. I worked the night shift from eight to eleven or twelve Wednesday through Saturday. My job was to keep track of the incoming pledges and put them in our accounting system. It was a fun experience overall, I got to help raise money for the station and meet some interesting and dedicated WYSO listeners who volunteered to answer phones. Good stuff.

My second quarter at Antioch will end in ten days! And soon after that I get to start my full time co-op here at WYSO. It’s very exciting.

Have a good week everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

Meet Wyatt – WYSO’s Newest Miller Fellow

536238_10202840776205816_1161221128_nHello everyone! I’m Wyatt, the newest Miller Fellow here at WYSO and a first year media arts student at Antioch College. I’m very excited to be working here at WYSO, as I am interested in sound. I have been recording music for a few years now and I absolutely love production. I started working here a few weeks ago and so far I’ve been getting to meet and shadow everyone that works here. It’s been very intriguing to learn how a radio station works. I was shown how all of the equipment used to pickup and broadcast radio works, very cool. I got to learn how the website works and how news gets published on it. And I was also shown how radio shows are actually broadcasted. I had the opportunity to sit in with the music director for WYSO, Niki Dakota, during her music broadcast Excursions the other week and man I had no idea how spontaneous music radio is.

I had always assumed that there was just some long playlist that a computer would play for the music portion of radio, I was so wrong. The music was all played with CDs that Niki would have to switch out manually, not just with some computer. I was also wrong about all of the music being picked out before the program. Niki had a general idea of what she was going to play, but it wasn’t all predetermined. She just went with the flow and made it all connect, it was fantastic. Every once in a while there would also be a phone call with a request for a song and then Niki would go running into the giant CD library to find the song and then run back to the studio and have the CD ready before the current song ended. It was absolutely incredible.

Anyway, I’ll be here for the next year working part-time in this winter/spring/fall and I’ll have the opportunity to work full-time this spring. I just moved from Chicago to Yellow springs in October, which has been a huge change for me. Yellow Springs is so small in comparison, but it’s such a cool little town. It has a very distinct vibe to it and I love it. Coming to Antioch and working at WYSO have been such wonderful opportunities for me and I am truly looking forward to my time here.

Murphy’s law at work


Hey all!

So recently, I’ve been working on finishing up a video project for the station in preparation for March’s fund drive, and getting the podcast out. I was going to have the cast finished and ready to go today, but I needed to make a couple final edits, including changing a couple things I said in it. But guess what happened in the last day? I got sick and lost my voice. 

Isn’t that just grand? The one moment that I would really need to have my voice ready and rearing to go, and it’s the one part of my body that doesn’t want to work. I don’t even feel bad! I don’t have a cough or sniffles or nothing! Just my voice box deciding it doesn’t wanna play ball. 

Anyway, I’ll try my best to have to the podcast ready in the next few days and get it posted. I hope you all are having a great February so far, and that the snow hasn’t set you back too much. 

Take it easy!



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