-Wyatt

Hi everyone! I have been incredibly busy these past few weeks at WYSO. I’ve been working on a lot of projects, but perhaps the most exciting one I have been doing has been collaborating with Community Voices graduate and WYSO producer, Jocelyn Robinson, on a piece for Antioch College’s current Herndon Gallery exhibit Unpacking the Archives: Frameworks for Change—Activate Now! The exhibition aims to promote creative dialogue about historical and contemporary activism. It contains work from invited artists, Stephan Marc and Ken Jacobs, and also hosts work from students, faculty, staff, and the community.

The project that Jocelyn and I have been working on is a walking tour of activism around Yellow Springs and Antioch College, titled Marching On. We pulled audio from the WYSO archives that had to do with historical, local civil rights activities and then cut the audio into short excerpts. Jocelyn then wrote about each location that the audio was taken from, or the location that the audio was talking about, such as Gegner’s barber shop, a barber shop in Yellow Springs that refused to cut the hair of black people in the 1960s.

We then found pictures of the locations or persons described in the audio and uploaded everything to the web. After we had the web pages online, a total of eight, we made QR codes and put them up around town and the Antioch College campus. Each QR code is in the location that the audio describes or where it was recorded. So, if you go up to one of the QR codes and scan it with your smart phone, it will pull up a webpage on the WYSO website that gives a history of the location plus the archived WYSO audio.

Zane Reichert, Jocelyn’s nephew, was kind enough to make a map of the QR code locations in town.

The webpages for Marching On can be accessed here

I learned a lot about the civil rights movement, and a lot about the history of Yellow Springs and Antioch by doing this project. Reading about the duress and struggles that racial inequality has made people go through is one thing, but to listen to actual accounts from the 1960s about the struggle for equality is so much more intimate, eye opening, and heart breaking.

Until next time.

 

UpDayton

-Wyatt

On Friday April 11th, I went to the UpDayton Summit, a conference targeting young professionals and college students around the Dayton area. The purpose of the summit was to jump-start projects led by volunteers to improve the city of Dayton. I went to the summit with Juliet Fromholt, the WYSO webmaster, to help run a table for the station. The atmosphere at the conference was full of excitement and there were friendly, smiling faces everywhere.

We were giving out WYSO buttons, bumper, stickers, program schedules, and we also had a raffle for a chance to win a bunch of WYSO swag, including a tote bag, a WYSO member card, and several CDs. The conference began with its check-in period, and then had about an hour for attendees to mingle and browse the various sponsor tables. After the mingling period, everybody dispersed into groups to discuss and vote on project ideas. The three most popular ideas received $1000 in grant money.

Overall the conference was a very inspiring experience. I’ve never seen a group of people so enthusiastic and dedicated to improving the city they call home. The winning projects were: the implementation of a disc golf course in downtown Dayton, the creation of a social media campaign to spread the word about things to do in Dayton, and a welcome day for Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

This trip marked my first time in Dayton. The city is about a thirty minute drive from Yellow Springs. I’m not quite sure how I’ve lived here this long without setting foot in the city. I didn’t get to see much of Dayton during the trip, but I did get to see the Dayton Art Institute, where the conference was held. The museum is absolutely magnificent and full of fantastic art, with a collection spanning across five thousand years. Sadly, I didn’t get to see as much of the museum as I would have liked, but I plan on returning so I can get a chance to look at more of their artwork. In addition to the museum, I plan on visiting the Oregon Historic District in Dayton. The district has some wonderful architecture with buildings dating back to 1820. But the architecture isn’t the only incentive to go there, I’ve heard that they also have some great restaurants and shops. Now if only I could get over there to visit, oh the woes of not having a car. 

Thanks for reading!

Wyatt-

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!

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