My Art Manifesto



Hello all!

My name is Mari K. Smith and I am the new WYSO Miller Fellow from Antioch college.  Currently I am enrolled in Community voices, a class that teaches the basics of radio and audio production. The creative energy in the room at 8AM on a Saturday never fails to astound me. Everyone has chosen to be there: chosen to tell their stories, and give voices to our community. After educating myself on the basics of Hindenburg editing software, I completed my first StoryCorps assignment which I will post on here when I figure out how.  They always say the first time is the hardest, and boy are they right! I aggravated myself over every small anecdote that I felt added humor and character to the story, but could not fit in the time slot. I felt I owed it to these ladies to help convey their entire lives to the world. After listening to the mother tell the story of her childhood over and over again, I began to feel a sense of familiarity to their voices and stories. I longed to see and experience the places they spoke of. The lack of visual in the art of radio, asks the mind to paint a picture of the scene the voices are speaking in. Each tale has it’s own colors and scents which immerses the listener into the world the voices and music create together. 

I feel incredibly lucky to work here at WYSO and will periodically write about experiences and adventures I have been through over this next year.


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.




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!


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!