Friday, August 7, 2020
Left: Jennifer Berman doing her show Rise When the Rooster Crows
Right: Host and Producer Jerry Kenny's home studio

Did You Know?

WYSO is riding the (air) waves . . . mostly from home.!

Director of Digital & Programming Strategy, Juliet Fromholt


WYSO made the difficult decision to end our March on-air fund drive early as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold in Ohio. With only our broadcast and operations staff currently working from our studios, our team remains committed to our mission of serving Southwest Ohio with essential news, handpicked music, and stories from our community.
The WYSO news team, which expanded this year with the addition of News Director Jason Saul and reporters Leila Goldstein and Environmental Reporter, Chris Welter (a former YSCF Student Miller Fellow whose position is made possible in part by a grant from the Foundation), has adapted to reporting both in-person with physical distancing and using virtual tools such as Skype for interviews. In addition to following the effects of the pandemic on the Miami Valley, our team is covering the protests and local government responses to police brutality and racism, the anniversary of the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes, and local environmental issues. 
Dayton Youth Radio wrapped up its 2019-2020 school year season with a special miniseries called “Teens in Quarantine.” Producer Basim Blunt worked remotely with students in Kettering Fairmont High School’s media program to create stories about their experiences during Ohio’s stay-at-home order. This project is a part of the newly launched and now fully staffed Eichelberger Center for Community Voices at WYSO.
Throughout all of the upheaval, WYSO’s music hosts have remained committed to curating playlists to both soothe and inspire our audience. Music Director Niki Dakota invited listener requests and stories in the early days of the pandemic, and catered hours of music to young listeners home from school.  

Watch a recent video featuring WYSO staff:
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 Together . . .


The Yellow Spring


Staff, board members, volunteers, donors—the community near and far are working hard to make possible the Glen Helen Association's purchase and reopening of Glen Helen. 

Thus far, 456 donors from 207 zip codes and 3 countries have contributed to the Save the Glen Fund, started by an anonymous donor. Donations from far beyond the village reveal this local treasure’s capacity to strengthen the collaborative network that will help ensure its vitality. Yet, we have a long way to go to reach the goal.

The Association reached an agreement in principle with Antioch College in June for the purchase of the 1,000-acre preserve, which is nearing the final stages, allowing the Association to move forward with plans to reopen the Glen to the public, restart its educational programs, and replenish endowments. In support of this effort, the Association launched a $3.5 million capital campaign.

Contributions to the Save the Glen Fund, started by an anonymous donor, will go 100% toward the benefit of Glen Helen with 80% towards the purchase and 20% to the GHA for future operations of the Glen.

Donate to the Save the Glen Fund: YSCF Save the Glen Fund 
Save the Glen information:
Board of Trustees Member Highlight
Joshua Mabra


I was born in Springfield, Ohio in 1983, where I spent my entire childhood. My mother, Debra, is a teacher at Mills Lawn, and my father, Darryl, is a general dentist. For better or worse, I am a millennial through and through, having graduated from Springfield Catholic Central High School in 2001.

I have an older brother, Aaron, with whom I am close in age and spirit. We spent a great deal of our childhood playing competitive tennis and twice placed 3rd in the state tournament. Aaron was always significantly better than I at tennis, something I am grateful for today, as I early learned the value of persevering through loss. I went on to play tennis at Kenyon College, where I graduated with a B.A in Anthropology. Tennis remains a major part of my life, as I am currently one of the coaches of the YSHS tennis team.

Beyond tennis, the other great passion of my life has been the study of history, language and culture. I began studying Arabic as an undergraduate and then spent a number of years living and working in the Middle East and Africa. I returned to the Midwest to intern with Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, and while I considered a career in politics, academia called my name,  and I completed a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. I am currently an Associate Professor of Arabic at Wright State University, where I teach Modern Standard Arabic. My research focuses on the great religious and cultural changes of the 6th-8th centuries CE, and the relationship between Arabic, Coptic, Syriac and Ethiopic texts.

I have lived in Yellow Springs since 2014, although my family has been in the village since the late 1800s. I met my wife Kelly and step-daughter Katie (13) here in the village, and our daughters Ellery (3), and Cecil (10 months) were both born here. All three girls are tennis enthusiasts, as well as linguists in training. 

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
Interested in joining us in support of our community? Become a volunteer or committee member:


Thank You Generous Donors!
You are vital to our village and township!

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Donors (week of 8/5) Fred & Joy Bartenstein - Dan & Kathy Beverly - Sheila Filler - Phil & Susan Miller - Yellow Springer Tees, LLC

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 8/5) Antonia Dosik & Len Kramer - Sheila Filler - Linda Griffith & Scott Kellogg - Marc Holser
Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 8/5)
Amy Banner - Norma Butler - Margaret Kane - Keith & Elaine Kresge - Paul Levy - Sarah Pines - Helen Reed - Tom Springer & Victoria Boutis Springer

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Remember to b r e a t h e – as together we will get through this and whatever comes our way. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please reach out: or call 937-767-2655. 

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Lisa Abel, President, Richard Bullock, Vice President, Matthew Denman, Treasurer,  Kayla Rothman-Zecher, Secretary, 
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