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Radio Station Wins National Awards

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WYSO Public Radio, Antioch College’s radio station and NPR affiliate, won two national reporting awards in June. 

The WYSO documentary “Women’s Voices From Dayton Correctional Institution” was awarded first place by the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI). The hour-long special collected stories from the series of the same name based on WYSO’s Community Voices class at the prison on Dayton's west side. WYSO worked with 10 incarcerated women, selected through a competitive application process, and taught them interviewing, storytelling and audio recording skills.  The series was produced by former WYSO managing editor Lewis Wallace and Community Voices producer Renee Wilde, with volunteer support from Community Voices graduate Dr. Venita Kelley.

WYSO’s Veterans Voices series won second place in PRNDI’s interview category for “Reflecting on Military Service Without Combat,” which features Wright State University student veterans Cody Stevens and Cole Hamilton and was produced by Will Davis, also a WYSO Community Voices producer.  

“We need to hear these stories from our own community, we’re proud to be able to give voice to people who don’t always get to hold the microphone,” said Neenah Ellis, WYSO general manager. “Our local producers are competing at the highest levels, with the nation’s best.” 

WYSO managing editor Jess Mador received a second place award from PRNDI for her series “Truckbeat,” produced before she came to WYSO, in collaboration with WUOT in Knoxville in 2016.  “Truckbeat” was one of 15 “Finding America” projects, part of the nation-wide Localore project, produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio.

“These awards indicate WYSO’s commitment to bringing more voices and perspectives into our public dialogue,” said Antioch College President Tom Manley. “That commitment stems from WYSO’s traditions of innovation and community empowerment. WYSO is a valuable educational resource, not only here at Antioch College but throughout the Miami Valley.”

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About WYSO

WYSO 91.3 was founded by students at Antioch College in 1958 as a 10-watt community radio station. It is licensed to Antioch College, with its studios on the Antioch campus. 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.

WYSO is committed to supporting Antioch’s educational mission and values.