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Clifton "Sonny" Montgomery recently reinstated his suspended driver's license with the help of a specialized Dayton legal clinic.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Income, Debt Contribute To Rising Number Of Driver's License Suspensions, Say Advocates

A Cleveland investigation last year found driver's license suspensions disproportionately affect Ohio’s poorest communities. Bureau of Motor Vehicles data collected by WYSO show the number of driver's license suspensions is on the rise in Montgomery County. Many are for non-driving related offenses.

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B-17F Memphis Belle over Europe
Dan Patterson Archival Collection

Honoring The Memphis Belle And Her Crew

On May 17, the National Museum of the United States Air Force opens an exhibit about the Memphis Belle, a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress. The exhibit tells the story of the Memphis Belle and her crew, one of the first American bombers to survive 25 missions, at a time when surviving 10 missions was considered lucky. Aviation commentator Dan Patterso has a few thoughts. There is no other American airplane that evokes the memories and sensibilities of WWII more than the B-17 Flying Fortress. With...

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During Antioch College's 2017 Reunion, alumni visited the WYSO studios and shared their stories with current Antioch students and WYSO staff members.  This edition of the Antioch Word features Antioch alumna Dale Brown, Class of 1976, who spoke with WYSO's Juliet Fromholt. In this interview Dale talks about how finding out she had a disability gave her the determination to start an organization that is still very much thriving today and the importance of solidarity in the Antioch community.

UD River Stewards Summer Team during their 50 mile Float down the LMR in early June. (2016)
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2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Act. The law was created by Congress in 1968 “to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.”

To commemorate the anniversary, the Little Miami Watershed Network of local organizations are putting some extra effort in raising awareness of the river, its tributaries and their importance to the Miami Valley.

The Wedding Singer pop-rock musical is based on the hit film of the same name. It takes audiences back in time when hair was big, greed was good, and collars were up. This is tonight and Saturday, at 2pm & 8pm, at The Victoria Theatre.

Dayton History

Since 2005, when Carillon Historical Park merged with the Montgomery County Historical Society to form Dayton History, the organization has been in high-gear uncovering and promoting Dayton’s past.

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser's classic "Heart and Soul," known to piano students the world over, was one of many solid recordings made during Ella Fitzgerald's peak period but went unreleased for decades.

The 'Movie Memphis Belle' appearing this week at Grimes Field airbase in Urbana, Ohio.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

An assortment of WWII-era planes took to the skies above Dayton Wednesday, as the National Museum of the United States Air Force unveiled its latest exhibit. The show includes the restored B-17 bomber called The Memphis Belle. The infamous plane was the first to complete 25 missions over Europe during the Second World War. The plane and its missions were the subject of a documentary, and a feature film.

The renovated B-17 used in the 1990 film the movie, also called Memphis Belle, was part of the early morning flyover above the museum.

If Gem City's fundraising effort is successful, construction will begin early next year. The store is set to open in the summer of 2019.
April Laissle / WYSO

Organizers have secured a location for Gem City Market, a planned co-operative grocery store designed to help alleviate food insecurity in West Dayton.

Officials announced this morning Gem City Market will be built in one of Ohio’s largest food deserts, on the 300 and 400 blocks of Salem Avenue in Northwest Dayton. The site currently houses a vacant lot and shuttered art supply shop.

Organizers are hoping to raise a total of $4.2 million to fund the project. More than one-third of that amount has already been committed.

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

A little-known novelty song in Ella Fitzgerald's catalogue, "Ringo Beat" was a "tribute from the elder generation — a jazz grande dame trying to get with the times," as described in Rob Sheffield's 2017 book Dreaming the Beatles.

We did something rather different recently when we recorded a Book Nook program before an audience at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs in conjunction with the Greene County Public Library. Melissa Fay Greene returned to the program to do another interview for her book "The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love." This is the inspirational saga of 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio and the woman who founded the organization, Karen Shirk.

West Jefferson will become home to Amazon's latest Ohio distribution center, slated to open by the end of 2019.
West Jefferson

The small village of West Jefferson will soon be home to Seattle-based tech giant Amazon’s sixth Ohio distribution center. Preparations are already underway on the massive "fulfillment center" building, slated for Route 40 between Springfield and Columbus. 

Amazon’s new, more than 850,000-square-foot, $175 million facility has been in the works for just a few months, West Jefferson officials say, and the project is moving at an accelerated pace.

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