WYSO Community Voices Luncheon

WYSO Community Voices photo

Neenah Ellis               Jocelyn Robinson                 Basim Blunt

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (pre-registration required/$40 fee)
Room 305

In an era of information silos and alternative facts, local National Public Radio station WYSO is making underrepresented voices heard throughout the Miami Valley. Learn how you can empower your patrons with oral history programs like Community Voices. Pre-registration is required. There will be no tickets available for purchase on site.


Neenah Ellis is the general manager of public radio station WYSO 91.3 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Before her move to Ohio in 2009, she was an independent documentary producer and spent many years as a producer for National Public Radio in Washington, DC.  She also spent fifteen years interviewing Holocaust survivors for the for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s oral history collection. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller “If I Live to be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians,” based on her NPR series about people who are one hundred years old, and the winner of three Alfred I. Dupont Awards, broadcasting’s highest honor. She is the founding producer of Community Voices, WYSO’s nationally acclaimed radio production training project. She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio with her husband Noah Adams, an NPR correspondent and author.

Jocelyn Robinson has worked in higher education and arts/cultural organizations for her entire professional life and has over two decades of experience, most of it at the director level. She holds a BA in Art History from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, a Master’s in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Identity from Antioch University, and a graduate certificate in Public History/Archives, also from Wright State. As a college instructor, she blends literature, media studies, African American studies, gender studies, and other disciplines to provide students with challenging courses that are relevant to their daily lived experiences. She incorporates critical cultural theory and her research interests in self-definition and identity into these offerings, and is adept at guiding diverse student populations through discussions of difference—and commonality. In addition, she teaches digital storytelling and is an independent public radio producer. Trained through the 2013 WYSO 91.3 FM Community Voices program, as the station’s first Archives Fellow she creates short documentary pieces using WYSO’s historical audio as source material. Rediscovered Radio was awarded a 2014 PRNDI for Best Series, and that same year she was recognized as an AIR New Voices Scholar. Current projects include producing Senior Voices: Honoring the Stories of Dayton Elders, a partnership between the Dayton Metro Library, Rebuilding Together Dayton and WYSO, which will begin airing in early 2018. Jocelyn is also engaged with emerging radio preservation efforts, and serves on the African American and Civil Rights Radio Caucus of the Radio Preservation Task Force, a project of the Library of Congress Recorded Sound Preservation Board.

Basim Blunt joined WYSO as a member of the 2012 Community Voices program after many years of radio and video production work in the Dayton area. His work has earned him a “New Voices” Scholar award by (AIR) Association of Independents in Radio. He is the producer of Dayton Youth Radio on WYSO, an innovative training project that gives voice to Dayton-area high schools students. Basim is also the  produced the award-wining documentary Boogie Nights: A History of Funk Music in Dayton and he is the host of the Friday evening radio program on WYSO called “Behind the Groove.” He also teaches media production at Antioch College.