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WYSO Welcomes NPR’s Ira Glass for One-night-only Event

WYSO, community-owned public radio station serving Southwest Ohio brings NPR’s Ira Glass to Dayton on September 10, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. to share his unique brand of storytelling at Schuster Center.

 Ira Glass, best known for the radio program “This American Life,” regularly captures slice-of-life moments that spotlight unconventional narratives and storytellers from diverse and eclectic communities. From wandering around Paris with David Sedaris to a show where every story was pitched by the team’s parents, Ira Glass isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of broadcast journalism to tell captivating and unexpected stories.

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“For public radio nerds like me, Ira Glass is a legend,” says Luke Dennis, WYSO General Manager and President of Miami Valley Public Media. “Listening to This American Life inspired me to work in the field. He wrote the playbook back in the mid-90s for what a great radio storytelling can be and has continued to reinvent that playbook for nearly 30 years. He is a guiding light for all who do this work.

In addition to being a point of inspiration, WYSO and Ira Glass share a common link through Executive Director for The Eichelberger Center for Community Voices Neenah Ellis. Ellis, who works with community and non-profit partners to spearhead collaborative storytelling series at WYSO, was colleague of Ira Glass’ at NPR in the 70’s and 80’s. Over the years Glass has continued to inspire Ellis, and WYSO, to approach storytelling with open eyes and open hearts.

With a unique offering in both music, news, and community generated storytelling, WYSO Public Radio maintains high standards for their pursuits across pathways. From community investigative reporting that is accountable and trustworthy to music programming that reflects the diversity of their listenership, WYSO strives to be a space for inspiration and innovation.

WYSO is committed to providing timely public service journalism to Southwest Ohio with their committed, growing team of reporters. Covering community-sensitive topics including food insecurity, police reform, and the continued economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, WYSO’s newsroom invests their efforts in long-form, investigative features that have national appeal.