Public radio station WYSO 91.3 will bring two returning public performances to downtown Dayton this year.
Ira Glass, host of public radio storytelling show This American Life which airs Saturdays at noon on WYSO, will present Seven Things I’ve Learned on Saturday, July 11 at the Schuster Center. Considered one of America’s foremost storytellers, Glass’ presentation will use audio, mixed live on stage, to explore creativity and the power of listening.
“Ira Glass has been a beloved voice for WYSO listeners since we started airing This American Life in the ‘90s,” said Luke Dennis, WYSO General Manager. “As with any voice you’ve been hearing for years, it’s a treat to see and hear them in person. Ira hasn’t done a live show in Dayton since 2011, when he sold out the Victoria Theatre. I’m so glad he’s coming back.”
On Thursday, November 12, storytelling showcase The Moth will return to the Victoria Theater for its second “Moth Mainstage” show in Dayton. WYSO, which airs the Moth Radio Hour Wednesday at 11pm and Saturdays at 2pm, first brought The Moth to Dayton in 2019 in a performance that featured local and national storytellers.
“The response to the Moth performance last year was so positive that we invited them back right away. They’ll present an entirely new roster of storytellers when they return,” said Dennis.
Tickets for both events will be available through ticketcenterstage.com and the Victoria Theatre Association box office. VIP ticket packages for Ira Glass’ Seven Things I’ve Learned will be offered as thank you gifts during WYSO’s Spring Membership Drive, March 10 -14. The remaining tickets will go on sale March 19. Tickets for The Moth will go on sale in August.
Established in 1958 by Antioch College students, WYSO is a community-owned NPR affiliate with a weekly listening audience of more than 70,000 and 6,000 member households. In September, the Federal Communications Commission approved the station’s application to form the community-based nonprofit Miami Valley Public Media Inc., which took ownership of WYSO’s license from Antioch College. Neenah Ellis, formerly the station’s general manager, is now president of Miami Valley Public Media and will be the director of the new Eichelberger Center for Community Voices.