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WYSO's Sonic 60th: Rust Belt Workers

It’s been 60 years since WYSO went on the air and we’re listening back to some highlights from our rare audio collection. Forty years ago, it was the 1970s, and the WYSO news staff was busy doing stories about the decline in manufacturing across Ohio. Companies were moving from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt. News director Mark Cohen talked to factory workers from northern Ohio.

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Neenah Ellis is the general manager at WYSO. She began her radio career in high school, working at her parents’ commercial radio station in Valparaiso, Indiana. She came to WYSO in 2009 after 30 years as a radio documentary producer in Washington, D.C. She’ s been a producer for “ All Things Considered” at NPR and has won three Peabody Awards, broadcasting’ s highest honor, for her work. She is also the author of “ If I Live to be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians,” which is based on her radio series about people 100 years of age.
Jocelyn Robinson is a Yellow Springs, OH-based educator, independent media producer, and radio preservationist.