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Onlookers at WYSO's open house cheered as the local public radio station ramped up its power to 50,000 watts. Station Manager Neenah Ellis is seen holding a home-made "meter" indicating the new power output. (Photos by Matt Minde)

Onlookers at WYSO's open house cheered as the local public radio station ramped up its power to 50,000 watts. Station Manager Neenah Ellis is seen holding a home-made "meter" indicating the new power output. (Photos by Matt Minde)

WYSO weekend

Local public radio station WYSO showed off its new studios and celebrated its power increase to 50,000 watts last Sunday, June 24, with an all-day open house.

The event included diverse live performances in the new studio, ranging from local phenom Wheels to the Dayton Sacred Harp Shapenote Singers. Other transmissions of note included nature observer and WYSO regular Bill Felker reading a dedication; several poetry readings, and a presentation on WYSO’s new Localore project. At one point, Karen Wintrow of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce read a proclamation declaring June 24 “WYSO Day” in Yellow Springs.

Outside on the back lawn, booths offered creature comforts such as hot food and ice-cold lemonade; also available was face-painting, WYSO swag and opportunities to donate to the station.

When 2:30 p.m. finally rolled around, the switch was flipped to the dramatic theme music of 2001: A Space Odyssey (Strauss’s ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’), marking the beginning of broadcast at 50,000 watts. People crowded into the station’s hallways loudly cheered and applauded as Station Manager Neenah Ellis emerged with a home-made “meter” indicating the changeover.

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