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The Dana Show

Published: Friday, August 12, 2016 @ 12:16 PM
Updated: Friday, August 12, 2016 @ 12:16 PM

The newest member of the WHIO Radio family is Dana Loesch. Dana hosts her award-winning, #1 rated, daily program from St. Louis and is on weeknights from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM News Talk Radio WHIO. 

Dana's original brand of young, punk-rock, conservative irreverence has found a fast-growing multi-media audience. She's feisty and fearless without being abrasive and shrill. 

Daytonian of the Week: Briana Snyder 

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Daytonian of the Week Briana Snyder. She co-owns Knack Creative with Max Spang.
Photo courteous of Briana Snyder
Daytonian of the Week Briana Snyder. She co-owns Knack Creative with Max Spang.(Photo courteous of Briana Snyder)

Sometimes one of the most interesting people in the room is the one behind the camera. 

That is the case with Briana Snyder. 

We caught up with Snyder, the owner of Knack Creative, our latest Daytonian of the Week.  

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What do you do and why? 

I do commercial photo and video production with my life-and-business partner Max (Spang) out of our downtown studio, Knack Creative. I do this work because I love telling the visual stories of brands and organizations, going beyond just ‘pretty shots’ to find the substance, so that they can share why they are passionate about what they do. We work with all sorts of organizations, but it is an extra special treat when we get to document and share the talent of local arts organizations like DCDC, the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, and Playground Theater and nonprofits doing the real, challenging work to improve our city like YWCA Dayton. 

How did you get involved in your business? What was the most challenging part, and what advice do you have for others? 

Max and I had been working in these fields separately for over a decade, so starting Knack together in 2016 just made sense. But, I had been working as ‘Briana Snyder Photography’ for years, and had had another business in the meantime, so starting a whole new ‘brand’ posed a challenge. I wasn’t sure if it would be a smooth transition or if people who only knew me from my other businesses would support my shifting endeavors. But they did, and it has been a fantastic couple of years so far. My advice for others would be to not be afraid to shift and grow your business as you change. If you commit yourself to working hard and providing the best possible service that you can, that will resonate, regardless of what field you are in. 

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Daytonian of the Week Briana Snyder. She co-owns Knack Creative with Max Spang.(Photo courteous of Briana Snyder)

What should people know about Dayton? 

People should know that Dayton is a city of incredible opportunity. If you want to get involved in the community, start a business, create art, etc., there probably isn’t a more supportive place that you could find. People are so accommodating and lift each other up. That, coupled with low cost of living, makes this city a great place to try out your ideas. 

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If you could change or bring one thing to Dayton, would would it be? 

This is an absolutely fantastic place to live, but we aren’t perfect, and I’d like to see a Dayton that is less afraid to look our flaws in the eye, as that is the only way we can begin to address them. We can celebrate our town, its successes and its progress while at the same being willing to ask the hard questions about it: who isn’t currently being included in that progress? And how can we make sure that they are? I hope that the work I do, both professionally and personally, contributes to building a city like that. 

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What’s one word you think people would use to describe you? 

Progressive. 

Why did you decide to settle in Dayton?/What do you love about life in Dayton? 

Dayton is my home. I grew up south of town and moved downtown as soon as I could, and now we’re settled within the tight-knit community of St. Anne’s, only a 20 minute walk to our studio. Dayton has (at least) one of everything you could want in an (exceptionally affordable) city. I love that I can grab a variety of great food, coffee or cocktails just a handful of blocks from my home. I love that I can experience a wide range of art and dance and theater and music. And I love that there are so many opportunities provided to young people here. There aren’t too many doors that are closed off, if you want to go through them. 

Daytonian of the Week Briana Snyder. She co-owns Knack Creative with Max Spang.(Photo courteous of Briana Snyder)

What is your favorite Dayton hidden gem? 

Sunday night at Jazz Central. 

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What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years? 

I don’t know what the future holds for Dayton, but I know what I hope for: that we will be held up as an example of a welcoming, inclusive place to live, known widely for our compassion, and that the city continues to grow and prosper in a way that mindfully and intentionally elevates all of our residents, whether newly-settled or lifelong Daytonians.

Daytonian of the Week Briana Snyder. She co-owns Knack Creative with Max Spang.(Photo courteous of Briana Snyder)

Daytonian of the Week: Steve Budd

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Since 1989, Daytonian of the Week Steve Budd has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. Contributed photo
Since 1989, Daytonian of the Week Steve Budd has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. Contributed photo

What will Dayton look like in ten or fifteen years? If there’s one guy in town who will be able to tell you, it’s Steve Budd.

>> Read up on previous Daytonians of the Week here

Since 1989, Steve has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development.

According to the website, “CityWide provides leadership in creating and implementing strategies that address Dayton’s need for economic growth and viable attractive neighborhoods.”

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Since 1989, Daytonian of the Week Steve Budd has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. Contributed photo

This amazing organization gets the job done by assisting with real estate development, business lending and community development. For the past 40 years, Steve has been helping move these initiatives along. So in other words, if there’s something brewing in Dayton, Steve’s the guy to know. 

Steve grew up in a rural town in Ohio and attended the University of Dayton. While he was there, he fell in love with our fair city, and wanted to find a way to help it grow and prosper -- which is exactly what he’s done in his work at CityWide. 

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Later this year, Steve will pass the baton along to a new president. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve to find out more about him, and what he likes to do when he’s not busy making Dayton so awesome.

What upcoming projects do you have on the horizon?

Budd: The City of Dayton is on quite a roll at the moment. Downtown, CityWide is assisting in the redevelopment of the Dayton Arcade, the Wheelhouse Lofts, the YWCA renovation, (and) the Flats in South Park to name just a few of the high-profile projects. 

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CityWide’s community development efforts are highlighted by our work with Genesis – east Dayton (City of Dayton, Miami Valley & University of Dayton), Phoenix – northwest Dayton (City of Dayton & Good Sam Hospital), DaVinci – northeast Dayton (City of Dayton, Children’s Medical Center & Salvation Army) and HUD Choice – west Dayton (Greater Dayton Premier Management & City of Dayton).

Since 1989, Daytonian of the Week Steve Budd has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. Contributed photo

I heard you’re quite the tennis player. How did you get into the sport?

Budd: I fell in love with tennis the year that Arthur Ashe won the US Open (1968).

About 35 years ago I started playing tennis with a bunch of tennis enthusiasts on Tuesday evening at the City of Dayton’s Jim Nichols Tennis Center. 

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The courts are a bit of a hidden secret in Dayton – six beautiful clay courts in a park-like setting. Approximately 15 players make up the core group. We play June through October on the courts at Nichols. We take our play very seriously, but still have a great time. 

What superpower would you love to have?

Budd: I only have one superpower hero – Spiderman. His powers are “superhuman strength, reflexes, balance and something call spider sense.” All these powers would help my tennis game. 

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When you aren’t playing with your “Tennis Warriors,” where do you go for a good time?

Budd: Dinner at Corner Kitchen or Coco’s, followed by a movie at the NEON.

What’s your favorite spot in Dayton?

Budd: Sitting on my home’s back patio with my wife and our five cats. 

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Since 1989, Daytonian of the Week Steve Budd has served as President of CityWide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. Contributed photo

And now, the big question: What do you think Dayton will look like in 10 – 15 years?

Budd: Dayton will have its first significant population growth since the sixties, downtown’s residential boom will be followed by a growth in office and retail, and the neighborhoods that are struggling today will have a revitalization.

What’s one word you think people would use to describe you?

Budd: Passionate.

The Sean Hannity Show

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 1:41 PM

Sean Hannity is a multimedia superstar, spending four hours a day, every day, reaching out to millions of Americans on radio, television and the internet.

Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, The Sean Hannity Show has more than 570 affiliates nationwide. Heard by 14 million loyal listeners each week, Hannity is the second mostlistened-to talk show host in America, according to Talkers magazine. Hannity has been the recipient of two Marconi Awards for “Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year,” and is a three-time consecutive winner of the Radio & Records “National Talk Show Host of The Year” award. He was inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017

Hannity is an accomplished author with three #1 best-selling books. His first book, “Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism,” rode the New York Times BestSellers list for a remarkable 17 weeks. His follow-up, “Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism,” debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best-Sellers list and held strong for five consecutive weeks. In similar fashion, “Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda” was released in 2010 and it quickly took the #1 spot.

Hannity has the unique ability to reach out and connect with his audience, proven during his highly successful “Hannitization of America Tour,” which brought hundreds of thousands of like-minded Americans together. He has visited markets big and small from coast to coast since the tour began in 2001.

In 2003, Hannity launched the “Freedom Concerts” to raise awareness and funds for The Freedom Alliance, a charity which provides scholarships to children of slain U.S. military personnel. The 2009 Freedom Concert series was a huge success attended by over 80,000 people in eight major U.S. cities: Atlanta, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Jackson, New Jersey.

A gutsy talk-show host who always lands on the “right side” of the issues, Hannity is the host of FOX News Channel’s Hannity, which airs weeknights from 9 to 10 p.m. ET. Hannity, who joined the network in 1996, offers a mix of news, commentary, guest interviews and more on the program each night. Prior to the launch of Hannity, he was co-host of the #1 prime-time cable news debate show, Hannity & Colmes, for over 10 years, in addition to hosting #1 weekend program Hannity’s America, both airing on the network.

Hannity’s energy, charisma, Reagan conservatism scores high points with audience and critics alike as he continues to be one of the hottest commodities in media.

Daytonian of the Week: Speakeasy Yoga owner Tori Reynolds

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography
Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography

If there is one person bringing Dayton some major zen, it’s Tori Reynolds.

Tori is a yoga instructor and owner of Speakeasy Yoga, a studio on the ground floor of Cannery Lofts. Tori got involved in yoga on a whim, taking a summer class at Wright State University.

“I did not think yoga was for me,” she said.

But one good teacher and the right environment was all it took for Tori to fall in love with the practice of yoga. 

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“I love being dedicated to a practice that brings balance, calm, and better mental clarity to my life,” she aid. “It keeps me grounded in pretty much everything I do.”

Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography

And balance is something Tori needs as she juggles teaching classes, running her business and unveiling her next big project, Speakeasy Wayne, a new yoga studio opening up at the Wheelhouse in the Oregon District. Speakeasy Wayne is a smaller extension studio that will offer similar classes to those at the Cannery studio, but in an unheated studio. 

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Tori is looking forward to settling into her second Speakeasy location, because for much of her yoga teaching career, “settled” wasn’t something she felt very often. Her first business enterprise “Go With The Flow” was a travelling yoga series created with her partner Ben Rivet using his looping station, guitar and some beatboxing and vocals to create a track to which she would teach a flow.

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Tori and Ben traveled all around the country, teaching at festivals, conferences and close to 300 studios over the course of 3 years. Now -- instead of making apperances at studios near and far -- Tori has established her Speakeasy locations, and she enjoys living and working in a community where she feels invested.

We caught up with this Daytonian of the Week to find out more about her.

Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography

Q: What’s one word you think people would use to describe you?

Aware. I don’t keep up as much with the world news or politics as I could, but I don’t feel like I miss much in my immediate surroundings and with personal interactions. I like to be aware of what’s going on with the people I come into contact with, as well as awareness of myself, how I’m doing, and how I’m impacting those people and the world around me. 

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Q: What’s your favorite spot in Dayton? 

The lobby at Speakeasy. Words can’t express how much the studio means to me, and I never dreamed I would be able to build something in a space as beautiful as it is. So sitting there on the most amazing antique, crushed velvet green couch (with fringe!) staring out the floor to ceiling windows at the city I love, I am reminded how immensely grateful I am for the opportunity to do what I am doing.

Q: What superpower would you love to have?

X-Ray vision would be super cool! (And not the kind where you see people naked.) Bone structure impacts a lot of alignment in yoga and that can make it really hard to teach people since you can’t see it that easy. Although telepathy would be cool, too, and maybe throw in a little flying? I’m pretty indecisive. 

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Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography

Q: What inspires you about Dayton?

The people! Dayton is totally making a comeback, and all because of them. Everyone is positive and pulling for Dayton to thrive, so being a part of the business community at this point in time is a very cool experience that I will always think of fondly.

Q: If you could change or bring one thing to Dayton, would it be?

More bike lanes! Ben and I just spent some time in Copenhagen and the set up for bikers was beyond impressive. I felt so comfortable pretending to be a local riding my borrowed cruiser for those 4 days. 

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Q: What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years?

More people, expanded neighborhoods, continued building revitalization… I think we’re on the right track already. Seeing how much it’s changed in just the past four years since we moved to South Park and got really dug in, I have extremely high hopes for what can happen in another 10-15!  

Know someone who would make a great Daytonian of the Week? Send a note to contact@dayton.com, telling us who and why. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tess is a restaurant professional, home-baker and downtown Dayton dweller. When she's not mixing drinks for restaurant patrons, she's drinking champagne, buying shoes, or writing her blog, Ciao Vella. You can read about her home recipes, party planning tips, and more at www.CiaoVellaBlog.com.