Love vinyl? Don’t miss this awesome record sale this weekend

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

One local radio station is raising money by selling old vinyl.

Vinyl’s not dead. It just got more expensive. But that’s not the case at this weekend’s WSWO 97.3 FM record sale in Huber Heights.

The tiny 100-watt radio station, playing a multitude of formats to include covering Wayne High School sports, started up roughly 12 years ago and is made up entirely of volunteers. Since then it’s enjoyed a cult following of sorts.

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“The nice thing about this station is probably two-thirds of the people that work here have never been on the air anywhere else. So we train them on how to use the equipment,” said Program Director Tony Peters. “If it’s on people’s bucket list to be a DJ, this is a cool thing they can do.”

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Recent technological advances to WSWO made it unnecessary to play vinyl albums on the air. So the station decided to turn its record library over to collectors of all kinds with discounts as deep than some of the tracks on the albums themselves.  Though the station has done record sales in the past, this one will be a little different.

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Many of the records on sale were donated from personal collections.(Jim Ingran)

“We don’t get on the radio and beg for money. We don’t do a radiothon like some of the other stations,” Peters said. “We’re trying something new. We’ve never charged an admission, but Friday night we’re (asking for) a donation of $5. That way you get your first crack of all the records.”

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The sale runs through Sunday and will include 45s, cassettes, CDs and even 8-tracks -- a LOT of 8-tracks.

“Some guy called the other day and dropped off 4,000 8-tracks,” Peters laughed.

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Though everything is used, Peters says it’s easy to find real gems like first pressings with the vinyl in pristine condition, with most full-lengths going for as little as $2. Of course, some bigger-name releases may cost a few dollars more, however, most everything will be no more than $5 each. Most CDs, cassettes and 8-tracks will be $1 each.

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An original pressing of Jerry Lee Lewis from Sun Studios cleaned up could be music to a collector's ears.(Jim Ingram)

“Some guy dropped off his whole Led Zeppelin collection. You can get the re-pressings, but where could you get an entire original set of all nine  (studio) Zeppelin albums?” Peters said.

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While the hardcore record collector is sure to peruse the sale, the event is also a great opportunity for those who may just be beginning to give their collection a great start...and it’s all for a worthy cause.

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“The whole idea is this is going to be the money that keeps the lights on,” Peters explained.


What: WSWO 97.3 FM Record Sale

Where: 6114 Chambersburg Rd., Huber Heights

When: Friday: 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $5 (suggested donation for Friday only)

It’s your LAST CHANCE to eat, drink and enjoy the arts at these local restaurants

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:49 PM

The Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend.
AJ Waltz/Contributed
The Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend.(AJ Waltz/Contributed)

From food and art to live music and wine, you'll find it all happening during Culture Works’ first ever Eat. Drink. Arts! 

Enjoy creative cocktails, inspired menus, and one-of-a-kind arts experiences at your favorite Dayton-area restaurants from January 16-21, 2018. 

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“A great meal and an arts performance just naturally go together, and we’re proud to pair some of Dayton’s finest arts groups with amazing dining around town,” says Culture Works Executive Director Lisa Hanson 

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“Eat.Drink.Arts!” in Dayton is a collaborative effort bringing together culinary, visual, and performing artists to cultivate and enhance resources for our visual and performing arts community. 

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A smorgasbord of area eateries is partnering with Culture Works to satisfy your palate and stimulate your artistic senses — all while supporting local arts organizations. 

Thursday, Jan. 18th

🍴 Texas Beef & Cattle Company


Beef brisket. Photo courtesy of Texas Beef & Cattle Company Facebook page.

Dine on authentic South Texas-style BBQ while watching The Mural Machine in action! Brisket, Sausage or Pulled Pork Plate (comes with 2 sides) for dinner with banana pudding and tea or lemonade.

Where: 1101 W. Third St., Dayton

When: Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $20/person 

More info: Facebook eventTickets

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🍴 Old Scratch Pizza -- SOLD OUT

Old Scratch Pizza offering 9 inch pizza.(Photo: Old Scratch Pizza)

A three-course dinner curated by Chef Nate. This will not be your typical pizzeria dinner! It will include a beverage, a special appetizer, salad, and a unique, arts themed pizza paired with music from a classical-jazz crossover quartet with violin, bass, guitar and keyboard. 

Where: 812 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

When: From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $20/person 

More info: Facebook event | Tickets

Friday, Jan. 19

🍴 Amber Rose Restaurant

The Mother's Day menu at The Amber Rose has the whole family in mind.(Jim Ingram/Lisa Powell)

Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with a taste of the arts.

  • First course: Charcuterie Board
  • Second course: Butternut Squash Soup
  • Third course: Smoked Bone-in Pork Chop topped with Cinnamon Apple chutney served with Savory Smashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Fourth course: Chocolate Mousse with fresh berries.

Where: 1400 Valley St, Dayton

When: From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Just $35/person. 

More info: Facebook eventTickets

Sunday, Jan. 21

🍴 Table 33

The Winter Berry Waffle at Table 33. Photo from Table 33 Facebook page(Staff Writer)

Enjoy an entree with a mimosa/cocktail and a performance by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. 

Where: 130 W. Second St., Dayton

When: Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Cost: $25/person 

More info: Facebook eventTickets

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🍴 The Dublin Pub

Steve Tieber, co-owner of the Dublin Pub. Pictured are three entrees: (clockwise from front) Guiness Beef Stew, the Black and Bleu Salad, and the Irish Dip sandwich with fries.(Jan Underwood)

Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner and 10% of your bill will be donated to Culture Works. Entertainment by Ashley Knapp, a young bluegrass and traditional country artist. 

Where: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

When: All day 

Cost: No advance ticket needed.

More info: Facebook eventTickets

How does Girl Scout cookies with wine sound? 

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

Taste of Wine is having a Girl Scout Cookie and wine pairing
Photo: Taste of Wine
Taste of Wine is having a Girl Scout Cookie and wine pairing(Photo: Taste of Wine)

A local shop is pairing two of America’s most favoritest things: Girl Scout cookies and wine. 

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A Taste of Wine, 90 S. Main St., in Miamisburg, will pair wines with five different types of Girl Scout cookies during a special event 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, said Brandi Schneider, the shop’s social media manager and a sales associate.

Admission is $25 each. 

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Urmila Holloway, the shop’s owner, will lead the tasting, Schneider said. 

Schneider saw the idea on Pinterest and told Holloway about it. 

“I thought it was a fun and fantastic idea,” Holloway said. “This time of year is so ucky. It is nice to find something fun to do, especially with this awful weather.”  

Schneider said Shortbread/Trefoils, Thin Mints, Savannah Smiles (lemon cookies), 

Caramel deLites/Samoas and Do-si-dos /Peanut Butter Sandwich will each be paired with a different wine.

“We have a couple of whites. We have a couple of reds. We have a sweet wine,” she said. 

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The Do-si-dos will be paired with a jammy red to create a peanut butter and jelly effect, Schneider said. 

There is space for about 30 tasters. 

Schneider said those interested can call 937-247-1120 to RSVP. 

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What: Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairing

Where: Taste of Wine, 90 S. Main St., Miamisburg

When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1

Cost: $25 per person. 
More information: Call 937-247-1120 to RSVP. 


Top 10 things to do in Dayton this week

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

            Mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for Brahms: First and Foremost at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. CONTRIBUTED
Mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for Brahms: First and Foremost at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. CONTRIBUTED


The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is exploring music from Brahms to Bernstein this weekend at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. Mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas joins the orchestra for “Brahms: First and Foremost,” a Masterworks Series concert, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Cost: $8-$64.30.

The DPO is back at the Schuster Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, for “Jeremiah: Fire in the Heart.” The Classical Connections Series concert features compositions by Leonard Bernstein. Cost: $8-$43.

The Sunday concert, which features Bernstein’s “Candide Overture” and “Symphony No 1, Jeremiah,” is followed by a casual Q&A and ice cream social. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


After the death of a friend, a widowed bar owner strikes up a life-changing conversation with a female regular in his Philadelphia tavern. That’s the setup for playwright Bruce Graham’s “Stella and Lou,” Dayton Theatre Guild’s production of the 2013 comedic drama is directed by Gary Thompson. “Stella and Lou,” opening at the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton, on Friday, Jan. 19, is presented weekends through Feb. 4. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday opening weekend, and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday the following weekends. Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors and $13 students. Call 937-278-5993 or visit

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In addition to two different concerts this weekend, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is once again joining with Dayton Performing Arts Alliance partners Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera for a diverse afternoon of entertainment. The Family Series program, “World of Wonder: Explore the Ballet, Opera and Orchestra,” is presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Audience members are invited backstage at 1:30 p.m. for a pre-concert, behind-the-scenes look at the participating groups. Cost: $14-$22. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


As its name suggests, “Beehive: The Sixties Musical,” is filled with memorable hits by female singers from that decade’s hit parade. Larry Gallagher’s jukebox musical concerns a rising vocal quartet and features songs made popular by Aretha Franklin, Brenda Lee and other vocalists. Tina McPhearson directs the local production of this show, which opens at Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, on Friday, Jan. 19. “Beehive: The Sixties Musical” is presented weekends through Feb. 4. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $16, $18. Call 937-424-8477 or visit


Violin-playing siblings Mariko and Kanako Shimasaki have been thrilling audiences since they were grade school students in Springfield. Today, they are building a growing national following. The Shimasaki Sisters join the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at Clark State Performing Arts Center, Kuss Auditorium, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The program, “NightLights II,” features pieces such as “Don Quixote” by Georg Philipp Telemann and Astor Piazzola’s “Four Seasons in Buenos Aires.” Cost: $30-$56 adults, $18 and $23 students. Call 937-328-3874 or visit

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Donnell Rawlings broke through to mainstream comedy fans as a cast member on “Chappelle’s Show” on Comedy Central. However, the Washington, D.C., native is an actor-comedian with a lengthy creative resume that also includes television roles on “The Wire” and “The Corner” and serving as the judge on the series, “Guy Court.” Rawlings is performing at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Cost: $20-$50. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit


The new show, “Christopher Burk: Illuminating the Everyday,” features landscape paintings of frequently overlooked urban environments by the Columbus-based artist. The exhibition opens at the Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, on Saturday, Jan. 20. “Illuminating the Everyday” is on display through July 1. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $5 non-members, free for museum members and children younger than 17. Call 937-325-4673 or visit


More than 150 makes and models will be on display when the Cincinnati-Dayton RV Super Show is presented at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 25 through 28. Show hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will be able to tour RVs, attend seminars and take advantage of special factory rebates, financing and on-the-sport loan approval. Cost: $10 adults, free children under 12. Visit

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Dayton rockers Funeral Moon share an affinity for heavy riffs and pummeling rhythms with its namesake from Australia but don’t confuse this crew with the band from Down Under. The local metal act celebrates the release of its debut album at Rockstar Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St., Dayton, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Special guests Vehemian, Retreat Hell, Close the Hatch and Bundy and the Spins will also perform. Cost: $10 in advance. Visit


The origins of musical comedian Heywood Banks are sketchy. There are tall tales about being born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, a grisly restaurant accident and a dreaded case of Spamnesia brought on by a rancid can of lunchmeat. None of those claims can be substantiated, but it’s clear he is a performer with a distinctive personal style, a unique world view and a songbook bursting with off-kilter songs like “Toast” and “Big Butter Jesus.” Banks returns to Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Show times are 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Cost: $20. Call 937-224-5653 or visit

LAST CHANCE to get your tickets for’s Best of 2017 party!

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:34 PM's Best of 2016 Party was held Jan. 18, 2017 at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY's Best of 2016 Party was held Jan. 18, 2017 at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Well, folks, that’s a wrap!

Final voting for’s Best of 2017 poll ended on Dec. 22, 2017. We’ve been working hard to tally the votes, and will host a party celebrating our community on Jan. 17, 2018. 

The theme: Prohibition. 1920’s-style dress is encouraged, but not required. 

General admission tickets are on sale for $14, and VIP tickets are on sale for $22 (UPDATE: VIP tickets are sold out!)

>> Buy your tickets here's Best of 2017 Party will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

VIP ticketholders will receive admission to a special Speakeasy VIP lounge, a free bourbon glass, a free drink, a swag bag, appetizers and more. VIP ticketholders will also have no wait, and their party starts a little earlier at 5 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Winners will be announced Jan. 18, 2018 online at  

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The festivities will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Top of the Market Banquet Center, 32 Webster St., Dayton. Ages 21 and up only, please.

A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Artemis Center, Dayton’s Domestic Violence Resource Agency.

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Are you a local business that wants to participate? 

If you’re a Best of 2017 food and dining finalist who wants to be involved in the party in some way, please let us know. Fill out this Eventbrite link to connect with us. We have a limited amount of booths available for restaurants, and it’s first come, first serve.

If you’re an entertainer who’d like to be involved, we’d like to hear from you, too.

>> PHOTOS: Best of 2016 party