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

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

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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“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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“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.

WANT TO GO?

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)

The BEST fireworks displays you don’t want to miss

Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Nothing says summer like the Fourth of July. Whether you’re firing up the grill, heading out of town, or just want to see something new and sparkly in the night sky, we’ve got the celebrations that go far beyond pyrotechnics that you don’t want to miss.

City of Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival 2017

Lights in Flight, the region's most spectacular fireworks show, returns to the downtown Dayton riverfront on Monday, July 3, at 10 p.m. The fireworks will follow a family-friendly, multi-cultural festival featuring plenty of food, fun and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy at RiverScape MetroPark. 

WHEN: Monday, July 3; festival at 5 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. 

WHERE: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

COST: FREE

INFO: website

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Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival

A NEW food truck alley joins the parade, street fair, 5K run, fireworks and more presented in various spots throughout downtown Centerville at the 44th annual event. A 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., street fair from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hundreds of booths ranging from arts and crafts to food, treats and games. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Centerville near Main and Franklin streets
COST: Free
INFO:  website

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Red, White and Boonshoft

If you’re looking to beat the heat during the day on the 4th, then you have to know about this INDOOR event. The annual star-spangled science celebration features educational shows, entertainment, indoor fireworks in the planetarium, face painting, food vendors and more. 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy., Dayton
COST: $14.50 for adults, $12.50 seniors 60 and older, $11.50 children 3-17, free for museum members and children younger than 3
INFOwebsite

6 festivals happening in (and around) Dayton this weekend

Published: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 10:22 AM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

You know you’re in the prime of summer when you actually have to choose between all the different festivals happening on the weekend. 

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Luckily, you have us to make it easy for you. Here’s a complete rundown of all the festivals going on in the Dayton area this weekend. 

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1.) 2017 Rail Festival  

Enjoy live steam engines, model train displays, historical exhibits, free train rides, good food and vendors.

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WHERE: Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 

COST: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 children 3-17, free for children under 3

INFO: daytonhistory.org

2.) Sliders, Sides & Subs Fest

This brand spankin’ new festival is all about tasty food and live rocking music! In partnership with the Miami Valley Restaurant Association, this event is sure to offer plenty of mouth-watering flavors.

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Participating restaurants include: Amber Rose, Basil’s, The Dock, ele Cake Co and Wine Bistro, El Meson, Giovanni’s, Mr. Boro’s Tavern, Roost, Tank’s Bar & Grill, Wandering Griffin and 1776 Grill.

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WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24  

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

COST: Free  

INFOfraze.com

3.) Dayton Air Show

Flashes of light and thunderous booms can mean one of two things this time of year in southwest Ohio: either a summer thunderstorm or the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

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“It’s going to be an exciting experience for the entire family,” said Sheila Wallace, media chairperson for the air show. “There is some type of act to appeal to people of all ages.”

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The annual event consistently draws thousands upon thousands of spectators, and there’s a lot to see and do.

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WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Dr., Dayton

INFOdaytonairshow.com

4.) Festival on the Hill

This food, fun and music festival will feature several bands and delicious food.

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Friday’s lineup includes The Outlets, Ithica and Vicious Cycle. Saturday’s lineup includes Antioch Brass Band, The Blue Leafs, 33 People, Eric Jerardi, Spungewurthy and 7 Bridges. 

WHERE: Dayton Masonic Temple, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton 

WHEN: 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 23; noon-11 p.m. Saturday, June 24  

COST: General admission tickets with lawn seating prices are $6 for adults, $5 for active military, law enforcement and first responders. Youth under 12 years of age are admitted free with an adult admission.

INFO: festivalonthehill.org

5.) Treasure Island River FestFamily fun, adventure, food trucks, a beer truck and music come together for two special events this weekend along the Great Miami River in Troy.

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Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the first Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 24.

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Treasure Island River Fest also will feature live DJs throughout the day, food trucks and a beer truck in the evening, plus a community concert.

WHERE: Treasure Island Park, 409 N. Elm St., Troy, OH

WHEN: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, June 24

COST: Free  

INFO: www.greatmiami.net

6.) SunWatch Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow

You don’t have to travel far to immerse yourself in Native American culture. 

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Thanks to the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans and its annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow, families can learn more about Indian life and traditions through dancing, drumming, singing, crafts and stories.

WHERE: SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park,

2301 W River Rd., Dayton

WHEN: Noon-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 25

COST: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-17), Free/Age 5 and under. Weekend passes are available for $15/Adults, $9/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16). Free/Age 5 and under. Proceeds benefit Sunwatch and the annual event.

INFO: 937-268-8199 or www.sunwatch.org

  

Celebrate the 4th all day at Centerville's Americana Festival

Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

What began in 1972 as a sidewalk sale promoted by the Centerville downtown merchants is now one of the area's most celebrated and patriotic Fourth of July events. 

The 44th Annual Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival kicks off on Tuesday, July 4 with a bevy of events leading up to the fireworks display at Centerville High School. With this year's theme being The Best is Yet to Come, here are the reasons why you should venture into Elk Country this holiday weekend:

1. Run a 5K

The Up and Running Americana 5k Run/Walk starts at 7:30 a.m. July 4 at the Centerville High School Stadium on East Franklin Street, and follows the parade route down Franklin Street to just past Magsig Middle School, where the runners and walkers will turn around and head back to the high school. The race finishes with a lap around the track in the stadium. The race is chip timed and results will be available immediately at the race.

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2. Watch the parade

The parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 on East Franklin Street, west of Centerville High School, and proceeds West to Cline Elementary on Virginia Avenue. Showcasing more than 120 units, the parade features numerous bands, floats and numerous mobile and walking units. If you can’t make it to the parade on July 4, watch it live on Time Warner Channel 5. >> Here’s your guide to ALL THE FESTIVALS in Dayton this summer

Corey Feldman and his ‘Angels’ are in Dayton next week

Published: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Corey Feldman and the Angels latest tour includes a Dayton stop at Oddbody’s Music Room on July 3, 2017. (Source: Facebook)

Corey Feldman is coming to Dayton.

We repeat, Corey Feldman is coming to Dayton.

The popular ’80s actor turned musician will bring his Corey’s Heavenly Angels:Angelic 2 the U.S. tour to Oddbody’s Music Room in Dayton on Monday, July 3, 2017.

The child star of the “Goonies” and “The Lost Boys” has been making music for decades.

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What to expect? Feldman’s work with the all-female group Angels has certainly made headlines. An article in LA Weekly sums it up well, from the jokes and public ridicule to crazy album sales and hot-selling tickets for the expanding concert tour.

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Tickets to the Dayton show are on sale now for $30 general admission. Upgrade to a VIP Meet and Greet ticket for $105. Buy tickets online here.