Dayton

Jazz lovers in this area have no doubt made the drive to Dayton to see some of their favorites perform in in intimate setting of Gilly’s, celebrating almost 34 years of presenting live music in their current location. The club’s owner, Jerry Gillotti, joins our Ron Esposito to reflect on some of the greats who’ve performed at Gilly’s and the challenges of booking live music these days.

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Popular humorist and columnist Erma Bombeck went about her life living in a modest 1959 ranch-style house in Centerville, Ohio. Now, that home is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Martha Boice, who helped found the Landmarks Foundation of Centerville-Washington Twp., says she thought it was just a pipe dream at first. At a University of Dayton writing conference last year, she asked Bombeck's children if they'd be okay with her pursing the designation. She was delighted when they said yes.

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Dayton mayor Nan Whaley delivered her state of the city address Wednesday. She said Dayton can be a vibrant city, but getting there demands more than just talk.

"Our vision of a thriving, vibrant city can’t just be about talk," Whaley said. "It must be about action and results."

Whaley said the city is seeing results. She cited the May renewal of the city's income tax as a success in keeping Dayton on solid financial ground.

Crime is also down three percent, according to numbers from Dayton Police.

Dayton has a new city manager. Warren Price will take over January 12. He replaces Tim Riordan, who is retiring.

Price comes from Canton, where he held several positions including Directory of Safety, and Chief of Staff - Canton's equivalent to a city manager. He's also an attorney.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says this is the first time in 12 years a city manager has come from outside city ranks.

City of Dayton, Ohio

Dayton's city manager announced Monday he will be stepping down on January 31st.  Tim Riordan has held the job since 2009.  

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the City of Dayton for these five years,” Riordan said in a printed statement.  “I want to thank the city commission for their support and courage during these tough economic times.  I believe it is time for another individual to bring unique talents and skills to move our city forward.  For me, I look forward to something new and different."

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