There are seemingly not enough hours in a day to tackle the projects local do-gooder Shelly Hulce handles, but extraordinary people manage to achieve extraordinary things. Such is the case for Hulce -- our Daytonian of the Week.
Whether it’s helping the blind to visualize the written word, organizing some of the city’s best storytellers, supporting the arts, writing about rock ‘n’ roll music or playing it on her own radio show, Hulce seemingly hits the ground running daily.
She’s also been involved with the Dayton Music, Art & Film Festival for the last 10 years and is an easily recognizable figure at local artistic events. As if that’s not enough, you can find her collage art at this Facebook page. Hulce is a shining example of what happens when this town puts its best foot forward.
What do you do?
“Day job: Supervisor of the Goodwill Easter Seals Radio Reading Service (for the blind). It's a closed circuit radio station serving 12 counties. Other (non paid) job(s): 1)Founder of Dayton Story Slam (circa 2006) that holds monthly storytelling events, following the Moth Story Hour format. 2) President of South Western Ohio Public Radio that broadcasts WSWO / Oldies 97.3FM, a low-power FM, community radio station that runs under an oldies music format of 50's, 60's 70's. I also host a weekly specialty show on Tuesday nights called The Wax Carnival. 3) Community Voices Producer, WYSO Public Radio 91.3FM. 4) Producer of specialty rock and comedy events.”
What superpower would you love to have?
“To give everyone the ability to sing or play an instrument.”
What do you love about life in Dayton?
“The freedom to invent and reinvent yourself and know there are people who will encourage whatever you want to do.”
What’s your favorite spot in Dayton?
“Ghostlight Coffee (for the people and the environment, I don't like coffee at all). It's like going to a friend’s house, where lots of other friends also drop by."
Why did you decide to settle in Dayton?
“Born and raised here. Moved to Atlanta and Detroit and was too homesick to stay. I love the music and art scene here and the freedom to move about and try new things and connect with others, and not having to starve to be an artist.”
How did you get involved with your line of work?
“Like anything else wonderful in my lifetime, I volunteered. Volunteerism is always where it starts. Show up, work hard, learn, share, pass it on, connect and just MAYBE your passion will collide with your vocation!”
If you could change or bring one thing to Dayton, would it be?
“A BUSY downtown with loads of good late night food options.”
What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years?
“I see more abandoned spaces being resurrected with interesting and unique living spaces, music and performance venues; a viable walking community downtown and a commuter train stop on the “3C” rail (Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland).”