Jerry Kenney

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dayton, Ohio’s sister city relationship with Oiso, Japan, and to mark the occasion, officials will welcome a delegation from Oiso to the city next summer.

Dayton actually has five sister cities around the world. “The oldest of which is Augsburg, Germany,” says Kevin Lydy, chair of the Dayton-Oiso Sister City Committee. “That [relationship] was established in 1964. Oiso, Japan is our second oldest, in 1968, and then we have three others: Holon, Israel, Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and then Monrovia and Liberia.”

Montgomery County officials have announced plans to install a roundabout at the intersection at Alex-Bell and Mad River Roads in Centerville. They say the decision was reached after collecting input from the public and neighborhood residents. The interchange is currently a busy and congested four-way stop.

 

Construction on the more than $1.5 million Alex-Bell-Mad River roundabout wouldn’t begin until at least 2024.

Officials say they selected the roundabout design for the intersection over an alternate solution of installing traffic lights.

On Saturday, September 15th, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton will hold their annual Rubber Duck Regatta. That’s when more than 20,000 rubber ducks will take a plunge into the Great Maimi River and race down the Great Miami River at Riverscape Metro Park—all for a good cause—to support URS’s mission of serving Miami Valley children and adults with disabilities.

URS Executive Director, Dennis Grant that events like the regatta are critical.

The designer of an iconic automobile has come back home to Dayton. Gale Halderman was born in Tipp City. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1950 and then attended art and design classes at the Dayton Art Institute. It may be surprising that the name behind one of America’s most popular sports cars didn’t set out to design anything like it.

“I loved to do lettering,” he says. “I used to letter all the school buses at school when I was in school. And then I saw this class that was designing televisions and bicycles and I thought, boy does that look exciting.”

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Dayton’s aviation heritage was on full display Friday morning as Dayton History officials announced Carillon Park is now home to the John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers National Museum.

Dr. John Fleishman is an opthamologist practicing in Dayton. Fleishman lost his wife Dr. Jill Rosset to lung cancer in April of 2017. 

"My wife was a very smart woman but she had one weakness," he says. "And that was her weakness with cigarettes. She started smoking at the age of 15 and by the time I met her she was an addicted smoker. She promised me before we got married several times that she would quit smoking and she didn’t, and so I married her anyway."

Last week on WYSO Weekend, we heard from the organizers of this year’s Free to Breathe Dayton 5k Run/Walk for Lung Cancer. The annual event returns to The Dayton Raceway at Hollywood Gaming on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

The city’s aviation heritage was on full display Friday morning as Dayton History officials announced Carillon Park is now home to the John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers National Museum.

Formerly known as the Wright Brothers Aviation Center, the federal designation as a national museum is a “game-changer,” says Dayton History President Brady Kress.

The first human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Montgomery County. The Ohio Department of Health say a 68-year-old female resident has been diagnosed with the disease.

West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness that is most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes.

The health department reports that, as of August 27, there have been eight human cases of West Nile in the state with one reported fatality. In 2017 the state reported 34 human cases and five deaths, though none were reported in Montgomery County or Greene County.

Ohio Republican Congressman Mike Turner (R-10) was in Dayton Wednesday afternoon  to celebrate revitalization progress in downtown Dayton. Turner was joined by Congressman Brad Wenstrup of Ohio’s 2nd District. 

Wenstrup is the newest member of  Congressional House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax and economic development policies. 

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