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.

Welcome to your weekly radio magazine, WYSO Weekend.  In this program - an excerpt from a spectacular edition of A Country Ramble. Last Sunday night, August 6, 2017, long time music hosts on WYSO, Tom Duffy and Fred Bartenstein, spent two hours reminiscing and reflecting back 90 years to the birth of commercial country music. It all happened when the Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers got together for a series of recording sessions in Bristol, Virginia, now known as the Bristol sessions.

This summer, we’re bringing you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. Today, we meet Darrell Dean, who works at a disability services organization in Dayton. As WYSO’s April Laissle explains, at first, Darrell struggled to find a job after he graduated from high school.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is pushing back against a decision by the Pentagon to close an office overseeing key defense manufacturing programs in the Dayton area. The programs have been headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for the last 30 years.

Department of Defense officials recently announced a plan to relocate more than a dozen jobs to the Pentagon.

Brown and other members of the House and Senate have sent a letter to DOD Secretary James Mattis urging him to keep oversight of the programs in Ohio.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was in Springfield on Friday to kick-off a program designed to help boys and young men of color get ready for college and careers.
 

The Ohio program is affiliated with a national program called “My Brother’s Keeper.” It was started by the Obama administration as a way to address educational opportunity gaps for young people in underserved communities around the country.

Sen. Brown has been a champion of the program - launching chapters in Dayton, Toledo, Mansfield, Lorain County and elsewhere in the state.

For five years now, the Dayton chapter of A Special Wish Foundation has held the Glow Fore Wishes! golf tournament. The foundation says it's "the only night of the year when you can hit the links after the sun sets.

All of the funds raised in this charity event will help A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton fulfill their mission to provide wishes to local children who are battling life-threatening disorders.

Next week is round two of Dayton History and Carillon Park’s very successful Dayton Mini Maker Faire. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 2,500 people.

Welcome to your weekly radio magazine, WYSO Weekend! Coming up in this week's program, we’ll explore the art and psychology behind tattooing, on Culture Couch. You’ll hear all about the 2nd annual Makers Faire taking place at Carillon Park next weekend.

On July 24th, the independent film Neither Wolf nor Dog opened at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine! On this week's program, commentator Rebecca Rine ruminates on the her relationship with Facebook. We’ll bring you old case files from Dayton History, and a conversation with Scottish filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson about his latest film Neither Wolf nor Dog. See full details below.

Both of Ohio’s United States senators weighed in this week on the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. For this week’s PoliticsOhio, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney speaks with Jo Ingles from the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau.

The Wright brothers and their famous 1904 Flyer II airplane have returned to Huffman Prairie Flying Field in life-sized likenesses created by aviation photographer Dan Patterson.

Recent numbers show Montgomery County home values are continuing to recover after the Great Recession.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith says, while commercial property values remained stable with a less than 1 percent increase, residential values are up about 6 percent. 

He says the increase in home values is good news for the housing market.

“To talk about a four-and-a-half-percent increase, yes, this is definitely good news. It reflects on the community as a whole as far as value, the overall economy of the community," Keith says. 

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine! On today's program, we new information on the opioid epidemic - a report on the overabundance of painkillers on the market and in the pipeline.

Approximately 30,000 people use the Greater Dayton Regional Transit system every day. RTA officials say 21 percent of those riders have a disability.

In an effort to better serve that population, RTA requires new drivers to complete an immersive, day-long training led by people with disabilities, and designed to give bus drivers personal insight into what many passengers with disabilities experience in their daily commutes.

The most recent training session took place in late June at the Access Center for Independent Living in Dayton.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine!  Today we’ve got Dayton Youth Radio, Commentary from Bob Breka and the first in our new series on living with disabilities in the Miami Valley. We've also got Culture Couch, WYSO's occasional arts series and Bill Felker has this week's Poor Will's Almanack.
 
  • July marks nearly three decades since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

Police K-9 units around the country have had to switch gears when it comes to us

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine. Today we’ll look at small town police departments and the funding challenges they face. You’ll meet WYSO’s freshman music host - 3J the DJ will join us to talk about his new show on Tuesday nights.

Gov. John Kasich has until midnight Friday to sign the $65 billion state budget that would not only fill a revenue shortfall, but also make some major policy changes.

Officials with Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) say around 75 percent of people

Dayton officials Tuesday launched a new collaborative effort aimed at reducing the number of panhandlers in the city. The new Real Change Dayton (RCD) program encourages people to help the homeless by giving at designated locations instead of giving directly to panhandlers.

A ninth civil lawsuit has been levied against the Montgomery County Jail, this time by a former inmate.

 

Sponsored by Ohio Humanities, the annual summer event known as Ohio Chautauqua brings history to life for audiences in various communities around the state. The Village of Clifton will host the event from June 13 - 17, 2017.

To hear details on the event listen to the WYSO Weekend interview below with Clifton Village Mayor, Alex Bieri, and check out the history of Ohio Chautauqua.

From Ohio Humanities:

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine.  In this week's show you'll hear Dayton Youth Radio, and Bill Felker has this weeks Poor Wills Almanack. Later in the program you’ll hear about a great event taking place in the Village of Clifton next week where history will come to life. See full details below.

Kentucky-based wholesale food supplier Creation Gardens, Inc. is recalling almost 23,000 pounds of beef products suspected of E. coli contamination.

Dayton's annual Pride events kick off Friday with Affair On The Square, a downtown food truck rally. To learn more about what to expect over the next week, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney sat down with R.J. McKay, chair of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center and one of the organizers of Pride. McKay gives us the rundown of this year's festivities, and says Pride celebrations in Dayton have had a long and evolving history.


Kaiser Family

In southwest Ohio, about a mile from the Indiana state line, a long-forgotten town with a special place in African American history is struggling to be reborn.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine. 

 

Care is a documentary that centers its focus on caregivers for the elderly and their clients.

In the last edition of PoliticsOhio, we focused on the Ohio governor's race.

Officials with Dayton-based Premier Health say contract talks with UnitedHealthCare continue despite an ongoing dispute over terms. Unless an agreement is reached, nearly 70,000 Premier patients with insurance through UnitedHealth will have to find new in-network providers.

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