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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.

The Montgomery County Children Services union is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to accept a final contract offer from the county. The county’s last offer to the Professionals Guild of Ohio includes an across-the-board wage increase for all employees. However, not all workers would receive that pay increase in the same manner.

Montgomery County is launching plans to renovate the county jail. Officials say the renovations will help improve a number of poor structural, and inmate conditions that have been linked to a string of lawsuits alleging prisoner mistreatment.

Montgomery County has hired Omaha-based consulting firm HDR to develop the renovation plan based on recommendations from the Justice Advisory Committee. With lawsuits mounting up, the group was formed in 2017 to look into the jail’s policies and procedures.

Every Tuesday, clients at United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton (URS) gather together and prepare for an excursion in sound. On this day, they’re heading out to the jungles of Africa. A therapist turns on the sound machine while clients hold their drums and wait for their cues to play.

URS offers programs meant to enhance the physical, social, and emotional needs of children, adults and seniors with developmental or acquired disabilities. The adults participating in today’s drum circle offer a glimpse into the variety of clients the organization serves.

Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting. 

Some districts say they are responding to students’ mental health needs, but the need for those services has already been rising in recent years.

In the Trotwood Madison City School District, 226 students were displaced by the May tornadoes. Officials say they’re seeing students with signs of trauma related to the tornado and the shooting. 

Thursday night in Dayton, Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, and members of the Community Police Council held a Community Conversation on Gun Violence at Grace United Methodist Church. More than a hundred concerned residents, civic leaders, and others joined the panelists for the two-hour event.

“Shots being fired, hearing gunfire at our house is normal,” said Scott Sliver, a member of the Community Police Council. Sliver said it was the normalcy of that gunfire that lead him to join the council.

Following the announcement that the Foodtown grocery store that operated in Trotwood for 40 years is closing, the city’s mayor remains optimistic that another food retailer will step in to fill the gap.

Trotwood Mayor, Mary McDonald, says she was taken by surprise when local grocer, Jim Davis, announced he will close the Trotwood Foodtown store, as well as another store in Tipp City. However, last week she said she understood what motivated Davis’ decision.

The Dayton Foundation reports the Gem City Shine benefit concert put together by comedian Dave Chappelle and several local organizations brought in more than $68,000 for the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund.

The fund now has more than $2.5 million to distribute to people severely injured, and to the families of those killed in a mass shooting on August 4.

Each year in the U.S. around 500,000 people die from Alzheimer’s Disease, and it’s estimated that around 5.8 million people are currently living with the disease. The stats paint a dire picture of the illness and its destructive impact, but for people who have made Alzheimer’s prevention, research, and treatment a part of their mission, there is hope.

In a year that’s included a major tornado disaster and a mass shooting, 2019 has been difficult for many people across the Dayton region.

On Tuesday, a group of around seventy residents gathered to brainstorm about what Dayton could look like a decade from now. The event at Top of the Market - Banquet and Events Center was designed to generate new ideas for the city’s future.

The business is located in a building known for its place in Dayton history. Built in 1911, the renovated building first served as a warehouse for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

Last year marked the first year for a big fundraising event called the Tour de Gem - where cyclists ride for any one of more than 40 participating charities.

Gerry Chadwick, co-chair of Tour de Gem and President of Sunbelt Business advisers, spoke with WYSO Weekend host Jerry Kenney about the power people have in combining their marketing and athletic abilities.

Dayton officials and some Miami Valley health organizations are encouraging anyone struggling with depression or trauma after last Sunday’s mass shooting to seek help. 

They urge anyone struggling with difficult feelings to take care of their own health needs, saying this would also aid in the larger community's healing process.

Just two days after the Oregon District shooting, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and City Commissioner Chris Shaw stepped in front of cameras to address mental health as a part of the city’s recovery from its most recent tragedy.

There’s still more to know about the 24-year-old who gunned down nine people, including his 22-year-old sibling Megan, outside Ned Peppers Bar in the Oregon District Sunday. More than thirty others were injured. While authorities are still investigating, many in the Miami Valley are simply asking why this deadly shooting took place.

The gunman lived with his family in Bellbrook, where Kristine Hodson-Gainey lives, too. She talks about the Dayton suburb she calls home.

The family of the 24-year-old man who shot and killed nine people on Sunday, outside Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District has released a statement.

Bellbrook Police Chief, Doug Doherty read the statement to the press near a street blockade set up about three houses away from where the Betts family lives in Bellbrook.

In the statement read by Doherty, the Betts family said they "shocked and devastated by the events of Sunday morning in the Oregon District," and that they are cooperating with the Dayton Police Department and the FBI investigation.

Mourners gather for a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Thousands of people gathered Sunday night in Dayton’s Oregon District to honor those killed by a gunman early Sunday morning in front of Ned Peppers bar.

This is a developing story that will be updated.


Police are continuing to investigate a mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon district overnight. 9 people were killed and 27 others were injured when a 24-year-old Bellbrook man opened fire outside Ned Peppers bar.

Police say the gunman drove downtown with his sister, who was later killed in the shooting. He wore body armour, ear protection, and a mask. He carried out the attack with an assault rifle that was purchased online.