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 coronavirus pandemic and state-wide stay-at-home order has put a serious dent in Miami Valley home sales, which dropped significantly in April.

According to the Dayton Area Board of Realtors, single-family home and condominium sales dropped more than twenty-two percent in April - compared to the same month last year. Those are the lowest April sales numbers since 2014.

During the coronavirus pandemic, nonprofit organizations that rely on big fundraising events have had to cancel them. But even though stay at home orders are being lifted and businesses are beginning to open back up, large gatherings are still prohibited. That means some non-profits will continue to struggle.

For more than 30 years the Dayton Mediation Center has been helping people resolve conflicts, such as neighbors arguing over a parking space, or a couple at risk of divorce.

The resolution sessions are generally done face-to-face, with the conflicting parties and a mediation specialist all present. Now the COVID-19 pandemic has changed all that — and in some ways, it’s sparked some positive outcomes for the mediators.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of a lot of summer events in the Miami Valley - Fraze Pavilion concerts, local water parks, and several 4th of July fireworks shows, just to name a few. Other events around the state are sharing that fate. In early March, when Ohio had yet to see a confirmed case of COVID-19, officials decided to drastically pare back the Arnold Sports Festival, one of Columbus’s premier sports events. Now, through public records and interviews compiled for Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Nick Evans reconstructs how officials arrived at what they called a gut-wrenching decision.


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The family of a black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in an Ohio Walmart store has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the city.

The city of Beavercreek has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of John Crawford III. Crawford was shot and killed by police inside the Beavercreek Walmart store nearly six years ago.

Police were reacting to a 9-1-1 call that a man inside the store was carrying a rifle. Crawford was actually holding a pellet gun sold by the store when he was killed by Beavercreek Police Officer Sean Williams.

Funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — or CARES Act — is making its way to state and local governments. Montgomery County has received a $92 million grant, based on the county’s population, and is creating a temporary office to oversee management and distribution of the emergency funds.

This is the season for high school graduations. Even though this year’s ceremonies are looking much different than they have in the past, proud seniors are receiving their hard-earned diplomas - a testament to their hard work, and a passage to what comes next.  

This year, 47 local high school students are graduating with something extra-special as well — two-year-associate degrees from Sinclair College.

The Ohio Air National Guard will take to the skies this week to pay tribute to the healthcare workers, first responders, military members and other essential personnel at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a series of flyovers across the state throughout the day Thursday.

The guard says they want to lift the spirits of the heroes fighting COVID-19 every day and all Ohioans affected by the crisis.

Even during the COVID-19 crisis, the City of Dayton says its water department continues to provide residents clean water every single day. And they’re instituting some new protections for staff.

Keshia Kinney is a division manager with the Dayton Water Department. She says workers are observing social distancing while on the job.

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is one of the latest cultural events to be postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Organizers still haven’t found an alternate date. 

Air show board member Michael Emoff says roughly half of the airshows that were expected to take place in the U.S. this summer have been postponed or cancelled.

“After we made that decision, we got an email a couple days later that all of the military jet teams were put on postponement until some point in July,” he says. “So, that would have affected us and it confirms that we made the right decision.”

The designer of the iconic Ford Mustang has died. Gale Halderman, of Tipp City, was 87. It’s been reported that he had been battling liver cancer.

Halderman was born in Tipp City, and graduated from Bethel High School in 1950. He studied design at the Dayton Art Institute, before getting hired by the Ford Motor Company in 1957. Halderman’s first assignment was with the Ford design team.

In response to an outpouring of requests from people who want to do something during the COVID-19 health crisis, Premier Health has announced several ways people can help in recovery efforts.

Their first call-out is to people who have recovered from COVID-19. The healthcare organization is asking survivors to donate blood plasma — which contains antibodies that may be useful in fighting the infection in others. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of blood plasma.

Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 crisis has completely upended life as we know it. Dayton Daily News investigative reporter Josh Sweigert has been reporting on how the pandemic is affecting the people and businesses here in the Miami Valley, and he spoke with WYSO's Jerry Kenney and talked a little bit about what he's found.


More than 135,000 workers in Ohio every week actually work for temporary staffing agencies. And though it isn’t clear yet how many of those workers have been affected by the economic downturn, staffing agencies here in Ohio say many of their employees aren’t working.

At Barry Staff in Dayton, roughly half of their workers can’t report to their jobs because of the coronavirus.

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