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.

Dayton’s regional organ donation program says organ donations are up significantly in 2020.

In the western part of the state, Life Connection of Ohio is the non-profit organization that procures organs from donors who have died and gets them to those who need them.

Kara Steele, director of community services, says while much of the healthcare focus lately has been on the coronavirus, the need for their services hasn’t diminished.

“That waiting list does not stop in the midst of a pandemic. You know, there's a lot of work that needs to be done," she says.

It’s been on the road for a few weeks now — and it could come to your neighborhood soon. The Dayton-Montgomery County 2020 Census van offers residents a unique way to get their census responses completed.

Jordan Lewis is a legislative aide for the Dayton City Commission. He says the COVID-19 pandemic has really hampered getting a good census count this year. Normally, census workers would be out canvassing neighborhoods.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the number of traffic citations issued to speeders traveling at more than 100 miles per hour increased significantly during the pandemic.

15-year-old Alex Arehart of Troop 85 in Beavercreek is an Eagle Scout, and the winner of this year’s Glen A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. For his Eagle project, Alex designed and built an ambitious outdoor seating area for the students at his high school, the Dayton Regional STEM School, where he’s a sophomore.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Minor League Baseball has been cancelled for 2020, putting teams like the Toledo Mudhens, Columbus Clippers, and Akron Rubber Ducks in a tough position. And here in southwest Ohio, the people who rely on the Dayton Dragons are bracing themselves for a big economic blow. WYSO's Jason Reynolds reports.

Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County hosted its first free COVID-19 pop-up testing for the public today. The health department is hoping to identify active cases and control the spread of the virus. Anyone was welcome to get tested, and no doctor’s recommendation was required. One of the people who got tested today at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights was WYSO's Leila Goldstein. She sent us this audio diary about her experience. See more...


The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the number of traffic citations issued to speeders traveling at more than a hundred miles per hour increased significantly during the pandemic.

Sergeant Nathan Dennis with the Ohio State Highway Patrol says all those travelers caught going faster than a hundred miles an hour were essentially crimes of opportunity.

The Greene County Public Health department has released a plan to help schools reopen for the 2020-202 school year. Included in the plan are general guidelines on what schools should consider as students return to the classroom.

Gabriel Lofton, the superintendent of Xenia Community Schools, says parents should expect differences between how schools end up opening, depending on the needs and abilities within each school district.

Downtown Dayton’s Annual Pride festival, which was originally scheduled for early June then postponed until August, has officially been cancelled. The Greater Dayton LGBT Center announced the cancellation on their Facebook page this past weekend.

Board President, RJ McKay says the decision to cancel in-person events wasn’t easy, but something that was necessary.

“We couldn't responsibly hold Pride and know that people would not be negatively, or possibly negatively affected. So, we decided to just go ahead and cancel it,” he said.

Ohio gyms, fitness and athletic centers have been open for a little over a month now, after being ordered closed by state officials concerned about COVID-19.

When state officials allowed gyms and fitness facilities to reopen on May 26, they issued several requirements on sanitization and social distancing.

Ben Heal, owner of Frequency Fitness in Kettering, says those in his industry have always operated under those guidelines.

Here in Ohio, businesses are starting to open back up after weeks of being closed. Many people are getting back to work and, for some, it feels like the beginning of getting back to normal. But others believe that home and work life have been permanently altered because of COVID-19.

When gay marriage was legalized in New York State in 2011, Joyce Gibs and Janice James decided to drive there, from Dayton to get married, knowing that their union would not be recognized back home in Ohio. But that changed in 2015 when the U.S. Supreme Court recognized same sex marriage as a legal human right. In this conversation, Joyce and Janice talk about how life was before that historic Supreme Court ruling and then how their whole world changed.

John Gantt and Scott Didier have been together for over 20 years and both men have spent that time in service to Dayton's LGBT community. John was the first openly gay man to serve on the city's Human Relations Council. Scott also served on the board of the council, and both of them worked with city leaders to develop Dayton's anti-discrimination ordinance covering sexual orientation and gender identity.

Some nursing homes and senior living centers in Ohio have begun allowing visitors since going lock down in early March. WYSO’s Jerry Kenney has now been able to see his mom twice since visitations began at her senior living center in June. Here’s his reflection on his most recent visit.

When Dan and Nancy Tepfer's daughter came out to them in 1993, they were shocked. While they had always considered themselves enlightened individuals when it came to gay people, they say it took some time for them to accept their daughter's news.

"Connecting what our heads knew and what our hearts felt took some time," says Nancy.

Statewide stay-at-home orders have been lifted but bans on large gatherings remain in place. That’s heavily impacting performance arts organizations that depend on large audiences and who have been closed now for months.

As organizations wait for a green light from Governor Mike DeWine to reopen, in the meantime, they’re finding other ways to serve their patrons.

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