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.

It’s been almost seven months since an outbreak of tornadoes caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, displacing hundreds of people across the Miami Valley. 

Since then, an army of government agencies, volunteers and advocates have been working to help restore hard-hit communities and assist survivors.

One December event organized by two partnering churches was designed to provide a boost to storm-affected families ahead of the holidays.

In his annual report delivered to more than 70 local government officials on Friday, Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith called 2019 a “mixed bag” of financial news. Keith struck an optimistic tone despite the negative impact of the May tornadoes on some county property values.

The auditor told the gathering this year’s tax revenue losses of $1.7 million in tornado affected neighborhoods were offset somewhat by improved property values and increased real estate development overall.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

In recent years, research has shown that post-traumatic stress disorder can be helped with expressive writing. Today on Veteran Voices, Marine Corps veteran Chris Bussler of Harveysburg tells his wife, Wendy, about a creative strategy he found to cope with the stress of his multiple deployments. A warning that some listeners may find this story disturbing.

Ohio is home to one of the largest Amish populations in the country. Many of the Amish settlements overlap with rural Appalachian counties – where access to healthcare is hard to come by. Ohio Public Radio’s Paige Pfleger reports on a project that is trying to bring cancer screenings to Amish women.


Montgomery County health officials are welcoming an influx of funding from the Ohio Department of Medicaid. The money is part of an effort to combat high rates of infant mortality around the state.

More than $3 million was granted to Montgomery County’s EveryOne Reach One Infant Mortality Task Force, and will go to half a dozen Montgomery County groups to help reduce the number of infant deaths.

More than four dozen babies died before their first birthday in Montgomery County last year.

Editor's note, Dec. 10, 2019: This story has been updated to reflect factual corrections provided Tuesday by Montgomery County. The original version included inaccurate information from county officials about the grant program and its deadlines.   

Funding is still available for home repair and reconstruction across the Miami Valley tornado zone. Dozens of homeowners and renters could be eligible for the funding, Montgomery County officials say.  

ReEntry Stories is a series on WYSO that features conversations between people who were once in prison. Today we meet Latisha Ellis and James Clay. Latisha went to prison right after high school and participated in the Sinclair Program which helped her discover her passion for poetry.  James went to prison much later in life and honed a passion for public speaking by ministering to other incarcerated men. He continues to do this as a mentor at The Dayton Collaboratory’s X Factor initiative.


The announcement of Cox Media Group’s expected sale to private equity firm Apollo Global Management and it’s holding company, Terrier Communications, has some local lawmakers, community advocates and media analysts concerned about a decline in local and regional journalism.

The Dayton Daily News media center in Dayton, Ohio.
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Cox Media Group’s prospective owner Apollo Global Management has announced plans to publish the Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News-Sun and the Journal-News publications just three days a week.

On Friday night, the City of Dayton held their 47th Annual Grande Illumination Christmas tree lighting and Children’s Parade.

Thousands of spectators gathered on Courthouse Square and the surrounding streets to kick off the Christmas holiday season.

The popular event included a “live reindeer display, musical entertainment, games, holiday crafts, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, city and county commissioners and other community leaders were on hand for the ceremony.

The United States military would not be what it is today without its affinity among members. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Navy veteran Steve Harmon from Dayton reconnects with his old friend Charlie Campbell and tells him how their Ohio roots unexpectedly authorized his first mission in Vietnam.

During the holidays, when families gather, there can be a chance to share family stories and ask questions about family history.  Community Voices producer Corrie Van Ausdal spent a lot of time this past year thinking about a story passed down in her family.  It’s about her grandmother, her great-grandfather and the time they went to a Ku Klux Klan rally in Arcanum, Ohio a century ago.


ReEntry Stories features conversations between people who were once in prison. Today we meet Angel Hopson Woods, a student at Sinclair Community College and an intern with the Sinclair Communications Department. Writing runs in their family – Reuben is a self-publishing author and Angel is a poet. She wanted to interview her father Reuben Woods who had a repeating pattern of incarceration until 11 years ago.


A Dayton man has been indicted for the shooting death of two teens on August 28, of this year.

The two 17-year-olds, Javier Harrison and Devin Henderson, were shot by a homeowner in the 800 block of Conners St. in Dayton.

Authorities say 63-year-old Victor Santana found the teens in his unattached garage. Santana said at the time he immediately called 911 to report the shooting.

Details released Thursday indicate both teens were shot in the back. Javier Harrison was also shot in the arm and thigh.

The Dayton Convention Center will operate under new leadership by early next year. The center’s new governing body is called the Montgomery County Convention Facilities Authority or CFA and includes representatives from the city and county who will oversee the financing needed to renovate the outdated facility.

Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert says the new authority was decided after a series of public meetings to discuss the future of the Dayton Convention Center.

Montgomery County officials broke ground Monday on a project to replace Dayton’s deteriorating Third Street Bridge.

The new $16 million bridge will feature large walkways for east and westbound pedestrians. It will also include several lookout points where people can read about Dayton history and view the river.

Dayton-area artist Bing Davis serves on the bridge planning committee. He says the bridge’s design is also meant to help residents overcome what he says is a widespread perception that the city of Dayton is a divided one.

New numbers Monday from the Montgomery County Auditor’s office detail the financial devastation from the tornadoes that ripped through the Miami Valley last Memorial Day.

Montgomery County has seen lost property values of more than $46 million.

Following the May tornadoes, affected homes and businesses were eligible to have their property values lowered through a longstanding auditor’s office program.

But Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith told reporters nearly a dozen communities county-wide are facing major storm-related revenue losses.

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