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.

In our second installment of ReEntry Stories: conversations between people who were once in prison, we meet Keyawn Jackson, who went through the Sinclair program and his wife Nikkita. They met while Keyawn was in prison and Nikkita was a student at Central State. Today, Keyawn works as a service technician and writes. Nikkita is a social worker who sometimes works with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC). Together, they’ve started a business of their own. Keyawn and Nikkita were interviewed by ReEntry Stories producer Mary Evans.

Almost six months after the Memorial Day tornado outbreak, advocates say hundreds of people affected by the storm are still in need of aid.

Demand for assistance is expected to continue over the next few years, according to data from the Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group, a coalition of more than 20 nonprofits and religious groups that came together in the weeks following the disaster.

Anyone driving into and out of downtown Dayton over the last few weeks has likely encountered street construction. Some travelers may find it confusing to navigate through the dozens of detours around the many infrastructure projects currently underway in the city.

The projects are part of a major infrastructure upgrade that started this summer and fall. 

Among the construction snarling traffic across Dayton is a water-main replacement project along N. Jefferson St.

Crowds packed a memorial service for slain Dayton Police Detective Jorge Del Rio on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Federal law enforcement officials have charged a Butler County man with illegally buying the gun used in the shootout that left Dayton Police detective Jorge Del Rio dead.

Several community leaders are being honored for their work providing decades of assistance to underserved residents in Dayton. The honorees will be part of the Access To Justice awards ceremony taking place at Sinclair Community College on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The Awards are presented annually by the law firms Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO). The firms have partnered with the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (GDVLP).

To get the details on this year’s award recipients, we spoke with ABLE Director of Development and Communications, Karla Garrett Harshaw:

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A new series began this week on WYSO called ReEntry Stories - conversations between people who were once in prison. ReEntry Stories is produced by Mary Evans, who was incarcerated at Dayton Correctional, where she took part in Sinclair Community College’s Advanced Job Training program, designed to prepare people for re-entry. Today we meet Shareeka Gibson, who went through the Sinclair program and Marcia Weber, part of the X Factor Initiative. Both of them had professional careers and families before they were incarcerated and now they want to reclaim some of their old lives.


The Dayton Police Department detective shot Monday evening while serving a DEA Task Force search warrant has died.

Detective Jorge Del Rio and other agents were serving the warrant at a residence on Ruskin Rd. in Dayton. There, law enforcement officials say, they were met with gunfire as they descended into the basement of the home.

Police say four men and a juvenile were apprehended, but not before Del Rio was shot twice in the face. A cache of weapons, guns, and money was then confiscated from the home.

On November 9, 2019 the Air Force Museum Theatre at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will present the world film premiere of The Lafayette Escadrille.

The Dayton Police Department has released an update on the officer who was shot on Monday night as the Drug Enforcement Agency task force he was working with attempted to serve a search warrant at a home on Ruskin Ave. in Dayton.

In 1990, a woman named Kate Munger was losing her friend Larry, who was dying of HIV/AIDS. Larry was in a coma and Munger says she was “terrified” as she sat with him before his passing.

“I did what I always did when I was afraid; I sang the song that gave me courage,” she recalls. “ I sang it for 2 ½ hours. It comforted me, which comforted him. The contrast between the morning and the afternoon was profound. I felt as if I had given generously of my essence to my dear friend while I sang to him. I also found that I felt deeply comforted myself, which in turn was comforting to him.”

Three Miami Valley civic leaders and one of the city’s top arts organizations have been inducted into the Dayton Regional Walk of Fame. The 2019 inductees were honored at the annual ceremony Thursday at Sinclair College.

This year’s honorees include civil-rights leader Jesse Gooding Jr., entrepreneur John Gower, philanthropists Betsy and Lee Whitney, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Several races in Trotwood will be decided in the November 5 election.

Incumbent Mayor Mary Ann McDonald faces challenger Yvette Page.

McDonald has been an entrepreneur and business owner for more than thirty-five years. She spent 10 years on the Trotwood City Council before becoming mayor four years ago.

McDonald has received a fair amount of praise from residents for her handling of the city’s recovery efforts following the Memorial Day Tornadoes, which hit Trotwood hard, damaging hundreds of homes and apartments and displacing hundreds of residents. 

Incumbents and challengers are vying for two open seats for the Dayton City Commission in the November 5 election.

The incumbents are Dayton city commissioners Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw. The challengers are Wright-Patterson Air Force Base logistics specialist Shenise Turner-Sloss and community activist David Esrati.

Federal law enforcement officials have unsealed additional fraud charges in an ongoing public corruption investigation. The first wave of charges in the far-reaching probe were announced back in April.

On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s office charged three people:

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