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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.

On Tuesday, students, faculty, and specials guests gathered to welcome Oscar-winning Actor and Director, Tom Hanks to Wright State University.  Hanks was on hand for the opening dedication of the university’s new Center for Motion Pictures, which bears his name. 

Wright State President, David Hopkins says Hank’s relationship with the university goes back to the late 1970s when the actor performed on the Wright State stage.

On April 24th Dayton History will hold it’s highly anticipated annual open house at Hawthorn Hill.  The hilltop Oakwood mansion has been wonderfully preserved and this past week WYSO toured the Wright Brothers' former home with Alex Heckman, outreach coordinator for Dayton History and Steve Wright, the great-grandnephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Alex Heckman speaks first on the home’s history.

On today’s WYSO Weekend, Alex Heckman with Dayton History is back to tell us about this year's Wright at Home open house at Hawthorn Hill. Joining us in the interview is Steve Wright, the great-grandnephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright.  He’ll give us a little more insight into his famous ancestors. We’ll also talk to Tim Kambitsch—director of the Dayton Public Library about next week’s grand-opening of the new Northwest branch. We’ve also got Miami Valley StoryCorps and this week’s Culture Couch with Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds. See details below.

Possible criminal charges against the 911 caller in the John Crawford Case are still up in the air, as is the federal investigation of potential charges against officers who shot and killed Crawford responding to that call.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald has announced that Dayton will be home to the VA national Archives at the VA Medical Center.

Ohio’s U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown was behind that effort, which he says began long ago.

Kathy and Gary Turnipseed have a lot of heart and passion for the work they're doing. They are two-thirds of the staff at Ruff Transport—an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization that helps bridge the gap for animals needing a ride to rescue facilities, and either foster or forever homes. They call these transports Freedom Rides and recently, the pair joined WYSO's Jerry Kenney in the WYSO studios to talk about the work they’re doing. You'll also hear about a show drive taking place and learn how you can help.

On today’s WYSO Weekend, Dayton Youth Radio, WYSO Curious and our occasional arts series, Culture Couch. Later in the program, you’ll hear about some local citizens who provide freedoms rides to animals in need, and up first, the next in our series Women's Voices From The Dayton Correctional Institution. See Details Below.

AIDS Resource Center Ohio has announced a name change for the organization and a shift in their mission focus.

For 30 years, the Miami Valley has hosted the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championship. The event, spanning two weekends, brings thousands of people into the area to witness the indoor color guard, percussion and winds ensemble competition.

Bart Woodley is the director of operations for WGI Sport of the Arts. He says this years event will break exisiting records with more than 60,000 in attendance.

Fairborn Judge Beth Root has ruled there is probable cause to prosecute Ronald Ritchie, the 911 caller who reported that John Crawford III was carrying a gun inside a Beavercreek Walmart in August of 2014. Crawford was holding a BB gun sold by the store when he was shot by police responding to the call.

The Ohio Department of Education has adopted new common standards for school counselors. They require counselors to be ready to provide a range of services including academic assistance, career development, and emotional support for students.

DP&L is offering free home energy kits to its customers. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Jerry Kenney spoke with Kara McMillen, the energy provider’s residential program manager, to get more details.

On this edition of WYSO Weekend: Dayton Youth Radio, and you’ll hear about a new office for males of color opened up by the Dayton Public School district. And later in the program, how DP&L is helping customers save energy and money! We've also got Bill Felker with Poor Will's Almanack. See full details below.

Avian World Rescue Kingdom is a bird rescue organization that is currently home to about twenty-one exotic bird species, including Cockatoos, McCaw’s and other varieties.

On Sunday morning, March 27th, Carillon Historical Park will once again host an Easter Sunrise Service – just as it has for the last 75 years. The anniversary is a special one for the park, known for preserving some of the city’s most important, historical artifacts and history. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Jerry Kenney spoke to Alex Heckman who is the director of education and museum operations for Dayton History.

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