Jerry Kenney

Host, All Things Considered and Producer, WYSO Weekend

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.

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Welcome to WYSO Weekend! WYSO’s weekly radio magazine.  In today’s program – a new round of Miami Valley StoryCorps begins with a conversation between a mother and her son.  We’ll have climate commentary from Bob Breca and this week singer songwriter Jesse Littleton paid a visit to the WYSO studios.  You’ll hear part of his conversation with WYSO Music Director and Excursions host, Niki Dakota – and you’ll hear some tunes from Littleton’s band Gran Bel Fisher. See the full program details below.

PHDMC

Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County (PHDMC) has been awarded funding from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) through 2019 to support programming. Awards of $125,000 a year, beginning in 2015, will go toward Public Health’s Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) programs to promote healthier lifestyles. CHC programs run statewide and through the ODH.

Senior students at the Dayton Regional STEM School at work on the Living Lens Project - a partnership with the Newport Aquarium's Wave Foundation.
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This school year, students at the Dayton Regional STEM School teamed up with the Newport Aquarium's Wave Foundation to create short documentaries and a website featuring four different species who make their home at the aquarium. To get details about the program and its impact, We spoke with STEM senior Tess Greene—the executive producer of the Living Lens Project.

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The factory where the Wright Brothers built their original plane will produce another airplane soon - a new replica of the Wright-B Flyer is scheduled to take flight in 2016.

The announcement came from Jay Jabour—president of Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. standing just outside the Wright Company factory in Dayton.

Jabour told the attending press, “The opportunity to build a look-a-like of the 1911 airplane in the original 1911 factory is really exciting.”

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: On today’s program – a new, local series called Veterans’ Voices. You will hear military veterans from the Miami Valley interviewing their fellow veterans. And you’ll learn about a collaboration between students at the Dayton Regional STEM School and the Newport Aquarium—it called the Living Lens Project. See full program details below.

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On Tuesday morning, job seekers filled the Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College to hear auto-glass manufacturer Fuyao talk about the company and its hiring process. 

Rod Fielder from Urbana lived in Moraine and worked at the GM assembly plant when it shut down in 2008.

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Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) says more than 300 people attended the ribbon-cutting for a large new facility on South Main Street Tuesday morning.

Marketing Coordinator Kim Bramlage says Goodwill had long outgrown the Kuntz Road building where the organization has been centered the last 30 years.

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On Wednesday, December 10th, in schools across Dayton, Men of Color are going back to school. The day-long program is designed to provide black students with positive role models.

“Men of Color Go Back To School” is about taking the problems facing young black males head on says City Commissioner Jeffrey Mims.

"They’re leading the pack when it comes to suspensions, being put into special education, incarceration and unfortunately some of these untimely negative situations of violence and death," he adds.

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As refurbishment of the old GM Moraine Assembly plant takes place, new tenant, auto-glass manufacturer Fuyao, will begin a series of information sessions for people looking for employment there.

Wednesday morning at Sinclair Community College, representatives will be on hand to provide information about the company and help applicants file resumes.

The company is working with OhioMeansJobs and Montgomery County to launch a major hiring effort that will fill more than 400 jobs by next spring, and hire close to a thousand employees by year end.

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The non-profit  Dayton History is taking over management of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Learning Center, which is located at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The 14,500 square foot Learning Center features interactive displays that teach kids about the history of flight and Dayton’s connection to that history.

Dayton History President and CEO Brady Kress says partnering with the non-profit NAHF gives Dayton History a bigger profile.

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