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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Thanks for checking out WYSO Weekend, the home of YSO produced news and features. On today’s program Miami Valley StoryCorps and Dayton Youth Radio. Later in the program, there are more than 1,300 disabled artists who work with We Care Arts in Kettering, Ohio every year. Coming up, Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds will bring us a day-in-the-life-profile of one of those artists. See full details below.

Former Fairborn Primary School teacher, Scott Ervin, used his disciplinary skilles to work with the school's toughest kids.
Jerry Kenney

Scott Ervin has served as an educator for 15 years. But his love for teaching has been overshadowed by recent changes and mandates from the Ohio Department of Education. So much so that he recently resigned his teaching position at Fairborn Primary School. Ervin penned his frustrations in a recent editorial for the Washington Post.

CEO of USRowing, Glenn Merry says the partnership will be a boon to both the park system and the sport.
Jerry Kenney

Dayton residents could see a few more oars in the water in coming months. Five Rivers MetroParks has announced the start of a Community Olympic Development Program to train young rowers.

There are already 12 of these programs around the country—but this is the first in the nation developed for the sport of rowing.

The Dayton Boat Club, Greater Dayton Rowing Association and Five Rivers will work with the U.S. Olympic Committee and USRowing.

The CEO of USRowing, Glenn Merry, says the partnership will be a boon to both the park system and the sport.  

In this edition of WYSO Weekend, the home of YSO produced news and features: Community Voices and Dayton Youth Radio. Bill Felker has this week's Poor Will’s Miami Valley Almanack. And we’ll look at a new program taking place in Dayton that aims to curb the high rate of infant deaths in Ohio. See full details below.

State officials announce the rollout of the Centering Pregnancy program offering women a support network of prenatal care.
Jerry Kenney

  A health center in Dayton is one of four in Ohio selected to pilot a prenatal care program designed to lower the state’s infant mortality rate. Ohio ranks 47th in the nation for infant deaths, and 50th for African American populations.

State Senator Shannon Jones (R) calls the numbers abysmal.

“It’s really an indicator of how safe and healthy our women and children are in the state,” she said at a gathering to announce the program rollout.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: WYSO’s Dave Barber takes a look at baseball legend Pete Rose ahead of this Tuesday’s All Star Game where Rose will make an appearance.  We’ve got Dayton Youth Radio and Climate Commentary from Bob Brecha. And YSO Music Director Niki Dakota will give us the scoop on our Open House taking place today. See full details below.

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The city of Dayton will continue to use its traffic cameras, but will now only make citations when an officer is present. It’s part of an ongoing face-off with the state over the use of the speed and red light cameras.

In March, the state of Ohio created a law banning the use of traffic cameras to ticket drivers, unless a police officer was on site.  

Several cities, including Dayton filed lawsuits against the state, saying the law violated "home rule" authority.

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Health officials in Dayton are putting their support behind an HIV prevention drug out on the market.   

Once used to treat HIV positive individuals, the drug Truvada was approved by the Food and Drug Administration three years ago as a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or 'preventative' medicine for people who are HIV negative.

Last year the Centers for Disease Control joined the FDA in their support, now, public health agencies doing the same. 

Dayton Children's is also expanding in the city of Dayton, with this new patient tower.
Dayton Children's Hospital

The Dayton Children’s Hospital has announced a major expansion of its facilities in Springboro.

The hospital plans to spend nearly $50 million to more than double the size of its south suburban location to include a surgery center and emergency facilities.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Community Voices and Dayton Youth Radio.  We’ll also talk to the developer of a new smart phone app that helps lost pets get back to their owners.  Then we'll talk with Montgomery County Animal Resource Center to learn more about the stray pet population here at home. See full details below.

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