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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Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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The deadline to register to vote in the March 15th Presidential Primary Election in Ohio is fast approaching.  That deadline is Tuesday, February 16th, just 30 days before the election.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is reminding Ohioans that every vote counts.

"For mayoral races, city council races, school board levies, we've literally had 98 races where one vote made the difference. It could be you this time around. It could be your vote. Make sure you get out there and cast it," he said.

The Community Blood Center in Dayton will initiate new restrictions on blood donations on Monday. They say the new guidelines are a response to concerns about transmission of the Zika virus.   

The center will start screening potential donors who may have traveled has traveled to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America where the virus has been reported.

Mark Pompilio with the blood center says individuals who have traveled to those regions will have to wait 28 days after coming back to donate blood.

Office of Governor John Kasich

Ohio Governor, John Kasich came in 2nd in the New Hampshire Republican primary election on Tuesday. It was good news for his campaign but now the candidate, who’s established himself as a moderate in the GOP  field of presidential hopefuls, moves on to tougher territory – South Carolina and beyond.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivers the 2016 State of the City address at City Hall
Jerry Kenney

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivered the annual State of the City address Wednesday at City Hall.

In the 20 minute speech, the Mayor outlined the city’s progress in job growth, infrastructure improvements, and investments in revitalization projects like the Dayton Arcade, Welcome Dayton and residential housing in the downtown area.

Coming up in today’s program –  we’ll talk about the water crises in Flint, Michigan, and the water that inspired a village name; Yellow Springs. We'll also hear how Ohio could be changing the way it calculates child support payments. Full details below.

The roof of the Arcade. The building has recently sustained water damage.
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City of Dayton officials have approved preliminary plans by development companies Cross Street Partners and Miller-Valentine to turn part of Dayton Arcade into affordable housing units geared towards Dayton’s creative community.

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A number of groups are collecting bottled water for residents in Flint, Michigan.

The City of Dayton and Jet Express, Inc., are working together to collect water for the city that’s been harshly affected by elevated lead levels in its drinking water. 

On Friday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced a lawsuit against Pineview Pines Estates mobile home park in Dayton. DeWine and Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the owner, Tim Dearwester, for numerous violations of Ohio’s safe drinking water laws.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich recently signed into law new statewide regulations ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft. The new laws trump regulations put in place by local governments.  

The legislation sets up new requirements for drivers, including background checks, insurance, and photo IDs. Drivers will also have to provide riders with upfront cost estimates for their trip.

The bill’s co-sponsor, State Representative Bob Hackett, says it clears up confusion for drivers.

Coming up in today’s program – If you’ve ever wondered why WYSO’s signal tends to drop out in certain areas of the Miami Valley, we’ve got the answer for you – and a solution to the problem. We'll also recap some of the week's big stories from around the state.  Full details below.

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