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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More people in the city of Dayton are dying from gun violence this year. The problem is particularly severe in the neighborhoods of West Dayton. City officials say the number of gun-crimes is also up -- despite an overall drop in violent crime since 2011. To learn more about the gun-related homicide rate, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. In the interview, Chief Biehl says the department is stepping up efforts to prevent gun crime and gun-related killings in...

EF Hutton executives stand in front of their new headquarters in downtown Springfield.
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Springfield City Commissioners voted Tuesday evening to approve a large tax-incentive program for its newest corporate resident, EF Hutton. The financial industry giant moved its headquarters to the city earlier this year, promising Springfield officials it will bring more than 400 jobs to the city over the next five years. The company estimates the hiring would amount to more than $24 million in annual wages to Springfield employees. Springfield would return half that money back to EF Hutton...

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine. Our local producers have been out in full force recently and in this program you’ll hear Rediscovered Radio, Dayton Youth Radio, and Veteran’s Voices. We’ve also got Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack. See full details below. The American jazz pianist Cecil Taylor is a pioneer of what is called free jazz—music which often discards notated scores and breaks with meter and conventional harmonic progression. Now 87, his first recordings were...

Lynze Hensley

With Thanksgiving Day under their belts and the holiday shopping season officially underway, holiday gift-givers will be out in force this weekend. While some shoppers will likely head to big-box retailers like Target and Walmart, local business owners are hoping some people will consider shopping small instead. Small Business Saturday is a marketing campaign started in 2010 by American Express. Since then the idea has been embraced in all fifty states and supported by the federal government...

Jerry Kenney

Montgomery County officials have set a deadline for Stony Hollow Landfill in Dayton to cap foul-smelling emissions. Nearby residents have submitted hundreds of complaints about bad odors coming from the plant. Miamisburg mayor Dick Church heads the Montgomery County Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He says even residents in his city are complaining about the foul smell. “It’s a terrible odor and I don’t blame the residents one bit," he says. "I wouldn’t want to put up with it and they shouldn...

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, WYSO’s weekly radio magazine. On today’s program, Dayton Youth Radio and Veterans’ Voices. You’ll also hear from The Alleghany Front’s Julie Grant on how some are trying to reimagine the Ohio river’s health and economic impact. See full details below. Hundreds of parents, teachers and teachers’ aides packed into a Dayton School Board meeting last night. They came expecting to hear more about the district’s plans to layoff or reassign teacher’s aides and other...

Downtown Dayton Partnership

This week, the Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) released the annual highlights of their ongoing Special Improvement District plan - designed to aid the city with business recruitment and retention, marketing, strategic planning and revitalization efforts. The plan was the first of its kind in the state and is considered an investment that has paid off, according to Sandy Gudorf with the DDP. In this interview with WYSO , she offers some details on how the program has benefited the city. The...

Ed Davis

Wright Memorial Public Library is inviting local residents to share their thoughts and reactions to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election in an oral history project in the next week. To get the details, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with the Wright Library's Robyn Case, who’s leading the project. In a released statement, Research Librarian Robyn Case said “Americans have been through a lot during this long, contentious election cycle. Libraries foster freedom of ideas and community involvement, so...

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine. Check out this week's features below, and you can hear past episodes here . This week, WYSO began season 3 of Veterans' Voices , stories about local military veterans produced by student veterans at Wright State University. Last year, NPR Veterans Correspondent Quil Lawrence visited Wright State to talk to students about his experiences as a war correspondent. He spoke to Marine Corps veteran, and Wright State student Jeremy Dobbins of...

Dayton voters said yes to Issue 9 and voted to increase taxes on city residents to 2.5 percent. The levy will raise funds to cover a $5 million budget shortfall and provide funding for universal pre-K education and street maintenance. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was pleased with the voters' decision and told WYSO News that the new funds were the focus of this morning’s city budget meeting. “You’ll start seeing that investment in the first quarter of next year as we work to really increase the...

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