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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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Andy Snow

On Thursday, several notable local figures were inducted into the Dayton Region Walk of Fame.

 

At an induction ceremony at Sinclair College, entertainer Nancy Cartwright, known world-wide as the voice of Bart Simpson was honored, as was former UD Flyer coach Don Donoher, who said his time at UD has meant the world to him and his family.

 

The Montgomery County Family Treatment Court, was recently awarded a three year grant that will be used to improve the safety and well-being of children caught up in the opioid epidemic.

 

To get the details on how the grant will help, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Juvenile Court Judge Tony Capizzi, who oversees the program.

 

 

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Welcome to WYSO Weekend, the home of WYSO produced news and features! In today's program you'll hear Dayton Youth Radio, Community Voices, and WYSO’s occasional Arts series, Culture Couch. See the full details below.

Juliet Fromholt

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Ohio’s early voting laws.

 

The Ohio Democratic Party had sued Ohio Secretary of State John Husted after the elimination of what was known as “golden week” when Ohioans could both register and cast ballots at the same time.

 

On Tuesday, following the decision, Secretary Husted issued a statement saying Ohio remains one of the “easiest states in the nation in which to register and cast your ballot.”

 

Wesley Community Center
Wesley Community Center

In 1966 riots broke out in West Dayton that would affect the community for decades. Out of those riots was born the Wesley Community Center, which for the last fifty years has provided educational, workforce and healthcare services to local residents. They now serve more than 7000 people annually. 

In this interview with WYSO, Yvette Kelly-Fields talks about the center's history, mission and services. She also tells us how the center is celebrating their fifty-years of service to Dayton's west side.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: The latest information on a startling rise in overdose deaths in the Cincinnati area in the last few weeks. And we’ll talk local politics with Wittenberg Political Science Professor Rob Baker and stories from two of our newest Community Voices producers. See the full details below. 

Recently Rob Baker, a political Science professor at Wittenburg University, penned an op-ed for the Dayton Daily News about some important issues taking place in local governments.  To get the details, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke to Baker by phone this week.

Rob Baker’s book Government in the Twilight Zone is available from Suny Press and Amazon.

Heroin Fentanyl Pills.
Drug Enforcement Agency

A recent spike of heroin related overdose deaths in southwest Ohio has officials across state lines concerned and looking for answers. To get more details on what those possible answers might be, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Terry DeMio, a reporter on the heroin beat for the Cincinnati inquirer to get the latest details.

Thousand gather at the Roberts Center in Wilmington to hear candidate Trump speak.
Jerry Kenney

At noon on Thursday, Donald Trump appeared before an enthusiastic crowd of thousands gathered at the Roberts Center in Wilmington, Ohio. Trump was introduced by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who criticized Hillary Clinton's track record as Secretary of State and her controversial dealings with the Clinton Foundation.

The candidate's main focus was the economy and trade deals.

“We’re going to negotiate fair trade deals that put American workers back to work, that put America first,” said Trump.

Jerry Kenney

More families in Montgomery County will be getting tuition help for their preschoolers. On Wednesday, officials announced the expansion of Preschool Promise – part of the Dayton area’s Learn to Earn initiative that hopes to make preschool affordable for every 4-year-old.

The pilot-program began in the city of Kettering just a few years ago. Mayor Don Patterson says it’s been a big help to families there.

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