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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Education
6:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Dayton Public Schools Asked To Halt Suspensions

Credit Michael Kellen

A local group has asked Dayton public schools for a moratorium on out of school suspensions. Racial Justice now presented their request at a school board meeting last night.  

According to the group, Black students accounted for 80% of school suspensions in 2011.

Professor Vernellia Randall with the University of Dayton is co-founder of Racial Justice now. She says removing students from the school system for non-violent offenses sets up an unfavorable pattern..

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Around the Miami Valley
11:32 am
Tue April 15, 2014

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Tours I-75 Project

The I-75 project, which began in 2007, is expected to be completed in 2017.
Credit Jerry Kenney

Federal Transportation officials were in Dayton on Monday to highlight the city’s I-75 revitalization project.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is touring several cities around the country where major road construction projects are taking place.  At the stop in Dayton, Foxx noted that the I-75 project is getting done with federal, state, and local dollars.  

The Secretary also said that several of the nation's transportation funding programs are set to expire and he called on Congress to support a long-term transportation bill to keep projects like I-75 going. 

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Statewide News
12:01 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Ohio Must Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriage

A federal judge has ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states.  Judge Timothy Black's ruling on Monday criticized the state's "ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

He says the state's marriage recognition bans are unconstitutional and unenforceable.

Rick Cauthen and his partner of nine years, were married in New York in 2012. He says when they had their taxes done this year, it was a reminder that Ohio considers their marriage invalid.

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Around the Miami Valley
7:01 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Wright Brothers' Factory Could Become Part of National Park System

Wright Factory in Dayton, Ohio
Credit Jerry Kenney

An effort to preserve the original Wright Brothers airplane factory got a boost Wednesday when Governor John Kasich signed the state’s 2014 capital budget. The historic site could become part of Dayton’s national aviation park system. 

Demolition has already started at the former Delphi plant on Home Avenue where the Wright Factory is located. The National Aviation Heritage Alliance hopes to purchase the historic buildings and 20 surrounding acres. A private developer owns the land now. 

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Around the Miami Valley
11:20 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Montgomery County Fairgrounds Closer to Move

Montgomery County Fairgrounds Grandstands
Credit Jerry Kenney

The passage of two zoning ordinance changes by the Brookville City Council on Tuesday night paved the way for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to relocate there, but some involved with the project say there is still a lot to do before the move can take place.

Tuesday night’s vote would have taken place two weeks ago, but Brookville City Council tabled it until they could secure funding for a road extension through the fairground. 

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