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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Around the Miami Valley
4:54 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Brunner Center Battles Adult Illiteracy

Students and Tutors working together at the center.
Brunner Literacy Center

Illiteracy continues to be an issue for many adults.  It affects their lives in some big ways—the employment they receive, the people they communicate with. One area organization is fighting illiteracy head on through education services for adults.  Jacki Mayer is the executive director at Brunner.  This week we sat down for a conversation about the services they offer and how they’re changing lives.

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Three Vie For Montgomery County Commissioner's Seat

Dan Foley
Credit Dan Foley - Twitter

Three people are vying for a seat as Montgomery County Commissioner in the election November 4th. The incumbent, Democratic Commissioner Dan Foley, will face off against former Dayton Mayor, independent Gary Leitzell, and Republican Mike Nolan.  

Commissioner Foley says the last eight years have been tough on the Miami Valley, but things are getting better.

“You know, while nobody’s walking down the street giving high-fives to each other yet, we are clearly starting to fight back and I’ve played a part in that," he says.

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Around the Miami Valley
12:22 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Dayton Foundation's 'Learn To Earn' Program Works To Prevent 'Summer Slide'

Students participate in the Dayton Foundation's Learn to Earn program

The last day of school is usually the best day of school for many kids growing up—then it’s off for a summer of fun with family and friends.  Over summer vacation, many kids will participate in learning programs or some sort of activity that keeps them engaged in the learning process. But not all kids have access to those enrichment programs.  They can be scare for lower income kids and families without access.

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Around the Miami Valley
12:06 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Five Rivers MetroParks Helps Develop New National Guidelines For "Nature Play"

Hills and Dales Park Manager, Todd Catchpole stands next to a sign marking the one of the many entrances into the Nature Play Area that have been created to give neighbors easy access to the park.
Credit Jerry Kenney

Dayton’s Five Rivers MetroParks played a key role in developing a new set of national guidelines aimed at helping communities create natural, outdoor play areas for children. The report, Nature Play & Learning Places: Creating and Managing Places Where Children Engage with Nature, released last month by the National Wildlife Federation, features the children’s park at Hills and Dales Metropark.

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Health, Science & The Environment
12:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Credit U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

This week, health officials hope to hope to raise awareness about the importance of HIV prevention and education, particularly within the region’s Latino community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that just four years ago, in 2010, close to 6,700 new HIV infections were detected among Latino populations. 

Citing those national figures, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County stated, “the largest number of new [HIV] infections among Latino gay and bisexual men occurred among those aged 25 to 34.”

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