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.

Ways To Connect

Bike Miami Valley

A $1 million bike share project was announced by Bike Miami Valley and the Greater Dayton RTA Thursday morning.  

Laura Estandia with Bike Miami Valley says the goal of the program, known as “Link”, is to promote more active lifestyles in the city.

“This is a transportation tool for downtown that’s going to link together different areas of interest...it’s going to do a lot for the connectivity of our region,” she said.

Businessman, Rick Wegmann named new executive director of Miami Valley Works
GESMV

Miami Valley Works, has named a new executive director.  Businessman, Rick Wegmann will lead the agency, which is an initiative of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV), and other groups, like the Dayton Foundation, the Dayton Business Committee, and the Greater Dayton Commission on Minority Inclusion

According to a press release from GESMV, Wegmann is the co-founder of information technology provider, Digital Concepts Inc.

Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, Ohio
Jerry Kenney

After losing the contract to provide food service for Ohio Prisons in 2013, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, (OCSEA) is trying to win the contract back.

To save costs two years ago, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections selected Aramark, a large private contractor, to supply food to state prisons.

Aramark has been scrutinized in the last year following reports of unsanitary work conditions, and staffing and food shortages. But prisons director Gary Mohr says he's not concerned about renewing the contract.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Rediscovered Radio and Community Voices. Plus we’ll hear about a possible shared space in downtown Dayton that would give residents access to high tech digital equipment, and a documentary film making it’s debut in Dayton next week. See full program details below.

Maziar Bahari is a journalist, film maker and human rights activist from Iran. His work landed him in an Iranian prison for several month’s in 2009. His memoir Then They Came for Me was the basis for The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart's 2014 film Rosewater. In 2014 Bahari produced and directed the documentary film To Light a Candle about the persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran. 

To find out more about the film and its maker, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dr. Jim Malarky, Chair of Humanities at Antioch University. 

As Governor John Kasich prepared to deliver his State of the State speech in Wilmington Tuesday night, members of his administration fanned out to visit other communities in the state. The visits served several purposes.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director, Gary Mohr, was in southwest Ohio visiting the Lebanon and Warren Correctional Facilities.

Focus on people

Partners Jeff Opt and Erin Vasconcelos hope to turn this room in the Old Yellow Cab Building into a "maker Space."
Jerry Kenney

Dayton’s "old" Yellow Cab Co. building could be the location of a manufacturing site that would offer people the chance to design and build their own products. 

The idea behind FabSpace is to give local residents and entrepreneurs access to high-tech digital, manufacturing equipment, like a laser cutter, or 3D printer. Project organizer, Jeff Opt, says it’s part of a new industrial revolution.

“It’s very good confluence of both technology and community working together," he says.

Shaad Ahmed
Jerry Kenney

Earlier this month three Muslim-American students were found dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina—and a local Dayton resident says he knew them well.

Deah Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19 were shot and killed over a reported parking dispute. Their neighbor, 46 year old Craig Hicks, turned himself in several hours after the crime. He was indicted by a grand jury last week.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Dayton Youth Radio and more from our Veteran’s Voices series. We’ll here from a visiting professor at Antioch College who will talk about recent waves of children crossing the US border from Central America. And you'll hear from a Dayton man who shared a close bond with three Muslim American college students shot and killed in Chapel Hill, North Caroline earlier this month.  See full program details below.

Tuskegee Airmen
Jerry Kenney/WYSO / NMUSAF

This month, the National Museum of the United States Air Force is featuring an exhibit dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen—an all African-American army air corps squadron who served in the WWII.  The museum has expanded the exhibit, and to find out more about the Airmen and their historical significance, we spoke with museum historian Dr. Jeff Underwood. In the following interview, Underwood calls the inception of the Tuskegee Airmen into WWII a 'watershed moment' in American military and civil rights history.

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