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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The film Carol makes its debut at the Neon Movies in Dayton Thursday night. The film—much of which was shot in Cincinnati in the spring of 2014—features local residents who served as extras in the film and several Daytonians served on the film’s production crew.

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Beginning Monday, January 11th, the Webster Street Bridge in downtown Dayton will be shut down.

The city of Dayton says it’s tearing down the 100-year-old structure and will replace it with a new one at a cost of more than $10 million dollars.

The city issued a statement saying demolition and construction of the new bridge is expected to be complete by November 2017 and it will feature “wider sidewalks, enhanced lighting and observation plazas.”

In the meantime, Monument Avenue and Keowee Streets will serve as alternate routes for motorists.

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Two Montgomery County Commissioner seats are being challenged in 2016. Four Republicans hope to unseat current democratic commissioners, Judy Dodge and Debbie Lieberman. But, they’ll have to make it through the March primaries first.

The four republican candidates for Montgomery County Commissioner include former Dayton mayor Gary Leitzell and former Englewood City councilman Don Birdsall.  Both men are running against Commissioner Debbie Lieberman.

Happy New Year to all our listeners! In this edition of WYSO Weekend, we have a couple of year end reports on state issues From Ohio Public Radio. Also, Wright State student, Matt Bauer has today’s Veterans’ Voices story. And later in the program, Bob Brecha has this week’s climate commentary. See full details below.

Thanks for joining us on WYSO Weekend – On today’s program, we offer more holiday wishes from WYSO friends and family members. In this week’s Culture Couch you’ll meet a man in perpetual motion—not sure what that means? Stay tuned to find out. We’ve got Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack and WYSO’s Lewis Wallace will introduce us to a new series of stories coming your way in 2016. See full details below.

The "shopping experience" is a key element in the service Matthew's Closet provides.
Jerry Kenney

Throughout the year on WYSO Weekend, we feature local non-profits who are providing services to our community.  This week we spoke to two of the people who operate Matthew’s Closet on Brown Street in Dayton, which provides clothing and other items - at no cost – to those people in need. In this interview excerpt from WYSO Weekend, you’ll hear from Director of Ministry Michael Tarzinski, and the Reverend Julia Roat-Abla with the Dayton Central Church of the Nazarene.  Roat-Abla starts by telling us how the charity is serving the communities of South Park and beyond.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: We’ll introduce you to the folks operating Matthew’s Closet in Dayton. It’s a free clothing ministry serving those in need.  We’ve also got Veterans Voices and WYSO’s Lewis Wallace takes up to the rolling Appalachian foothills south of Chillicothe, in Pike County—it’s one of the poorest areas in the state. Lewis will report on how things could get worse for this community. See the full details below.

County boards of elections are processing many applications from candidates hoping to take over the 8th District congressional seat. That’s the one that was vacated in September by Former House Speaker John Boehner.  

As of Thursday, 20 people had filed applications with the Butler County Board of Elections to run in the 8th district special election - scheduled for March 15th of 2016. 

Former Speaker of the house John Boehner left that position in September of this year after 24 years.

The Tree of Light before and after this week's wind storm.
Tony Bunch and Jerry Kenney

There will be no Christmas miracle for Dayton History and Carillon Park’s Tree of Light.  The 200 foot tall light display covering the historical bell tower was damaged by high winds early Monday morning.

Dayton History President, Brady Kress, says the tree will be back next year.

“You know we were scheduled to take this down right after New Year’s so it didn’t make sense to bring the crane out three more times only to have it up for maybe four or five days. So we’re preparing and getting ready and looking forward to Christmas season 2016,” he said.

A threat to Beavercreek High School this morning around 10am resulted in the evacuation of students and faculty. Following the threat, students were transported to an offsite location and were later bussed to their homes or picked up by parents.

Beavercreek Schools spokesman, Ryan Gilding says today’s threat is one of several in the last few months.

“We take these threats—any threat—seriously, and the safety of our students and our staff are the top priority, and we will always act accordingly to keep them safe,” he said.

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