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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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, state officials are cautioning Ohioans who want to help flood victims to watch out for charity scams.

In a statement Tuesday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine urged Ohioans to do their homework before sending money to any organizations promising to help Harvey flood victims.

The Attorney General advises residents to research organizations requesting donations. He says "it's not safe to assume charities recommended on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been vetted."

Fair at New Boston


The annual Fair at New Boston is celebrating 35 years in existence. The historical 'look back in time' event keeps growing according to organizers who say the fair became an annual event soon after successful bicentennial celebrations took place in the area.

Pam Cottrel, marketing director for the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association and the Fair at New Boston, says roughly 600 costumed history lovers, vendors and artisans will help create an authentic recreation of pioneer life 200 years ago.

Welcome to your weekly radio magazine, WYSO Weekend. Coming up on today’s program, you’ll hear some music from one of our upcoming guests at the WYSO Community Concert taking place on September 10th at Riverscape Metro Park. Later in the program, Bill Felker has this week’s Poor Will’s Almanack. See full details and check out the program below.



This summer, WYSO has brought you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. Today, in our final installment of that series we’ll meet Heather Reese. 40-year-old Heather has Down syndrome, a heart defect called MR, and a visual impairment. In this story, Heather takes us on a tour of United Rehabilitation Services in Dayton, where she works. And, we meet Heather’s mom, Sue Reese, who also works at URS.


Organizers say the annual symposium at Sinclair Community College give numerous veterans, health, and even law enforcement groups the chance to “better address the mental health care needs of veterans and their families.”

“We have national, state and local speakers that are deeply connected with veterans that might be also experiencing addictions that we’ll be addressing during this summit,” says Jodi Long, director of treatment and supportive services at Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS).

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The House of Bread community kitchen in West Dayton has been feeding area residents and families in need for more than 30 years. Now, the nonprofit is close to reaching its goal in a major capital campaign aimed at expanding its existing facility.

House of Bread has already raised about $800,000 toward its overall goal of $1.4 million.

Executive director Melodie Bennett says all funds raised in the campaign will be used to expand the organization’s now-overcrowded dining room facilities.

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Skywatchers in North America are gearing up for today’s once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. For the first time in nearly 100 years, the moon will pass directly between the sun and the earth. People in the Dayton area will be able to see it between around 1:30 and 4pm this afternoon.  

The eclipse promises to be especially awe-inspiring for anyone located under the so-called path of totality. That’s the moon’s shadow as it tracks across the earth from northern Oregon - heading southeast across the U.S. to South Carolina.   The Miami Valley is located about five hours north of the “path of totality.” But Kevin Busarow, from high performance optics company Oberwerk says people will still be able to see the moon cover about 80 percent of the sun.   

Busarow says it’s important for eclipse-watchers to practice safety precautions and protect their eyes.

Welcome to our weekly radio magazine, WYSO Weekend. In this program we've got  the information you’ll need to view the solar eclipse taking place on the 21st, and you'll hear how a local non-profit that feeds families and individuals in need hopes to expand their services. 

This summer, we’re bringing you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. Today, we explore the issue of employment discrimination and access. And WYSO producer Anna Lurie introduces us to Susan Koller and Tom Webb -- who both have cerebral palsy. They say work environments often aren’t set up to accommodate disabilities. Many people with mobility issues in the workplace need special software or other assistive technology. 

Welcome to your weekly radio magazine, WYSO Weekend.  In this program - an excerpt from a spectacular edition of A Country Ramble. Last Sunday night, August 6, 2017, long time music hosts on WYSO, Tom Duffy and Fred Bartenstein, spent two hours reminiscing and reflecting back 90 years to the birth of commercial country music. It all happened when the Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers got together for a series of recording sessions in Bristol, Virginia, now known as the Bristol sessions.

This summer, we’re bringing you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. Today, we meet Darrell Dean, who works at a disability services organization in Dayton. As WYSO’s April Laissle explains, at first, Darrell struggled to find a job after he graduated from high school.

Sherrod Brown

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is pushing back against a decision by the Pentagon to close an office overseeing key defense manufacturing programs in the Dayton area. The programs have been headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for the last 30 years.

Department of Defense officials recently announced a plan to relocate more than a dozen jobs to the Pentagon.

Brown and other members of the House and Senate have sent a letter to DOD Secretary James Mattis urging him to keep oversight of the programs in Ohio.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event to highlight "My Brother's Keeper," an initiative to expand opportunity for young men and boys of color, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was in Springfield on Friday to kick-off a program designed to help boys and young men of color get ready for college and careers. 

The Ohio program is affiliated with a national program called “My Brother’s Keeper.” It was started by the Obama administration as a way to address educational opportunity gaps for young people in underserved communities around the country.

Sen. Brown has been a champion of the program - launching chapters in Dayton, Toledo, Mansfield, Lorain County and elsewhere in the state.