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 Village Council of Yellow Springs has called a special meeting to address chaotic events that took place during the city’s annual New Year's Eve celebrations. The public meeting is planned for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Bryan Center gym on Dayton Street in Yellow Springs. 

According to news reports, several police officers Saturday drove vehicles through the traditional on-street gathering in an apparent effort to disperse the crowd just minutes after the midnight ball-drop.

One person was allegedly tazed and then arrested by police.

The 2016 election season has officially come to a close. In today’s Politics Ohio WYSO’s Jerry Kenney speaks with Secretary of State Jon Husted about fears of voter fraud that never materialized and new developments in voter registration.

 

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, WYSO’s weekly radio magazine. On today’s program, WYSO’s occasional arts series, Culture Couch. We’ve got a powerful edition of Dayton Youth Radio and later in the program a tribute to astronaut and former Ohio Senator John Glenn. 

In Wolf Creek and Dayton View, hundreds of homes still stand empty. west dayton abandoned house tour
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

Housing values in Montgomery County are expected to rise next year, according to preliminary data from the Montgomery County Auditor’s office.  

Auditor Karl Keith says the projections are based on what looks like an improving economy, a stronger real estate market and an increase in property sales.

“You go back three years ago we saw values overall drop in Montgomery County drop by about 4%. If you go three years beyond that, in 2011, values dropped," he said. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich Tuesday took action on two bills restricting abortion in the state.

One measure, known as the heartbeat bill, would have banned abortions at a fetus' first detectable heartbeat, which could come as early as six weeks for some women, who may not yet realize they are pregnant.

The governor vetoed that bill, saying it would never survive a court challenge and would cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.

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Last week, Springfield City Commissioners voted to approve a large tax-incentive program for its newest corporate resident, EF Hutton.

The financial industry giant moved its headquarters to the city earlier this year, promising Springfield officials it will bring more than 400 jobs to the city over the next five years. The company estimates the hiring would amount to more than $24 million in annual wages to Springfield employees.

The Octagon Building (known to many as 'The Roundhouse') at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Jerry Kenney

The University of Dayton and Premier Health have announced they’ll join together to purchase and redevelop the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

A purchase agreement for the $15 million sale is expected in mid-January, but UD and Premiere Health say they’ll work closely with Montgomery County, the City of Dayton and the Montgomery County Agricultural Society to close on the deal as early as this spring.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, WYSO’s weekly radio magazine. On today’s program, Dayton Youth Radio and another compelling Veterans Voices. We’ll talk to EF Hutton CEO Chris Daniels about the company’s relocation to Springfield and, later in the program, we’ve got more environmental news from The Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier, and Bill Felker has this week’s Poor WIll’s Almanack. See details below.

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More people in the city of Dayton are dying from gun violence this year. The problem is particularly severe in the neighborhoods of West Dayton. City officials say the number of gun-crimes is also up -- despite an overall drop in violent crime since 2011. To learn more about the gun-related homicide rate, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. 

EF Hutton executives stand in front of their new headquarters in downtown Springfield.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

Springfield City Commissioners voted Tuesday evening to approve a large tax-incentive program for its newest corporate resident, EF Hutton. 

The financial industry giant moved its headquarters to the city earlier this year, promising Springfield officials it will bring more than 400 jobs to the city over the next five years. The company estimates the hiring would amount to more than $24 million in annual wages to Springfield employees.

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