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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WYSO Weekend is the home of WYSO produced news and special features. Today we’ve got WYSO Curious with Lewis Wallace and climate commentary from Bob Brecha. And we've got plenty of reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage. 

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Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states after the U.S. Supreme Court released its 5-4 ruling today. The decision was prompted by lawsuits in several states challenging bans on same sex marriage.

Rich Incorvati with Equality Springfield says it’s a big deal, especially for LGBT communities in Ohio.

A large mural of Paul Laurence Dunbar greets visitors to the Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton.
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The birth of famed poet and Dayton native, Paul Laurence Dunbar, will be celebrated this month. Both, Wright Dunbar, Inc. and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park are hosting several events to commemorate and honor the poet.

WYSO spoke with Mary Mathews at Wright Dunbar about the planned events and the legacy Dunbar left for his hometown.  See full event details in the official press release below the interview (WYSO is not responsible for the written content below).

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: WYSO welcomes back to the Antioch campus, hundreds of alumni for reunion weekend, and many YSO alumni have returned to celebrate the opening of the WYSO Digital Archives. We also have Miami Valley StoryCorps, and Dayton Youth Radio.

The Ohio legislature has approved $2.5 million for the relocation and redevelopment of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds as part of the proposed two-year state budget.

The whole project involves moving the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Brookville and then redeveloping the current location. The result would be a commercial and residential development called Midtown, on Main Street near Miami Valley Hospital.

Dayton RTA To Offer Free Rides Thursday

Jun 16, 2015
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Greater Dayton RTA wants people to leave their cars behind and use public transport for a day.  

Thursday they’re hosting Dump The Pump Day and offering free rides to the public. RTA wants people to try public transport as an alternative to driving themselves.

In a released statement, Director of Planning and Marketing Frank Ecklar said, “It’s our way of reaching out to potential customers who may be interested in giving transit a try. We want people to board our buses and find out how relaxing and comfortable they are."

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Dayton officials say in spite of efforts to lower the rate of accidental drug overdose deaths in the Miami Valley, the numbers are still climbing.

In Montgomery County, unintentional drug overdose deaths increased 63 percent from just two years ago—from 226 deaths in 2013 to 264 in 2014.  Heroin overdoses climbed 226 percent from 2010 to 2014.         

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says the state is moving closer to establishing online voter registration. On Wednesday morning, he testified before an Ohio senate committee calling for the passage of a bill making it easier for voters to register. Husted says the bill has widespread support among lawmakers.

“Democrats and republicans that run elections across the state have endorsed this," he said.  "County commissioners across the state have written letters of support—great for counties because the savings accrues at the county level.”

Xenia Township officials say nearly 1,100 piglets may have died in a Monday night crash on U.S. Route 35. A semi-trailer was carrying 2200 piglets when it lost control, crashed into a guardrail and lost its cargo.

Township Administrator, Alan Stock says the situation was a serious one.

"When you think about 2200 pigs, that can be humorous," He said. "but in all actuality this was a very large scale accident that shut down a highway for eight hours. So the first thing that we’re looking for is public safety.”

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Dayton Youth Radio, Miami Valley StoryCorps and WYSO Curious.  We’ll also hear a report on issues surrounding curriculum and testing assessments in the Vandalia-Butler school District. And Yellow Springs resident, Tim Honchel, talks about his experience translating the English version of a book about growing up in poverty in Central America. See full program details below.

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