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Jerry Kenney

Host, All Things Considered and Producer, WYSO Weekend

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend in the late 1980s and soon became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and in February of 1992 was asked if he would be a sub-host for Sunday evening, ambient music program Alpha Rhythms. Jerry filled in that week and then served as AR host for the next 18 years. 

In 2007, Jerry joined the WYSO staff as host of All Things Considered. He soon transitioned into reporting and served as Morning Edition host for five years. He's now back in the afternoons as host of All Things Considered, and also hosts and produces WYSO Weekend, the station's weekly news and arts magazine.

Jerry has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies, and has won several Ohio Associated Press (AP) awards as well as a first place, national award from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRINDI) for his work. 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

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In the age of online advertising, some people still use the old-school method to promote stuff they want to buy and sell –– by posting on bulletin boards in laundromats, restaurants and other establishments. WYSO’s Bulletin Board Diaries brings you some of the stories behind these ads.

Today in the series, we meet 28 year-old, Cedarville resident Andy McFarlane. We found his business card at the Beans-n-Cream coffee shop downtown - listing him as a composer, arranger, and private music instructor.

Premier Health and the University of Dayton say 42 groups and more than 600 people contributed more than 1,300 ideas for the fairgrounds redevelopment project.
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Officials with Premier Health and the University of Dayton say the planned redevelopment of the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds site may take up to several decades. The two organizations that own the 38 acres of land have issued a joint statement saying it could take, “15 to 20 years to achieve the full vision,” of redevelopment.

The Ohio Department of Commerce recently awarded Cresco Labs one of a dozen highly competitive medical marijuana cultivation licenses.
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Ohio Board of Pharmacy officials Monday announced the approval of 56 medical marijuana dispensary locations across the state. But officials say the medical marijuana from growers won’t be available to the dispensaries and patients until after the expected September deadline.

The state pharmacy board says they received more 376 medical marijuana dispensary applications since 2016 when Governor John Kasich signed into law the state’s medical marijuana program.

Fuyao
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A class-action lawsuit alleging Fuyao Glass America failed to pay overtime and give workers adequate breaks is moving forward in the courts. The global Chinese auto glass maker employs more than 2,000 workers at its Moraine plant.

WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dayton Daily News Investigative Reporter Tom Gnau who says the lawsuit’s outcome could have worldwide implications in the manufacturing industry. The case was filed in Dayton federal court last year.  

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A former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain, accused of pepper-spraying a restrained inmate at the Montgomery County Jail in 2015, has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. The settlement is part of a plea deal that also bars the officer from rejoining the ranks of law enforcement.

Captain Judith Sealey was a sergeant when she used pepper spray on then-inmate Amber Swink. Swink was reportedly belligerent but fully restrained in a seven-point harness during the incident.

A video of the altercation released last year by Swink’s attorney drew national attention.

Most people of a certain age have clear memories of the war in Vietnam. This week on Senior Voices, we hear from Brenda Stone. Born in 1939 and raised in Jefferson Township, she worked at the Delco Products plant in Kettering for twenty years. Brenda shared her thoughts on the war - and its impact - with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Hadley Drodge.

Antioch College
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On June 1 and 2 in Yellow Springs, Antioch College and the Community Empowerment Organization (CEO) will host their second Restorative Justice Conference on the Antioch Campus. The theme of this year's discussions center around "Are We There Yet? Healing Harms in Sexual and Family Violence and the Role of Restorative Justice."

CEO director, Jalyn Roe, says the conference, just as it did in 2017,  will feature expert speakers who are at the forefront when it comes to applying restorative practices to a host of social issues.

The rotunda section of the Arcade is in urgent need of repair. downtown dayton
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The Dayton City Commission agreed Wednesday morning to approve a $10 million loan to the development group in charge of renovating the Dayton Arcade. Commissioners will grant the loan to Cross Street Partners, Model Group and McCormack Baron Salazar “at the time the developer group closes its financing arrangements.”

City Manager Shelly Dickstein says the move by the city is a necessary one.

UD River Stewards Summer Team during their 50 mile Float down the LMR in early June. (2016)
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2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Act. The law was created by Congress in 1968 “to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.”

To commemorate the anniversary, the Little Miami Watershed Network (LMWN) of local organizations are putting some extra effort in raising awareness of the river, its tributaries and their importance to the Miami Valley.

Dayton History

Since 2005, when Carillon Historical Park merged with the Montgomery County Historical Society to form Dayton History, the organization has been in high-gear uncovering and promoting Dayton’s past.

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