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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Net-zero Homes
Jerry Kenney

Jeffrey Testerman is a custom home builder and remodeler.  He designed and built a net-zero home that was featured in this year’s Homarama. A net-zero home is one that produces as much energy as it uses. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Testerman says the Lewisburg, Ohio house you’ll hear about next should actually produce more energy than it uses. 

You can find out more about homes like this one at hometrends.com.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: The sweet sounds from Moriah Haven – She played live Wednesday night on Kaleidoscope and talked about her new EP, The Growth Project with Juliet Fromholt – We’ll play you part of that conversation. We’ll also talk to the designer and builder of a home in Lewisburg that produces as much energy as it uses. We’ve got Climate Commentary From Bob Brecha and Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack. See full details below.

The DMAX plant in Moraine is getting an $82 million boost from its owners, General Motors and Isuzu. The investment will support diesel engine-related production and create about 150 jobs over the next three years. The company already has about 600 employees at its Dryden Road facility.

The plant was founded in 1998 DMAX by GM and Isuzu and has reported the production of almost 1.7 million engines since 2000. 

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While U.S. presidential candidates spar over refugees and religion, Syrians continue to flee their country by the tens of thousands.

On Wednesday, University of Dayton students and other groups will hold a public forum to talk about the Syrian refugee crisis and what it means locally.

Director of the Human Rights Studies Program at UD, Natalie Florea Hudson, says seniors in her class wanted to organize the forum in response media reports they were seeing.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: a powerful Veteran’s Voices looks at Vets and the high rates of suicide they experience. Later in the program, the intrastate football rivalry between Cincinnati and Cleveland marches on. And, we’ll hear about the power of using art as activism. See full details below.

A long-standing member of Congress from Michigan will visit Columbus and Dayton this weekend to talk about poverty and other issues. 

About 1.7 million people in Ohio were living in poverty in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau. John Bennett with the Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton (CAP) says that number hasn’t moved much in the last few years.

On today’s WYSO Weekend: Veteran’s Voices and WYSO Curious.  And you'll hear from several local non-profit agencies and groups who are doing great work here in the Miami Valley. 

The non-profit, St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton annually serves over 100,000 people in the Miami Valley. This Thanksgiving, the organization will provide more than 400 meals through various services to people and families in need.

The Rubi Girls

This Saturday, November 28 at 8pm, Dayton’s very own Rubi Girls will perform an annual benefit show to raise money that will go to fight HIV/AIDS.

The 'Girls' will take the stage at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum to present The Show Must Go On, an annual event now for about 17 years. 

To find out more about the show and about the Rubi Girls themselves, we caught up with founding members, Josh Stucky and Brent Johnson, and Rubi member Jonathan McNeil.

A local non-profit is putting out a call for help in the way of donations.  Hanna’s Treasure Chest in Centerville helps families and children in need by supplying gently used care packages of clothing, toys, books, and games.

They serve as a donation collection site and then work with social service agencies in Montgomery, Butler, Greene and Warren Counties to distribute the goods to needy families in those areas.

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