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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Jerry Kenney

More families in Montgomery County will be getting tuition help for their preschoolers. On Wednesday, officials announced the expansion of Preschool Promise – part of the Dayton area’s Learn to Earn initiative that hopes to make preschool affordable for every 4-year-old.

The pilot-program began in the city of Kettering just a few years ago. Mayor Don Patterson says it’s been a big help to families there.

State labor leaders are reiterating their support behind presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In a news conference scheduled for this morning in Dayton, AFL-CIO President, Tim Burga, will be joined by trade and manufacturing association leaders to expand on the endorsement the group issued in May

Bergholz, Ohio in Jefferson County, near the Pennsylvania border, is a rural, farming community of less than 700 people. Bergholz is mostly known for its Amish community, as of late, notorious for a series of beard cutting attacks that took place in 2011.


Sixteen members of the Bergholz Community waged five attacks on victims who were mostly their Amish relatives who had either left the community or openly showed opposition to it. The sixteen, including leader Samuel Mullet Sr., were eventually charged with hate crimes and sent to prison.


In this edition of WYSO Weekend we’ve got Community Voices and Culture Couch – WYSO’s occasional arts series – and today the return of Politics Ohio. Later in the program, Rebecca Rine has some aviation commentary for us. See full details below.

Thomas Marthinsen

Drug overdose deaths are still on the rise in Montgomery County according to first quarter 2016 numbers.

The Montgomery County Poisoning Death Review tracks and analyzes unintentional drug overdose deaths. According to its report, early 2016 saw a 130% increase in the number of drug overdose deaths in the County compared to the first quarter of 2015.

The report indicates a 26% increase in deaths from illicit Fentanyl in the community. 

Dayton Writers Movement

When Chris and Megan Burnside moved to Dayton about a year they immediately saw a thriving arts community and were drawn to a lot of the collaborative work that was taking place between various artists and organizations. 

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: One woman, one mission, and one tiny house – we’ll tell you how they’re connected. We've got this week's Community Voices, and you’ll hear from the founders of a new collaborative writing group called the Dayton Writers Movement. See full details below.

Mark Murphy

A Miami Valley resident is bringing home a bronze medal from the Rio Olympic Games.

21-year-old Clayton Murphy of New Madison in Darke County ran the 800 meter race in one minute, 42.93 seconds Monday night.

Murphy is a 2013 graduate of Tri-village High school and ran for three seasons at Akron University.

Tri-Village Athletic Director, Brad Gray, says there was quite a celebration after Murphy’s finish in the race. Hundreds of students, teachers and residents gathered in the Tri-Village High gymnasium on Monday night to watch the race.

Thanks for checking out WYSO Weekend! This week we've got dueling politics as the presidential campaigns make their way through the Miami Valley.  We've also got Dayton Youth Radio and our very own Bill Felker with Poor WIll's Almanack.  See full program details below.

Indiana Governor and Vice-presidential candidate, Mike Pence speaks at the Mandalay Banquet Center in Moraine, Ohio.
April Laissle

GOP Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence made a campaign stop in Moraine, Ohio Wednesday. Pence was introduced to a crowd of about 300 at the Mandalay Banquet Center by Congressman Mike Turner.

Pence spent the majority of his 30-minute speech following up on Republican Nominee Donald Trump’s Monday talk on fiscal policy.