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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Today’s WYSO Weekend is all about people – people persevering in their own lives and people changing the lives of others.  Some have made their mark on history and some are still making their mark today.  Just ahead, you’ll meet the latest inductees into the Dayton Region's Walk of Fame and hear their stories. We also have commentaries this week from Dan Patterson and Bob Brecha. Up front, our final TEDxDayton Speaker, David Gasper. See program details below.

Neon Movies

The Dayton LGBT Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and to find out about this year’s selections, we spoke once again with Jonathan McNeil, manager at the Neon Movies in downtown Dayton.

McNeil says festival passes sold out quickly this year but individual tickets are still available for all shows.  Friday night's ticket stub will get you into an expanded after-party at Gilly's nightclub following the movie.

Jerry Kenney

On WYSO Weekend, we’ve been introducing you to some of the speakers at this year’s TEDxDayton conference. It happens October 16th at the Victoria Theatre, and we're giving you a small taste of who some of the speakers are and what they plan to talk about. Today you’ll meet Karin VanZant.

In this week's edition of WYSO Weekend: Community Voices producer Jocelyn Robinson looks at the uncertain future of Kids HIV Camps, and we’ll hear the lineup of films in this year’s Dayton LGBT Film Festival. Later in the program, Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Miami Valley Almanack.


As WYSO reported in June, in Montgomery County heroin overdoses climbed 226 percent from 2010 to 2014.  2015 numbers aren’t out yet, but they are expected to be up as well. With those high rates in mind, a Fairborn Municipal Court judge has started a new program to tackle the problem. Judge Beth Root spearheaded the new drug court program and talked to WYSO’s Jerry Kenney how it works.

Dayton Power & Light

Continuing their Right Tree, Right Place program this fall, DP&L is reminding residents how important selecting the right tree is when planting close to power lines. 

With both environmental and safety concerns in mind, DP&L says “trees are an important part of the environment that beautify our neighborhoods and communities,” and also says that “trees too close to power lines can become a hazard and contribute to power outages.”

Ohio Senate

State Sen. Bill Beagle says he’s interested in taking over John Boehner’s congressional seat when the Speaker of the House steps down next month.


Beagle represents Ohio’s 5th senate district and though no dates for a special primary election have been announced, he says he will enter the race to represent Boehner’s 8th congressional district. Those two districts have some overlap.


Sen. Beagle says he has the economic track record to help get the job done.



Five million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease - 210,000 in Ohio. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the nation and is a disease that still has no cure.

On Oct. 10, some local kids will Rock the Walk for ALZ at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.  Anne Potter is the founder of the Camps Rock mobile app we told you about earlier this year.  She’s also the organizer behind Kids Rock the Walk and we talked to her about it this excerpt from WYSO Weekend. You'll also here from two kids who have been affected by ALZ.

Jerry Kenney

Last week began introducing you to some of the speakers at this year’s TEDxDayton conference. It happens Oct. 16 at the Victoria Theatre, and our purpose is to give you a small taste of who some of the speaker are and what they plan to talk about. Today you’ll meet Harriet Kamakil-Brown.

Harriet works and studies at the University of Dayton. She moved here 10 years ago and attended Sinclair Community College and Wittenberg University. Today she tells us about growing up in Kenya’s largest slum, how she came to Dayton and what she’ll tell TEDx audiences.

Mark Ensalaco
Jerry Kenney

On October 2nd and 3rd, the University of Dayton will host an international human rights conference. Representatives of leading human rights and philanthropic foundations, and other educational and advocacy institutions will convene for two days of lectures and discussions on sustainable development, climate justice, corporate social responsibility, and the funding of human rights and development projects.