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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President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint calls for a more than 13 percent cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The budget would also eliminate the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program. The potential cuts have some Ohio officials worried about how to make up for the lost funding.


For more on what eliminating the Community Development Block Grant Program could mean for people across the Dayton area, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with city commissioner Matt Joseph.


Dayton History

It’s shaping up to be a big week for aviation-history lovers in Dayton. Events kicked off Monday morning with a visit from the grandson of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh to Hawthorn Hill. The Oakwood house was home to the Wright Brothers until the late 1940s.


In June of 1927, large crowds gathered at Hawthorn Hill to see transatlantic flight pioneer Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh made a surprise stop at the Wright family home just one month after his record-setting solo nonstop flight from New York to Paris.  


Stephen Wright Holds a picture of Bishop Milton Wright who lived the last years of his life at Hawthorn Hill with his sons, the Wright Brothers.
Jerry Kenney

On Sunday April 23rd, Dayton History will once again open the doors to Hawthorne Hill. The large house in Oakwood was once home to the Wright brothers. The annual Wright at Home open house will allow visitors to step back in time and live the history of Dayton’s most famous family.


Prominently featured at this year’s event will be stories about the Wright brothers' father, Bishop Milton Wright, who died nearly 100 years ago.  

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine! On today’s program: Dayton Youth Radio and Culture Couch - WYSO’s occasional arts series.  We’ll also dip into the WYSO archives with producer Jocelyn Robinson and Rediscovered Radio. See the full details below.

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Miami Valley Fair Housing

Some Miami Valley officials are adding their voices to a growing chorus of lawmakers from around the country. They're urging the Trump administration to preserve what they say is a critically needed source of funding for neighborhood improvement projects. The so-called Community Development Block Grants would be eliminated under President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine. Here's the lineup for today's program.

The Flanagen high school color guard regroups after practicing  their space-age themed entry in in the 2017 finals. The team includes Captain Natalie Santana (far left, front) and Adyn Register (third from left, back).
Jerry Kenney

The first round of the annual Winter Guard International Sport of the Arts World Championships is now underway. The indoor competition includes color guard, percussion, and marching bands. The event brings thousands of young people from all over the world to Dayton, every year.



During a practice session this week at the Payne Recreational Center in Moraine, thirty or more high schoolers from Flanagan High School in Pemberpines, Florida begin a run through of the routine they hope will get them to the finals.

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Drug Enforcement Agency

The number of opioid overdose victims treated at Greene County emergency rooms nearly doubled over one 24-hour period this week. County officials say they believe the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl is to blame.


Fentanyl is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine. Greene County health officials say even small amounts of the opioid painkiller can be deadly.

In this week’s PO, Karen Kasler talks about legislative initiatives on opiate presciption regulations, Green energy standards being talked about at the statehouse and, up first, passage of the Ohio transportation budget which happened after some compromises in the house and senate were hammered out.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine. Thanks for joining us each Sunday morning, and here online. Coming up in today’s program Dayton Youth Radio and Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almamack. We’ve also got WYSO’s occasional arts series Culture Couch. See the details below.