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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Wright State University President, David R. Hopkins has announced he’ll retire in June, 2017 when his current contract expires.   

Hopkins spent three years as university provost before becoming president in 2007. Since then, he’s overseen dramatic expansion of the campus and its curriculum. He says, in that time, more than 30,000 students have finished degrees at Wright State.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: We’ll talk with University of Dayton Provost Paul Benson about his new appointment, and you’ll hear about the historic Dayton Woman’s Club. And later in the program, Juliet Fromholt talks to the band Curse of Cassandra – you’ll hear about their next album release and some of the music they featured Wednesday night on Kaleidoscope. More details below.

Ohayo Ohio is a 10-day Japanese symposium and cultural event taking place in Yellow Springs from April 30 through May 9. A variety of workshops, presentations and exhibits on traditional and contemporary Japanese art, culture and language will be offered. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Jerry Kenney spoke with Instructor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College and symposium organizer Beth Bridgeman. You can check out the full schedule of events here.    

  WYSO is licensed to Antioch College.

Rebuilding Together Dayton

78 year old Harold Jones has lived in Dayton’s Westwood neighborhood for close to fifty years.

“The house that I live in, it began to corrode and at the time, I didn’t have finances to fix it,” he says.

Jerry Kenney

Three local teams of high school students are headed to the World FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis this week. FIRST™ is the acronym For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The teams are made up of students from Oakwood, Fairmont, Dayton Early College Academy (DECA), Springboro, West Carrollton and Vandalia.

Jerry Kenney

A new 28 room, hotel has opened up for business in the village of Yellow Springs.

The Mills Park Hotel was named for William Mills, an early settler to the area, who financed the first railroad and helped to build the town’s infrastructure.

The hotel is owned by developers Jim and Libby Hammond and has been under construction for about two years.

Early reaction to the design and location were mixed, but Yellow Springs resident Angela Moore says the three-story Victorian style hotel fits in with the “front porch culture” that’s present in the village.

On this week's WYSO Weekend, you’ll meet some local students headed to St. Louis in the week ahead to compete in the World FIRST Robotics Championship. You’ll get the 411 on a major cultural exchange symposium coming to Antioch College. We've also got Dayton Youth Radio and Cutlure Couch in the mix. Check out the details below.

Kabbeh Davies, Antioch College '18

The group Justice for John Crawford says they’re disappointed with the decision by special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier to not pursue charges of making a false report against Ronald Ritchie, the 911 caller in the John Crawford case.  

The group held a press conference Wednesday evening at the Coretta Scott King Center on the Antioch College Campus in Yellow Springs.

In his decision, Piepmeier said there was no evidence to suggest that Ritchie’s report was intentionally false.

Defense attorneys have entered a not-guilty plea for an Ohio murder suspect accused of putting her 4-year-old stepson in scalding water as punishment the day before he was found dead.
 
The charges against 24-year-old Franklin resident Anna Ritchie also include involuntary manslaughter.
 
Judge Robert Peeler granted a prosecutor's request to increase Ritchie's bond Wednesday from $350,000 to $1 million. Ritchie could post 10 percent.
 

Jerry Kenney

On Friday and Saturday, Dayton Metro Library system will hold its grand opening of the new Northwest branch. Much of the funds for this new branch and renovation to the library's main branch downtown were made possible with the passage of a 2012 bond issue. Located at the corner of Philadelphia Drive and Hillcrest Avenue - where Fairview High School once stood, the library will serve as a cultural center of sorts, while still delivering the services traditional libraries are known for.

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