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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Health
11:12 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Ohio's High Infant Mortality Rate Addressed In New Bills

In 2013, state lawmakers and health officials toured Ohio, gathering information about the state’s high infant mortality rate. On Wednesday, state senators introduced five new bills to combat the situation. 

Ohio has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation and Republican State Senator Shannon Jones of Springboro says a high infant death rate is a red flag. 

“A state's infant mortality rate is much like the canary that goes down into the coal mine," Jones said. "It’s an indicator of the overall health and wellness of mothers and children in the communities.” 

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Education
11:20 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Land-Grant Designation Brings Opportunities For Central State

The version of the Farm Bill passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday includes a long-sought land-grant designation for Central State University in southwest Ohio.  The status would provide new opportunities for the school.

Land-grants allow colleges or universities to apply for special federal funding in a number of areas of study - in Central State’s case, agriculture.   

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Military
11:11 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Kennedy's Air Force One To Stay At Wright-Patt

Cockpit of President Kennedy's Air Force One - Special Air Mission (SAM) 26000
Credit Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Last week, two Ohio legislators took action to prevent an historical aircraft from being moved out of the state.  That request was granted and so the plane that once served as Air Force One will stay in Dayton, Ohio.

The Boeing aircraft, known as SAM 26000, operated as Air Force One for Presidents Kennedy through Clinton. Since its retirement in 1998, it has found a home at the National Museum of United States Air Force in Dayton.

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Statewide News
4:15 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Gov. Kasich Declares Propane Supply Emergency In Ohio

On Monday, Governor John Kasich issued a ‘statewide energy emergency’ to deal with slowdowns in propane deliveries. Weather conditions and other factors are causing problems for fuel suppliers and their customers, and the governor’s declaration will allow propane and heating oil transporters to drive for more hours and more consecutive days than current regulations permit.

Propane production is actually up in the U.S. over the last five years, so the problem isn’t a shortage, it’s getting the gas to where it’s needed. 

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Arts & Culture
6:37 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Oscar Nominated Films Have Local Ties

Two time Oscar nominated filmmaker, Julia Reichert
Credit Publicity Photo

Nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning, and there are local ties in at least two films up for awards.

Storyboard artist J. Todd Anderson, who worked  with the Cohen Brothers their films Fargo and The Big Lebowski, also worked on the film Inside Llewyn Davis, which is nominated this year for cinematography.

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