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.

Ways To Connect

Winning photo from TLT's 2014 sunflower picture contest.
Tessa Kalman

In celebration of Tecumseh Land Trust’s upcoming 25th anniversary, the regional land preservation organization and WYSO 91.3 FM radio are co-sponsoring an essay contest for area writers to reflect on the meaning of “living on the land.”  To find out more about the contest and a series of workshops coming up, we spoke with Ed Davis - a member of the board of trustees with the land trust.

Brunner Literacy Center

Illiteracy continues to be an issue for many adults.  It affects their lives in some big ways—the employment they receive, the people they communicate with. One area organization is fighting illiteracy head on through education services for adults.  Jacki Mayer is the executive director at Brunner.  This week we sat down for a conversation about the services they offer and how they’re changing lives.

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Three people are vying for a seat as Montgomery County Commissioner in the election November 4th. The incumbent, Democratic Commissioner Dan Foley, will face off against former Dayton Mayor, independent Gary Leitzell, and Republican Mike Nolan.  

Commissioner Foley says the last eight years have been tough on the Miami Valley, but things are getting better.

“You know, while nobody’s walking down the street giving high-fives to each other yet, we are clearly starting to fight back and I’ve played a part in that," he says.

The last day of school is usually the best day of school for many kids growing up—then it’s off for a summer of fun with family and friends.  Over summer vacation, many kids will participate in learning programs or some sort of activity that keeps them engaged in the learning process. But not all kids have access to those enrichment programs.  They can be scare for lower income kids and families without access.

Jerry Kenney

Dayton’s Five Rivers MetroParks played a key role in developing a new set of national guidelines aimed at helping communities create natural, outdoor play areas for children. The report, Nature Play & Learning Places: Creating and Managing Places Where Children Engage with Nature, released last month by the National Wildlife Federation, features the children’s park at Hills and Dales Metropark.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

This week, health officials hope to hope to raise awareness about the importance of HIV prevention and education, particularly within the region’s Latino community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that just four years ago, in 2010, close to 6,700 new HIV infections were detected among Latino populations. 

Citing those national figures, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County stated, “the largest number of new [HIV] infections among Latino gay and bisexual men occurred among those aged 25 to 34.”

Dayton's officials are coming up against some unknowns in the budget process for next year.
Derek Jensen

Coming up in this edition WYSO Weekend:

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Highway patrol units in three states will launch a weekend crackdown on impaired drivers starting tonight at midnight.

Increased patrols over the weekend will focus on I-70 from Pennsylvania, through Ohio and Indiana.

Officials say they want to “reduce unsafe driving behaviors,” and they’ll be on the lookout for seat belt violations, aggressive driving and impaired motorists.

Ebola
Public Library of Science

As concerns spread about a worldwide Ebola crisis, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County has setup a hotline to answer questions about the disease.

The hotline is a regional number for Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties. Spokesman Bill Wharton says it’s something their organization had already been working on when the current crises arose.

Members of the Ohio Student Association have been camped out at the Beavercreek police station since Monday.
Steve Bognar

UPDATE AND VIDEO: Student protesters left unsatisfied today after a meeting with Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers.

More than 40 demonstrators occupied the entrance of the police station after the meeting, and said they will continue their protest.

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