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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In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Several local groups are celebrating anniversaries—we’ll tell you about those. And this week we have the next story in our series Women’s Voices: From the Dayton Correctional Institution. See full details below.

In Tuesday’s election, former Dayton mayor Gary Leitzell and Miami Twp. trustee Bob Matthews won their Republican primaries and will go on to challenge two long-serving Democratic incumbents for their Montgomery County Commission seats.

Leitzell and Matthews edged out their party-endorsed opponents—Donald Birdsall and Charlotte McGuire—by several percentage points.

Matthews says he’s looking ahead to the next election, and hopes 40 years experience in business and project management will get him a seat on the commission.

On today’s WYSO Weekend: The first segment in our New series Women’s Voices: from the Dayton Correctional Institution. We’ve got this week’s edition of Culture Couch and Aviation Commentary from Dan Patterson.

Most superdelegates in the Ohio Democratic party have already pledged to support Hillary Clinton at the party’s convention. But a few say they’ll wait until after the Ohio primary on March 15 to decide.

Ohio has 143 delegates to dole out through the Democratic primary, plus 16 superdelegates who can choose whom they'll support.

Donald Domineck

It was just over a week ago that the Rev. Dr. William Schooler was shot and killed near the end of worship services at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton. Schooler, who was 70, was reportedly shot by his brother Daniel after a long-running dispute over some property and other assets. Daniel Schooler has pleaded not guilty to the crime.

On this week's program: Culture Couch, our occasional arts and culture series looks at Teaching Shakespeare -  400 years of the famous writer’s death. We’ve got Dayton Youth Radio and more audio from the WYSO archives to share in Rediscovered Radio.

Donna Schlagheck, with Wright State’s political science department, addresses students faculty and guests at Wright State's Student Union.
Jerry Kenney

Officials at Wright State University kicked off “Debate 2016” celebrations on Super Tuesday with some big fanfare—in September the university will host the first presidential debate between the democratic and republican nominees.

A balloon drop and confetti canons rounded out the event after several speakers gave updates on plans for the big debate.

Donna Schlagheck, with Wright State’s political science department says Wright State’s Board of Trustees has approved an estimated $8 million in upfront costs for planning and security measures.

A 2008 study by the National Fatherhood Initiative estimated that “the cost to taxpayers for father absences approaches $100 billion every year.” They got this number by calculating annual federal expenditures for antipoverty programs and child support enforcement costs. 

In the last few years there has been a push to get those absent fathers back into the lives of their children and provide support in a number of ways—like mentoring, education, and promoting self-sufficiency. 

On this WYSO Weekend:  Dayton City Commissioner Jeffrey Mims Jr. shares his thoughts on a plan we told you about last week that would merge the Montgomery County and City of Dayton governments.  Later in the program we’ll hear from the director of a program designed to get fathers back into the lives of their children and we’ll meet one father who going through that process now. See full details below.

Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Governor John Kasich is still in the race for president—even after he came in 5th in the Republican caucuses in Nevada Tuesday. In media interviews, the candidate says he remains positive about his chances to pick up more support leading up to Super Tuesday primaries next week.


A recent Quinnipiac poll placed Kasich behind Donald Trump in the primary race even in Kasich’s home state of Ohio—that primary is March 15.