Jerry Kenney

Host, All Things Considered and Producer, WYSO Weekend

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend in the late 1980s and soon became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and in February of 1992 was asked if he would be a sub-host for Sunday evening, ambient music program Alpha Rhythms. Jerry filled in that week and then served as AR host for the next 18 years. 

In 2007, Jerry joined the WYSO staff as host of All Things Considered. He soon transitioned into reporting and served as Morning Edition host for five years. He's now back in the afternoons as host of All Things Considered, and also hosts and produces WYSO Weekend, the station's weekly news and arts magazine.

Jerry has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies, and has won several Ohio Associated Press (AP) awards as well as a first place, national award from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRINDI) for his work. 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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Premier Health has announced it will close Good Samaritan Hospital sometime late in 2018. Officials say the closing is part of a long-term strategic plan that will strengthen the company and benefit the local community.

 

Premier Health President and CEO, Mary Boosalis said the decision was not made lightly.

 

“We made the very difficult emotional decision that we could not, on a long term basis, sustain two high-acuity hospitals that are only five miles apart,” she said.

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have the first of two stories about teenagers dealing with the Opioid Crisis. Today we'll hear from Megan Johnson, a senior at Centerville High School. *Support for Dayton Youth Radio comes from the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

 

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has withdrawn from the race for Ohio Governor. Before a crowd at the Dayton Public Library downtown, the mayor thanked those who had supported her campaign over the last eight months.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that would extend mental health care to military service members transitioning out of the Armed Forces and back to civilian life. Miami Valley veterans advocates say connecting more struggling veterans with the mental health services they need could help reduce the growing risk of suicide among such veterans in the region.

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The smell of smoke is still present in Hicks Barber Shop and Shave Parlor in the Oregon District, after a fire New Years’ weekend broke out in the kitchen of Salar Restaurant and Lounge.

 

While Salar was more heavily damaged, the barbershop is one of a half dozen other businesses that were forced to close because of smoke damage. The Emporium Building, which houses the businesses, also currently has no electricity, water or heat.

 

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

 

Dayton community members are rallying to support Oregon District businesses after a fire New Years’ weekend. The fire broke out in the kitchen of Salar Restaurant and Lounge, which was heavily damaged. Smoke also affected other nearby shops. I talked to one proprietor about his experience last weekend.

Freezing temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week, and the city of Dayton has opened several city recreational facilities as warming centers for residents who need a place to escape the cold.

Officials say the warming centers will remain open during regular business hours through Friday, Jan. 5.

 

Those centers are:  

 

* Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St.

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On Tuesday, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority board members approved a number of route changes and a rate increase for riders.

 

Under the plan, single-boarding fares will increase from $1.75 to $2, and tokens worth $1.50 will be eliminated. Several current routes will also be eliminated under the plan.

 

Dayton RTA officials say the changes were needed following a change in Medicare managed-care payments last year.

 

There was no shortage of political news in 2017. And here in Ohio several big stories received a lot of attention –– from lawmakers and voters alike.

 

In this installment of PoliticsOhio, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney speaks with Jo Ingles at the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau. Ingles highlights some of the biggest political stories of the year. And she gives us a taste of what we may be seeing at the statehouse in 2018.

 

City of Dayton

Crime rates have fallen significantly in Dayton this year, according to the latest city data. The city’s drop in crime lines up with larger national trends showing overall crime rates at historic lows in many cities.

 

 

The data show Dayton’s crime rate fell by double digits in many areas:  

 

Violent crimes, including murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault, are down 15 percent for 2017. Property crimes, such as arson, residential burglary and theft are down 18 percent.

 

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