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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 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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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event to highlight "My Brother's Keeper," an initiative to expand opportunity for young men and boys of color, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Obama White House Archives

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was in Springfield on Friday to kick-off a program designed to help boys and young men of color get ready for college and careers. 

The Ohio program is affiliated with a national program called “My Brother’s Keeper.” It was started by the Obama administration as a way to address educational opportunity gaps for young people in underserved communities around the country.

Sen. Brown has been a champion of the program - launching chapters in Dayton, Toledo, Mansfield, Lorain County and elsewhere in the state.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine.  Here's our list of stories on this week's program: 

With the threat of a teacher strike looming, parents of Dayton Public Schools students gathered Tuesday to come up with a Plan B.  DPS district officials say school will start as scheduled on August 15. But, many parents are still worried about how a strike could affect their kids.

A deadly ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair last week has raised questions about ride oversight and inspections. From public radio station WOSU, Esther Honig has been looking around, and found regulations for rides vary widely from state to state.  

James Baney

For five years now, the Dayton chapter of A Special Wish Foundation has held the Glow Fore Wishes! golf tournament. The foundation says it's "the only night of the year when you can hit the links after the sun sets.

All of the funds raised in this charity event will help A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton fulfill their mission to provide wishes to local children who are battling life-threatening disorders.

Dayton History

Next week is round two of Dayton History and Carillon Park’s very successful Dayton Mini Maker Faire. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 2,500 people.  The event is a two-day celebration of people who - you guessed it, know how to make stuff. Some 90 exhibitors will feature live demonstrations and hands-on learning activities in robotics, rocketry, 3D printing, and more.

To talk hear about this, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Josh Cory of Make It Dayton - the group behind the event, and Alex Heckman, director of operations at Dayton History.

Welcome to your weekly radio magazine, WYSO Weekend! Coming up in this week's program, we’ll explore the art and psychology behind tattooing, on Culture Couch. You’ll hear all about the 2nd annual Makers Faire taking place at Carillon Park next weekend.  We’ve also got commentary from Bob Brecha, and Bill Felker has this week's Poor WIll’s Almanack. See full details below.

Nether Wolf Nor Dog is a film adaptation of Kent Nerburn's acclaimed novel. Directed and produced by Steven Lewis Simpson, director of Rez Bomb, A Thunder-Being Nation and numerous other films.
Roaring Fire Films

On July 24th, the independent film Neither Wolf nor Dog opened at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs. The film is based on the award-winning novel by Kent Nerburn and features a remarkable performance by Elder Dave Bald Eagle, who was 95 years-old at the time of filming.

To talk about the film and its impact, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with the filmmaker, Steven Lewis Simpson by phone from his home in Scotland.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine! On this week's program, commentator Rebecca Rine ruminates on the her relationship with Facebook. We’ll bring you old case files from Dayton History, and a conversation with Scottish filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson about his latest film Neither Wolf nor Dog. See full details below.

Both of Ohio’s United States senators weighed in this week on the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. For this week’s PoliticsOhio, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney speaks with Jo Ingles from the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau. Ingles says – despite ongoing partisan rancor in Washington over health reform – Ohio’s two senators are in agreement that some parts of the existing Affordable Care Act need to be changed.  

Jerry Kenney

The Wright brothers and their famous 1904 Flyer II airplane have returned to Huffman Prairie Flying Field in life-sized likenesses created by aviation photographer Dan Patterson.

Miami Valley Fair Housing investigated more than 70 Fannie Mae properties from 2010, 2012, and 2014.
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Recent numbers show Montgomery County home values are continuing to recover after the Great Recession.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith says, while commercial property values remained stable with a less than 1 percent increase, residential values are up about 6 percent. 

He says the increase in home values is good news for the housing market.

“To talk about a four-and-a-half-percent increase, yes, this is definitely good news. It reflects on the community as a whole as far as value, the overall economy of the community," Keith says. 

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