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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Miamisburg is getting a new 24-hour emergency medical center. Premier Health broke ground Monday on the new hospital. It’s the latest addition to Dayton’s Premier Health network, which already includes five hospitals and two major health centers.

 

The Austin Boulevard Emergency Center will include nearly a dozen emergency beds, including two trauma bays.

 

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The Dayton Convention Center’s future is in question after city leaders announced plans this past week to create a task force to assess the condition of the facility, its finances and future development potential. City leaders say the decision follows a feasibility study conducted last year by Crossroads Consulting Services. In our interview with Dayton’s Deputy City Manager - Joe Parlette - he says the Tampa (FL) based company, reported that the convention center needed major renovations that could cost millions.

 

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President Trump has signed into law a bill that will support jobs and research functions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed by the president contained several bipartisan amendments introduced by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).

Brown issued a statement saying the law would, “make sure highly-skilled workers [at Wright-Patt] can continue to do their jobs and help meet national security needs.”

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Dayton officials announced Tuesday plans to create a task force to assess the condition of the Dayton Convention Center facility, its finances and future development potential. City Manager Shelley Dickstein said in a statement the task force would be led by City Commissioner Christopher Shaw and Chamber of Commerce President Phil Parker.

 

City leaders say the decision follows a feasibility study of the Seventies-era convention center conducted last year by Crossroads Consulting Services.

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Thousands of West Dayton residents who lack easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables could soon have a full-service food market close to home. The west side has been without a convenient source of fresh produce since 2008, when a neighborhood Kroger grocery store shut down. Since then, city officials have tried attracting a new grocer without success. The story could have ended there. But now, nearly 10 years later, one community group plans to open a co-operative grocery store called Gem City Market. Advocates say it will finally bring healthier food back to the west side.  WYSO’s April Laissle reports.


Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Research from the nonprofit Advocates for Basic Legal Equality indicates that few schools in Montgomery County are testing their drinking water for lead. Following school-district surveys conducted in March and July, the agency is urging parents to contact their schools to ask whether they test for lead.

ABLE Law surveyed 54 Montgomery County schools and school districts about lead testing in 2017. Attorney Ellis Jacobs says the group also gave schools information on the dangers of lead poisoning.

 

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

 

Jerry Gillotti, owner of Gilly's jazz club in downtown Dayton died on Thanksgiving day. Community Voices producer and long-time host of WYSO's Jazz Night, Dave Barber reflects on Gillotti's musical legacy of the 80 year old.

 

Former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris also passed away after months of battling cancer. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles takes a look back at Harris and his contributions to the Ohio Legislature.

 

 

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Ohio officials recently announced a plan aimed at making it easier to become a foster parent. There’s a growing shortage of placements as a result of the worsening opioid epidemic. The addiction crisis is also making it more difficult to place children removed from an unstable home with family members, advocates say.

 

As of August, more than 15,000 children were reported in foster care in Ohio, but the state has just 7,200 foster families ready to take them.

 

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Numbers show more and more Americans are turning to technology for help staying healthy and losing weight. Mobile step and calorie counters, fitness apps and wearable tech such as Fitbits are more popular than ever. With the season of holiday overindulgence underway, we tested one of the newest fitness trends hitting the Miami Valley. It’s a health club machine that harnesses the power of 3D technology.  

 

3D body scans generate hundreds of 360-degree measurements.
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Numbers show more and more Americans are turning to technology for help staying healthy and losing weight. Mobile step and calorie counters, fitness apps and wearable technology such as Fitbits are more popular than ever. With the season of holiday overindulgence underway, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney tested one of the newest fitness trends to hit the Miami Valley.

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