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

In 2014, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) mandated that all County Boards of Developmental Disabilities cease adult day services by 2019.  In Montgomery County alone, that directive impacts more than 630 adults with disabilities. 

The directive puts a burden on some community agencies that are providing adult daycare who will now have to increase the number of people they serve.

To find out how one of those agencies is preparing for the increase, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney spoke to Dennis Grant – executive director of United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton. 

Coming up in this WYSO Weekend: The Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse production of Alice Although got under way this weekend, and continues next weekend.  WYSO’s Niki Dakota helps us with the details. You’ll also hear how a mandate from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare is affecting organizations who provide day care services for adults with disabilities. See the full program details below.

House Democrats staged a sit-in Wednesday night in support of a gun control bill they wanted Congress to vote on before their summer break.

The Democrat backed bill would have stopped anyone on the U.S. No Fly List from buying firearms and require universal background checks. It would have also extended the 3-day waiting period if background checks weren’t completed in time, and required the Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence as a public health concern.

4 Paws for Ability
Jerry Kenney

4 Paws For Ability provides highly trained service dogs to children and veterans with disabilities.  They’ve been providing them since 1998—the organization began in Cincinnati but is now located in Xenia.

Kelly Camm is the development director of the organization. In this interview, with WYSO's Jerry Kenney, she explains how 4 Paws is unique because they don't operate under any age or geographic restrictions.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend, We’ll visit a service dog training center in Xenia and meet one family that’s trying to raise enough money to afford one for their son. And this week we have another in WYSO’s occasional arts series—Culture Couch. See full details below.

Jerry Kenney

This week on Excurions with Niki Dakota, Krista Magaw and Anna Carlson with the Tecumseh Land Trust stopped into the studio to talk about a Shop Local/Eat Local Workshop they're holding on Saturday, June 18, 2016.  Check out the interview and details below.

Details provided by Tecumseh Land Trust. (WYSO is not responsible for this content)

The Shop Local/Eat Local Workshop will be held from 10:00am to noon at their office located at 4633 US RT 68, Yellow Springs.

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In recent years the city of Dayton has ranked among the top 5 hungriest cities in the U.S. and local groups are trying to combat the problem. On Thursday, one area church is participating in an annual food distribution program that takes place in various cities around the country.


Alliance to End Hunger

Former Ohio Governor George Voinovich died on Sunday. He was 80 years old. Those who worked with him describe him as a  “titan” in Ohio Politics.  Former Ohio State legislator and U.S. Congressman Tony Hall says he and Voinovich became close friends in their time serving Ohio. Hall spoke to WYSO's Jerry Kenney by phone on Monday and shared his memories of the Governor. 

The mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend has re-ignited debates on gun control, LGBT rights, and terrorism. It has also raised mental health concerns as people around the country cope with the news.

Jodi Long, the director for behavioral treatment and supportive services in Montgomery County (ADAMHS)  says that psychological trauma can extend beyond Orlando.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Local photographer Dan Patterson remembers his meeting with Muhammad Ali, and a WYSO listener shares his story. We also have Dayton Youth Radio and WYSO’s occasional arts series Culture Couch. Bill Felker has this week’s Poor Will’s Almanack, and we’ll talk politics with long-time political news reporter—WVXU’s Howard Wilkinson. See full details below.