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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Dayton voters said yes to Issue 9 and voted to increase taxes on city residents to 2.5 percent.  The levy will raise funds to cover a $5 million budget shortfall and provide funding for universal pre-K education and street maintenance.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was pleased with the voters' decision and told WYSO News that the new funds were the focus of this morning’s city budget meeting.

Election 2016: Your Voice

Nov 9, 2016

To get a sense of how people across the Miami Valley are reacting to the results of last night's presidential election, WYSO News talked to voters in Greene and Montgomery Counties. Here's some of what they had to say. 

In the Montgomery County Commissioner’s race, two open seats pitted four challengers against each other.

Vying for one seat was Democratic incumbent Judy Dodge, a commissioner since 2006. Before that, she spent six years as county recorder. Her opponent was Republican candidate Bob Matthews who serves as vice-president of the Miami Township Board of Trustees in Montgomery County.

Results place Dodge ahead of Matthews in that race 61% to 39%

Local police departments are taking steps toward equipping officers with body cameras.
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Levies on the ballot in several Dayton-area communities would raise funds for law enforcement.


In Jamestown, Issue 6 is a 5.4-mill renewal request for police services. City officials say there would be no increase in taxes if the levy passes on Election Day.


Meanwhile, Beavercreek Township’s Issue 14 is an additional 0.9 mill levy request for police services. That’s a tax increase of more than $31 a year for every $100,000 dollars in property value.



Officials are urging naloxone carriers to check their purchases against a national recall list.

A press release from Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County and the Community Overdose Action Team (COAT), Montgomery County, says there is a problem with some MAD300 nasal atomizers.

The manufacturer, Teleflex Medical, voluntarily issued the recall and says there is no problem with the drug itself, only the device used to deliver it correctly to overdose victims.

Patterson Homestead
Dayton History

Patterson Homestead was built in 1816 and to celebrate its 200 years, Dayton History is feverishly working to complete some new restorations to the historic building - all in time for an open-to-the-public birthday party on November 12th called Home and Harvest. Merry Masterson is the assistant director of education for Dayton History.  This week, we spoke with her and Director Alex Heckman who gave us a tour of the Homestead.


On today’s program we’ll take a tour of Patterson Homestead. The historical site will soon celebrate its 200th birthday.  We’ve got Dayton Youth Radio and WYSO’s occasional arts series Culture Couch and more. Check out the details below.


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Two seats on the Montgomery County Commission are up for grabs this election – with four candidates running for two open seats.

Vying for the first open seat on the Commission is Democratic incumbent candidate Judy Dodge. She’s been a commissioner since 2006. Before that, she spent six years as county recorder.

Her opponent is Republican candidate Bob Matthews. He has 40 years of experience in information technology and management. Matthews also serves as vice-president of the Miami Township Board of Trustees in Montgomery County.

The Republican incumbent in Ohio’s 42nd House District race is State Representative Niraj Antani. The young Republican is defending his seat against Democratic rival Patrick Merris.


First-term representative Antani has come out firmly against abortion and in favor of gun rights in his campaign. He says if he's reelected, he’ll continue his work to help local business.



Shane Balkowitsch

Several local groups are holding a supply drive for protestors decrying a proposed oil pipeline that would run through four states, including Native American land considered sacred. The ‘water protectors’ also believe the pipeline will put drinking water and surrounding lands at risk for pollution.

For months, protestors in North Dakota have been involved in a face-off with local police and federal officials over the matter.