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 Police Chief Richard Biehl acknowledges issues with diversity within the city's police department.
City of Dayton Police Department Website

Despite efforts to address racial disparities within its ranks, the Dayton Police Department hasn't increased the percentage of black officers. 

A 2008 lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice found the Dayton police and fire departments engaged in hiring practices that discriminated against African Americans. The criticisms focused on written and physical tests that were eliminating African-American candidates.

Dayton Police Chief, Richard Biehl, says there were problems with the testing.

The city of Dayton has opened several warming centers through Thursday. The Greater Dayton Recreation Center on W. Third St.
, the Northwest Recreation Center on Princeton Ave. and the Lohrey Recreation Center on Glenarm will all function as warming centers during regular business hours, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Here's a look at the weather over the next few days from the National Weather Service:

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Climate Commentary with Bob Brecha.  In Miami Valley StoryCorps you’ll hear from an 11 year-old girl with Leukemia as she talks with her mom about how the family is coping. And in the Antioch Word – Wyatt Sours reports that the Antioch College Wellness Center is considering instituting women’s only hours at the facility.

On today's edition of WYSO Weekend: You’ll hear two features that focus on issues facing men and women who have served in the Military. In WYSO Curious we'll uncover details, and some controversy, surrounding Ohio’s Serpent Mound. And later in the program, WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and film friend George Willeman tell us about some off-the-beaten-path holiday films.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend! WYSO’s weekly radio magazine.  In today’s program – a new round of Miami Valley StoryCorps begins with a conversation between a mother and her son.  We’ll have climate commentary from Bob Breca and this week singer songwriter Jesse Littleton paid a visit to the WYSO studios.  You’ll hear part of his conversation with WYSO Music Director and Excursions host, Niki Dakota – and you’ll hear some tunes from Littleton’s band Gran Bel Fisher. See the full program details below.

PHDMC

Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County (PHDMC) has been awarded funding from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) through 2019 to support programming. Awards of $125,000 a year, beginning in 2015, will go toward Public Health’s Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) programs to promote healthier lifestyles. CHC programs run statewide and through the ODH.

Senior students at the Dayton Regional STEM School at work on the Living Lens Project - a partnership with the Newport Aquarium's Wave Foundation.
Jerry Kenney/WYSO

This school year, students at the Dayton Regional STEM School teamed up with the Newport Aquarium's Wave Foundation to create short documentaries and a website featuring four different species who make their home at the aquarium. To get details about the program and its impact, We spoke with STEM senior Tess Greene—the executive producer of the Living Lens Project.

Photo of NAHA display

The factory where the Wright Brothers built their original plane will produce another airplane soon - a new replica of the Wright-B Flyer is scheduled to take flight in 2016.

The announcement came from Jay Jabour—president of Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. standing just outside the Wright Company factory in Dayton.

Jabour told the attending press, “The opportunity to build a look-a-like of the 1911 airplane in the original 1911 factory is really exciting.”

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: On today’s program – a new, local series called Veterans’ Voices. You will hear military veterans from the Miami Valley interviewing their fellow veterans. And you’ll learn about a collaboration between students at the Dayton Regional STEM School and the Newport Aquarium—it called the Living Lens Project. See full program details below.

Jerry Kenney/WYSO

On Tuesday morning, job seekers filled the Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College to hear auto-glass manufacturer Fuyao talk about the company and its hiring process. 

Rod Fielder from Urbana lived in Moraine and worked at the GM assembly plant when it shut down in 2008.

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