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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Pete Rose will be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds’ hall of fame. The announcement came Tuesday morning, a month after Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose's application for reinstatement into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Rose's lifetime ban from baseball was imposed in 1989 for betting on games, and before Tuesday’s announcement, the ban prevented him from induction into the Red’s own hall of fame and museum.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: The legacy of slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, you’ll hear WYSO listeners and supporters recite Dr. King’s famous I have a Dream speech. WYSO’s Lewis Wallace has some local reaction to President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on gun control, and we’ll talk to Dayton Daily news reporter, Josh Sweigart about a state investigation of Wright State University. See full program details below.

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Local county coroners are still pulling together totals for 2015 drug overdose fatalities, but most are already reporting higher numbers than the year before.

 

Clark, Greene, and Warren Counties counties all saw an increase in overdose fatalities in 2015 due to heroin and other opiate usage.

 

The exception, so far, is Montgomery County, where overdose death were down. The coroner there, Dr. Kent Harshbarger, says use of the anti-overdose medicine Narcan could be responsible for some of the decrease.

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The Miami Valley's Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) is hosting its third annual job fair for active duty service members, veterans and their family members on Thursday.  More than 50 military-friendly employers are taking part in the event, according to Abby Reynolds with the MVRC.

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The film Carol makes its debut at the Neon Movies in Dayton Thursday night. The film—much of which was shot in Cincinnati in the spring of 2014—features local residents who served as extras in the film and several Daytonians served on the film’s production crew.

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Beginning Monday, January 11th, the Webster Street Bridge in downtown Dayton will be shut down.

The city of Dayton says it’s tearing down the 100-year-old structure and will replace it with a new one at a cost of more than $10 million dollars.

The city issued a statement saying demolition and construction of the new bridge is expected to be complete by November 2017 and it will feature “wider sidewalks, enhanced lighting and observation plazas.”

In the meantime, Monument Avenue and Keowee Streets will serve as alternate routes for motorists.

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Two Montgomery County Commissioner seats are being challenged in 2016. Four Republicans hope to unseat current democratic commissioners, Judy Dodge and Debbie Lieberman. But, they’ll have to make it through the March primaries first.

The four republican candidates for Montgomery County Commissioner include former Dayton mayor Gary Leitzell and former Englewood City councilman Don Birdsall.  Both men are running against Commissioner Debbie Lieberman.

Happy New Year to all our listeners! In this edition of WYSO Weekend, we have a couple of year end reports on state issues From Ohio Public Radio. Also, Wright State student, Matt Bauer has today’s Veterans’ Voices story. And later in the program, Bob Brecha has this week’s climate commentary. See full details below.

Thanks for joining us on WYSO Weekend – On today’s program, we offer more holiday wishes from WYSO friends and family members. In this week’s Culture Couch you’ll meet a man in perpetual motion—not sure what that means? Stay tuned to find out. We’ve got Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack and WYSO’s Lewis Wallace will introduce us to a new series of stories coming your way in 2016. See full details below.

The "shopping experience" is a key element in the service Matthew's Closet provides.
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Throughout the year on WYSO Weekend, we feature local non-profits who are providing services to our community.  This week we spoke to two of the people who operate Matthew’s Closet on Brown Street in Dayton, which provides clothing and other items - at no cost – to those people in need. In this interview excerpt from WYSO Weekend, you’ll hear from Director of Ministry Michael Tarzinski, and the Reverend Julia Roat-Abla with the Dayton Central Church of the Nazarene.  Roat-Abla starts by telling us how the charity is serving the communities of South Park and beyond.

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