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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Jerry Kenney

On April 24th Dayton History will hold it’s highly anticipated annual open house at Hawthorn Hill.  The hilltop Oakwood mansion has been wonderfully preserved and this past week WYSO toured the Wright Brothers' former home with Alex Heckman, outreach coordinator for Dayton History and Steve Wright, the great-grandnephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Alex Heckman speaks first on the home’s history.

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On today’s WYSO Weekend, Alex Heckman with Dayton History is back to tell us about this year's Wright at Home open house at Hawthorn Hill. Joining us in the interview is Steve Wright, the great-grandnephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright.  He’ll give us a little more insight into his famous ancestors. We’ll also talk to Tim Kambitsch—director of the Dayton Public Library about next week’s grand-opening of the new Northwest branch. We’ve also got Miami Valley StoryCorps and this week’s Culture Couch with Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds. See details below.

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Possible criminal charges against the 911 caller in the John Crawford Case are still up in the air, as is the federal investigation of potential charges against officers who shot and killed Crawford responding to that call.


Last week, Fairborn Municipal Court Judge Beth Root ruled there was probable cause to seek a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report against Ronald Ritchie, the 911 caller who reported that John Crawford III was waving a rifle at customers in a Beavercreek Wal-Mart.


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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald has announced that Dayton will be home to the VA national Archives at the VA Medical Center.

Ohio’s U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown was behind that effort, which he says began long ago.

Race- and Ethnicity-Adjusted Life Expectancy by Commuting Zone and Income Quartile, 2001-2014  Estimates of race- and ethnicity-adjusted expected age at death for 40-year-olds computed by commuting zone. The 595 commuting zones with populations above 25 0
Journal of the American Medical Association

This week, the American Medical Association published an extensive report affirming the relationship between poverty and life expectancy.


According to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, higher incomes are associated with greater longevity—that’s not necessarily new information, but they say there’s a gap of about 14 years life expectancy between the richest 1% and the poorest 1% of individuals.


Donna Ruff, Founder and CEO of Ruff Transport, with her beloved Zoey and the Ruff dedicated animal rescue transport van.
Ruff Transport

Kathy and Gary Turnipseed have a lot of heart and passion for the work they're doing. They are two-thirds of the staff at Ruff Transport—an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization that helps bridge the gap for animals needing a ride to rescue facilities, and either foster or forever homes. They call these transports Freedom Rides and recently, the pair joined WYSO's Jerry Kenney in the WYSO studios to talk about the work they’re doing. You'll also hear about a show drive taking place and learn how you can help.

On today’s WYSO Weekend, Dayton Youth Radio, WYSO Curious and our occasional arts series, Culture Couch. Later in the program, you’ll hear about some local citizens who provide freedoms rides to animals in need, and up first, the next in our series Women's Voices From The Dayton Correctional Institution. See Details Below.

Jerry Kenney

AIDS Resource Center Ohio has announced a name change for the organization and a shift in their mission focus. At a news conference on Monday, the organization announced their new name, Equitas Health—equitas is a Latin word meaning justice, fairness, and equity.



For 30 years, the Miami Valley has hosted the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championship. The event, spanning two weekends, brings thousands of people into the area to witness the indoor color guard, percussion and winds ensemble competition.

Bart Woodley is the director of operations for WGI Sport of the Arts. He says this years event will break exisiting records with more than 60,000 in attendance.

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Fairborn Judge Beth Root has ruled there is probable cause to prosecute Ronald Ritchie, the 911 caller who reported that John Crawford III was carrying a gun inside a Beavercreek Walmart in August of 2014. Crawford was holding a BB gun sold by the store when he was shot by police responding to the call.

The ruling follows affidavits, filed in Fairborn Municipal Court, on March 25 by private citizens. They say “glaring questions remain” about Ritchie’s role in the incident after syncing the 911 call to in store surveillance video.