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Jerry Kenney

Host, All Things Considered and Producer, WYSO Weekend

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend in the late 1980s and soon became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and in February of 1992 was asked if he would be a sub-host for Sunday evening, ambient music program Alpha Rhythms. Jerry filled in that week and then served as AR host for the next 18 years. 

In 2007, Jerry joined the WYSO staff as host of All Things Considered. He soon transitioned into reporting and served as Morning Edition host for five years. He's now back in the afternoons as host of All Things Considered, and also hosts and produces WYSO Weekend, the station's weekly news and arts magazine.

Jerry has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies, and has won several Ohio Associated Press (AP) awards as well as a first place, national award from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRINDI) for his work. 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

It was several years after Conrad’s Corner began on WYSO that Conrad Balliet, who recently died at the age of 91,  met a person who would become his dear friend for the next 20 years - former WYSO News Director Aileen LeBlanc. She created a show called Sounds Local, and Conrad was a frequent contributor. Today LeBlanc brings us her memories of Conrad and then we’ll hear from other colleagues who shared his love of poetry.

Trisha Werts (third from left) trains volunteers at The Dayton Mediation Center.
Jerry Kenney

The Dayton Mediation Center was established by the city in 1987, “in an effort to ease the impact of community conflicts on public resources.”  The center intervenes in conflicts between residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses, employers and employees, schools, law enforcement agencies and even the Dayton court system.

 

Trisha Werts has been with the center for 18 years, and while she mainly works with separated or divorced parents raising children, she's also one of the program's lead mediation trainers.

Lori Erion knows about addiction. Erion is the founder and executive director of Families of Addicts (FOA), an organization dedicated to helping families who are on the front lines of the current opioid crisis. She is also a certified Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter. PRS is a program of the Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services. The program is a convention of “peer specialists, recovery coaches, and peer supporters.”  But, as Erion tells us in this interview, her education and experience with addiction go much deeper.

 

Andy Grimm

Lori Erion knows about addiction. Erion is the founder and executive director of Families of Addicts (FOA), an organization dedicated to helping families who are on the front lines of the current opioid crisis. 

She is also a certified Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter. PRS is a program of the Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services. The program is a convention of “peer specialists, recovery coaches, and peer supporters.”

Congressman Mike Turner (R-10) is flanked by Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer (left), Green County Sheriff Gene Fischer (right) and other law enforcement officials at a press conference at WPAFB.
Morgan Rako (Congressman Mike Turner)

Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base continue to investigate how an Aug. 2 training exercise turned into a mistaken active-shooter situation. They have convened an official Incident Review Board to assess what went wrong during the incident, and  Republican Congressman Mike Turner met Wednesday with top brass from the 88th Air Base Wing and non-base law enforcement officials. But few details about the incident have yet been released.

Jenny Holmstrom

It’s a quiet summer evening outside the Xenia home of Michael and Lisa Anderson. But inside, it’s a world of women and small children. This is Lisa Anderson’s world. As a certified doula for the last two years, she provides support services for women and their newborns at home or in the hospital delivery room.

On the carpeted floor in the Andersons' living room, three infants play with brightly colored toys. Their tiny hands and fingers push and slap at the noise-making buttons, dials and knobs. Perhaps the quietest member of the group is Buffy, the Anderson’s Cairn terrier.

Josh Vance

Update: The “Summer of Love” adoption specials are being extended through September 1, 2018. The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is offering half-off adoption specials on select dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. 

Original Story:

The Animal Resource Center in Montgomery County is running their “Summer of Love” adoption specials - extending it in fact - through August 14, 2018. ARC Director Mark Kumpf says the center is extending the adoption sale because the center is operating at capacity.

The Rotary Club of Dayton is hosting its very first "Tour de Gem" It’s a charity bike ride event with the mission of fostering a sense of community, history, pride and healthy living through cycling. But organizors also see it as a way to "establish an ongoing fundraising vehicle for local charities."

The ride is in September 2nd but organizer Gerry Chadwick says now is the time for interested riders of all levels and abilities to register and start fundraising for the charity of their choice.

At least three police departments say they were not aware of yesterday’s scheduled active-shooter exercises at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. During the training, 911 calls prompted a base lockdown and massive police response. WYSOs April Laissle has more.

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Ohio parents doing some back to school shopping over the weekend will be getting a break from the state’s sales tax.  Starting Friday, the 5.75% sales tax will be waived for purchases including clothing priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies up to $20 and school instructional materials up to $20.

State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg), says a study of the first sales tax waiver in 2015 shows the holiday “generated an extra $4.7 million.” He also says Ohio consumers saved about $3.3 million dollars on those purchases.

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