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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.

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The Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton turns 150 this year.
Victoria Theatre Association

The Victoria Theatre Association has a new president and CEO. The Victoria Theatre board of trustees announced Ty Sutton will replace retiring president and CEO Ken Neufeld.

Ty Sutton comes to the Victoria after three years as executive director of the Butler Arts Center at Butler University.

Victoria officials cite Sutton’s “20 years of arts venue management experience”  and his extensive fundraising, marketing and programming knowledge as factors in his selection.

A new WYSO analysis of state education data show Ohio school officials issued 30,000 suspensions to K-through-third-grade students in the 2016 school year. In Dayton, hundreds of younger students are removed from classrooms each year. It’s a problem education policy experts have been trying to tackle for years. Many studies show children who miss too much school struggle to keep up when they return. As WYSO’s April Laissle reports, this is especially true for elementary age students.

 

Jerry Kenney

There’s an old farming adage when it comes to corn crops: “knee-high by the Fourth of July.” The traditional saying refers to how tall a good corn crop should be by that date. But for many Miami Valley farmers this year, the corn crop passed that benchmark some time ago.  

Ty Kalaus, regional deputy director for the United States Department of Agriculture, Great Lakes Region says some of the credit goes to this spring and summer’s alternately rainy -- and then hot, dry weather. 

The 166th Montgomery County Fair opens this month at its new location on Infirmary Road. The site is virtually double the size of the old fairgrounds near Miami Valley Hospital downtown. Last week we got a look at the fair’s new home and spoke with Montgomery County Agricultural Society Board President John Yancik who says the county’s new fairgrounds marks a new beginning for the event.

Andrew Walsh has only lived in Dayton for about five years but soon after he arrived here, he became interested in the history of the city - in particular, the old neighborhoods of early Dayton, like the Oregon District, and the long-gone Haymarket area.

“Since I moved to Dayton, I just became very kind of caught up in revitalization of downtown,” Walsh says. “I quickly moved just outside the Oregon District and was very into the spirit I saw from a lot of people and that kind of lead to appreciating Dayton’s History.”

Layer Park reopens in Miami Twp.
Jerry Kenney

On Friday, officials in Miami Township in Montgomery County are expected to celebrate the rededication ceremony of a neighborhood park. The park had been closed because of lead and arsenic contamination found at the site.

Layer Park is on Cordell Dr. in what some call the Huber South section of Miami Township.

The park reopens after a $3 million cleanup that began more than two and a half years ago -- after, officials say, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first discovered toxins at the park.

The new Montgomery County Fairground's main event center.
Jerry Kenney

The 166th Montgomery County Fair opens next month at its new location. The site is virtually double the size of the old fairgrounds, adjacent to Miami Valley Hospital downtown.

 

Montgomery County Agricultural Society Board President John Yancik says the county’s new fairgrounds marks a new beginning for the event.

 

 

Yancik runs through some of the numbers.   

Data indicates that the Dayton area has some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the country. Health officials say the problem is often related to premature birth and low birth weight. Now, in an effort to bring infant mortality rates down, the Dayton Police Department is joining forces with a home visiting program for families with newborns and young children.

 

 

Wright State university WSU board of trustees debate nutter center fairborn
Jess Mador / WYSO

A top former official at Wright State University has officially been fired after previously being on paid leave for more than three years. The provost’s termination is related to an ongoing probe into alleged violations of a federal temporary work-visa program.

Officials placed former provost Sundaram Narayanan on paid leave in 2015 after a federal investigation was launched into alleged immigration-law violations. 

Major Wendy Stiver with Dayton Police
Jerry Kenney

Montgomery County has some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the country, and data show the problem is often related to premature birth and low birth weight.

Now, the Dayton Police Department is trying something new as part of a larger countywide effort aimed at bringing infant mortality rates down. Police will be collaborating with an intensive home-visiting program that helps families with newborns and young children.  

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