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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 rotunda section of the Arcade is in urgent need of repair. downtown dayton
David Bohardt / Arcade Task Force

The Dayton City Commission agreed Wednesday morning to approve a $10 million loan to the development group in charge of renovating the Dayton Arcade. Commissioners will grant the loan to Cross Street Partners, Model Group and McCormack Baron Salazar “at the time the developer group closes its financing arrangements.”

City Manager Shelly Dickstein says the move by the city is a necessary one.

UD River Stewards Summer Team during their 50 mile Float down the LMR in early June. (2016)
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2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Act. The law was created by Congress in 1968 “to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.”

To commemorate the anniversary, the Little Miami Watershed Network (LMWN) of local organizations are putting some extra effort in raising awareness of the river, its tributaries and their importance to the Miami Valley.

Dayton History

Since 2005, when Carillon Historical Park merged with the Montgomery County Historical Society to form Dayton History, the organization has been in high-gear uncovering and promoting Dayton’s past.

The 'Movie Memphis Belle' appearing this week at Grimes Field airbase in Urbana, Ohio.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

An assortment of WWII-era planes took to the skies above Dayton Wednesday, as the National Museum of the United States Air Force unveiled its latest exhibit. The show includes the restored B-17 bomber called The Memphis Belle. The infamous plane was the first to complete 25 missions over Europe during the Second World War. The plane and its missions were the subject of a documentary, and a feature film.

The renovated B-17 used in the 1990 film the movie, also called Memphis Belle, was part of the early morning flyover above the museum.

The story of Wilbur and Orville Wright has been told countless times. Two completely self-taught, self-funded brothers invent the airplane in the back of their West Dayton bike shop. The world was never the same. But the story of the Wright brothers’ background is even more unorthodox than it seems. In the late 1800s, during the heart of the Victorian Era, the Wright brothers’ mother inspired their mechanical aptitude. Community Voices producer Leo DeLuca has a story about Susan Catherine Koerner Wright.

 

Small portraits of Deb Goode Jarison's parents hang on a wall of the small office in her Yellow Springs home, where much of the work she performs as founder of EECAP takes place.
Andy Jerison

Recently, Dayton History opened to the public their latest historical exhibit detailing the history of operations at the Mound Nuclear Facility in Miamisburg. The Cold War Discovery Center highlights the work conducted at Mound Laboratories. By all accounts, it was important work. It was top-secret, and it was dangerous for the workers - many of whom were exposed to radiation and other toxic elements used at the site.

Antioch University Midwest
Jerry Kenney

Antioch University is moving ahead with the sale of their Yellow Springs campus. The Yellow Springs News reports the university has marketed the building with a national real-estate firm.

News of the potential sale was first announced in 2016. Officials told WYSO they're looking for a smaller space in a more centrally located area, such as Dayton, nearer to more potential future students.

Incumbents GOP Montgomery County State Rep. Niraj Antani and Democratic House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn sailed to reelection in the May 8 Ohio primary.

In the Ohio House District 42 race, Antani beat Republican challengers Sarah Clark and Marcus Rech, winning ​63 percent of Republican ballots cast.

Antani goes on to face Democrat Zach Dickerson in the November general election.

Dickerson took 56 percent of the Democratic ballots against challenger Wright State University student Autumn Kern.

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Darryl Fairchild won a Dayton City Commission seat in Tuesday’s May 8 primary over opponent Daryl Ward. Fairchild has run for city commission before. He’ll fill the open seat left by former city commissioner Joey Williams, who stepped down in February.

Fairchild’s victory was too close to call for much of the night. He won with around 52 percent of the vote, with Ward claiming 48 percent of more than 12,000 ballots cast.

Minister Fairchild manages the chaplaincy at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

April Laissle / WYSO

In Tuesday's Democratic primary for Montgomery County Commissioner, current Montgomery County treasurer Carolyn Rice beat challenger Don Shaffer by a wide margin, with Rice capturing 89 percent of the vote. She’ll go on to face local businessman and Republican Doug Barry in the November general election.

Capturing 41 percent of Republican ballots, Barry narrowly edged out challengers former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell and Bob Matthews.

Democrats have held the majority on the Montgomery County Commission for more than a decade.

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