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WYSO satellite studio coming to the historic Dayton Arcade

Arcade Dome.jpeg. Looking up through the Arcade's iconic Rotunda dome.  Dayton Arcade
Jerry Kenney
Looking up through the Arcade's iconic Rotunda dome.

WYSO, a public radio station serving the Miami Valley, will expand with the addition of a satellite studio that will be located inside the Dayton Arcade.

The 500 square foot recording and production studio was made possible by multiple donors, including longtime supporter Chuck Berry.

WYSO General Manager, Luke Dennis, said the downtown Dayton studio has been a goal of the station for some time.

"(We're) not replacing everything that we do in Yellow Springs, but planting a flag in downtown Dayton," he says. "And we're also excited about all of the energy around the Arcade renovation, so we want to be part of that, too.”

The Arcade is historically significant for the city of Dayton. Its two-year construction was completed in 1904 with an additional 10-floor commercial space added by 1908.

In its 100-plus year history, the five building complex survived the Great Flood of 1913, the Depression of the 1930s and a shutdown that lasted for 30 years.

That history is detailed on the Arcade's website, but in 2007 a serious movement to renovate the building began.

WYSO will join a growing list of businesses, organization and residents making their home in the Arcade.

The satellite studio is expected to be completed in January of 2023.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.