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TEDxDayton Event Returns October 16th

Matthew Purkey at the WYSO studios
Jerry Kenney
Matthew Purkey at the WYSO studios

If you’ve ever checked out TED Talks on Youtube or TED.com, you know it’s an event that features a series of dynamic speakers on a wide variety of subjects—Ideas Worth Spreading. TED Talks has generated big audiences, and cities around the country, including Dayton, have spun off their own events in recent years. This year’s TEDxDayton conference will feature live local speakers looking to spark deep discussion and create connections among local audiences. 

Leading up to the conference on October 16th at the Victoria Theatre, WYSO will introduce you to a few of this year’s speakers and give you a small taste of who they are and what they plan to talk about.

Today you’ll meet Matthew Purkey, a City of Dayton Neighborhood Leadership Institute grad and current member of Leadership Dayton, the Dayton Business Journal's 40 under 40, and serves on numerous boards and committees including The Victory Project and PowerNet Dayton. As our conversation with Matthew opens, he tells us a little more about himself.


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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.