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TEDxDayton Event Returns October 16th

Matthew Purkey at the WYSO studios
Jerry Kenney
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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 Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. 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.