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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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WYSO’s Recovery Stories series brings you conversations from the heart of Dayton’s opioid crisis. Today, we hear from Urbana 31-year-old Sarah Clay. In 2007, she met her husband Justin. – Their family grew... But everything soon changed when the couple fell deep into heroin addiction. Less than a year after finally getting clean, Justin died. Today, Sarah’s in recovery. And Justin’s mom Kathy Stewart helps to care for her four children.

Artwork commissioned for the 50th anniversary of Good Samaritan Dayton commemorating the Sisters of Charity.
Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation

When Good Samaritan Hospital turned 75 years old, a bronze statue depicting the parable of the Good Samaritan was commissioned and since then it has stood next to the main entrance of the hospital. And since its opening in 1932, on the surrounding grounds and throughout the halls and offices inside the hospital are countless other sculptures, paintings, and historic works of art - each piece with a story to tell.

The Dayton City Commission has updated the city's water ordinance.
Wikipedia

The City of Dayton is suing several manufacturers that made products containing toxic chemicals that have threatened the city’s water supply. 

There are five companies named in the city of Dayton Lawsuit - 3M Company, Buckeye Fire Equipment Company, Chemguard, Inc., Tyco Fire Products L.P., and National Foam, Inc. 

The city says the defendants operated in Dayton at some time and used the chemical perfluorooctane sulfonate or PFOS in the manufacturing of a foam product used to fight fires.

A rendering of a completed onMain Imagination District.
onMain.com

Premier Health and the University of Dayton have unveiled a new name and concept for the former site of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The 38 acre site is to be known as onMain: Dayton’s Imagination District.

The site will serve as a mixed-use community of residential, commercial and retail establishments, though Premier and UD officials say the district will not be designed as a retail and shopping destination like The Greene or Austin Landing.

Craig Self, Chief Strategy Officer at Premier says onMain will complement revitalization going on in Dayton already.

Travis Irvine was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.
www.irvineforohio.com

The Libertarian candidate for governor has weighed in on Ohio Issue 1, known as the Drug and Criminal Justice Policies Initiative. In a statement Monday, Travis Irvine called the ballot measure “imperfect,” but “a step in the right direction."

For more than 100 years, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, served Dayton residents at its sprawling location along the banks of the Great Miami River. The hospital took in patients after the Great Dayton Flood and responded to the early 20th century Spanish Influenza outbreak. St. Elizabeth’s made treating poor or uninsured patients a priority. And then, in 2000, the hospital shut down. Now, West Dayton residents have also lost Good Samaritan Hospital, another decades-old medical center.

Today we begin season four of Veterans Voices - stories about local military veterans produced by student veterans at Wright State University. The American military is very diverse, and it’s where many men and women first learn how to build relationships with people from different cultures. Army veteran David Berry of Springfield was raised in America and Navy veteran Pyotr Dobrotvorsky of Yellow Springs was raised in Russia. Our series begins with a conversation between these two veterans about the differences and similarities of their native countries, and of themselves.

Dayton Sister City Committee

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dayton, Ohio’s sister city relationship with Oiso, Japan, and to mark the occasion, officials will welcome a delegation from Oiso to the city next summer.

Dayton actually has five sister cities around the world. “The oldest of which is Augsburg, Germany,” says Kevin Lydy, chair of the Dayton-Oiso Sister City Committee. “That [relationship] was established in 1964. Oiso, Japan is our second oldest, in 1968, and then we have three others: Holon, Israel, Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and then Monrovia and Liberia.”

A nonprofit focused on attracting and retaining young creatives in Dayton has a new director. Miami Valley entrepreneur Lauren White will lead UpDayton as it marks its 10-year anniversary this year. In this profile, WYSO’s Sheila Raghavendran looks at UpDayton’s impact so far, and how the group’s mission has evolved.  

 

Montgomery County

Montgomery County officials have announced plans to install a roundabout at the intersection at Alex-Bell and Mad River Roads in Centerville. They say the decision was reached after collecting input from the public and neighborhood residents. The interchange is currently a busy and congested four-way stop.

 

Construction on the more than $1.5 million Alex-Bell-Mad River roundabout wouldn’t begin until at least 2024.

Officials say they selected the roundabout design for the intersection over an alternate solution of installing traffic lights.

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