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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Jerry Kenney

As Ohio rolls out plans to reopen its economy, the economic fallout continues. The state is struggling to process the record number of unemployment claims filed during the pandemic. Millions of Americans are still waiting for their federal stimulus checks -- like Dayton 28-year-old single mom Dejanee Coaston, who lives with her daughter on the Westside of Dayton. When the coronavirus shutdown took effect, she lost most of her hours at her restaurant job and quickly fell behind. After weeks of scrambling Coaston finally started a new job at a factory but the damage is already done. Her rent is late and her landlord’s threatening to evict the family from their rented home. Coaston tells WYSO the situation is all the more difficult because she only recently got back on her feet after last year’s tornado outbreak.     

Dayton Air Show

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is one of the latest cultural events to be postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Organizers still haven’t found an alternate date. 

Air show board member Michael Emoff says roughly half of the airshows that were expected to take place in the U.S. this summer have been postponed or cancelled.

“After we made that decision, we got an email a couple days later that all of the military jet teams were put on postponement until some point in July,” he says. “So, that would have affected us and it confirms that we made the right decision.”

Gale Halderman in 2018 at the Halderman Barn Museum in Tipp City.
Jerry Kenney

The designer of the iconic Ford Mustang has died. Gale Halderman, of Tipp City, was 87. It’s been reported that he had been battling liver cancer.

Halderman was born in Tipp City, and graduated from Bethel High School in 1950. He studied design at the Dayton Art Institute, before getting hired by the Ford Motor Company in 1957. Halderman’s first assignment was with the Ford design team.

Premier Health provider, Miami Valley Hospital. Miami Valley Hospital is just one of five area hospitals operated by Premier Health,
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In response to an outpouring of requests from people who want to do something during the COVID-19 health crisis, Premier Health has announced several ways people can help in recovery efforts.

Their first call-out is to people who have recovered from COVID-19. The healthcare organization is asking survivors to donate blood plasma — which contains antibodies that may be useful in fighting the infection in others. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of blood plasma.


The Society for the Improvement for Conditions for Stray Animals has been serving the Miami Valley since the early 1970s. SICSA’s new Pet Adoption and Wellness Center opened in late 2018. It’s designed to provide essential services to people and pets affected by crisis situations.

“People in crisis should not have to choose between providing care for their pets and getting the assistance they need,” says SICSA President, Nora Vondrell.

Jerry Kenney

If you’re looking for something fun to do while staying at home, Miami Valley museums may have you covered. They’ve been beefing up their virtual products to keep patrons, both new and old, well cultured while quarantined. Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds has been on a lot of online tours lately. 

Jerry Kenney

Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 crisis has completely upended life as we know it. Dayton Daily News investigative reporter Josh Sweigert has been reporting on how the pandemic is affecting the people and businesses here in the Miami Valley, and he joins us today to talk a little bit about what he's found.

When Ohio first ordered its bars to close, beer sales in grocery stores jumped 42% that week. But for small craft breweries, taprooms and restaurants, those sales are often the largest and most reliable revenue streams. That leaves a lot of locally owned breweries looking at a big net loss. WYSO’s Jason Reynolds reports.

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Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 crisis has completely upended life as we know it. Dayton Daily News investigative reporter Josh Sweigert has been reporting on how the pandemic is affecting the people and businesses here in the Miami Valley, and he spoke with WYSO's Jerry Kenney and talked a little bit about what he's found.

The BarryStaff agency in Dayton.

More than 135,000 workers in Ohio every week actually work for temporary staffing agencies. And though it isn’t clear yet how many of those workers have been affected by the economic downturn, staffing agencies here in Ohio say many of their employees aren’t working.

At Barry Staff in Dayton, roughly half of their workers can’t report to their jobs because of the coronavirus.

Shoes 4 the Shoeless is a local nonprofit that’s usually out there making sure that kids who need shoes get a pair. But now that the  coronavirus has changed so many things, they turned their attention to making sure everyone in the community gets enough to eat.  WYSO’s Jason Reynolds has our story.