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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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Jerry Kenney

In 1990, a woman named Kate Munger was losing her friend Larry, who was dying of HIV/AIDS. Larry was in a coma and Munger says she was “terrified” as she sat with him before his passing.

“I did what I always did when I was afraid; I sang the song that gave me courage,” she recalls. “ I sang it for 2 ½ hours. It comforted me, which comforted him. The contrast between the morning and the afternoon was profound. I felt as if I had given generously of my essence to my dear friend while I sang to him. I also found that I felt deeply comforted myself, which in turn was comforting to him.”


Jerry Kenney

Three Miami Valley civic leaders and one of the city’s top arts organizations have been inducted into the Dayton Regional Walk of Fame. The 2019 inductees were honored at the annual ceremony Thursday at Sinclair College. This year’s honorees include civil-rights leader Jesse Gooding Jr., entrepreneur John Gower, philanthropists Betsy and Lee Whitney, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.


Left to right: RoNita Hawes-Saunders, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Jesse Gooding Jr., Betsy Whitney, and John Gower.
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Three Miami Valley civic leaders and one of the city’s top arts organizations have been inducted into the Dayton Regional Walk of Fame. The 2019 inductees were honored at the annual ceremony Thursday at Sinclair College.

This year’s honorees include civil-rights leader Jesse Gooding Jr., entrepreneur John Gower, philanthropists Betsy and Lee Whitney, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Jesse Gooding was the longest serving president of the Dayton NAACP. He was honored for his fight to end discrimination in education, employment, housing, and law enforcement.

Target Trotwood city council big box closures
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Several races in Trotwood will be decided in the November 5 election.

Incumbent Mayor Mary Ann McDonald faces challenger Yvette Page.

McDonald has been an entrepreneur and business owner for more than thirty-five years. She spent 10 years on the Trotwood City Council before becoming mayor four years ago.

McDonald has received a fair amount of praise from residents for her handling of the city’s recovery efforts following the Memorial Day Tornadoes, which hit Trotwood hard, damaging hundreds of homes and apartments and displacing hundreds of residents. 

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Incumbents and challengers are vying for two open seats for the Dayton City Commission in the November 5 election.

The incumbents are Dayton city commissioners Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw. The challengers are Wright-Patterson Air Force Base logistics specialist Shenise Turner-Sloss and community activist David Esrati.

Federal law enforcement authorities announced first wave of charges in the ongoing probe in April.
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Federal law enforcement officials have unsealed additional fraud charges in an ongoing public corruption investigation. The first wave of charges in the far-reaching probe were announced back in April.

On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s office charged three people:

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

 

Two weeks after Governor Mike DeWine unveiled his so-called 'Strong Ohio' gun control package, groups on both sides of the issue are ramping up the rhetoric. The plan disappointed many who wanted universal background checks and a law allowing judges to take guns from someone deemed a threat. DeWine called for both measures after the Oregon District mass shooting. Now, as Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds reports for WYSO News, both sides are lobbying lawmakers as they weigh DeWine’s gun bill. 

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, joined by County Auditor Karl Keith, State Senator Peggy Lehner, and representatives from the advocacy group Ohioans for Gun Safety.
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Several state and local elected officials Friday launched a new yard-sign campaign advocating for stronger Ohio gun laws.

Joining Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at a press conference in Dayton’s Oregon District were Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith, State Sen. Peggy Lehner and representatives from the advocacy group Ohioans for Gun Safety.

Whaley announced the “Do Something” campaign outside the Trolley Stop tavern on Fifth St.

General Motors operates DMAX, a diesel engine maker, in partnership with auto company Isuzu.
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More than 600 workers at the DMAX plant in Moraine have been temporarily laid off while the General Motors strike continues. DMAX is a GM majority owned plant that supplies turbo-diesel engines for GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup trucks. 

Hundreds of General Motors parts suppliers across the country have been affected by the labor dispute . A new report estimates financial losses for GM are approaching $2 billion.

Dayton Dinner Theatre / Engineer's Club of Dayton
Jerry Kenney

Pretend, for a moment, that you’re sitting in a restaurant with a menu in front of you. Opening it up, you see what appear to be some random food items - appetizers like Deviled Eggs, and Split Pea hummus. Under the entrees are a list of Greek-themed dishes, and for dessert - Devil’s Food Cake.

None of the items by themselves are all that strange, especially in a day and age when almost anything goes for a legion of so called foodies looking for their next culinary experience.

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