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.

Ways to Connect

Waste management companies are asking residents to protect their workers, who are still on the job during the coronavirus emergency.

The trash companies are asking residents to wipe down trash and recycling cans, and to hose them out on a regular basis.

The companies are also reminding customers that trash should be put inside sealed and sturdy bags to reduce employees' exposure to things like used tissues and personal hygiene products.

Ten Dayton area churches will be receiving supplies to stock their food pantries this week. The help is coming from former U.S. Congressman and U.N. Ambassador from Dayon, Tony Hall, and Convoy of Hope — a faith-based humanitarian organization.

Hall serves as a special advisor to the group and has been working on hunger issues for several decades. He is the current director for The Alliance to End Hunger.

Local schools are stepping up to help students and the wider community as confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to grow in the state.

Dayton Public Schools are making a limited number of Chromebooks available for families with students in need of computer access.

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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Up front, just one of the pressing stories we’re following this week as the pandemic continues…. The coronavirus is putting additional stress on Ohio’s already strained foster care system. For Ohio Public Media, WCPN’s Taylor Haggerty says concerns about the virus have stalled licensing for potential foster parents…. Then, throughout this coronavirus crisis, officials have been repeating the same refrain over and over again. Stay at home: "Stay away from other people. Wash your hands, Don’t touch your face. Stop this virus’s spread." It turns out, this new normal comes from a very old playbook. WYSO’s Jason Saul has this story….

I-75 north of Cincinnati. Many in the Dayton area are living further from jobs than they did in the year 2000.   highway
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Traffic over the last few weeks has been noticeably lighter as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order has been in effect. But, with essential businesses still open, Ohio’s truckers continue to travel the roads getting products where they need to be, though the coronavirus threat has created some additional challenges for the men and women moving America’s goods.

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Blowing in on a Sunday morning it’s another edition of WYSO’s weekly radio magazine. Here’s what you can find in today’s program:

This week we heard from the governor that the state is probably going to have to double its hospital capacity to meet the needs of coronavirus patients. WYSO’s Jason Saul has the story. Then, Elaine Zamonski tells us about her experience with the drive-through testing for COVID-19. Her doctor sent her for a test when her cough, sore-throat and respiratory symptoms failed to improve with antibiotics. Her results came back negative, but now, Zamonski’s in self-quarantine at home with her husband and children.

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Police and other law enforcement officers come into contact with a lot of people. That puts them more at risk in lots of ways. And now, they’re at risk from the coronavirus.

The Center for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health have issued new guidelines for law enforcement officers.

Trooper Sheldon Goodrum, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, says the guidelines are really just an enhancement of the health and safety protocols they already use every day.

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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Thousands of Ohioans are being laid off as businesses have temporarily shut their doors due to efforts to prevent the spread COVID 19. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports on what the state is doing to help those workers and companies.  And Ohio Governor Mike DeWine authorized the Ohio National Guard to assist food banks dealing with staffing shortages due to the coronavirus this week. WYSO’s Leila Goldstein reports that story.

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In this edition WYSO Weekend:

Several large events that typically have a huge economic impact for the Miami Valley have been cancelled because of fears surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. The International Winter Guard Competition, the NCAA First Four Tournament and other cancelled events mean the loss of millions of dollars to local communities. To talk about the impact of all this, we spoke with Richard Stock - an economist and the director of the Business Research Group at the University of Dayton.

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It’s not often that we touch on stories like that of 10-year-old Takoda Collins. The boy, abused both physically and sexually for years, died back in December. Since then, Takoda’s father has been arrested, along with two other women living in the home. And it’s been revealed that, despite numerous complaints from teachers and others over the years, the police, courts and children's services across multiple jurisdictions were not able to connect — at least, not in time to save Takoda’s life. Polly Parks and Karen Bocko are founders of a group called Takoda’s Call. Polly and Karen were so moved by what they heard — so outraged — they’re organizing people together to ask questions about how children are being cared for here in the Miami Valley.