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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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Catherine Zimmerman is a filmmaker living in Yellow Springs. Her new documentary - Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home focuses on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. We spoke to Zimmerman outside the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center in Yellow Springs where she talked about the film, which features Dr. Douglas Tallamy, an Entomologist, teacher, author and environmental activist. And tells us a little bit about creating our own welcoming habitats right in our own backyards.

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Wright State University president Cheryl Schrader has announced she will retire her position at the end of the year.

In a statement released Tuesday Schrader said she’s, “extremely proud,” of her accomplishments during her tenure at Wright State. The outgoing president also said she’s, “grateful for the experience and support,” she’s received.

Schrader was voted in as the university’s seventh president -- the first woman to hold that position -- in March, 2017.

Left to right: VP Interim Executive Director, Dylan Pohl; members Deavon'te Hatch and Jeremy Hemming; VP Founder, Monnie Bush.
Jerry Kenney

Inside the large teal and tan building on Troy Street in Dayton, home to an organization called the Victory Project, there’s a lot that goes on.

VP founder and CEO, Monnie Bush is a former police officer who says he saw a need for the "alternative to the streets" program during his 15 years on the force.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:


Inside a large teal and tan building on Troy Street in Dayton, as I’m about to find out, there’s a lot that goes on. I’m here to meet Monnie Bush, a former police officer and the founder of Victory Project, which is a privately funded, faith-based 501(c)3 after-school program for boys and young men in Montgomery County. In this segment we meet 13-year-old Jeremy Hemming and 15-year-old Deavon’te Hatch, who give me a tour of the VP facility, and talk with Monnie about Victory Project’s mission and how it all got started.

The Montgomery County Children Services workers union on strike Sept. 23, 2019.
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Montgomery County Children's Services workers, who returned to their jobs on Tuesday, have voted to approve a tentative agreement to end a more-than-weeklong strike.

County commissioners are expected to vote on the agreement next Tuesday.

Under the agreement, employees would receive a 4.5 percent raise retroactive to April 1 of this year. Employees would also receive a $250 payout as part of the settlement deal. And all pay rates will be increased at the top level by 1 percent.

Julia Reichert
WYSO Archives

On Wednesday evening in Columbus, Ohio, a special exhibit opened that features the 50-year career of Yellow Springs filmmaker, Julia Reichert. The Wexner exhibit is actually one stop on a national tour highlighting Reichert's work, which has focused in on a variety of "era-defining" issues of the human experience.

Sign in front of Omega Music in Dayton's Oregon District memorializing the names of the August 4 shooting victims
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People affected by the Aug. 4, 2019 mass shooting in the Oregon District are now able to apply for funds through the foundation’s Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund.

Anyone physically injured in the shooting and the families or representatives of the nine people who lost their lives are eligible to apply.

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Montgomery County Children's Services workers went back to their jobs on Tuesday, after a strike that lasted several weeks. Both the Professionals Guild of Ohio (PGO) and the county confirm that a tentative agreement over wage issues was reached on Monday.

The agreement came together through negotiations working with the State Employment Relations Board (SERB).

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:


Visitors entering Dayton’s Oregon District near Smokin Bar-B-Que on Patetrson and 5th St. will now be greeted by a roughly 3,000 square-foot mural. The giant art piece is the work of Dayton artist Tiffany Clark. The mural was planned before the August mass shooting but it’s completion holds special meaning for some in the neighborhood. This week we spoke with Oregon District Business Association Treasurer Natalie Skiliter, who lives in the district and owns the Corner Kitchen, located on the districts eastern border.

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Health officials in Montgomery County say some residents are only beginning to experience the effects of trauma from this year's Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District shooting. Now, a new website aims to help people in need of assistance. And the county is getting the word out about the program through a billboard campaign.