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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.

Ways to Connect

The Lake and the Lake

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Antioch College will continue their arts series called SOUND ACTION. The series, which began in January, is being curated by Catalina Jordan Alvarez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Arts.

“These are public events that my students participate in, but the public is also invited to,” says Alverez.

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Over the past several weeks, the stock markets have been experiencing some heavy swings. For those of us who are starting to keep a closer eye on our investments and retirement funds, these swings can be pretty concerning.

In just the past week alone, the Dow Jones Industrial Index experienced its largest single gain in history. Then it declined on Tuesday — followed by a huge upswing again on Wednesday. Thursday, at market close the Dow was down almost 970 points.

Takoda Collins
Montgomery County

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.

Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

This week's Best of Dayton Youth Radio segment originally aired in 2016. It's from Hannah Williams who attended Tecumseh High School in Medway, Ohio. Hannah tells us about her brother Wesley who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

Journalist Susan Page is the author of The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty
Provided by Susan Page

On March 7, 2020, the Dayton Area League of Women Voters will host an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, as well as the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters, established in 1920.

This year, the League has selected journalist and author Susan Page as their keynote speaker. Page is the author of The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty. She is also the Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, and appears as a political analyst on ABC's This Week, CBS Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday and NBC’s Meet the Press.

2020 Census
Jerry Kenney

With the decennial United States Census mailings just weeks away, census organizers are ramping up community outreach efforts across the country.  

At a small gathering at the Dayton Metro Library, hosted by Ohio and Pennsylvania census officials Tuesday, U.S. Census Bureau representatives stressed the importance of a full count, calling it, "the most important endeavor we’ll undergo as a nation for the next 10 years.” 

Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

When a tornado tore through Old North Dayton on Memorial Day, one of the buildings destroyed was the neighborhood's last affordable, full-service grocery store. Eight months later, that family shop is still working to reopen, so the neighborhood association and a local ministry are offering residents free rides to the nearest supermarket. Reporter Jason Reynolds went shopping with them.

A coalition of Springfield groups is trying to stitch together a food safety net for thousands of people. On March 4th, the city’s South Side will become the region’s newest food desert, when the neighborhood’s Kroger supermarket closes. WYSO’s Jason Saul talked with Clark County reporter Tom Stafford about the emergency.


Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley giving her 2020 State of the City address. She complimented residents for their response to a string of tragic events in the past year.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivered her State of the City Address Wednesday morning. Over the course of a half hour, Whaley made numerous references to the tribulations of 2019 — the KKK rally, Memorial Day Tornadoes, and the mass shooting that left nine dead. Yet, much of the mayor’s focus was on what Daytonians have accomplished together.

Last year in her State of the City address Mayor Whaley said Dayton had some tough issues to address — disparities in opportunity among neighborhoods, and the need for more investment in the city’s west side.

Jerry Kenney

A coalition of organizations formed after the Memorial Day tornado outbreak gathered on Thursday to provide updates on disaster recovery progress. After the meeting we spent some time with Laura Mercer, executive director of The Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group, to get some of those updates.

Those May storms last year certainly damaged or destroyed a lot of homes, and took out quite a few trees as well - but not all of them and now, If you see a huge platform of sticks up in a tall tree, the Ohio Division of Wildlife wants to hear from you! They’re trying to track down every Bald Eagle nest in the state. WYSO’s Jason Saul has the story.


The Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group says 724 individuals, families and businesses are receiving case management services.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

A coalition of organizations formed after the Memorial Day tornado outbreak gathered on Thursday to provide updates on disaster recovery progress.

The Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group says 724 individuals, families and businesses are receiving case management services. Most of those cases are in Montgomery County, according to Laura Mercer, the group’s executive director.   

“About half of those are homeowners. And about 68 percent of those homeowners have indicated that they're going to need some assistance with repair and rebuilding,” Mercer said.

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