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

Visitors entering Dayton’s Oregon District near Smokin Bar-B-Que and The Neon movie theatre will now be greeted by a roughly 3,000-square-foot mural. 

The giant art piece is the work of Dayton artist Tiffany Clark, and while it was planned before the Aug. 4 mass shooting, its completion two months after the massacre holds special meaning for some residents and business owners in the neighborhood.

Montgomery County Children's Services workers on strike, September 23, 2019.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Montgomery County has rejected an offer from the Children’s Services workers’ union as its strike continues for a third day. Workers with the Professionals Guild of Ohio (PGO) walked out for a second time this year on Monday. An earlier attempt to strike this summer was halted by a judge. That strike restraint ended last Friday.

The Montgomery County Children Services workers union on strike Sept. 23, 2019.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Montgomery County Children Services workers are again on the picket line after contract negotiations came to a halt last week. Talks broke off  between negotiators for the county and the Professionals Guild of Ohio union over wage issues.  

Jonathan McNeal/The NEON
Jonathan McNeal/The NEON

The Dayton LGBT Film Festival returns to The Neon, October 10-13, 2019. This year's lineup continues the festival's trend of bringing a wide variety of social and cultural perspectives to audiences over the course of the weekend.

The festival is actually a small sample of the diverse films the theatre offers througout the year. Neon manager, Jonathan McNeal, has just returned from the Toronto International Film Festival where he viewed some of the films that will eventually make their way to Dayton.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:


A month from now, attorneys for local governments and drug companies are scheduled to face off in a Cleveland courtroom for the first federal trial in the massive set of lawsuits over the opioid crisis.The lawsuits accuse drug manufacturers of downplaying just how addictive opioids are. The suits allege that drug distributors shipped suspicious orders of pills while looking the other way. Cuyahoga and Summit Counties will be the first of more than 2,000 counties, Native American tribes and others to take their claims to trial. ideastream’s Nick Castele reports. 

Children's Services
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The Montgomery County Children Services workers union has turned down an offer from the county that would have given its members a 5 percent raise. The union held an open vote on the offer Wednesday.

A county spokesperson issued a statement saying officials are “incredibly disappointed” that a majority of Professionals Guild of Ohio members voted down the offer.

Montgomery County officials say they will enact a comprehensive contingency plan to continue services normally provided by PGO employees. The county would not release the details of that plan.

Wright Airplane Factory Designated On National Register Of Historic Places
Jerry Kenney

The Wright Company Factory, located near W. Third St. in Dayton, has been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Preservationists have lobbied for more than a decade to receive the special site designation.

The factory buildings were built in 1910 and 1911 and served as the first airplane factory in the United States. Inventors Orville and Wilbur Wright produced more than 100 planes at the factory.

Montgomery County Children's Services workers on strike, July 19, 2019.
April Laissle / WYSO

The Montgomery County Children Services union is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to accept a final contract offer from the county. The county’s last offer to the Professionals Guild of Ohio includes an across-the-board wage increase for all employees. However, not all workers would receive that pay increase in the same manner.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:


Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting. Some districts say they are responding to students’ mental health needs, but the need for those services has already been rising in recent years.

Montgomery County Jail
Joshua Chenault / WYSO

Montgomery County is launching plans to renovate the county jail. Officials say the renovations will help improve a number of poor structural, and inmate conditions that have been linked to a string of lawsuits alleging prisoner mistreatment.

Montgomery County has hired Omaha-based consulting firm HDR to develop the renovation plan based on recommendations from the Justice Advisory Committee. With lawsuits mounting up, the group was formed in 2017 to look into the jail’s policies and procedures.