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WYSO Weekend: Remembering Jonathan Winters

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Johnathan Winters

Comedian, Jonathan Winters, who died on April 11th, 2013 was born in Dayton, Ohio on November 11, 1925. He went to school in Springfield, and at the age of 17, joined the Marine Corps. He served two-and-a-half years in the South Pacific, came back to Ohio and went Kenyon College in central Ohio.

The comedian also had an interest in art, and that led him to the Dayton Art Institute where he studied for over two years.  It’s there that he first met his wife of more than 60 years. Eileen Schauder Winters, died in 2009, following a long battle with breast cancer.

Writer and director Murray Horowitz says that Winters missed his wife dearly.

Horowitz is also a Dayton Native. He was in town last week and we had the chance to talk about his friend Jonathan. Horowitz met Winters over the telephone in the early seventies, they later became good friends, but for Horowitz, the relationship began much earlier.

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Murray Horwitz

*Note - One of the highlights in this episode is audio from a 1981 appearance from Horowitz and Winters at the Kenyan Theater Festival.  Their improvisational piece was inspired by the air traffic controller's strike taking place at the time.

Winters ties to the Miami Valley also lie in the city of Bellbrook.  Below is an interview with Jo Ellen Fannin of the Winters Library.  She reveals the history of the building and recounts Jonathan Winters' last visit there.

Winters Library interview: Jo Ellen Fannin

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. 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.