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WYSO Weekend: October 6, 2013

Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • News wrap: As the government shutdown continues, WYSO's Lewis Wallace talks with Congressman Mike Turner (Ohio-10) about where he stands on the impasse. 
  • This week, ArtStreet on the University of Dayton campus will present a three-part collaborative art installation titled Bullet: Who Pulls the Trigger? The installation is a multi-regional collaboration between ArtStreet, the South Chicago Art Center and the Newtown Action Alliance. It features original work created by Newtown and Sandy Hook students in the aftermath of violent shootings there. The installation also features work created by nationally recognized Ohio artist James Pate and kids from the Dayton Early College Academy. ArtStreet Director Brian LaDucasays the exhibit’s intent is to challenge artists, educators and youth to reflect, question and create artwork based on personal journeys through gun violence. It’s meant to stir conversation.
    Credit Jerry Kenney
    ArtStreet Director, Brian Laduca shows rendition DECA students are working from to create wall-sized exhibit.
  • The Dayton LGBT Film Festival, continues to grow as one of the Midwest’s premiere LGBT events. Jonathan McNeil with the Neon Movies in Downtown Dayton says this year’s film selections once again include something for everyone.  We spoke to him this week in the lobby at the Neon, about picking this year’s selections. The Film Festival opens on Friday with the movie GBF – the acronym stands for Gay Best Friend. This week I spoke with director Darren Stein about the movie’s premise. Then, 24-year-old Michael J. Willet plays Tanner in GBF. We'll also hear me how the part came to him.

  • This week we begin a month-long series of readings from the faculty of this summer's Antioch Writers' Workshop with Jen Violi, a Pittsburgh native who's also lived in Dayton and is an Antioch Writers' Workshop alum.  Here Violi reads from her debut novel Putting Makeup on Dead People, the story of a young woman named Donna.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.<br/>