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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 LaDuca says 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 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.