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WYSO Weekend: February 23, 2014

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is looking at new ways of partnering with public and private entities as a way to save money. The airbase held a day long conference on Friday with local businesses to explore the possibilities.
  • Small businesses around Ohio are struggling to sort out the details of the Affordable Care Act. As WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports, it’s unclear whether recent delays in the law help or hurt the confusion.

  • Springfield's Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously this week against approving a conditional use permit to the developers of a proposed state-of-the-art $2.5 million recycling center and solid waste transfer station that was to be located on Springfield's south side. The project has been opposed by many residents in the area. Several residents from the predominately African-American Southgate neighborhood voiced concerns over how increased traffic, noise and odor would lower the value of their properties. WYSO's Wayne Baker was at the Board of Zoning Appeals and talked to people on both sides of the issue.
  • Politics Ohio with WYSO News Director, Emily McCord
  • When actor and author Daniel Beaty was growing up in Dayton, he wasn’t fully aware that his father was addicted to heroin, and in and out of jail because of it. That realization came later in Daniel’s childhood, but it didn’t stop him from becoming an award-winning author, actor, and educator. Beaty returned to Dayton, on Friday night, for a public event to discuss his upcoming motivational memoir, Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential. We spoke to him by phone and he shared his story about growing up, and his message of personal empowerment. 

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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.