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WYSO Weekend: June 8, 2014

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • As we reported last week, accidental overdoses, including those caused by heroin, continue to rise in Ohio and in Montgomery County. This past week, a local non-profit joinied the fight to turn those numbers around. On Wednesday evening East End Community Services trained local residents how to administer an overdose medicine, naloxone, which interrupts the effects of heroin or morphine overdose. We spoke with Amanda Arrington with East End about their efforts.

  • This past week A protest at Walmart on York Commons Blvd. Wednesday was part of a week of protests and employee walkouts at Walmart stores around the country. Local Walmart workers and supporters of a living wage increase by the retail giant were be joined by State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-28). She believes an across-the-board wage boost would help struggling families.

  • A rarely successful procedure that attempts to move controversial legislation is getting a bit of use lately. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on this latest behind the scenes move to push through a bill that brings up strong feelings on all sides – especially among Republicans.

  • The city of Dayton’s First Friday, a monthly event that opens up downtown art galleries and businesses to draw in visitors, is coming up this week, but it comes with bad news from one downtown gallery. The Connecting Art and Design Community (CADC), formerly known as the Cannery Gallery, is shutting its doors at the end of the month.

  • The local radio stations that once flourished in Clark County have been gone for many years, but have not been forgotten. As WYSO's Wayne Baker reports, the Clark County Historical Society recently hosted an event that took a look back.

  • It’s been 70 years since Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France for what many historians call the most important event of the 20th century. Wendell Ellenwood grew up in southern Ohio and attended Ohio State University before enlisting. He spoke with WOSU’s Steve Brown about that fateful day in 1944.

  • Basim Blunt joined WYSO as a member of the 2012 Community Voices program. His work has earned him a “New Voices” Scholar award by (AIR) Association of Independents in Radio. He also produced the award-wining documentary Boogie Nights: A History of Funk Music in Dayton. You might know him as WYSO’s newest music host on Friday night’s Behind the Groove.

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.