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WYSO Weekend: August 17, 2014

On this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • On Friday, Funeral services were held for former Clark County commissioner and a 15-year state legislator, Merle Grace Kearns, who died last weekend at the age of 76. As WYSO’s Wayne baker reported, the veteran Republican lawmaker had earned the respect from both sides of the political aisle during her career. On Friday, Governor John Kasich ordered flags at all state agencies flown at half-mast in honor of Kerns.
  • The credit rating agency – Standard and Poors – has upgraded the city of Dayton’s credit rating.  It’s a move that bodes well for the city, which has faced serious economic challenges in the last couple of years. 
  • The International Gay Games wrapped up Saturday, in Northeast Ohio. One issue that hangs over this, and all sporting events, is concern over HIV-AIDS. Its presence prompted sweeping changes in many sports. While drug cocktails are helping to keep more athletes alive, strict safety precautions are in force to protect against spread of the disease. From Ohio Public Radio member station WCPN, David C. Barnett reports that some of these improvements come with a cost.
  • The 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer has brought a number of new and reissued books relating to that crucial event in the Civil Rights movement. Community Voices producer Dave Barber spoke with a civil rights veteran about his new book.....
  • Every community has assets that are sometimes overlooked or under-appreciated. WYSO Community Voices producer, Ashley Appleman, considers two of Yellow Springs, Ohio’s greatest assets: its Senior Center and its senior citizens.
  • The Village Harmony Choir is a Vermont based organization that creates choir workshops and traveling summer camps for teens and adults alike. The Village Harmony Choir Midwest teen summer camp came to the WYSO studios in the midst of their travels to sing some beautiful songs as well as to speak about their organization. The Midwest choir consists of the camp leaders Mollie Stone, Emily Miller, and Gideon Crevoshay, as well as the 13-17 year old choir members who just met each other seven days before their appearance on WYSO. Tune in to hear three phenomenal performances of songs from Corsica, South Africa, and the United States.
  • Bill Felker has this week's Poor Will's Miami Valley Almanack.
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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.