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WYSO Weekend: August 24, 2014

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Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • The Dayton Literary Peace Prize organization has announced the winner of its distinguished achievement award. Louise Erdrich is being recognized for her works that chronicle modern Native American life, and clashes in the United States over culture, religion and ancient claims of territory. Erdrich will receive the award November 9 in Dayton.
  • Dayton Children’s hospital broke ground today (Thursday) on a new eight-story building on its campus. The center is part of a long-term plan to improve patient care. Officials at Children’s say their current facilities can’t serve all their needs.  The 260,000-square-foot tower will house a new intensive care unit for newborns, a Cancer and Blood Disorder Center, and new patient care units. The tower is part of a $141 million dollar campus renovation and is expected to be completed by 2017.
  • The City of Dayton water department says it’s considering feedback from the public and businesses on a proposal to change the city’s drinking water protections. WYSO’s Lewis Wallace has an update.
  • The 6th annual FilmDayton Festival gets underway this weekend with a mix of locally connected films, international features, documentaries and more.  WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with FilmDayton board president, Nicole Richter, who is also the coordinator of the motion picture program at Wright State University. She says the festival has a variety of events that will appeal to film buffs, actors, and writers alike.
  • For most of us photography is a permanent record, a memory captured forever. Community Voices producer Tanya Maus* brings us a story about Dayton photographer Francis Shanberger, who makes pictures that challenge out notions of contemporary photography.
  • Last year, Dayton-based Wright Brothers USA became the first business to license retail goods in the name of the Wright Brothers. Dave Lightle, is chief executive, and To find out about the company I spoke with president Kenneth Botts.
  • 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.