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WYSO Weekend: September 7, 2014

United Rehabilitation Services

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • Representatives from nearly 30 healthcare providers and law enforcement agencies across Ohio met on Thursday in Dayton to discuss the opiate and heroin epidemic the state is facing, and look for ways and to look for ways to deal with that problem.
  • Thursday’s roundtable was convened by Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine who has been receiving some flak for his roll in the investigation of the beavercreek Walmart shooting death of 22 year John Crawford III. The call for DeWine to recuse himself from the investigation is now being echoed by his political rival.
  • Fifty years ago, in November 1964, President Lyndon Johnson won reelection in a landslide victory, and Congress, too, was overwhelmingly Democratic. During the Johnson presidency, a number of landmark social programs were passed into law: Medicare, Head Start, the federal Food Stamp program, the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, too. In 1966, during the midterm election, President Johnson came to Dayton to rally votes for the Democratic ticket--and WYSO was there. Rediscovered Radio producer Jocelyn Robinson has this story about Johnson’s Labor Day visit and one person it inspired.
  • Next Saturday, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton will hold the 11th annual Rubber Duck Regatta.  Thousands upon thousands of rubber ducks will race down the Great Miami River at Riverscape Metro Park—all for a good cause—to support Miai Valley children and adults with disabilities. On Friday, URS kicked off the event with Ducks on the Square.  It’s there that I caught up with URS Executive Director, Dennis Grant to tell us about this year’s regatta.
  • Amateur radio is a kind of non-commercial broadcasting – also known as ham radio – the people who do it are known as hams. It's a popular hobby - there are more than 2 million ham radio clubs around the world, and more than a dozen here in southwest Ohio. Community Voices producer Charlene Edwards, a rookie ham, says every operator has a call sign they use to identify themselves and she has this story about the colorblind quality of ham radio broadcasting.
  • In celebration of Tecumseh Land Trust’s upcoming 25th anniversary, the regional land preservation organization and WYSO (91.3 FM) radio are co-sponsoring an essay contest for area writers to reflect on the meaning of “living on the land.”  To find out more about the contest and a series of workshops coming up, I have Ed Davis in studio with me.  Ed is a member of the board of trustees with the land trust.
  • The Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in December 1903 was a private affair. But America’s first public powered flight wasn’t made by an airplane. In 1904, an unlikely pair of carnival showmen managed a flight that changed not only their lives, but altered aeronautical history. Here’s commentator Paul Glenshaw.
  • WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota stops by to talk about WYSO's Community Concert, which takes place today.
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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.