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WYSO Weekend: November 30, 2014

WYSO Weekend

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • The City of Dayton is crafting its 160-million dollar spending plan for next year. WYSO's Ariel Van Cleave recently sat down with City Manager Tim Riordan to talk about the details. 
  • WYSO Curious is at it again—that’s our series where you ask the questions and our reporters answer them. This time the question might seem clear-cut: “Who is the Bearded Barber?” The question came from Andrew Grigiss, a former music intern at the station. WYSO’s Lewis Wallace went to Dayton in search of an answer. *WYSO Curious is looking for your questions—what are YOU curious about, about the Miami Valley’s past or future, people or governments? Let us know on w-y-s-o dot org or call the listener line and leave a message at 937-769-1374.
  • When University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha and his wife decided to have a home built awhile back, they were intrigued by the idea of having straw as the key ingredient. Stacks of it, covered by mud plaster. And if that sounds flimsy, possibly cold, listen to his story of the making of a straw-bale house in Yellow Springs. Bob Brecha is a professor of renewable and clean energy program at the University of Dayton. Bob sent us a picture of his straw-bale house and it’s on our website at WYSO.org
  • This fall, WYSO expanded its Community Voices radio production training project to include high school students. Community Voices producer, Basim Blunt, is the instructor for the new project and introduces us to our stories from Dayton Youth Radio:

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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.