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WYSO Weekend: March 29, 2015

WYSO Weekend

On today’s program –  Miami Valley StoryCorps, and Dayton Youth Radio. Also, the Diversity Task Force at Sinclair Community College is holding several events to ensure diversity stays on campus. 

  • A Brookings Institution study finds many people in metro areas are living further away from jobs. As WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports, Dayton is among the worst in the country for this growing geographic gap.
  • Kate Geiselman teaches English at Sinclair Community College, she’s part of a diversity taskforce that’s been active on campus for a number of years. The diversity on campus has faced some challenges recently and Geiselman says there are a number of events planned to ensure the acceptance of LGBT students.
  • On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today we hear Herman Castro, the owner of El Meson, a well known local restaurant, talk about its founding with his son Bill Castro.
  • Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we hear one local teenager’s remembrance of his father.  DYR Project manager, Basim Blunt introduces his story
  • If you’ve ever flown into Reagan National Airport in Washington DC, your plane followed the course of the Potomac River and past two places with special significance to aviation history in the nation’s capital. Aviation commentator Paul Glenshaw takes us there – Paul Glenshaw writes about aviation and space. Aviation programming on WYSO is supported in part by the National Aviation Heritage Alliance and The Air Force Museum Foundation.
  • The Springfield City School District's Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to hire Dr. Robert Hill from Lorain County's Firelands School District, to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. David Estrop. Estrop announced late last year that he's retiring in June because of legislative changes to the state’s retirement program. He's been in charge of the district for six years and has spent nearly 45 years in education. WYSO's Wayne Baker spoke with Dr. Hill after he accepted a four-year contract that will pay him $152,000 per year. Baker also spoke to Dr. Hill’s wife Rachel, a Springfield native herself. 

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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.