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WYSO Weekend: November 22, 2015

WYSO Weekend

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Veteran’s Voices and Rediscovered Radio.  We’ll recap our DPA@20 (Dayton Peace Accords) coverage and you’ll meet some local residents who just spent 11 weeks in police custody... Actually in a police academy training course, and we’ll meet the next president of Antioch College – Dr. Thomas Manley. See full details below.

  • On Wednesday, officials held the first of a series of events commemorating the Dayton Peace Accords 20th Anniversary. International figures attended a dedication of the Ambassador Richard Holbrooke Plaza near the intersection of Salem Avenue and Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Holbrooke was instrumental in brokering the accords that ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995. The anniversary brought several foreign dignitaries, including the Mayor of Sarajevo which is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital city and WYSO was given a few minutes to talk to him at a private dinner on Tuseday night at Sinclair Community College. Mayor IvoKomsic says there were numerous attempts to broker peace during the three-year war. We spoke to him through a translator.
  • Those weaknesses in the accord that Komsic talks about were also highlighted in a speech that Former President Bill Clinton delivered on Thursday in Dayton. WYSO’s Lewis Wallace filed this report.
  • Our Veterans’ Voices series continues today with a follow­up to a story from our first season. Bobby Walker was involuntarily separated from the Air Force, and so he decided to pursue a dream and start a business. If you’ve been to an outdoor festival or fair in the Miami Valley this year, you may have seen the fruits of Bobby’s labor. Army veteran, and Wright State University student, Anne Moore of Miamisburg has the story. Veterans Voices is produced in collaboration with the Veteran and Military Center at Wright State University. Funding for this series comes from Ohio Humanities.
  • Today WYSO brings back Rediscovered Radio, our series exploring the past through the station’s historic audio collection. We’re approaching the 50­year mark on many significant events documented in our digital Audio Archives, and so we are beginning a new season of stories. WYSO Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson has a preview of what’s to come. Rediscovered Radio is made possible by the generous support of Ohio Humanities, and the Greene County Public Library. You can access the WYSO Audio Archives at wyso dot org and at the Greene County Public Library’s digital collections site – greenecountyroom dot org.
  • This week Antioch College who its next president will be—Dr. Thomas Manley will take the position in March of 2016. Current president Mark Roosevelt, will step down at the end of this year, when his five-year contract ends. Manley has been president of Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Oregon since 2003. He oversaw big expansions to the campus and its funding program. He’ll be Antioch College's second president since it reopened in 2011 following a three-year closure. WYSO is licensed to Antioch College and on Friday Manley made his first visit to the station to talk with YSO Managing Editor and economics reporter Lewis Wallace.
  • Some Dayton Citizens recently wrapped up an 11-week police-training course designed to teach them about policing techniques and practices. Conflict resolution, traffic stops, evidence collection, building searches and handling firearms are just some of the subjects students in the Citizen’s Police Academy studied. On the night I paid them a visit, the adult students spent the first hour of class outdoors learning about crime scene investigation techniques then moved indoors to look at how fingerprints are matched from a database. Here’s what happened when I stepped into the classroom.

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.