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WYSO Weekend: January 17, 2016

WYSO Weekend

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: The legacy of slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, you’ll hear WYSO listeners and supporters recite Dr. King’s famous I have a Dream speech. WYSO’s Lewis Wallace has some local reaction to President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on gun control, and we’ll talk to Dayton Daily news reporter, Josh Sweigart about a state investigation of Wright State University. See full program details below.

  • Local county coroners are still pulling together totals for 2015 drug overdose fatalities. But most are already reporting higher numbers than the year before. This week we talked to Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger, about this serious issue, that by all accounts, keeps getting worse.
  • Guns and gun owners have been back in the headlines following President Obama's recent executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence. WYSO’s Lewis Wallace went to an NRA concealed carry class at a private home  in Xenia—and found a mixture of views among locals about President t Obama’s  latest move.
  • Wright state University is under investigation for possible improprieties in the search for state funding on a number of projects. Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has ordered the investigation which stems from several emails between independant consultant Ron Wine and Wright State President, David Hopkins. The investigation will determine if the university attempted to skirt Ohio pay-to-play rules. Those rules prohibit making political contributions in exchange for state or local funds. To get more details on the story, we spoke with Dayton Daily News Investigative Reporter, Josh Sweigart who helped break the story.
  • In 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States. The speech was delivered to more 250,000 people the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the August March on Washington, the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. Monday people across the nation will celebrate King’s legacy and today on WW, you’ll hear the words Dr. King spoke those many years ago– but first some reflection on that speech from YSO Community Voices Producer Basim Blunt. 
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.