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WYSO Weekend: January 24, 2016

WYSO Weekend

Coming up in today’s program – If you’ve ever wondered why WYSO’s signal tends to drop out in certain areas of the Miami Valley, we’ve got the answer for you – and a solution to the problem. We'll also recap some of the week's big stories from around the state.  Full details below.

  • Hundreds of cops, deputies and recovery experts packed a church in Columbus for what the Attorney General called an “emergency” meeting on heroin. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
  • Five top Summit County Democrats bucked their state party this week and endorsed P.G. Sittenfeld, the underdog in the March primary for the Democratic nomination for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat. Their reasons varied, but centered on the core idea that primary competition is good for the political parties, the voters and the state. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.
  • A $4 million deficit and the loss of $2 million in state funding over the past two years has the Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities streamlining its operations in 2016. Board Superintendent Jennifer Rousculp-Miller spoke with WYSO's Wayne Baker about the budget and new federal mandates affecting the agency
  • Here at WYSO, we don’t usually do stories about ourselves—it’s an obvious conflict of interest, after all. But for today’s WYSO Curious investigation, we’re making an exception. Several listeners asked why the WYSO signal tends to be spotty on I-75 South heading toward Cincinnati. And our answer happens to coincide with some big news—that we’re actually improving that signal significantly.  WYSO’s Juliet Fromholt breaks it down. *Thanks to Rick Beck, Tom Townsend, and Susan Meyer for submitting their questions about our signal to WYSO Curious. Our series takes on your curiosities about the Miami Valley. If you have your own question about something other than WYSO—say, the Miami Valley’s people or history, visit our website, WYSO dot org.
  • Ohio Governor John Kasich recently signed into law new statewide regulations ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft. The new laws trump regulations put in place by local governments, including those implemented by the city of Dayton last year.  To find out what this means for the city and ride-share drivers, we spoke ti Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph
  • Bill Felker has this week's Poor Will's Almanack.

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.