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WYSO Weekend: June 19, 2016

WYSO Weekend

In this edition of WYSO Weekend, We’ll visit a service dog training center in Xenia and meet one family that’s trying to raise enough money to afford one for their son. And this week we have another in WYSO’s occasional arts series—Culture Couch. See full details below.

  • The mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend has re-ignited debates on gun control, LGBT rights, and terrorism. It has also raised mental health concerns as people around the country cope with the news. Jodi Long, the director for behavioral treatment and supportive services in Montgomery County (ADAMHS)  says that psychological trauma can extend beyond Orlando.

  • Across the country vigils have been held for those killed in Orlando. On Thursday night, hundreds of people were back on Court House Square to pay their respects and show support.  Numerous speakers took to the stage – some with words of comfort – others with a call for peace and acceptance. First to address the crowd was Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.  Here’s part of what she had to say.

  • From hip coffee shops to government buildings, outdoor murals are everywhere in the Miami Valley. And Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds has been traveling the area and staring at a lot of walls lately....

  • 4 Paws For Ability provides highly trained service dogs to children and veterans with disabilities.  They’ve been providing them since 1998—the organization began in Cincinnati but is now located in Xenia. 12 year-old Zachary Yoder’s family has been trying to raise enough money to get him a service dog. In this interview, we'll hear from Zack’s Mom, Tina. She talks about the challenges they are facing and how a service animal could help her son, but first a little bit more about 4 Paws For Ability. First, a conversation with Kelly Camm, executive director for the organization.

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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.