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WYSO Weekend: September 15, 2019


In this edition of WYSO Weekend:


Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting. Some districts say they are responding to students’ mental health needs, but the need for those services has already been rising in recent years.

Dayton themed tattoos have become popular across the city since the mass shooting in the Oregon District last month. People are getting Gem City and Dayton Strong designs. Tattoo fundraisers have become popular, too. More than 100 people got tattooed at an event called “Drawing Dayton Together.” And another fundraiser, “For the Love of Dayton,” is coming up this Sunday. Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds says artists and customers are using the ink to help their community heal.

Every Tuesday, clients at United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton (URS) gather together and prepare for an excursion in sound. On this day, they’re heading out to the jungles of Africa. A therapist turns on the sound machine while clients hold their drums and wait for their cues to play….

Montgomery County is launching plans to renovate the county jail. Officials say the renovations will help improve a number of poor structural and inmate conditions that have been linked to a string of lawsuits alleging prisoner mistreatment. To get the details we spoke with   County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman and County Administrator Michael Colbert. We start with a discussion about what all this has cost the county.

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.