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WYSO Weekend: November 17, 2019

WYSO Weekend Fall Field
Jerry Kenney

In our second installment of ReEntry Stories: conversations between people who were once in prison, we meet Keyawn Jackson, who went through the Sinclair program and his wife Nikkita. They met while Keyawn was in prison and Nikkita was a student at Central State. Today, Keyawn works as a service technician and writes. Nikkita is a social worker who sometimes works with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC). Together, they’ve started a business of their own. Keyawn and Nikkita were interviewed by ReEntry Stories producer Mary Evans.

Our series called Veterans’ Voices resumes on WYSO, and today we meet Air Force veteran Lonnie Franks from Dayton who returned from his military service in Viet Nam with a changed attitude. Franks talked with his daughter, Judy Atlagh, about his decision to go to war in Vietnam, and then, later in life, to promote peace in Dayton.

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Local singer-songwriter Kevin Heider will bring his full band (The Honest Stand) to The Steam Plant in downtown Dayton for a concert to benefit relief efforts still underway from the Memorial Day tornadoes that cut through the Miami Valley. Additional funds for Tornado Relief will be accepted at the door by St. Vincent de Paul Society of Dayton, one of the organizations that make up the Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group – St. Vincent Dayton Executive Director, Michael Vanderburgh serves as chair of that group. Michael and Kevin were both guests on Kaleidoscope with Juliet Fromholt this week to talk about the event, the mission of St. Vincent, and Heider’s latest project.

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.