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WYSO WEEKEND: December 8, 2019

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Jerry Kenney

ReEntry Stories is a series on WYSO that features conversations between people who were once in prison. Today we meet Latisha Ellis and James Clay. Latisha went to prison right after high school and participated in the Sinclair Program which helped her discover her passion for poetry.  James went to prison much later in life and honed a passion for public speaking by ministering to other incarcerated men. He continues to do this as a mentor at The Dayton Collaboratory’s X Factor initiative.

Becoming a pilot in the United States Air Force is a long, challenging, and very competitive pursuit. Those who earn their wings are among the elite in the armed services. Today on Veterans Voices, Air Force veteran Fred Abrams of Springboro tells his daughter and grandson about his lifelong passion for flight.

Today on Dayton Youth Radio producer Jackson Sawyer and his mom share things they learned while forming their adoptive family.

The announcement of Cox Media Group’s expected sale to private equity firm Apollo Global Management and it’s holding company, Terrier Communications, has some local lawmakers, community advocates and media analysts concerned about a decline in local and regional journalism. Among those concerned is Richard Campbell, Professor Emeritus with the Department of Media, Journalism & Film at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In this conversation, Campbell talks about the loss of local news, including his thoughts on the pending sale of Cox Media Group and its effect on the Dayton Daily News and other Cox Media outlets.

In the age of Amazon, e-books, and on demand publishing, small presses have had to make big changes to stay afloat, and Orange Frazer Press in Wilmington has become one of Ohio’s most versatile small publishers. Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds stopped by their offices to learn how this little-press-that-could continues to thrive after 30 years.

Bill Felker has this week’s Poor Will’s Almanack

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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.