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WYSO WEEKEND: DECEMBER 22, 2019

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Jerry Kenney

It’s been almost seven months since an outbreak of tornadoes caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, displacing people across the Miami Valley. Since then, an army of government agencies, volunteers and advocates have been working to help restore hard-hit communities. But one recent event aimed to provide a boost to storm-affected families ahead of the holidays.

Military veterans are often modest about their accomplishments and the lasting contributions of their service. Today on Veterans Voices, Sam Eckenrode talks to Air Force veteran Malcolm Kelley. They’re both from Yellow Springs and have known each other a long time, but Eckenrode finds that she’s still learning new things about Kelley’s career:

The Dayton Art Institute has been celebrating its centennial all year, and right now, they’re showcasing the photography of William Preston Mayfield. Mayfield become famous while the DAI was being built. He’s one of the earliest and most prolific aerial photographers, having flown with the Wright Brothers. He’s also Dayton’s most famous photojournalist. He spent six decades taking pictures in the Gem City. For Culture Couch, we have a story from Community Voices Producer, Jason Reynolds.

Last month, a prison theater group at Marion Correctional Institution performed The Hamilton Project, 23 songs from the hip-hop musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton. Community Voices Producer David Seitz visited Marion to learn what it means to tell Hamilton’s story from inside a prison.

Dayton Youth Radio we have a Christmas story from Darius & “Ace” Coleman, a student at the Dayton Early College Academy. Project coordinator Basim Blunt brings him to us.

If someone has stroke symptoms and calls 911, every minute matters. One Ohio city is using a customized ambulance to bring help — fast. Side Effects Public Media’s Paige Pfleger reports.

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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.