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WYSO Weekend: March 22, 2020

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Jerry Kenney
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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Thousands of Ohioans are being laid off as businesses have temporarily shut their doors due to efforts to prevent the spread COVID 19. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports on what the state is doing to help those workers and companies.  And Ohio Governor Mike DeWine authorized the Ohio National Guard to assist food banks dealing with staffing shortages due to the coronavirus this week. WYSO’s Leila Goldstein reports that story.

The Community Blood Center in Dayton is working to increase supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this week, the CBC put out a call, asking for healthy people who can donate to call the center for an appointment. Mark Pompilio with the CBC says the local community is responding.

Women in the military often face two fronts. They fight the enemy and prejudice from male enlistees. Today on Veterans’ Voices, we meet Navy veteran Dawn Bellinger of Beavercreek who tells her friend Connie Jackson of Kettering about the discrimination she faced during her service.

All of our 2020 Dayton Youth Radio students are off school this week because of the Coronavirus pandemic and some of them have promised to send us their audio essays by recording them at home, instead of here at the WYSO studios. Today we present a story from a series we call the best of Dayton Youth Radio, stories from years past. It first aired in 2017. It's from Demetrius Oglesbee, a senior at the David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center. *This story originally aired in 2017. You can find a link to Demetrius Oglesbee’s music at our website, WYSO dot org.

Our in studio guest on the program this week is our very own Niki Dakota, WYSO’s music director who tells us about Alone Together – a project that asks you to share your voice with us: How are you?  Your loved ones? What kinds of self-care are you practicing? Got ideas for kid-friendly activities? *We'll collect your stories and share in the coming days. Record a message  on the voice memo app on your phone.  Send that to: alonetogether@wyso.org OR, if you don’t want to use a voice memo app on your smart phone, call this number and record your message: 937-769-1374. Please include your name and phone number in your message. A WYSO producer may want to follow up with you.

Well, if you're struggling this week with social distancing or self-isolation - or maybe you just need to hear a comforting voice - This man knows all about the benefits of quiet contemplation. Here’s Bill Felker with 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.