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WYSO Weekend: March 29, 2020

Jerry Kenney
WYSO Public Radio

Blowing in on a Sunday morning it’s another edition of WYSO’s weekly radio magazine. Here’s what you can find in today’s program:

This week we heard from the governor that the state is probably going to have to double its hospital capacity to meet the needs of coronavirus patients. WYSO’s Jason Saul has the story. Then, Elaine Zamonski tells us about her experience with the drive-through testing for COVID-19. Her doctor sent her for a test when her cough, sore-throat and respiratory symptoms failed to improve with antibiotics. Her results came back negative, but now, Zamonski’s in self-quarantine at home with her husband and children.

Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home order excludes what the state is calling “essential” businesses and services: things like medical care, food, shipping and deliveries. To learn what’s being done to help struggling businesses survive the Coronavirus era of social distancing, Jess Mador spoke with Holly Allen with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The coronavirus is changing the way Ohioans celebrate their spirituality. WYSO’s Jason Reynolds says many people in the Miami Valley are finding new ways to worship at home and online.

People who lack stable housing or food supplies are among the most vulnerable right now. For Side Effects Public Media, WVPE’s Anna Caroline Caruso reports.

The Pentagon estimates that about 20 thousand service members were sexually assaulted in 2018. Last week on Veterans’ Voices, we met Navy veteran Dawn Bellinger of Beavercreek who talked about the discrimination she faced in the military. There’s more to her story. Today on Veteran’s Voices, Dawn continues her conversation with her friend Connie Jackson of Kettering. *A warning, this story contains references to a rape.

Veterans Voices is created at the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices at WYSO and that’s where our series Dayton Youth Radio comes from. All this month we’ve been dipping into the archives and bringing you some teen voices from years past.  We call it the Best of Dayton Youth Radio. Today we turn the clock back three years and hear a story from Maya-Smith Custer at Stivers School for the Arts. For her story, Maya wanted to interview her best friend, her grandfather. *This story originally aired in 2017.  Maya Smith Custer is enrolled now at the University of Dayton.

And it definitely feels like spring is in the air this week. So rounding out today is a soothing look at the living world around us… through the eyes, ears and voice of  Bill Felker and 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.