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WYSO Weekend: April 19, 2020

Jerry Kenney

Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 crisis has completely upended life as we know it. Dayton Daily News investigative reporter Josh Sweigert has been reporting on how the pandemic is affecting the people and businesses here in the Miami Valley, and he joins us today to talk a little bit about what he's found.

When Ohio first ordered its bars to close, beer sales in grocery stores jumped 42% that week. But for small craft breweries, taprooms and restaurants, those sales are often the largest and most reliable revenue streams. That leaves a lot of locally owned breweries looking at a big net loss. WYSO’s Jason Reynolds reports.

Today, we’ve got more voices of our listeners who have shared their thoughts on the COVID-19 crisis. Our ongoing project -is called "Alone Together." and here’s what they had to say.

Here is the last in our series called The Best of Dayton Youth Radio – a story that first aired three years ago by a Centerville high school student named Mandela Brown. *Mandela Brown is now a college student at the University of Cincinnati.

Some stress in military life is healthy. It can motivate you to develop skills in emergency preparedness and response. But in some cases, the body and brain continue to maintain that state of high alert long after the danger has passed. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Army veteran Eric Kelley of Dayton tells his partner, Stephanie Kelley, about serving during the time of 9-11, and how it affects him today.

WYSO’s aviation commentator Dan Patterson has had some time on his hands lately like many of us. And he’s used the extra hours of isolation to return to a childhood hobby – the one that got him interested in aviation in the first place:

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.