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WYSO Weekend: May 3, 2020

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Jerry Kenney

As Ohio rolls out plans to reopen its economy, the economic fallout continues. The state is struggling to process the record number of unemployment claims filed during the pandemic. Millions of Americans are still waiting for their federal stimulus checks -- like Dayton 28-year-old single mom Dejanee Coaston, who lives with her daughter on the Westside of Dayton. When the coronavirus shutdown took effect, she lost most of her hours at her restaurant job and quickly fell behind. After weeks of scrambling Coaston finally started a new job at a factory but the damage is already done. Her rent is late and her landlord’s threatening to evict the family from their rented home. Coaston tells WYSO the situation is all the more difficult because she only recently got back on her feet after last year’s tornado outbreak.     

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have the second feature in our Teens In Quarantine series. Today we'll hear from Dylan Potts and Ashley Daniels - two juniors from Kettering Fairmont High School talking about how the Covid-19 Pandemic is affecting life as a teenager.

County Lines takes WYSO listeners into the small towns and rural communities of the Miami Valley. Our goal this year is to bring you the voices of women living and working in the rural parts of Southwest Ohio. Two months ago, before the coronavirus pandemic hit Ohio, producer Renee Wilde met with faculty and students at Wilmington College in Clinton County and heard their ideas about rural life and the prospects for a career in agriculture.

The designer of the iconic Ford Mustang has died. Gale Halderman, of Tipp City, was 87. It’s been reported that he had been battling liver cancer. Halderman graduated from Bethel High School in 1950. He studied design at the Dayton Art Institute, before getting hired by the Ford Motor Company in 1957. In this 2018 interview with WYSO, Halderman talks about that history and tells the story of how his design for the iconic 65 Mustang was selected by Ford’s Vice President at the time, Lee Iacocca.

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is one of the latest cultural events to be postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Organizers still haven’t found an alternate date. This week we spoke with air show board member Michael Emoff who says events like the Dayton Airshow can bring the community together during tough times but acknowledges even the rescheduled show won’t escape the coronavirus pandemic’s influence.

The arts and entertainment industry has had to make quick moves to adjust to stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders across the country. The longtime Dayton arthouse theater The Neon has gone to virtual screenings to keep the movies coming during this time. This week, Neon Manager, Jonathan McNeal spoke with Kaleidoscope's Juliet Fromholt about what the theater is doing to continue offering their services to customers safely while theaters are physically closed.

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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.