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WYSO Weekend: December 27, 2020

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Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

As with most schools, our fall Dayton Youth Radio class from Centerville High School was taught online in a virtual classroom. Today's feature is from a teenager who says the best holiday gift is the one that can't be found under a Christmas tree. Youth Radio Project Manager Basim Blunt introduces the story.

COVID has inspired some creative approaches to making theatre -- and doing it in safe, socially-distanced ways. Turns out that radio drama can be done safely and still provide performance opportunities for young people. Perhaps we're entering the next golden age of radio drama? You might think so, after hearing the work of the 7th and 8th grade classes at The Ridgewood School in Springfield. They wrote, performed, and produced "The First Annual Ridgewood School Radio Play Thing-y," as the students describe it. We think it's fun and are pleased to share it with you. Thanks to Beth Dixon and Todd Spahr for sending it our way.

This week was the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. When twilight begins just after 5pm, and by 6 it’s dark. Throughout December, we experience only about 9 hours of daylight. Culture Couch producer Susan Byrnes explores the impact of light on two visual artists.

The corner of Salem and Superior Avenue in northwest Dayton is looking a bit different these days. And people are excited. Jacqueline Moore-Falah has lived in Dayton her whole life. "And I am just so thrilled of this light. It's just like a bright light on the corner," she says. That bright light is the Gem City Market. It’s a cooperative supermarket opening this winter in an area where it can be difficult to find fresh groceries. But the benefits of the co-op go beyond providing healthy food options to residents. WYSO’s Leila Goldstein reports.

West Dayton Stories is our series exploring the strength and resilience of Dayton’s African American community. Jocelyn Robinson from the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices introduces our story.

ReEntry Stories is our series about formerly incarcerated citizens in Ohio. Today we hear from Afton McClain. Series producer Mary Evans introduces us.

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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.