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WYSO Weekend: February 21, 2021

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Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

WYSO’s look at Black History Month grew out of work done by the historian and scholar Dr. Carter Woodson – whose life was devoted to the study and promotion of black history. Dr. Woodson founded The Association for the Study of African American Life and History in 1915 and he’s known as The Father of Black History.

West Dayton Stories is our series exploring the strength and resilience of Dayton’s African American community. It comes from the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices at WYSO, which highlights the stories of those whose voices often go unheard.

Wilberforce University is one of America’s oldest historically black colleges. Their president, Dr. Elfred Pinkard tells WYSO’s Jason Reynolds that the college is overcoming the pandemic the same way it has overcome challenges for the last 160 years—by putting its students first.

Like most schools in the Miami Valley, this season’s Dayton Youth Radio classes were taught virtually, in an online classroom. Today we have a story from a Centerville High School Student – about a life changing dream.

We’ll wrap up the program with the always informative Bird Note - and Bill Felker has this week’s 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.