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WYSO Weekend: June 12, 2022

Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

We'll hear from Executive Director of the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices at WYSO, Neenah Ellis, and you'll meet WYSO's newest team member, News Director Samantha Sommer. Our stories include:

  • Lighting the Fire: The Power of Mentoring - Lighting the Fire shares four Storycorps-style conversations between successful young people in Dayton and the people who guided them. In fall 2020, Learn to Earn in Dayton and Storycorps collaborated to produce these conversations over zoom during the pandemic. In today's story, Aisha and Nico Ford had a rough time coming up. Without a lot of support from adults, they relied on each other and made it through, and along the way created a very tight family bond.. David Seitz is the producer of this series.
  • ReEntry Stories - This series features conversations between people who were once in prison and the challenges they face.
  • In today's Culture Couch, The Garden Club of Dayton is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and this Saturday, they’re hosting a garden tour. The club also has community projects going on across the city to celebrate their centennial. WYSO’s Jason Reynolds stopped to smell the roses… and peonies and irises and dahlias. Jason starts with a conversation with WYSO's Sara Woodhull.
  • Samantha Sommer has been creating top-notch, solutions-based journalism for over 20 years. A graduate of Northwestern with a degree in journalism, she's spent her whole career serving southwest Ohio. She spent over ten years as a reporter for the Springfield News-Sun. She later became assistant editor and then editor of that paper. Since 2018 she's been managing editor for investigations at the Dayton Daily News. We're proud to introduce her as WYSO's news director.
  • Bird Note, and Bill Felker wrap up our program with 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.