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WYSO WEEKEND: January 05, 2019

Jerry Kenney

Many in Dayton’s LGBT community, and others who knew him, are mourning the death of Dickie Wilson – a prolific advocate and activist for equal rights issues like domestic partner benefits, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and marriage equality. In February of 2019, we spoke to Wilson about issues and challenges faced by older LGBTQ people. In that conversation he told us about his coming out a time when it was an uncommon, and often dangerous thing to do. He also talked about his advocacy for the community that found.

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For generations of Americans, the dream of retirement meant permanent vacation -- the chance for a hard-earned break on the beach or golf course. Now, more older Americans appear to be opting out of that dream. The need for continued income remains a major reason for delayed retirement overall. But recent national surveys show many people over age 50 who could afford to retire are choosing not to. They say they'd opt out of retirement to pursue a passion or help their community. In Dayton, a new fellowship program for senior citizens is tapping into this trend. WYSO’s Jess Mador has more.

Success in combat requires an ability to know when to fight and when not to. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Army veteran Tom McMurtry from Clayton, tells his wife, Jean, about a life-saving lesson he learned while in the service.

As a public radio listener, I’m sure you know about the Moth Radio - the show that highlights people telling their stories. But did you know there’s a local version of the Moth? Story Slam Dayton is the Miami Valley’s monthly open-mic event. The January show is coming up soon and to find out more about it, we spoke with Story Slam Producer Bryan Suddith.

This week, on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from the David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center about life - and basketball - and the things in between.  Project Coordinator, Basim Blunt to introduce our story.

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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.