Oscar Treadwell returned to the Cincinnati airwaves as the host of Jazz with OT in August, 2005. Everyone at Cincinnati Public Radio was thrilled and honored that the legendary Oscar Treadwell agreed to come out of retirement and go back on the air. In April, 2006, we were saddened by his sudden death. However, thanks to his family, Jazz with OT continues on as WVXU rebroadcasts programs from his archive.
OT's career as a radio personality began in 1947 at WEEU in Reading, PA. From there he moved to stations in Camden, NJ and Philadelphia. His concentration in jazz led to friendships with many jazz luminaries including Dave Brubeck, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, many of whom immortalized him in music. First came Wardell Grey's "Treadin with Treadwell." Then, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie created "An Oscar for Treadwell" in honor of their friend. Thelonious Monk followed suit with "Oska T."
OT moved to Cincinnati in 1960, joining WZIP in 1962, WNOP in 1965, then to WGUC in 1973, where he was a jazz host for 22 years before moving to WVXU in 1995. Programs at WAVE and WMKV followed until his retirement in June 2001.
“I consider the opportunity to return OT to the air to have been one of the highlights of my professional career, “ said Richard Eiswerth, President and General Manager of Cincinnati Public Radio Inc., upon Oscar’s passing. “He was the consummate ideal of a true professional, a warm and engaging gentleman and a gentle man.”
Jazz with OT is heard Sunday evenings at 10:00 pm EDT.
Bill Cartwright brings his passion for 1930’s and 40’s era Big Band music to this entertaining Saturday evening showcase honoring the music of the “Golden Age of Radio.”
Mark Perzel hosts 91.7 WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition on Monday afternoons at 2:00 pm.
In addition, he can be heard weekday evenings hosting classical music on 90.9 WGUC. He is also known throughout the public radio industry for inventive, award-winning holiday programs like Tunes from the Crypt, Tunes from the Crypt Goes to the Movies, Feast for the Ears, andLove Greetings.
Mark has worked in the radio industry for more than thirty years. He began in the business when he was a teenager in Charlotte, North Carolina, volunteering for a public radio station. He attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, majoring in broadcasting and minoring in violin performance.
He has performed speaking parts with performing organizations throughout the tri-state including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Opera Theatre, and the Linton Chamber Music Series, and done voiceover work for numerous commercials and industrial videos.