Brian O'Donnell

Contributor to Around Cincinnati and Host of local special programs

Brian O’Donnell has been sharing his love of music on the radio since the early 1970’s. He is a true public radio renaissance man hosting classical music on 90.9 WGUC weekday mornings; contributing music and arts features for 91.7 WVXU’s Around Cincinnati program; and hosting Saturday Morning with Brian O’D on WNKU. Musicians, artists and community arts leaders regularly stop by to record interviews with Brian— from Jaime Laredo with the Linton Music Series, or J.R. Cassidy from the Northern Kentucky Symphony, to a curator of an exhibit at The Cincinnati Art Museum, or a soloist in town to perform with the CSO, his relaxed style puts everyone at ease and lets their story come through.

Listeners always ask “Do you like getting up that early?” His response, “Yes, I do, but I pay for it in the middle of the day, when I feel like a zombie. I love the early morning, whether I'm at work or not. Being up before almost everyone else gives you a different perspective on the day... and there's a certain solitude about it. It is much different than STAYING up until the wee hours, and I've done my share of that, as well.”

Ways to Connect

Musician Peter Obermark’s band Copper is releasing a new CD, The Devil You Know, early in November. 

The new season from Cincinnati's early music chamber ensemble Catacoustic Consort begins on September 17. 

Saturday, July 30th at 8:00pm:

WVXU celebrates the life and music of Larry Goshorn with a lively roundtable discussion and a selection of his recordings.

The Cincinnati World Piano Competition will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a dynamic concert on Saturday, July 30 at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Local musician and author Joani Lacy has released her newest book, Sorry's Run, set in Greenup County, Kentucky.

The Cincinnati Pops have a busy summer planned, featuring concerts with Kristin Chenoweth, Aretha Franklin and E.T. among others.

Bob Rich is a successful businessman who recently penned his first novel, Looking Through Water.

After 25 years of almost constant touring, local favorites Over the Rhine are going to stay home a bit more and bring the music there.

Rookwood Pottery is celebrating the start of spring by introducing several new lines and pieces of its acclaimed ceramics, including baseball-themed coasters and a new J.D. Wareham dinnerware collection.

The Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition will host its annual Clavinova Connection fundraiser on April 25 at the Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill.

After 25 years of almost constant touring, local favorites Over the Rhine are going to stay home a bit more and bring the music there.

I Wish I Could Fly is the new CD from Cincinnati music legend Larry Goshorn.

Guitarist Jeffrey Seeman has teamed with Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman for a new CD, Everything in Between, and the release party will take place December 19 at Live at the Ludlow Garage.

Combine bluegrass music, beer, great food and Sawyer Point on a Saturday in September and you have Bluegrass for Babies, a fund raising event from the Healthy Roots Foundation to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The inaugural Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Summermusik Festival will feature a performance by the local gypsy jazz band The Faux Frenchmen on August 29.