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.”

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Play It Forward
1:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Tim Goshorn has details about the upcoming Larry Goshorn Benefit Concert

Brian O’Donnell welcomes in local musician Tim Goshorn to talk about a benefit concert for the local musician support fund, Play It Forward, to help with the medical expenses for his brother, fellow musican Larry Goshorn.

Paavo Järvi
1:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

"Maestro" documents the behind-the-scenes world of a classical music conductor

Maestro is the new documentary featuring a look at the life of a classical music conductor, former Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Paavo Järvi. Director David Donnelly joins Brian O’Donnell with an overview of the project and the ongoing Kickstarter campaign to finance the release of the film.

Foto Focus
1:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

A talk with photographer Michael Wilson about his long career and 2 exhibits

Credit Soapbox Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s acclaimed photographer Michael Wilson is in our studio with Brian O’Donnell to talk about his long career, some of the many highlights, an exhibit of some of his photos of musicians going on at OTR’s Iris Bookcafé, and his exhibits that will be part of the upcoming Foto Focus.

Fountain Square
1:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Salsa on the Square about to wrap up another summer of music and dance

Credit myfountainsqaure.com

There are just a few more Thursday’s left in this summer’s Salsa on the Square dance parties on Fountain Square. Organizer Nicholas Radina stops by the studio to update Brian O’Donnell on the growth of the event and of salsa dancing all around the city.

Michael Bany
1:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Play it Forward - helping local musicians in times of need

Play It Forward is a local foundation that helps local musicians in times of need. They are gearing up for their 19th Annual Michael W. Bany Golf Scramble to support their efforts and Brian O’Donnell learns more about Play It Forward, the golf event and its namesake, Michael Bany, from the foundation’s Jim Hunt and Michael’s brother, Mark Bany.

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