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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The Monastery Studio
1:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Ric Hordinski talks about recent projects with David Wilcox and Ruthie Allen Lincoln

Ric Hordinski

Local musician, producer and music studio owner Ric Hordinski spends a few minutes with our Brian O’Donnell to talk about his recent projects, including producing the latest projects for singer-songwriter David Wilcox and Ruthie Allen Lincoln. Wilcox’s album, blaze, is his 18th and features some well-known local musicians providing back-up.

CCM at UC
12:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Coming up: the Bearcat Piano Festival and Pianopalooza

The Bearcat Piano Festival is coming to the UC campus starting February 6 and will feature two weeks of performances, master classes and other activities, concluding with the popular Pianopalooza concert on February 16. Two of the area’s finest pianists and professors at the College Conservatory of Music, Awadagin Pratt and Michael Chertock, are in the studio with Brian O’Donnell to talk about this mid-winter piano celebration.

"Saint Ain't"
12:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Rob Fetters talks about his new solo CD

Cincinnati music icon Rob Fetters (The Bears, psychodots) has just released his latest solo project, Saint Ain’t, and he joins Brian O’Donnell to discuss the evolution of the album (several years in the making) as well as some of the musicians who joined him on the project.

Jarson Kaplan Theater
1:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

The California Guitar Trio on stage October 3

The Cincinnati Arts Association will present the acclaimed California Guitar Trio in concert, in the intimate confines of their Jarson Kaplan Theater, on Thursday, October 3. John Harig from the CAA and opening act, local guitar wizard Ric Hordinski, join Brian O’Donnell to talk about the music of the trio and how much fun their live shows are.

Aviators and Astronauts
1:30 am
Fri September 6, 2013

National Aviation Hall of Fame's newest class of inductees

Brian O’Donnell talks with Ron Kaplan from the National Aviation Hall of Fame about the recently announced class of famed aviators and astronauts and the October 4 induction ceremony. The Hall of Fame is located at the National Museum of the Air Force just up the road in Dayton, Ohio.

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