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

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.

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.

Local band Seabird

Aug 23, 2013

Local band Seabird recently performed at the Bunbury Music Festival, and will also be on the bill at this year’s MidPoint Music Festival. Brian O’Donnell welcomed Aaron and Ryan Morgan into the studio to talk about Seabird, their decision to leave the EMI label, and their recent Kickstarter campaign to fund a new CD.

You may recognize the name Andy Stein from his frequent appearances as guest musician on A Prairie Home Companion. He’s a talented and respected jazz violinist who will be doing three appearances next week with Cincinnati’s own Faux Frenchmen. Brian O’Donnell gets all the details from band member George Cunningham.

Local music legend and nightclub owner Bobby Mackey joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about a new exhibit at Devou Park’s Behringer Crawford Museum entitled Northern Kentucky Music Legends. The exhibit pays tribute to local musicians, composers and others who successfully spent their lives in the music business.

Covington’s Behringer Crawford Museum has a very special Music@BCM concert Thursday, July 18 when Cincinnati favorite The Bluebirds provide the tunes for the Bourbon ‘n Blues night.

Cincinnati native Susan Didrichsen left for the bright lights of New York and is now a successful singer, working with such artists as Spyro Gyra, Wilson Pickett, Jennifer Hudson and many more. She’s now helping up-and-coming singers, and as Brian O’Donnell learns, she’ll be in town on July 20 to present her NYC Vocal Performance Workshop.

If one food continues to define our city, it’s Cincinnati-style chili. Brian O’Donnell is joined in the studio by Dan Woellert, author of the new book, The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chilli, which traces this specialized dish from early inception to the growth of a variety of chili parlors. Also joining in the conversation are Chris Kiradjief and his Uncle John Kiradjief from the Empress Chili restaurants.

After a triumphant appearance with the Cincinnati Ballet in April, guitar virtuoso and former Cincinnatian Peter Frampton is coming back to town with a few of his friends: BB King and Sonny Landreth. They’ll be in concert at the PNC Pavilion on August 14 with a show called Frampton’s Guitar Circus Tour, and he spends a few minutes with Brian O’Donnell to talk about the music and these guitar legends.

Salsa on the Square

May 31, 2013

Summer in the city means it’s time to salsa on Fountain Square. Nicholas Radina, coordinator of the Thursday night dance and music parties is with Brian O’Donnell to talk about this summer’s schedule of bands and lessons.

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