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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Author Randy McNutt
1:32 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Journey into lost Ohio

Despite all you may know about the history and towns of Ohio, local author Randy McNutt is sure to surprise you with facts about long-forgotten battlefields, stagecoach inns and more in his new book, Finding Utopia: Another Journey into Lost Ohio. This is the third in his series of fascinating Ohio books, and he’s in the studio with Brian O’Donnell to talk about his newest.

John Morris Russell
1:32 am
Fri April 5, 2013

2013-14 Cincinnati Pops Season

John Morris Russell

Next year’s Cincinnati Pops season will run the gamut from favorite standards to space, Broadway and more. And as Conductor John Morris Russell tells our Brian O’Donnell, some of the guest stars include the iconic George Takei and star of “Smash,” Megan Hilty.

Ric Hordinski
1:32 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Wood and Wire guitar camps

If you’ve been playing guitar for a couple of years and are ready to step up your skills and musicianship, then Ric Hordinski of monk is planning a week-long Wood and Wire Camp for you. These intensive weeks will take place at the Monastery Studio in Walnut Hills and will feature performing and song writing, as well as some evening concerts. Ric Hordinski joins Brian O’Donnell to share his goals for these camps, the first one happening in June.


A New CD and a New Movie
12:32 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Musician/Actor Kim Taylor

Local musician Kim Taylor is on quite a roll. Her new, self-produced CD, Love’s a Dog, has just been released and the movie she co-starred in, I Used to be Darker, just appeared at the Sundance Film Festival. Somehow, she found the time to join Brian O’Donnell in the studio to talk about this whirlwind and where 2013 might take her next.


Appearing at Cincinnati's Public Library
12:32 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Music Icon Bobby Mackey

Iconic local music legend Bobby Mackey is in the studio with Brian O’Donnell in advance of his March 9 appearance at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. During that talk, he’ll share stories of his music career and of his haunted nightclub in Wilder.


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