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

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.

Local folk-rock band Josh Eagle and the Harvest City will release their third CD on June 7 during a party at the Southgate House Revival. Josh Eagle joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about this CD and the release party, as well as the current make-up of the band.

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