Jim Nolan

Interactive Communications Manager, Host of Local Exposure

Jim is a Northern Kentucky native and a father of three. In his spare time, Jim likes to read, play ice hockey and watch foreign films. He currently resides with his family on the East side of town.

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Acclaimed local musician Royal Holland recently visited our studio to talk with Jim Nolan about his new EP, Volume Two: Flamingo and to perform two of the cuts, Flamingo and Golem Effect.

Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Sarah Vowell's Lafayette in the Somewhat United States reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War.

New Beginnings

Oct 15, 2015

On this episode of Local Exposure, we discuss New Beginnings.

Introduction: A re-evaluation of the 'P-Word'

Part 1: Meet Belinda Cai, the newest contributor to Local Exposure

Part 2: Get a preview of the Cincinnati Cyclones 2015-2016 season  from Kristin Ropp, VP and GM for the Cyclones and US Bank Arena.

Part 3: Belinda speaks with Rachelle Caplan, the head organizer of LadyFest Cincinnati and talks about the schedule of events. Belinda also wrote an article about LadyFest for this week's CityBeat.

This week on  Swing with Bill Cartwright Harry James, Nat King Cole Trio, Eileen Farrell, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble and more.

International Guitar Duo Loren & Mark from Syracuse, New York recently visited our studio to talk with Jim Nolan about how they met, their musical style and sensibilities, and to perform a couple of songs.

  Highlights from this week's episode of Swing with Bill Cartwright include Tony Bennett and K.D. Lang teaming up to perform "Dream a Little Dream of Me" plus "Love for Sale" done by the Blue Wisp Big Band.

  Where can you hear great music from Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Nina Simone as well as Shorty Rogers, Lavay Smith, Buddy Greco and Ted Heath? It must be this week's episode of Swing with Bill Cartwright.

He began as a visual artist before becoming a music star as lead singer and songwriter for the seminal new wave band Devo. Akron, Ohio native Mark Mothersbaugh’s day job now is writing music for TV and movies, but he has never stopped creating art.

As is so often the case with many bands, the roots of Jack Burton Overdrive can be found in the long-lasting friendship between founding members Jack Rininger and Nick Barrows [JetLab]. Jack and Nick have been writing and playing music together for decades and, in 2006, decided to embark on an exploration of popular music played on the concertina and the ukulele. These experiments resulted in a loveably quirky and endearing bohemian-style of front-porch music making.

Two Cincinnati gems will join forces tonight at the Woodward Theater for a delicious alchemy of classical and Americana-indie music.

Cincinnati’s Phratry Records has just completed work on a split 12” from local bands Knife the Symphony and Smoke Signals… and everything about this package deserves attention.

Award-winning Irish band We Banjo 3 will perform at the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati on September 15. The group blends traditional Irish Music with Americana and Bluegrass affectionately described as “Celtgrass,” and our Jim Nolan recently spoke with one of the band members, Martin Howley.

peoplesliberty.org

MusicLi, an online music licensing service that focuses on local and regional music, will officially launch during the 2015 MidPoint Music Festival.

Local musician Brad Schnittger began MusicLi with help from a grant from People's Liberty and has partnered with producer Dave Davis to build a library of local talent and to make it available for public licensing.

Join Jeff Suess as he delves into the mystery and legacy of Cincinnati's lost landmarks in Lost Cincinnati.

Jim Nolan has a review of the new CD Pollinator by local band Comprador.

LX Sessions: Cracker

Aug 16, 2015

David Lowery and Johnny Hickman from the band Cracker, now celebrating their 25th year, stopped by the WVXU studios to talk about the band, its longevity, the music industry and to play a few songs prior to their show at The Southgate House Revival.

In Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker, biographer Doug J. Swanson provides the definitive account of a great American antihero, a man whose rise from thugdom to prominence and power is unmatched in the history of American criminal justice.

Acclaimed rock band Cracker was in town recently for a show at The Southgate House Revival and two of the members, frontman David Lowery and ace guitarist Johnny Hickman, came by our studios to perform three songs and talk about the band, their current tour and their new double CD,

One of our area’s favorite craft brewers, Rivertown Brewing Company, recently created a beer called Shamble On that was inspired by the music of local band The Whiskey Shambles.

Through personal interviews with survivors, the memoirs of crew members, and the sailors' wartime correspondence, historian and author John Wukovits tells the nearly-forgotten story of the Japanese kamikaze attack on the USS Laffey on April 16, 1945.

Jim Nolan provides a preview of the 2015 Northside Rock 'N Roll Carnival, July 2-4 at Hoffner Park.

A retail store that changes out inventory based on seasonal themes is coming to Main Street in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood.

Our Jim Nolan has a review of the latest CD project from The Happy Maladies called Must Love Cats.

It’s almost time for the annual Bunbury Music Festival, this year featuring a new owner, new dates and a line-up of musical talent including The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dog, The Black Keys and more.

Jim Nolan reviews the second album from Cincinnati band Leggy called Nice Try.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.  

Leggy: Nice Try

May 1, 2015

Those who live by the adage that "Less is More" probably haven't been properly introduced to the album Nice Try - the second release by Cincinnati's Leggy.

Leggy is a 3-piece band consisting of Chris Campbell [drums], Kerstin Bladh [bass] and Véronique Allaer [guitar], whose sound is the musical equivalent of peach schnapps - equally sweet and dangerous. 

One of the People’s Liberty’s 2015 Haile Fellowship winners, Brad Schnittger, is the founder of MusicLi, an online library of published original music from the Greater Cincinnati area that can be licensed for various commercial uses

The Wilderness of Ruin A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the search for America's youngest serial killer is a riveting tale of gruesome murder and depravity. At its heart is a great American city divided by class—a chasm that widens in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1872.

Mark speaks with Kevin Grace, winner of the 2015 Cooper Award, presented by The Ohioana Library.

Created in 2003 and named for the founding family of Ohioana, the Cooper Award is given to an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the promotion of books and reading in Hamilton County.

Grace is the head of the Archives & Rare Books Library and University Archivist at the University of Cincinnati. Grace won the award for his dedication to collecting and preserving rare books and archival materials and for his advocacy of the use of digital surrogates of rare books.

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