Mark Perzel

Host of The Book Club @ 91.7

Mark Perzel hosts The Book Club @ 91.7 Saturday mornings at 7:00 am. 

In addition, he can be heard weekday evenings hosting classical music on 90.9 WGUC.  He is also known throughout the public radio industry for inventive, award-winning holiday programs like Tunes from the Crypt, Tunes from the Crypt Goes to the Movies, Feast for the Ears, and Love Greetings.

Mark has worked in the radio industry for more than thirty years. He began in the business when he was a teenager in Charlotte, North Carolina, volunteering for a public radio station.   He attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, majoring in broadcasting and minoring in violin performance.

He has performed speaking parts with performing organizations throughout the tri-state including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Opera Theatre, and the Linton Chamber Music Series, and done voiceover work for numerous commercials and industrial videos.

Ways to Connect

  In The Good News About What's Bad For You... The Bad News About What's Good for You author Jeff Wilser shares all the research that allows you to celebrate all your vices and stop feeling bad about not brushing your teeth after eating that extra slice of cake.

  Hillary Copsey from ArtsWave has a preview of this year's Macy's Arts Sampler weekend which happens February 27-28.

  When NASA determines an errant satellite will crash in the eccentric small town of Dyson, Ohio, the town's young mayor uses the ensuing media circus to attract tourism and save his bankrupt rust belt community.

Patrick Wensink's Fake Fruit Factory hilariously captures the peculiarities of small town life through the story of a wacky community finding its place in contemporary America.

Mike Ritland: Team Dog

Feb 19, 2016

  Team Dog by Mike Ritland introduces pet owners everywhere to the new and distinctive authority on how to train your dog... the Navy SEAL way.

His unique approach uses entertaining examples and anecdotes from his work with dogs on and off the battlefield and direct tips from the Navy SEAL guidebook to teach dog owners how to: choose the perfect dog for their household, establish themselves as the “team leader,” master “command and control,” employ “situational awareness,” and to solidify their dog’s position as the family’s ultimate best friend.

  George Washington Carver was an accomplished botanist, known for his discovery of many uses for the peanut, but his life required great perseverance and character to overcome a wealth of societal obstacles. 

Author Christina Vella discusses her biography, George Washington Carver: A Life.

Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people, revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history.

Lisa Gardner: Find Her

Feb 12, 2016

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora Dane was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, she learned just how much one person can endure. But is Flora a victim or a vigilante?

New York Time Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner presents her newest suspense novel, Find Her.

Edward Lengel's First Entrepreneur:  How George Washington Built His--and the Nation's--Prosperity will transform how ordinary Americans think about George Washington and how his success in commercial enterprise influenced and guided the emerging nation.

Aimée Langrée from concert:nova talks about Les Six & The Roaring 20's, a celebration of the avant garde musicians and the rebellious, irreverent and dramatically artistic spirit of Paris.

As the Super Bowl celebrates its 50th anniversary, sports columnist Austin Murphy discusses Super Bowl Gold, a celebration of the grandeur and spirit of the Big Game presented by the writers of Sports Illustrated.

New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with November 9, an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse who agree to meet on the same date every year.

While it is known that Cincinnati had the largest per capita population of mixed race people outside the South during the antebellum period, historians have yet to explore how geography played a central role in this outcome.

Remember Me to Miss Louisa by Sharony Green explores the hidden black-white intimacies in Antebellum America.


Feb 5, 2016

Christopher Eanes, artistic director of Collegium Cincinnati, previews CantataFest, featuring over 100 singers at Christ Cathedral Church at 4pm February 6.

Mindy Heithaus portrays Faye Medwick in the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts production of Neil Simon's comedy Chapter Two onstage through February 14.

Lauren Brandstetter, Children's Programmer for the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, talks about Zoo Week, happening Monday, Jan 25 through Saturday, Jan 30.

The Typewriter Revolution by Richard Polt provides practical advice on how to choose a typewriter, how to care for it, and what to do with it. It celebrates the unique quality of everything typewriter -- fully-illustrated with vintage photographs, postcards, manuals, and more. 

From Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked comes After Alice, a magical new twist on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis’s Carroll’s beloved classic.

The public's connection to the Kennedy family comes most strongly through the wives, whose pain, heartbreak, and grief seemed immensely public and lonely and personal at the same time. Amber Hunt's book The Tragic Lives of the Kennedy Wives examines five of the Kennedy matriarchs: Rose, Jackie, Ethel, Joan, and Vicki.

Mikki Schaffner Photography

Sean P. Mette , who portrays The Cowardly Lion, talks about the "lightly staged" production of The Wizard of Oz with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra at The Carnegie in Covington, January 21-31, 2016.

A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA. But will it mark a new chapter in our development . . . or our extinction?

Hidden down alleyways, on street corners or on the bricks above the cityscape, Cincinnati's fading advertisements hide in plain sight. These ghost signs still tout their wares and services, remnants of a bygone era. Each sign has a vivid story behind it unique to its era, product and craftsmanship.

Readers of Daniel J. Levitin’s two previous books have come to know and trust his unique ability to translate cutting edge neuroscience into an informative and entertaining narrative.

Jeanne Mam Luft from MamLuft & Co. Dance talks about their 9th season production of Double Sided happening January 14-17 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.

Chantal Martineau's How the Gringos Stole Tequila traces the spirit's evolution in America from frat-house firewater to luxury good. But there's more to the story than tequila as upmarket drinking trend.

Richard Hoskin, originally from England, now lives in Cold Spring, KY and talks about his historical novel, The Miner & the Viscount.

From Matt Kaplan, the author of The Science of Monsters, comes The Science of the Magical, an engaging scientific inquiry that provides a definitive look into the elements of mystical places and magical objects—from the philosopher’s stone, to love potions to the oracles—from ancient history, mythology, and contemporary culture.

Abby Schwartz, director of the Skirball Museum at Cincinnati's Hebrew Union College, talks about the exhibit Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights on display through January 24.

Brian Powers, Genealogy and Local History Librarian from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, talks about the Kenner Toy exhibit on display at the main branch downtown through January 16.

The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg's beloved classic tale of this mysterious journey to the North Pole celebrates its 30th Anniversary.

Cold Serial paints the picture of five girls who were raped and strangled in the Dayton, Ohio, area between 1900 and 1909. The working conditions, lack of rights for women and police protection, and the sexism of the age portray these girls as victims not only of a crime but also of their time.