Mark Perzel

Host of Cincinnati Edition

Mark Perzel hosts 91.7 WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition on Monday afternoons at 1:00 pm. 

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, andLove 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.

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Community Input
1:30 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Share your thoughts about the new Smale Riverfront Park's carousel

Smale Riverfront Park

Were you aware that a brand new carousel is coming to Smale Riverfront Park in 2015? It’ll be at the base of Vine Street with additional trees and water features. Community input is now being accepted for the carousel design, and one place you can see some of the history of Cincinnati parks and attraction is the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s downtown branch. Mark Perzel learns more about this exciting new addition to the riverfront, and how listeners can provide input, from Steve Schuckman with the Cincinnati Parks Department and Patricia van Skaik from the library.

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Oxford's Freedom Summer Monument
1:31 am
Fri May 17, 2013

"Finding Freedom: Memorializing the Voices of Freedom Summer"

A new book provides detailed information about the Freedom Summer Monument on the campus of Western College at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, which was dedicated in 2000. Finding Freedom: Memorializing the Voices of Freedom Summer commemorates Western’s role in Freedom Summer and memorializes James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, the Freedom Summer trainees subsequently murdered in Mississippi. The book’s author, Jacqueline Johnson, is the archivist of the Western College Memorial Archives, and she talks with Mark Perzel about this tragic time in American history.

Early Photography
1:31 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Daguerreotypes, local and national, on display at the Taft Museum of Art

Tightrope Walker daguerreotype
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.37.15. © Nelson Gallery Foundation

In the Taft Museum of Art’s current side-by-side exhibits, visitors will discover the long and rich history of the photographic arts in Cincinnati, dating back to the mid-1800’s and the introduction of daguerreotypes, as well as see an amazing collection of rare and historical daguerreotypes. Mark Perzel welcomes in Assistant Curator Tamara Muente to talk about the impact the daguerreotype made, why Cincinnati become such a hub for the art form, and what visitors can expect to see in the exhibits Local Exposures: Cincinnati Daguerreotypes and Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation
1:30 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Big Idea Challenge

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is celebrating 50 years of philanthropic service to the community in 2013, and they’ve just kicked off a competition to encourage all residents to share their ideas on how to make Cincinnati an even better place to live and work. Aptly titled The Big Idea Challenge, anyone can go online and share their community-changing idea in one of seven categories. As Beth Benson, the vice-president of communications and marketing for GCF explains to Mark Perzel, there are not only cash prizes for winning submissions, but the top idea in each category (selected by a community vote) will receive $5000 and technical support to kick-start the idea, and the overall top idea will receive $50,000 from the GCF board members to bring that idea to fruition.

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
1:30 am
Fri May 17, 2013

"The Girls of Atomic City"

Just off I-40, west of Knoxville, Tennessee, drivers note the exit signs for Oak Ridge and, probably, think very little of it. But this one-time secret city, a Manhattan Project site, employed thousands of small-town southern women during World War II to work on the atomic bomb. A new book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, shares interviews and personal stories of some of these women in a fascinating tale of secrecy, first-time independence, even romance. Author Denise Kiernan joins Mark Perzel to talk about these extraordinary women from an extraordinary time.

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