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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Author Deborah Hicks
1:30 am
Fri March 22, 2013

"The Road Out" from Lower Price Hill

Deborah Hicks is a longtime writer and educator, employed by Duke University, and a Harvard graduate. But she’s possibly made the biggest impact in her life in Cincinnati’s Lower Price Hill neighborhood. Her new book, The Road Out: A Teacher’s Odyssey in Poor America, recounts her effort to influence the lives of seven girls, all living in poverty with limited dreams, using literature to show them the possibilities of a better life. She joins Mark Perzel to discuss her time in Cincinnati and her highly acclaimed book in advance of her appearance at Joseph Beth Booksellers at Rookwood on March 30.


Tournées Festival
1:30 am
Fri March 22, 2013

New French films showing at NKU

The fourth annual Tournées Festival of New French Films has just kicked off at Northern Kentucky University, with four more fascinating film screenings scheduled between now and April 18. Dr. John Alberti of NKU’s Department of English is one of the festival organizers, and he joins Mark Perzel to discuss the event and the importance of sharing these works with the NKU students and other film lovers.


On the Same Page
1:31 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Nationally-known librarian Nancy Pearl

You may have heard Nancy Pearl during one of her appearances on NPR’s Morning Edition where she opines about all things books. A former librarian, she is the creator of the first community-wide reading program back in 1998, which led the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to undertake their On the Same Page effort. As part of the wrap-up to this year’s On the Same Page, Nancy Pearl will appear via Skype at the downtown branch of the library on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm. But first, she joins Mark Perzel by phone to talk about the origins of community reading programs, her lifelong love of books, and her incredibly popular Librarian Action figure.


Music at an Exhibition
1:31 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Musician and Artist, Dick Waller

Dick Waller is a familiar face and name around the Cincinnati music community. He was the principal clarinetist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for many years, and during that time, he founded the Linton Chamber Music Series. But what many did not know was that, starting in 1974, he began painting as a stress reliever from his work with the symphony. Now, in retirement, he’s decided to begin exhibiting his paintings. Sunday afternoon will be the opening of Music at an Exhibition, showcasing over 100 of his works, at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Dick Waller is in our studio with Mark Perzel to talk about his passion for painting and why he is now ready to share them with the rest of the community.


March's Cincinnati Magazine
1:30 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Where to Eat 2013

The March issue of Cincinnati Magazine is out with its “Where to Eat 2013” list. Dining Editor Donna Covertt joins Mark Perzel to talk about assembling this list, the changing landscape of the Cincinnati dining scene, and how exactly she judges a place like Orchid’s to one of her newest favorites, Eli’s Barbecue.


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