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

Entrepreneurs are a growing force in our economy, so Xavier University has started X-LAB (Xavier Launch a Business), a competition between creative minds to earn mentoring from Xavier’s faculty, students and others with the expertise to help launch their idea. Mark Perzel learns more about this opportunity from Dr. Joe Carter, director of Xavier’s Entrepreneurial Center.

Literacy Center West

Aug 18, 2012

As part of WVXU’s commitment to the American Graduate: Make it Happen program, an effort to find solutions to America’s drop-out problem, Mark Perzel welcomes Chellie McLellan from Literacy Center West, a Price Hill program working with students aged 17-21 on either GED preparation or job-readiness training.

Mark Perzel speaks with Clara Martin, CEO of The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center, a non-profit agency that uses the arts to keep at-risk high school students in school and help them graduate.

WVXU, in partnership with CET, presents American Graduate, an ongoing examination of the consequences of, and solutions for, the high school dropout problem. As part of this initiative, Mark Perzel speaks with Greg Landsman, Executive Director of The Strive Partnership, which works with the Cincinnati, Covington, and Newport school districts and is spearheading the regional Campaign for Early Grade-Level Reading. Landsman explains why it's so important to help children with their reading before they finish third grade, and how Strive is helping.

Author Richard Lucas joins Mark Perzel to discuss his recent book, Axis Sally: The American Voice of Nazi Germany. It’s the true story of a Maine-born, Ohio-bred woman who went to Hitler’s Germany to study music, fell in love, and became a famed radio propagandist for the war.

It’s time to check in with Cincinnati’s serial entrepreneur. Candace Klein, founder of Bad Girl Ventures and SoMoLend, talks with Mark Perzel about these two organizations, their tremendous growth, and plans for further expansion.

Creating Original Art

Aug 11, 2012

After his commencement address went viral, Austin Kleon was encouraged to write about his ideas on creativity. In Steal Like an Artist, Kleon gives tips for beginning artists trying to create original work. Mark Perzel talks with Kleon about his new book and about what it means to steal like an artist.

Mark Perzel learns the story of Italian cycling superstar Gino Bartali, the man who not only won the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948, but to this day holds the record for longest time span between victories. Bartali's secret efforts also helped save Jews in Italy during World War II. Aili & Andres McConnon discuss their book Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation which recounts Bartali’s inspirational life.

Polk Laffoon IV joins Mark Perzel to discuss his big idea about looking at what makes Cincinnati a great city for a series in Cincinnati Magazine. It began with the river, then the hills, and wraps up in the August issue with a look at the city's great buildings.

As part of our continuing commitment to the American Graduate effort to prevent school drop-outs, Mark Perzel welcomed Principal Kimberly Mack and Resource Coordinator Pamela Knox from John P Parker Elementary School to discuss identifying kids at risk of dropping out and programs they have in place to address the issue. American Graduate is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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