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

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.