Around Cincinnati

Sundays at 7 PM

Greater Cincinnati has a vibrant arts scene, and Around Cincinnati keeps you up to date with local, regional and national guests. 

Each week from 7-8pm on Sunday evenings, you'll hear from local contributors who with their guests explore a wide range of subjects from books & poetry, art exhibitions, theatrical productions, area choirs, concerts and musicians, as well as festivals and dance groups.  Some of the contributors include Rick Pender, Anne Arenstein, Grayson, Jim Stump, Roberta Schultz, Robert Nave, Jane Durrell, David Delegator, Barbara Gray, Dave Lewis, Ron Esposito, Stuart Holman, and Kelly Blewett.  Brian O'Donnell, Frank Johnson, Suzanne Bona, Howard Wilkinson, Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, and Jim Nolan, staff members of Cincinnati Public Radio, also help out.

If you have an interview idea for Around Cincinnati, please contact Lee Hay, Producer/Host of Around Cincinnati, at Lhay@wvxu.org. 

Around Cincinnati is made possible in part by a grant from ArtsWave.

Brian Powers

King Records Month: 5 Royales

The 2017-18 season from the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) encompasses a diverse range of performances from modern dance to a Food Network star to a Beatles tribute. 

Middletown's Sorg Opera House dates back to 1891 and has a long history of hosting music, theatre, opera and movies, but fell into disrepair in recent times. 

Comic book collectors, writers, illustrators, vendors and celebrity guests like Ralph Macchio ("The Karate Kid"), Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride") and John Ratzenberger ("Cheers," the "Toy Story" films) are all part of this year's Cincinnati Comic Expo, happening September 22-24. 

A New Biography Of Marvel Legend Stan Lee

Sep 15, 2017

Prior to his appearance at the Cincinnati Comic Expo, local author Bob Batchelor has just published his biography of legendary Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee

Poetry reading: Our contributor Roberta Schultz shares a poem from her new chapbook, Songs From The Shaper's Harp.

Coming next to the Xavier University Jazz Series is a concert from Noah Preminger & Gary Versace with Brandon Coleman Trio on October 1. 

Local piano legend Phil DeGreg and his trio will release a new CD, Queen City Blues, at a party on September 21 at The Greenwich in Walnut Hills. 

A Song From Doris Day

Sep 15, 2017

The song "Ohio" from Cincinnati native Doris Day

Celebrating King Records Month: Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

In honor of Cincinnnati's celebration of King Records in September, I produced a special about Hank Ballard & the Midnighters which will air on Saturday, September 9th at 11pm and again Sunday, September 10th at 7pm.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke by telephone recently with the two remaining Midnighters, Billy Davis and Norman Thrasher.  They've both been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Midnighters.

The new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company theatre is finished and ready to present its first production. 

Music trio Raison D'Etre is preparing for another end-of-summer run at the 10th Annual Old West Festival

Wake is a new children's book written and illustrated by the mother-daughter duo Leah Busch and Shawn Dougherty

In the space that once housed Herzog Studios, purportedly where Cincinnati's first R&B music was recorded, is now Herzog Music, a retail and teaching music shop. 

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