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It’s hard to believe, but Elementz, Cincinnati’s hip hop youth services organization, is celebrating its 8th anniversary this year. They moved into a new, larger space last year and continue to expand programs designed to keep our city’s young people safe, off the streets, and moving towards an educated, positive life. Brother Abdullah Powell, the creative director of Elementz, is in the studio with Mark Perzel to talk about the past eight years and what he sees for the organization in the coming years.

Next year’s Cincinnati Pops season will run the gamut from favorite standards to space, Broadway and more. And as Conductor John Morris Russell tells our Brian O’Donnell, some of the guest stars include the iconic George Takei and star of “Smash,” Megan Hilty.

The amazing story of pianist Leon Fleisher

Mar 29, 2013

Leon Fleisher is an acclaimed pianist who has overcome some debilitating odds to continue performing at a peak level. Before he comes to town to perform with the Linton Chamber Music Series, our Suzanne Bona speaks with him about his career and the paralysis that nearly ended it.


Lee Hay welcomes in local Christian singer/songwriter Joy Chadwell to talk about her new CD, Nothing Separates Me.


"Opening Day"

Mar 29, 2013

To get everyone ready for the Reds vs. Angels game on Monday, here’s a song from local singer/songwriter Dave Hawkins CD, Best That I Can, called “Opening Day.”

CCM alum Shoshana Bean's new album

Mar 29, 2013

After graduating from UC’s College Conservatory of Music, Shoshana Bean attained great success in New York, appearing in Godspell, Hairspray and Leader of the Pack before being cast in Wicked. After a year of understudying, she spent one year in the lead role of Elpheba. Realizing that could be the pinnacle of her Broadway career, she moved to California and is now writing and performing her own music, including her newly released CD O’Farrelll Street. Assistant Producer Kevin Reynolds remembers Shoshana onstage at CCM and talks with her about her career and this new album.

Young violinist Demi Fang

Mar 22, 2013

Demi Fang is a senior at Centerville High School, just outside Dayton, Ohio, and she is a truly accomplished violinist. As Frank Johnson discovers in this interview, she has just been named to the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a touring orchestra created by Carnegie Hall and featuring 120 players all aged 16-19. After an intensive two weeks of rehearsals, they will embark on an international tour, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity under the mentorship of acclaimed conductor Valery Gergiev.


Local musician Kim Taylor is on quite a roll. Her new, self-produced CD, Love’s a Dog, has just been released and the movie she co-starred in, I Used to be Darker, just appeared at the Sundance Film Festival. Somehow, she found the time to join Brian O’Donnell in the studio to talk about this whirlwind and where 2013 might take her next.


Big Rock Club

Jan 11, 2013

A song from the Northern Kentucky father/son 3-pc band Big Rock Club.  Their CD, Extinction, was released in October, 2012.

Titans of the music industry, Columbia Records, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with the release of the book 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story by Grammy-nominated author Sean Wilentz. He joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about the amazing artists who have recorded for Columbia Records: from Al Jolsen to Billy Joel; from Phillip Glass to Dixie Chicks. He also talks about the late, great Andy Williams and his connection to Cincinnati.


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