Brian O'Donnell

Contributor to Around Cincinnati and Host of local special programs

Brian O’Donnell has been sharing his love of music on the radio since the early 1970’s. He is a true public radio renaissance man hosting classical music on 90.9 WGUC weekday mornings; contributing music and arts features for 91.7 WVXU’s Around Cincinnati program; and hosting Saturday Morning with Brian O’D on WNKU. Musicians, artists and community arts leaders regularly stop by to record interviews with Brian— from Jaime Laredo with the Linton Music Series, or J.R. Cassidy from the Northern Kentucky Symphony, to a curator of an exhibit at The Cincinnati Art Museum, or a soloist in town to perform with the CSO, his relaxed style puts everyone at ease and lets their story come through.

Listeners always ask “Do you like getting up that early?” His response, “Yes, I do, but I pay for it in the middle of the day, when I feel like a zombie. I love the early morning, whether I'm at work or not. Being up before almost everyone else gives you a different perspective on the day... and there's a certain solitude about it. It is much different than STAYING up until the wee hours, and I've done my share of that, as well.”

Ways to Connect

A classic Cincinnati band of the 1960's will be celebrated at an upcoming fundraiser for the Play It Forward foundation, supporting local musicians in need. 

The 33rd season of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will kick off in September with the regional premiere of the musical Fly By Night

Art and music have long been drivers for community development and there's a celebration of this coming to Price Hill on August 3 & 4. 

How much do you know about Colerain Township? 

He's a guitar wizard, platinum-selling recording artist, former Cincinnati resident, and he's on his way back to town to perform on Thursday, June 21. 

The 3rd Annual Nowhere Else Festival, a celebration of music and art, held on the Clinton County property of acclaimed band Over the Rhine, happens again this year over Memorial Day weekend. 

Play It Forward, the local effort to support musicians in need, is bringing together some of Cincinnati's best guitar slingers for a night of music and fundraising. 

He's one of Cincinnati's favorite musicians, known for his singing, songwriting and drumming. 

He was the voice and driving force behind rock supergroup Steppenwolf

Applications for the next Artist-in-Residence for this summer's Price Hill Creative Community Festival are now available. 

Matt Zory really knows Music Hall. Not only is he a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, but he's also an acclaimed photographer who chronicled the recent renovation of the historic venue. 

1967 is known as the Summer of Love for the changing social culture and music scene. On August 12, a concert celebrating 50 years since that summer will happen at The Madison Theater in Covington featuring bands Haymarket Riot, Balderdash, Lemon Pipers and other performers. 

Local musician Tim Goshorn passed away earlier this year, now his friends and collaborators are celebrating his life and music with a memorial concert, benefiting Play It Forward

The warmer weather means it's time to enjoy local music outside on the lawn at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Barbara L. Gordon Collection

The Cincinnati Art Museum is preparing to open a new exhibit of folk art called A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

The warmer weather is here and that means it's time for Latin dancing on the square for the 10th year! 

Matthew Zory Photography

Matt Zory is a bassist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and an acclaimed photographer who has been documenting the renovation of the CSO's home, Music Hall

Music of the Season: Brian O’Donnell introduces the song Christmas, This Year by Larry Goshorn.

Local musician Kim Taylor is just back from a month of shows in Germany with her Water and Sand partner Todd Thibaud, and a new CD is forthcoming. 

Carmon DeLeone will conduct the final season of the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, its 75th and his 35th on the podium, beginning with a November 12 concert featuring the music of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”

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