Jim Nolan

Interactive Communications Manager, Host of Local Exposure

Jim is a Northern Kentucky native and a father of three. In his spare time, Jim likes to read, play ice hockey and watch foreign films. He currently resides with his family on the East side of town.

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Blossom Hall: Parasols

Mar 21, 2018

Nancy Paraskevopoulos, Phil Cotter and Charlie Schefft form the Garage Pop trio that is Blossom Hall. Thier music has been described as "a blend of 90s alternative rock and 60s vocal harmony."

Phil and Nancy stopped by the studios to perform a couple of new songs and to talk about the band, songwriting, their new EP and their next big project.

Though he came to the band in February 1983 - 9 years after they formed, Richie Ramone has a legitimate claim to the throne of punk rock royalty.

Zapruder Point is the musical project of Dan Phillips, who recently moved to Cincinnati from Chicago. His 5-song EP Stars + Specks is a testament to his experience as a new father as well as "songs of unsentimental nostalgia, expectation and loss, and the comforts and inevitable contusions of living in the world."

2018 Tiny Desk Contest

Feb 23, 2018

  • Are you a person who makes music?
  • Ever wanted to perform behind NPR's Tiny Desk?
  • Here’s your chance to show us what you’ve got.

Enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest and you can play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.; Tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.; and appear at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another.

We're looking to the skies this week on Swing with Bill Cartwright with Ranee Lee doing "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," Les Paul & Mary Ford performing "How High the Moon" and Michael Buble singing "A Foggy Day."

We have songs of love and loss this week on Swing with Bill Cartwright as you'll hear Louis Armstrong's "I'll Never Be the Same," Helen Humes' "You're Driving Me Crazy" and Kelly Smith's "When Your Lover Has Gone."

Soften: Seen + Unseen

Dec 12, 2017

Since I saw them perform live at our Tiny Desk Showcase in July, I have been eager to sit down with the members of Soften to talk about their music. In speaking with them, I was pleased to find very talented musicians who, not only play very well together, but who genuinely seem to care about and for each other.

Pike 27: The Long Fight

Nov 28, 2017

In 2001, Northern KY’s Pike 27 released their first album “Falling Down Hard” which gathered a lot of attention for the then fledgling local band. Then, in 2014 “Calling Out,” with its catchy pop melodies and infectious rhythms, solidified their reputation as one of the best live acts in the area.

moonbeau.bandcamp.com

Moonbeau, a band that started out as a synth-pop solo project by Christian Gough of The Yugos has quickly grown into one of the most popular bands in town. Recently joined by Alex Murphy-White on drums and Claire Muenchen on keyboards, Moonbeau has expanded their throwback pop sound and, in doing so, has expanded their audience exponentially.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Kevin Pollak's Chat Show: Award-winning actor Kevin Pollak interviews actors, writers, directors, comedians, and masters of the tech universe.
  • The Modern Mann: Sex, trends and amazing life stories with Olly Mann, Alix Fox and Ollie Peart.
  • From Founder to CEO: Hear from founders as they share their stories and tips that make becoming the CEO more fun, stress free, and easier to build the company of your dreams.

madanthology.com

I don’t think it is hyperbole to say that Mad Anthony is the hardest working band in Greater Cincinnati. When you combine a regular schedule of touring - both in the US and internationally - with a massive recording project that involves releasing one song every week for a year -- plus elaborate video production - the three members of this band give their heart and soul into producing some great hard-hitting music.

Root Cellar Xtract is a country-rock band deeply connected with the Laurel Canyon, California sound of the 1970’s that produced such bands as Buffalo Springfield, Little Feat, Poco, The Eagles and Pure Prairie League.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Cincinnati in December with two performances of the crowd-favorite holiday rock show, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Wonder Lust is the third album by local band New Sincerity Works and, though it feels like it might be the conclusion of a trilogy, lead singer Mike Tittel tells me how that’s not quite the case.

We’ll talk about the new album, the all-star band that created it, the beautiful cover art and the album release party that’s coming up. And we’ll also discuss the super cool El Camino that appears in the band’s new video.

Ladyfest Cincinnati is a multi-faceted festival promoting womxn involved in arts and activism. Working in partnership with various local organizations, the festival is focused on musical and multi-media performances, visual art, educational workshops, community building and empowerment. Their mission is to provide a safe space for personal expression in a dynamic array of forms.

We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s and 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene captures the stories of women who were active in the SoCal punk rock scene during this historic time, adding an important voice to its cultural and musical record.

This week on Start Hear:

  • The Mortified Podcast: Trinity, now an adult, shares her diaries about her exploits as one of the internet's first catfish, back in the days of AOL chatrooms.
  • Rough Translation: Host Gregory Warner travels to Brazil to discover how racism has affected the country and how Brazilians view the divisive issue of black and white.
  • Art Palace: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's Jeremy Dubin talks about his experience with the company and some of its exciting new pursuits and takes a look at Ophelia and Laertes by Benjamin West.

This week on Start Hear:

  • The Worst Idea of All TimeWhat started as simply a stupid idea, has quickly turned into a public mental unraveling of two grown men, week by week.
  • Houston, We Have a PodcastThe official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space Center.
  • Downtown DownloadA unique collection of events that will give you a reason to visit downtown Cincinnati for the first time or the fortieth time.

There's a new book out about Cincinnati favorite Jimmy Buffett, who'll make his annual visit to Riverbend on July 8. 

On June 16 and 17, The Woodward Theatre will host the No Response Experimental Music Festival, bringing two nights of local, national and international musicians to Cincinnati. 

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Fletcher Henderson's "Down South Camp Meeting," Glenn Miller's "PA-6-5000" and Count Basie's immortal "Lullaby of Birdland."

Coming May 27 to Urban Artifact in Northside, it's Cincy Powerfest V, a night of rock and metal music. 

Great things are heading your way this week on Swing with Bill Cartwright, including Etta James singing "These Foolish Things," Johnny Mercer doing "Glow Worm" and Billy May performing "Charmaine."

Local author Patrick Edwards' book Space Tripping is the most recent Nerdist Contest winner, beating out 100+ other sci-fi submissions. 

Glen Phillips from the band Toad the Wet Sprocket stopped in our studio on St. Patrick's Day when he was in town for a concert at the Ludlow Garage. 

NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

Feb 22, 2017

NPR Music has again opened the invitation to musicians and artists all across the country to submit their entires for their Tiny Desk Contest, and again, the Greater Cincinnati area has been very well-represented.

The holiday season brings a whole series of special events and activities at area parks. 

Jennifer Arnold is the founder of Canine Assistants and has now written a new book for dog owners and lovers. 

The 3rd Annual DevouGrass Music & Arts Festival, benefiting the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, returns on Saturday, October 1 to Covington’s Devou Park

The annual Bluegrass For Babies fundraising concert returns to the Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park on Saturday, September 17. 

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