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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Jim Nolan provides a preview of the 2015 Northside Rock 'N Roll Carnival, July 2-4 at Hoffner Park.

A retail store that changes out inventory based on seasonal themes is coming to Main Street in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood.

Our Jim Nolan has a review of the latest CD project from The Happy Maladies called Must Love Cats.

It’s almost time for the annual Bunbury Music Festival, this year featuring a new owner, new dates and a line-up of musical talent including The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dog, The Black Keys and more.

Jim Nolan reviews the second album from Cincinnati band Leggy called Nice Try.

Sue Monk Kidd: The Invention of Wings

May 22, 2015

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.  

Leggy: Nice Try

May 1, 2015

Those who live by the adage that "Less is More" probably haven't been properly introduced to the album Nice Try - the second release by Cincinnati's Leggy.

Leggy is a 3-piece band consisting of Chris Campbell [drums], Kerstin Bladh [bass] and Véronique Allaer [guitar], whose sound is the musical equivalent of peach schnapps - equally sweet and dangerous. 

One of the People’s Liberty’s 2015 Haile Fellowship winners, Brad Schnittger, is the founder of MusicLi, an online library of published original music from the Greater Cincinnati area that can be licensed for various commercial uses

Roseanne Montillo: Wilderness of Ruin

Apr 17, 2015

The Wilderness of Ruin A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the search for America's youngest serial killer is a riveting tale of gruesome murder and depravity. At its heart is a great American city divided by class—a chasm that widens in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1872.

2015 Cooper Award Winner, Kevin Grace

Apr 13, 2015

Mark speaks with Kevin Grace, winner of the 2015 Cooper Award, presented by The Ohioana Library.

Created in 2003 and named for the founding family of Ohioana, the Cooper Award is given to an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the promotion of books and reading in Hamilton County.

Grace is the head of the Archives & Rare Books Library and University Archivist at the University of Cincinnati. Grace won the award for his dedication to collecting and preserving rare books and archival materials and for his advocacy of the use of digital surrogates of rare books.

Hal McCoy: The Real McCoy

Apr 10, 2015

Dayton Daily News sports writer Hal McCoy shares experiences from his career in his book The Real McCoy: My Half Century with the Cincinnati Reds.

A song from folk duo Indigo Girls in advance of their appearance with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on April 19.

Jim Nolan talks with Misty Perholtz and Tim Seiwart from the band The Newbees about the April 17 fundraising concert, We All Shrine On, at the Southgate House Revival in Newport. The event will feature many local bands and musicians performing Beatles music and will benefit the Cincinnati Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

They’ve been together nearly 20 years, they’re working on their 12th studio album, they even appeared in the blockbuster movie Titanic and, on March 10, Gaelic Storm will be in concert at the Taft Theatre. Jim Nolan talks with Steve Twigger, one of the founding members of the group, in advance of their appearance in Cincinnati.

Local musical artists The Mitchells, Ric Hordinski, and Daniel Martin Moore are teaming up for a great evening of music on Friday, February 6 at The Woodward Theater, located at 1404 Main St. in Over-the-Rhine.

The writer Mark Dery first coined the term ‘Afrofuturistic’ in his 1994 essay “Black to the Future” to describe a new cultural phenomenon but what exactly is Afrofuturism? 

Michael Gonzales of Ebony Magazine calls Afrofuturism “a cultural catchphrase to describe the world of tomorrow today in music, art, theater, politics and academics,” but the more I tried to further define the term, the more I discovered that Afrofuturistim is a concept that, by definition, defies definition.

Bulletville: Bulletville

Jan 20, 2015
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There's a video going around lately, created by Nashville songwriter Greg Todd, in which six current hit county music songs are all played simultaneously. If you watch the video, what you quickly realize is how shockingly and painfully similar each of the songs are.  

One could easily argue the case that the majority of current popular music is equally formulaic, regardless of genre, and that given most of the songs you might find in today's "Top 40," it is the producer, not the artist, who is the driving force behind the industry. Look at the work of Max Martin or Calvin Harris and you'll see title after title performed by various, insipid Johnny Bravos who worked the assembly line, played the game and achieved their fifteen minutes.

Knowing this makes me want to scream "Thank goodness!" that there are still true musical craftspeople out there like Mark Utley

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Simone Kuzma from Wanderlust Wanderlearn talks about the Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Mike Breen, the music editor for CityBeat, recently visited our studio to talk with Jim Nolan about the nominees for the 18th Annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. The awards will be presented on Sunday, January 25 in a ceremony/concert/party at Covington’s Madison Theater.

Pike 27: Calling Out

Jan 6, 2015
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Every once in a while, you find a group that sounds less like a band and more like a few good friends getting together to have a good time. Such is the case with Mike Fair (guitar), Dave Killen (drums), Dave Purcell (guitar, vocals) and Sean Rhiney (bass) who collectively call themselves Pike 27.

The band's name is an obvious reference to Alexandria Pike - Northern KY's Route 27 - that winds through Cold Spring and Ft. Thomas...and finally exhausts itself somewhere outside Paris, KY. However, Pike 27's true roots can be found about 500 miles south of there in Athens, GA -- 583 miles to be precise, if you detour through Nashville, as this band has certainly done.

The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series for more than 100 years or even played in one since 1945. Now they're positioned to win the Series for the first time since 1908--if only curses and bad luck don't haunt them as usual.

No one wants the Cubs to win more than Luke Murphy, President of the United States and lifelong fan. Leading the chorus of disbelievers is Murphy's boyhood friend, Bob Walters, a sports radio talk-show host with a beautiful daughter and a big ego who built ratings by being 'the man Cub fans love to hate.'

It all comes together in this baseball thriller, Killing the Curse.

 

New Sincerity Works: 44

Dec 9, 2014

44 is a very difficult number to deal with. I know because I'm there.

At 44 you're closer to 50 than you are to 30 and yet you still feel like 30 is old. Sure, you may have the kind of job where you don't have to mop up before you go home; but you also can't party until 3 am because you have to get up at 7 to get the kids on the school bus. So what do you do when you find yourself saying, 'Who am I - and how did I get here?'

If you're Mike Tittel, the creative force behind the band New Sincerity Works, you sit down and write a painfully honest album that feels like a musical version of therapy and you call it 44.

Olivia Frances calls Nashville home, but she has not forgotten her Cincinnati roots.

Frances' music is featured in "The Art Carvers of Music Hall" - a short film by Melissa Godoy that is returning to Cincinnati World Cinema as part of their Women in Film Weekend, December 6 & 7. 

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Maybe you're looking to crack open a few books this holiday season. Maybe you're looking to buy some as holiday gifts. Well, NPR has a guide 2014's great reads. It's called the Book Concierge.

NPR's Lynn Neary and Petra Mayer speak with David Greene about this interactive guide to the books.

ATTENTION LOCAL BANDS:
If you have a song, a desk and a camera then please read this:

Have you ever wanted to play a Tiny Desk Concert? Now's your chance: NPR Music and Lagunitas Brewing Company are holding a contest, and the winner gets to perform at the famous tiny desk at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

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Grab your favorite tattered flannel and strap on your 10-hole steel-toed Doc Martens, because Subsets are bringing back the eighties with their new album twothousandfourteen.

For sixteen and a half minutes, every note of twothousandfourteen is a relentless assault of viking fury, packaged to sound like the best of underground bands from labels like SST and Epitaph Records.

Ohio Knife always gives you more than you expect, yet you still want seconds. If there is a real-life personification of the "this one goes to eleven" mentality, you can find it in this Cincinnati band made up of Scotty Wood [bass], Andrew Higley [keyboards], Joe Suer [drums] and Jason Snell [guitar, vocals].

Everything about Ohio Knife is big, bold, loud and full of serious in-your-face attitude. The same can be said for everything about their latest release Our Neighborhood.

Cincinnati's favorite bearded, bohemian brethren, Buffalo Killers are back and are producing cool rocking music at a speed that would made Bob Pollard blush.

Their newest release from Sun Pedal Recordings is called Fireball of Sulk and is a 6-track bookend-like follow-up to their album Heavy Reverie which just came out this past Spring.

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