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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, Elaine Diehl, 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.

Curious about a piece of music you heard on Around Cincinnati? You can find more information on the Around Cincinnati playlist.

Around Cincinnati celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Cincinnati's legendary record label King Records during September. We're calling this weekend's show A King Records Potpourri, featuring these segments:

Around Cincinnati celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Cincinnati's legendary record label King Records during September. This week's show is the second of two parts looking at James Brown Productions – conversations with and stories from those who worked with the Godfather of Soul during his King Records days.

This King Records special will feature interviews with Waddell Falland & Jimmy Railey who were both members of The Solars, Bobby and the Expressions, & The Famous Flames, two of the Sisters of Righteous, Dr. Kay Robinson, and two of The Dapps.  Waddell Falland and Jimmy Railey spoke with me in 2007.  Geneva L. Kinard Woode & Denise Kennard Crowley from the Sisters of Righteous talked with Brian Powers about their careers at King Records as teenagers and backing up numerous King musicians including Hank Ballard.  Dr. Kay Robinson shared her thoughts on recording a gospel album for JBP.  Dave Parkinson, saxophonist, & Eddie Setser, guitarist, from The Dapps, also share their memories of working for James Brown Productions.  

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In honor of the 75th anniversary of King Records, music historian Brian Powers spoke with a number of folks this summer about their work with James Brown Productions which was based in the King Records building on Brewster Avenue.  From 1965 to 1971, James Brown's company created a new genre of music producing many hit records and was involved in civil rights and the Black Pride movement.  During this hour, which airs on WVXU/WMUB on Saturday, September 8th at 11pm and repeats on Sunday, September 9th at 7pm, you'll hear interviews with Brown's publicity director/tour manager Alan Leeds, his arranger David Matthews, and from musicians Carmon DeLeone and Chuck Sullivan, as well as related music.

Around Cincinnati celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Cincinnati's legendary record label King Records during September with two programs looking at James Brown Productions – conversations with and stories from those who worked with the Godfather of Soul during his King Records days.

James Brown Productions, Part 1

In honor of the 75th anniversary celebration of King Records in September, Lee Hay and Brian Powers have teamed up for another series of specials about some of the musicians who recorded at King Records.

The first special will feature "The King of Hillbilly Piano Players," Moon Mullican who recorded at King Records from 1946 until the late 1950's and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1951.

The special will air on WVXU/WMUB on Saturday evening, September 1st at 11pm; Sunday, September 2nd at 7pm; and Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd at 1pm.

Oscar Pepper, Moon Mullican's nephew, spoke with Brian Powers by phone from his home in Texas on February 25, 2018.  He shares memories of Moon's early life in Texas, the Grand Ole Opry, his songwriting career & royalties, and also Moon's funeral and gravesite.

Hamilton's Fitton Center for Creative Arts is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and preparing for the 2018-19 season. 

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 9th Annual Cincinnati Comic Expo will bring celebrity guests from TV and film (along with a variety of vendors, panel discussions, and more) to Cincinnati during the September 14-16 weekend. 

The celebration of the 120th Anniversary of Cincinnati's Lee Chapel A.M.E. church will culminate in a praise-filled concert on Friday, September 21. 

Cincinnati is ready to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the legendary King Records with more than 40 events around the community. 

Local vocal group No Promises is ready to release its new studio album All Wet with a concert at Memorial Hall on August 30. 

What do Henry Rollins, RuPaul, and Cat & Nat have in common? They're part of the upcoming season of Cincinnati Arts Association presentations at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall. 

Cincinnati's iconic King Records is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, and a special event is coming to Memorial Hall on August 25. 

Continuing the celebration of the King Records 75th Anniversary, Queen City Kings will recreate the King sound at the Celebrate the King gala at Memorial Hall on August 25.  

Dave Hardin is a Navy veteran and singer/songwriter from Maysville, Kentucky who is happy on his farm but occasionally still performs. 

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

Bayard Rustin was a leading strategist during America's civil rights movement and his life and work will be celebrated in an upcoming series of choral concerts, panel discussions, and more. 

This year's Improv Festival of Cincinnati moves to a new home and welcomes new performers for three days of performances and workshops. 

Fans of The Beatles and animation will want to visit O'Bryonville's Greenwich House Gallery for a rare opportunity to meet Ron Campbell, the man who animated the movie Yellow Submarine and directed the Fab Four's Saturday morning cartoon. 

Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men: A Reader's Companion by Northern Kentucky University English Professor Jonathan S. Cullick

Cincinnati LAB Theatre's mission is to develop new playwrights and their works and they host a new play festival each summer. 

Book Review: "Damnation Island" By Stacy Horn

Aug 7, 2018

Book Review: Kelly Blewett reviews author Stacy Horn's Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th Century New York.

The Cincinnati Museum Center celebrates the Swing Era on August 11 with their 1940's Day event at Lunken Airport. 

After 21 years in the Air Force and positions with the St. Louis Blues Museum and the B.B. King Museum in Mississippi, Dion Brown has come to Cincinnati to head the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Supporting and spotlighting the independent filmmaking community in Cincinnati is the driving mission behind the upcoming Cindependent Film Festival

Blues rock legend Delbert McClinton is coming to Cincinnati to headline the 2018 Cincy Blues Fest

The 2018-19 season at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park features a new, locally-produced King Records production, plus shows from or inspired by Stephen King and Lin-Manuel Miranda will take the stage in Mt. Adams. 

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Chad Dotson of the popular website and podcast Redleg Nation is one of the co-authors of a new book about some highlights of Cincinnati Reds history. 

World renowned stride pianist and jazz vocalist Judy Carmichael is coming to town to be part of the Music for Melanoma fundraiser on August 9 and this year's Cincy Blues Fest on August 11. 

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