Mark Perzel

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Former WGUC classical music host Mark Perzel has found a new career back home in North Carolina.

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Turkeys away! Thanksgiving week means that it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV again.

Here's my first holiday programming list of the season, for Thanksgiving week. My h-u-g-e Holiday Program Guide for shows Dec. 1-25 posts Sunday, Dec. 1.


Frequent WGUC-FM fill-in and popular local singer Elaine Diehl becomes part of the WGUC-FM (90.9) permanent on-air staff Monday, Nov. 28.

The former WNKU-FM morning host, who has been heard on classical WGUC-FM  and sister station WVXU-FM for more than a year, fills the void left by the departure of evening host and executive producer Mark Perzel.

Cincinnati Public Radio

The deep distinctive voice of Mark Perzel soon will vanish from Cincinnati Public Radio's airwaves.

The versatile evening classical music host – and voice of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lumenocity, the "Book Club @91.7" and other broadcasts  – is leaving WGUC-FM and WVXU-FM to move to the mountains of North Carolina to be closer to his family.


Cincinnati's first home shopping show returns for the 49th year when WCET-TV's five-day "Action Auction" opens 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Channel 48).

The station's largest fund-raiser continues 5:30-10:30 p.m. through Friday, and concludes 3-11 p.m. Saturday.

Cincinnati Public Radio

Mark Perzel starts off Valentine’s Day weekend 7 p.m. Friday with two hours of romantic classical music on his annual “Love Greetings” show on WGCU-FM (90.9).

A romantic show “just made so much sense – the combination of love, and the power of classical music. So many nuances, so many shades, and this music captures every emotion that love can generate,” says Perzel, Cincinnati Public Radio’s executive producer and host of “The Book Club @91.7” at 7 a.m. Saturdays on sister WVXU-FM.

Cincinnati Public Radio

If Mark Perzel wasn’t broadcasting “Tunes From The Crypt”  music on 90.9 WGUC-FM on Halloween, he’d be cranking up the same creepy classical music on his front porch during trick-or-treat hours.

That’s how the popular “Tunes” tradition (airing 6 p.m. Saturday) started on our sister Cincinnati Public Radio station 17 years ago.

It’s one of my favorite local radio specials and –full disclosure here – a show I’ve written about for years, long before I brought my Media Beat blog to WVXU-FM this year.