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Brian O'Donnell

Weekday Morning Host

Brian O'Donnell has been greeting WGUC listeners in the mornings since the late 1990's and, as he says, "I have been sleep deprived ever since."

Brian began his radio career at WFIB and overnights at WGUC, both on the UC campus at the time, then in 1973 he joined one of Cincinnati's legacy FM stations, WEBN, first working Saturday overnights. As he says about those days, "It was a phenomenal time to listen to radio and it was a remarkable time to start working in the medium." At that time, WEBN played a broad range of music, including classical.

But Brian had been introduced to classical music before that by a UC professor named Robert Ruchoff who would play his favorites on a reel-to-reel machine and then "may as well have been up on the space station – he was so taken away and totally enveloped in the music."

Brian was highlighted by the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Kiesewetter in his "Top 40 Radio Personalities" (#17) and for 20 years ('95-2015), Brian played rock, blues and Americana music on Saturday mornings on WNKU.

Brian lives with his wife, Sandie, in Roselawn. They have two sons, Paddy and Ian, and two granddaughters, Amaya and Jada.


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