Mark Pennell


Mark Pennell is our somewhat colorful, morning and mid-day personality. He joined the staff of WKSU in the early fall of 1996. Since arriving he has claimed “Announcer of the Year” for 1997 in public radio. Previously, he could have been heard on WOSU in his native city, Columbus. He also is a voice-over talent in radio and TV. Prior experience has come from other radio stations in the Midwest region. He studied at Ohio State University in Communications. Mark’s family of two sons, a daughter and wife, Amy (an artist), reside in a historical home in north Kent. The character and history of the house is wonderful, but the house needs a new furnace (the old one reminds him of Marianne, the steam shovel from a favorite children’s book), and Mark spent his whole summer last year painting and repairing the house. Oh, well, it comes with the territory. He still likes it. Mark is an active member in his church, Riverwood Community Chapel. His hobbies are: golf (he stinks at it), and cars (his dream-car, a Mini Cooper is only driven when the weather is good which is why he only puts about 5,000 miles on it a year). History is a special hobby for Mark, as one could tell by listening to his show. Mark’s favorite parts of his show are the facts and amusing tidbits on the composers that he shares with listeners. He feels this brings a sense of connection and humility to classical music that is greatly needed, so that everyone can enjoy it. A brief bio on Mark’s favorites: Composer: Depends on the time of day Piece: Schubert’s “Unfinished” symphony Artist: Peter Serkin or Michael Murray Color: Green or red Food: Steak, “Dump” (a concoction of maple sausage, hashbrowns, eggs, and cheese wrapped in a soft tortilla shell) and Graters ice cream (Mint Chocolate Chip) From Mark—“Moving to Kent has been one of the best things I have ever done. It’s been a very good experience for me and my family. The people are genuinely nice and really interested in listening to WKSU. The countryside is truly beautiful too. Northeast Ohio has a wonderful support for the arts and I enjoy being in that company.”

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It was on this date in 1955, U.S. President Eisenhower complained of indigestion, later diagnosed as a heart attack. And it was on this date in 1964, the Munsters took to the airwaves on CBS.

It was on this date in 1938, the 1939 World's Fair was announced. And on this date in 1962, ABC's first color television show premiered. 

It was on this date in 1862, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln released the preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation.

It was on this date in 1893, the first automobile in America ran in Springfield, Massachusetts. And on this date in 1970, the first Monday Night Football game aired on ABC. 

It was on this date in 1899, the Maple Leaf Rag was published by Scott Joplin. And it was on this date in 1965, two famous sitcoms premiered on NBC.

On this date in 1862, the battle of Antietam began. And on this date in 1920, a meeting was held in Canton, Ohio on the formation of the American Professional Football Conference - what would later become the NFL.

On this date in 1920, a bomb exploded in the Financial District of New York City. And it was on this date in 1950, the Cleveland Browns beat the defending NFL champions, the Philadelphia Eagles.

On this date in 1831, John Bull started service as the first successful steam locomotive in the United States. And it was on this date in 1965, a show premiered featuring the Robinson family and their journey through outer space.

On this date in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as the 26th President of the United States.


On this date 19 years ago today, the nation was rocked by the deadliest terrorist attack in human history.

It was on this date in 1945, a chicken was beheaded that would go on to live another 18 months. And on this date in 1953, Swanson began making a prepackaged meal perfect for television viewing.

It was on this date in 1753, the first steam engine arrived in the American colonies. And it was on this date in 1776, the Continental Congress formally declared that the new nation would be the United States of America. 

It was on this date in 1900 that the worst hurricane in U.S. history hit Galveston, Texas. And it was on this date in 1954 that disc jockey Alan Freed made his way to New York City.

It was on this date in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton. And on this date in 1979, a 24-hour television sports network went on the air. 

On this date in 1894, one of the largest strikes took place in New York City. And it was on this date in 1951, the first transcontinental television broadcast occurred. 

It was on this date in 1930, that the fifth deadliest hurricane hit the Dominican Republic. And it was on this date in 1967, that Sweden changed the way they drive.

It was on this date in 1666, the great fire of London started. And on this date in 1902, a French film made history. 

It was on this date in 1807, Aaron Burr was aquitted of treason against the United States. And it was on this date in 1939, Germany invaded Poland and World War II began.

It was on this date in 1843, the abolishonist Liberty Party nominated James G. Birney for President. His candidacy likely cost the election for the Whigs leading to James K. Polk's winning of the Presidency in 1844. And on this date in 1895, the first pro football game took place between Latrobe and Jeanette, Pennsylvania teams. 

It was on this date in 1898, Pepsi-Cola gained its name. And on this date in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. 

It was on this date in 1913, a Swedish engineer patented and improved the design of the zipper on pants. And it was on this date in 1964, Disney's Mary Poppins made its cinematic debut.

It was on this date in 1895, Niagara Falls began its use in electricity production. And in 1980, a bomb was discovered at Harvey's Wagon Wheel resort in Stateline, Nevada. 

It was on this date in 1609, Galileo demenostrated his first telescope to Vencitian lawmakers. Also on this date in 1921, the United States signed a peace treaty with Germany that officially ended World War I.

It was on this date in 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted leading to the death of 15,000. Also on this date in 1857, a stock market panic lead to one of the most severe economic crisises in the U.S.