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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On this date in 1912 the first cherry trees were planted in the Nation's Capital. And in 1964, the largest earthquake in United States history occurred.

On this date in 1913 the city of Dayton experienced severe flooding. And in 1953, an announcement was made during a national radio show that a vaccine had been discovered for polio.

On this date in 1911 arguably one of the worst days in industrial U.S. history occurred in Manhattan. 

On this date in 1892 the first long distance phone call took place between two Mayors in New York and Chicago. And in 1932, the first radio broadcast from something moving occurred.

On this date in 1857 Elijah Otis debuted a technological advancement that has helped in a major way to this day. 

On this date in 1760 a major inferno swept across Boston. And in 1973, arguably the greatest right fielder in baseball history was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame under special circumstances.

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On this date in 1868 the United States began their first-ever impeachment trial against a United States President. And in 1942, the division of the United States Army began training a new set of individuals -- dogs!

On this date in 1912 the Girl Scouts were founded. And in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the first of his popular "fireside chats". 

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On this date in 1849 future president Abraham Lincoln became the first --and still only-- president to be awarded a patent.

On this date in 1945 the United States took a new approach when it came to World War II. And in 1965, a major march during the civil rights movement came to a close.

On this date in 1940 the first telecast from a helicopter took place. And in 1950, a ball of goo created by accident during World War II first went on sale to the public.

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On this date in 1903 a new hotel in New York City opened exclusively for professional women. And in 1904, one of the most influencial children's authors was born.

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On this date in 1827, Mardi Gras had its unofficial beginnings. And in 1964, the Italian Government made a stunning announcement.

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