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.”

Ways to Connect

On this date in 1850 President Zachary Taylor died unexpectedly. And in 1953, a new way to get from Point A to Point B debuted.

On this date in 1776 the Liberty Bell rang out with major signficance. And in 1947, a simple press release raised eyebrows.

On this date in 1928 the greatest thing since sliced bread happened. And in 1981, a solar-powered aircraft made history.

On this date in 1933 the city of Chicago hosted the first-ever Major League Baseball all-star game. And in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding.

On this date in 1938 Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. And in 1985, one of the most popular films hit the theatres.

On this date in 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt gave an acceptance speech -- a first at a Democratic convention. And in 1937, Amelia Earhart went missing while attempting a new record.


On this date in 1908 an explosion in Siberia was one of the most incredible ever. And in 1953, one of the most iconic sports cars in history first rolled off the assembly line.

On this date in 1891 the US National Forest was first organized. And in 1995, Americans and Russians made history together.

On this date in 1948 the United States and British pilots teamed up to deliver supplies. And in 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave a famous speech in Berlin.

On this date in 1929 President Herbert Hoover authorized the Boulder Canyon Project Act. 

On this date in 1947 a private pilot reported shiny objects darting by. And speaking of UFOs in 1997, the U.S. Air Force officially dismissed claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico.

On this date in 1926 the first SAT was given to individuals. And in 1938, the world's first aquarium opened its doors to the public in Florida.

On this date in 1847 "Captain Gregory" played with a lump of dough in his hands, leading to a new discovery. And in 1969, the City of Cleveland made national headlines for the wrong way.

On this date in 1910 across the state of Washington, a tribute was paid to fathers, later leading to a day designated for them. And in 1978, one of the most recognizable comic strips first appeared in newspapers across the country. 

On this date in 1812 the War of 1812 began. And in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

On this date in 1775 the Battle of Bunker Hill took place. And in 1991, the body of a former U.S. President was exhumed. 

On this date in 1967 California introduced the world to the "Summer of Love" with a multiple-day concert. And in 2015, Donald Trump made a major announcement.

On this date in 1775, two days before the Battle of the Bunker Hill, George Washington was pegged for an important role. And in 1844, Charles Goodwill was granted his first patent -- setting the stage for a massive future.

On this date in 1923 the legend of Harry Houdini grew even more after a stunt in New York City. And in 1942, Anne Frank received a gift on her 13th birthday that would later turn into a worldwide relic. 

On this date in 1944, 330,000 allied troops stood together as one. And in 1964, while visiting Chicago for the first time, the Rolling Stones were nearly thrown in the clink!

On this date in 1752 Benjamin Franklin went kite-flying in a storm which led to a discovery. And in 1924 in Cleveland, the first radio broadcast from a Presidential convention went over the airwaves. 

On this date in 1869 Charles Hires created a new drink for the public. And in 1984, fans jammed into Disneyland to celebrate a Disney character.

On this date in 1789 James Madison stood in front of the House of Representatives and introduced a major document. And in 1984, one of the most recognizable films was released to the public. 

On this date in 1968 Presidental candidate Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down. And in 1981, a report was issued by the CDC concerning a new outbreak.

On this date in 1974 a promotion at a Cleveland Indians game made infamous history.