Mark Pennell

Announcer

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 1932 a new studio was created that would ultimately change the course of animated film history. And in 1969, the hamburger business changed forever on this date. Find out how on today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1380, an 11-year-old was crowned the King of France. Who was it? And in 1832, the world's first street car began operation in this state. Find out where on today's edition of Mark's Almanac!
 

On this date in 1854, a tragic shipwreck occurred. What was it, and how did it happen? Also, a Disney movie made its debut on this date in 1940. And as a bonus, in 1946 an airplane flew over Western Massachutsetts and created a weather event. Find out what it was during today's installment of Mark's Almanac!

On this date in 1920, a major milestone occurred in Major League Baseball; and in 1933, something of legendary status was spotted in Scotland. Find out what it was during this edition of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1913 a major storm hit the Great Lakes, and in 1939 Greta Garbo starred in a film. What was it? Find out during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1789, a man by the name of Elijah Craig helped pave the way for future cocktail-making. And, in 1917 an advertisement received nearly 7600 applicants. Find out why it was so significant during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

It was on this day in 1910 that an event occurred that would make delivering mail easier down the road. What was it? And 1933, the voters of Pennsylvania overturned something called "the blue law". Find out why that was so significant during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1917, women in New York City won a landmark decision. What was it? Find out during today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1911, a major event in aviation occurred. What was it? And in 1935, a popular board game debuted. Find out what it was during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1920, the first commercial radio station went on the air. Where was it, and why was the date so significant? And in 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law creating a national holiday to commemorate the life of someone. Find out who it was on this installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

It was on this date in 1512, one of the most amazing pieces of art in the world was finished. What was it, and who painted it? Also, in the year 1800, this President became the first to take up residence in the White House. Find out who it was during today's Mark's Almanac.
 

Dedicated on this date in 1913, a major highway took center stage. Which one was it? Also, on this date in 1941 one of the most iconic pieces of American history was completed. Find out what it was during today's version of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1873 the "Greatest Show on Earth" made its debut in New York City. And, in 1888 a common writing utensil was first created. What was it? Find out on today's installment of Mark's Almanac.
 

On this date in 1960, a boxing legend made his professional debut. Who was it? And, in 1998 the Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off with a familiar face. Find out who on this edition of Mark's Almanac. 
 

On this date in 1949, United States President Harry Truman did something that made 1.5 million workers instantly happy. What was it? And Chevrolet debuted a new technology on this date in 1954 that is still used today. Find out what it was during the October 26 version of Mark’s Almanac.
 

On this date in 1845, a man by the name of John Brahm’s 4th symphony premiered. What was it, and why was it noteworthy? And a cooking device was unveiled by Tappan on this date in 1955 that helped pave the way for future technology. Find out what it was during the October 25 version of Mark’s Almanac.
 

On this date in 1818, Felix Mendelssohn performed for the first time at the age of 9. What was the significance? And on this date in 1929, “Black Thursday” signaled the beginning of a stock market crash. How bad was it? Find out during Mark’s Almanac for October 24.
 

The Green Bay Packers are an iconic football team, but what made what they did on this date in 1921 so special? And a Time Magazine spread coined a new phrase on this day in 1964. What was it? Find out during Mark’s Almanac for October 23.
 

On this date in 1879, Thomas Edison was back at the drawing board to create his latest invention. What was it? And what is the significance of a man nicknamed “Pretty Boy Floyd” and why did thousands attend his funeral? Find out during the October 22nd edition of Mark’s Almanac.
 

On this date in 1781, a battle ended in Virginia that was considered an influential victory. Which one was it? And a man known for having creating a sports car that was primarily used in the 1985 film “Back to the Future” was arrested. Who was it, and what was he accused of? Find out on the October 19th edition of Mark’s Almanac.
 

On this date 151 years ago a transfer from Russia to the United States was made. What was it? And in 1967, an American animated musical comedy from Walt Disney Productions was produced. Find out what it was during the October 18th edition of Mark’s Almanac.
 

One hundred thirty years ago today, a Thomas Edison innovation debuted, as did The Beatles single “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” What made it so special? Find out on Mark’s Almanac for October 17th.
 

The Tremont House hotel in Boston became the first modern hotel in the United States to feature this modern amenity for the first time ever on this date in 1829. What was it? And the Cuban Missile crisis began in 1962. What made President Kennedy confer with top military aides to discuss potential military options? Find out on Mark’s Almanac for October 16th.
 

What exactly did King Henry the 8th of England order to be installed at the complex of Whitehall in 1520? And 11-year-old Grace Bedell wrote a letter to President Abraham Lincoln in 1860, find out what she said on the October 15th edition of Mark’s Almanac.
 

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