Now: O'Donnell now has a third "job" to add to his resume -- that of grandfather.
He's still with both stations and still loves both jobs. "I've always been a music freak," O'Donnell explains. "My jobs give me a great connection to the Cincinnati music scene, whether it's the Cincinnati Symphony or small shows at the Southgate House."
Of his transition to Classical radio, O'Donnell likens the experience to going back to school. "It's like taking an exam every day," he says. "(Learning) is an ongoing thing. We're always adding new performances, new conductors and new, late 20th-century and 21st-century composers."
But O'Donnell doesn't mind all the studying: "One of the highlights of this job is getting to learn new things."
So, what hopes does Grandpa O'Donnell hold for himself and for his employers? He believes that WGUC is in good shape for the time being. "We have more listeners than we've ever had before," he says, "and our fund-raising campaigns have been very successful. I hope it continues."
As for WNKU, O'Donnell would like to see the station find an increase in signal strength. Sitting in his home in Roselawn, he says he can get WNKU on only one radio in the house. "It's a weak signal," he sighs. "I hope the station gets a signal improvement for better reception."
Personally, O'Donnell hopes that his family remains close by so he can be involved in his granddaughter's life as she grows up. "We're babysitting for the first time on Saturday," he says, laughing. "It'll be the first time Amaya is away from her parents, and they away from her. I can't wait."
He pauses for a moment. "If they stay close by, I'd be more than satisfied."
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