Now a City Talk Radio Podcast

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune on City Talk RadioSunday evening’s City Talk Radio marked my first solo gig ever on commercial radio. Woo-wee.

It was a lot of fun, to say the least. The big change over my previous radio shows, 2005’s Brian & Joe Radio Show and Cincinnati Advance Radio (both on my dearly beloved and deeply-troubled WAIF-FM), is this is like, uh, professional radio. We have a real, paid, he-knows-what-he-is-doing-and-he-is-good producer, Mark (I could go on and on about how cool it is to have Mark help out in the studio).

My guests were Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune and Cincinnati City Council Member Cecil Thomas. They came on to discuss the county’s safety plan and the officer-involved shooting in Over-the-Rhine Friday night, respectively.

Cincinnati City Council Member Cecil Thomas on City Talk RadioI’m working with Michael Sweeney, the show’s main host, to make some improvements and enhancements to the radio show, like the Podcast. Along with my other co-host, Tom Schaefer, we should have some cool announcements in coming weeks.

Here’s the Podcast link:

And some quickie directions might be helpful (just take the above link and use that instead of the ones listed). Enjoy! Leave a comment if you have questions.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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