Maple Knoll Village


Annual Golf Outing invites community to take a swing in support of WMKV Radio Station

Awesome variety of Silent Auction Baskets at the WMKV Golf Outing!

Plans are underway for the 21st annual golf tournament benefiting WMKV 89.3 and 89.9 FM, a radio station located on the campus of Maple Knoll Village. The tournament is set to take place on Monday August 21st, 2017 at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati.

WMKV, the flagship station of Maple Knoll Communities, is a member-supported, educational, public radio broadcasting music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and talk programming dealing with seniors, aging, and health. The station is accessed online and through the two radio signals at 89.3FM and 89.9FM (WLHS). They broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can now improve the lives of seniors and families around the world via internet streaming and smart phone apps.

WMKV serves as a companion to older adults and throughout the year strives to continue their mission of being a source of information for active seniors and families and a cultural lifeline to those who may not be ambulatory. Funds raised from the event help guarantee that programming will remain a constant presence in the lives of over 35,000 listeners.

“This annual event is a major fundraiser for WMKV,” shared WMKV Manager, George Zahn. “We are always thankful for the support we receive from our sponsors and players, who turn out year-after-year to enjoy a great day on the greens in support of our programing.”

The day begins with lunch at noon and a shotgun scramble at 1 p.m. The registration fee of $185 includes the greens fee for 18 holes of golf on the beautiful Maketewah Country Club course, a cart, boxed lunch, cocktails and a dinner reception with a silent auction.

Corporate, individual, and team sponsorship opportunities are available. There are various levels of sponsorship available ranging from $7,500 to $1,500. Supporters will be acknowledged in the day of program, on day of t-shirts, on Maple Knoll Communities websites, in appropriate media correspondence, announced during the event and listed as a contributor at registration tables. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

Registration can be completed by calling the Maple Knoll Development Department at 513-782-8629.

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WMKV Radio brings Harry James Orchestra to Music Hall Ballroom

On Tuesday, October 13, from 7-10:00 p.m., the legendary Harry James Orchestra will fill historic Music Hall Ballroom with music from the swing era and beyond. The Harry James Orchestra, led by Fred Radke, performs a one-night only dance and concert as part of WMKV Public Radio’s 20th Anniversary celebration. The three-hour dance and concert will benefit public radio WMKV 89.3FM which is simulcast on 89.9FM WLHS. Tickets are $30 ($35 day of show) and can be purchased at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices, by calling (513)621-2787, or online at http://www.cincinnatiarts.org. Discount parking for $3.00 is also available.

“The Harry James Orchestra is known for being one of the best swing dance bands on tour,” says WMKV station director George Zahn. “Dancers of all ages fill the floor at their concerts, and we plan on Cincinnati’s dancers showing up in force and filling Music Hall Ballroom’s 22,000 square-foot dance floor.”

The Harry James Orchestra is led by trumpeter Fred Radke. A conductor, composer, arranger and recording artist with his own Swingin’ Big Band, Radke played lead trumpet under Harry James himself, a “dream come true” for the then young musician. In 1989, six years after James’ death, the Harry James Estate and Columbia Artists asked Radke to lead the Harry James Orchestra for a 50th anniversary concert. He has been leading the orchestra ever since.

In the words of Harry James, “Band leaders must be like automobile manufacturers before the war. They must be bringing out new models all the time. We have to vary our programs, playing sweet numbers and jump numbers, and we have to play them different ways.” This philosophy still drives today’s Harry James Orchestra, which tours throughout the United States and Canada. Radke also produced and recorded classic Harry James Orchestra hits in a four-volume set entitled Reminiscing, featuring Radke and his Swingin’ Big Band.

The Harry James Orchestra concert for WMKV 89.3FM Public Radio is made possible by the support of Mercedes Benz of Ft. Mitchell, MyMedicareQuestion.com and ArtsWave.



WMKV Radio Station to hold Nineteenth Annual Golf Classic
June 10, 2015, 6:11 pm
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The radio station at Maple Knoll Village will hold its nineteenth annual golf tournament on Monday August 24, 2015 at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati.

With the help of sponsors throughout Cincinnati, all proceeds from the golf outing will go to WMKV at Maple Knoll Village. The cost is $175 per golfer, which covers green fees and cart, boxed lunch, cocktails and a dinner reception with a silent auction. Golfers will play in teams of four.

Lunch will be at noon, with a shotgun start following, at 1 p.m. Cocktails will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner, a reception and awards.

Registration can be completed by invitation, or by calling the Maple Knoll Development Department at 513-782-8629. Spots fill up fast, and registration must be completed by August 14. Individual golfers are welcome and will be placed in a foursome. Those unable to golf may make a donation to WMKV. Options to sponsor the golf outing are also available.

residents at last year's outing

residents at last year’s outing



WMKV Radio Station to Hold Eighteenth Annual Golf Classic

The radio station at Maple Knoll Village will hold its eighteenth annual golf tournament on Monday August 25, 2014 at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati.

With the help of sponsors throughout Cincinnati, all proceeds from the golf outing will go to WMKV at Maple Knoll Village. The cost is $175 per golfer, which covers green fees and cart, boxed lunch, cocktails and a dinner reception with a silent auction. Golfers will play in teams of four.

Lunch will be at noon, with a shotgun start following, at 1 p.m. Cocktails will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner, a reception and awards.

Registration can be completed by invitation, or by calling the Maple Knoll Development Department at 513-782-8629. Spots fill up fast, and registration must be completed by August 15. Individual golfers are welcome and will be placed in a foursome. Those unable to golf may make a donation to WMKV. Options to sponsor the golf outing are also available.
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Music Hall Ballroom to Host the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Wednesday, October 30, 2013 7-10pm to Benefit Public Radio

Classic big band music returns to one of its true Cincinnati homes on October 30, 2013 as WMKV 89.3FM and WLHS 89.9FM bring The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to Music Hall Ballroom. The event will be a concert and dance that is emceed by the famous John Morris Russell with a large open dance floor. Tickets are currently on sale.

“We’re excited to bring this unique music to an historic location,” says WMKV Development Director Bob Hanneken, “Our goal is to preserve big band music, and if this has good attendance, there are some other big bands we’d love to bring in.”

The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is the national touring big band that travels the U.S. They are appearing for the three-hour concert and dance to benefit public radio WMKV 89.3FM which is simulcast on 89.9FM WLHS. The stations offer big bands and standards, plus classic radio shows, and talk for seniors and families. Tickets for the concert are $30 per person and may be obtained by calling 513-621-2787, ordering on-line at http://www.cincinnatiarts.org, or at the Music Hall Box Office. Discount $3 parking is available for the October 30 event.

This is WMKV’s first effort to bring a big band to Music Hall ballroom. WMKV and WLHS have continued to present national touring orchestras, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, in recent years. The larger venue can accommodate enough audience so that WMKV can entertain the notion of bringing in possible future concerts with the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras.

“This has been a great home for so many music events over the years, it’s a natural fit,” adds WMKV Station Director George Zahn, “This is classic big band music in a classic venue.”

WMKV is an independent public radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio, celebrating its 18th year of operation, and the only station in the country owned by a continuous care retirement community (CCRC), Maple Knoll Village, and serves as a mission-oriented feature of parent Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. The station has carved a niche as a local broadcast and worldwide-streaming audio leader for nostalgia including music (now oldies, standards, and big bands), classic radio comedy and drama, and information programs. The station can be heard at 89.3FM (now also simulcast on 89.9FM WLHS in Butler and warren Counties) and streams audio worldwide 24/7 at http://www.wmkvfm.org.

The 22,000 square-foot Music Hall Ballroom is Cincinnati’s largest event room outside of those in the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. When it opened in January of 1928 on the second floor of the south wing of Music Hall, it quickly became the place to socialize and celebrate events and has hosted countless concerts, dances, and celebrations. Renovated in 1998, the Music Hall Ballroom features many art deco fixtures from the old RKO Albee, and how also hosts a Mighty Wurlitzer Organ which was once housed in the RKO Albee and later in the Emery Theater.
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Cincinnati OTR attracts radio history buffs.
June 8, 2012, 6:40 pm
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OTR (Old Time Radio), also known as the Golden Age of radio, began in the early 1920s when radio took to the airwaves as the primary form of entertainment for American households.  It’s estimated that 82 out of 100 Americans tuned to their radios daily, listening to favorites like Red Ryder, Orson Welles and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Television quickly changed the landscape of the American living room in the 1950s and radio programmers had to reinvent themselves.  Less shows and more music.  Classic radio began to slowly fade away.

Ironically the newer technology of today, (internet, streaming, iPods and smart phone apps) is reviving OTR.  Attracting newer, younger audiences and creating a new generation interested in the history of radio.

WMKV 89.3 FM, located on the campus of Maple Knoll Village, right here in Cincinnati, delivers classic radio shows from the Golden Age of Radio, all over the globe via the internet.  Gone are the days of gathering around the radio for entertainment.

Not even Orson Welles could imagine that his programs would travel so freely.  OTR is found on the internet and beyond with the use of free iPhone/iPad and Android apps.  Smart phones from the 21st Century playing programs from the 1920s!

“We’re building quite a following”, says George Zahn, WMKV’s Station Director.  “We entertain more than 35,000 listeners on air and on the internet every week.  We’re also hearing from families and listeners as early as 13 years old who have found this unique service.”

 Cincinnati has much to offer the radio history buff.  Check out the following either in person or online.

  • www.wmkvfm.org offers online streaming of OTR.  The station also offers free tours but call ahead to schedule.
  • Media Heritage, Inc., a non profit group dedicated to the preservation of radio and TV broadcast history, has an incredible museum at the VOA building in Butler County.  www.historyofbroadcasting.com.
  • Mike Martini, a radio historian and host of WMKV’s Theater of the Mind, has authored a book “Cincinnati Radio.”  The book takes a historical look in pictures and captions at Cincinnati’s incredibly rich broadcast history.  Available through several sites including  www.cincinnatiradiohistory.com.
  • The New Edgecliff Theatre in Cincinnati is an organization that recreates some of the OTR shows.  They stage radio dramas for audiences who want to relive those golden radio days and hundreds of others who weren’t even born when those radio shows first aired!   Visit http://newedgecliff.com.

 WMKV’s Mike Martini and George Zahn are among the staff who regularly speak to area groups about many topics including the history of broadcasting, WMKV, Cincinnati Reds sportscasters, Ruth Lyons, and more.  WMKV also hosts free tours of their studios scheduling is important. 

You can contact WMKV at 513-782-2427 and ask about a guest speaker or a tour.