Join us Sept 24 & Sept 25, 2021
Share the Journey 2020 Concert goes Virtual,
Share the journey performers unite to help immigrants and refugees.
We wish for the well being and safety of everyone. That's why this year's event will be a virtual concert streamed with no live audience.
Although we will miss having a live audience,
this virtual platform provides us with the opportunity
to include an amazing lineup of local, national, performing artists.
We still need your support more than ever to make this event successful. Please watch the broadcast in the comfort of your home with family and friends
or wherever you may be. As you watch please donate to this worthy cause.
The Share the Journey Team
share the journey concert fundraiser helps immigrants and refugees
Friday, October 16
Saturday, October 17
Streamed Live from Bellarmine Chapel with
No live audience
Donations by check or money order to
Share the Journey 2020
should be made payable to Bellarmine Chapel
Send to :
Share the Journey C/O
PO Box 181328
Fairfield, Ohio 45018
Call 513-275-6555 for additional info
Among the throngs of artists in the music world, few have elevated “dreaming” to such a high art form as folksinger Michael Johnathon. He is a touring songwriter, author of five published books, playwright of the Walden Play performed in 42 countries, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, organizer of the national association of front porch musicians called SongFarmers, the full symphony performances of SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA and as the creator and host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour with a radio audience with over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and now on the RFD-TV Network nationwide … including the legendary WSM AM the home of the Grand Ole Opry.
WoodSongs produced its historic 1,000th live audience broadcast November 2019
Michael grew up in upstate New York along the shores of the Hudson River. At 19 years old, he moved to the Mexican border town of Laredo, Texas, and found a job working as the late-night DJ on a small radio station. One night, he played ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ by Roger McGuinn and The Byrds. As the song played, he recalled seeing the songwriter, his neighbor Pete Seeger, performing in his Dutchess County hometown in New York. By the time the song had ended, he decided to pursue a career as a folksinger.
Two months later, he bought a guitar and a banjo and settled into the isolated mountain hamlet of Mousie, Kentucky. For the next three years, he traveled up and down the hollers of the Appalachian mountains knocking on doors and learning the music of the mountain people.
Michael experienced hundreds of front porch hootenannies where folks would pull out their banjos and fiddles, sit on their front porches with him and play the old songs that their grandparents taught them.
Soon enough, he began performing concerts at hundreds of colleges, schools, and fairs. He performed two thousand Earth Concerts, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch.
Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a tree-hugger at heart, he performed two thousand Earth Concerts at schools and colleges, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero” and he has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo, and the BBC.
Elaine Diehl joined the staff of Cincinnati Public Radio in 2015 as a part-time announcer on WVXU and WGUC. She came on board full time in 2017 as WGUC's Afternoon Drive/Early Evening classical music host. Elaine is also heard on WVXU's "Around Cincinnati," interviewing local and national musicians, writers, and event producers. She has been deeply involved in the Cincinnati music scene since graduation from Xavier University. A versatile singer, Elaine is at home performing Rock (Bromwell-Diehl Band, Elaine, and the Biscaynes, Madrigal), Jazz, and Swing (Lee's Junction Big Band, Boutique), Musical Theatre and jingles. She appears annually in the Pillar Award-winning Suits That Rock at Covington's Carnegie Arts Center. As a life-long Cincinnatian, Elaine's love of radio was born while listening to The Big Red Machine with her grandfather on a 9 volt-powered pocket transistor. She began in Public Radio as a volunteer, answering phones and making doughnut runs for Fund Drives at WVXU, WAIF, and WNKU where she began her on-air career hosting Morning Drive. Elaine and her musician husband, Jan enjoy the abundance of Art and Entertainment available in Cincinnati. The parents of two grown daughters, they reside in Green Township.
Ron Esposito, M.A. plays Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls and is a certified Life Coach and Enneagram Teacher at the Conscious Living Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has released four CDs: “Lifting The Veil: Enneagram Meditations” (with Deborah Ooten), 2008; “Open Heart”, 2009; “We Are One”, 2011 and his latest, “Soul Burst”, 2013. In addition to singing bowls, the new CD features vocal, throat singing, tabla, bansuri flutes, acoustic bass, sitar and percussion.
Ron’s music has been played on the nationally syndicated program “Echoes” (NPR), and the video for “Open Heart” received a 2010 “Bronze Telly Award” for “Best On-line Video”. He has played the singing bowls for the past three years as part of “World Sound Healing Day” founded by Jonathan Goldman. Compositions from Ron’s recordings have been featured in the network and cable television shows “Hawaii 5-0” (CBS), “Nashville” (ABC), “Touch” (Fox), “Common Law” (USA) and “Ray Donovan” (Showtime).
Prior to playing the bowls, Ron was a jazz and blues bassist for thirty years, recording and producing 14 CDs.In the early 70’s, he was assistant manager at the nationally known club The Jazz Workshop in Boston as well as a road manager for the jazz label, CTI Records in New York City. Ron owned Haffa’s Records, a retail store in Athens, Ohio in the early 80’s and was a broadcaster on Cincinnati non-commercial radio stations WVXU-FM and WAIF-FM for twenty-five years. During his radio stint, he produced many jazz and blues concerts with national recording artists as well as the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concerts and Riders In The Sky.
Since becoming an accredited Enneagram Teacher in 2007, Ron has published in the International Enneagram Association Journal (2008) and has presented at IEA Global Conferences in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Ft. Lauderdale and Madrid, Spain. Ron travelled to Cuba in 2009 and visited with musicians of the Santeria religion.
Q & A
Position: Traffic Reporter/MMJ WCPO
When did you start working here?: May 2019
Where else have you worked? High Point, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC
Where did you go to college?: Duke University (go blue devils!)
What are you most proud of when it comes to your work?: I’ve been most proud of my ability to acclimate to new circumstances and people on a daily basis, with the hope of finding and sharing stories that matter to people.
What are you most proud of in your own life?: I’m most proud of the incredible family and friends I’ve been blessed with!
What do you love about living in the Tri-State?: I have a lot of family in the area so it’s awesome being so close to them. However, I’ve never lived here before so I’m excited to explore!
What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions?: I have yet to discover all my local favorites, but I’ll let y’all know when I do!
TV Shows: As a TV junkie this is very hard to answer. It’s between Golden Girls, Girlfriends, and Game of Thrones
Books: My recent favorite is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Movies: Too many good ones to pick! As far as genres, I love a good drama, action/superhero flick, or old classic!
Apps I can't live without: Instagram and FaceTime