Christopher Blank

News Director

It all started with ghost stories. Dad convinced me that spirits lurked just outside my bedroom door at night. After years of night terrors, I began listening to LPs of spooky tales, memorizing them and acting them out around campfires on those balmy winter nights in South Florida. In this way, other children would suffer as I had.
Naturally, this dramatic flair evolved into a prestigious four-year engagement on the high school drama circuit where my mother’s rapturous reviews provoked standing ovations also from my mother.
One day, while working part time as a copy clerk at the St. Petersburg Times, an editor asked me why my hair was dyed bright orange. I explained that it was because I was “an actor.” Was my future decided out of pity? Out of concern for my mental health? I cannot read minds. However, the next thing that happened is that I was made a theater critic.
For more than a decade, The Commercial Appeal’s readers tolerated my opinions on everything from classical music to ballet. Even WKNO-FM let me create a little club for theatergoers.
When this fine radio station went looking for someone to tell stories of the “news” variety, I made the argument that Memphis is a city full of great stories; no other has a richer cultural narrative. The crossroads of America is a crucible of stories from all walks of life. Also, crossroads are known for ghosts and devils, and who doesn’t love those?
They totally bought the argument. So now, I’m looking for great stories. What’s yours?

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Delta Air Lines

On Tuesday, June 5, Delta Air Lines announced that the Atlanta-based carrier will slash more than 40 percent of its service to Memphis International Airport by September.


Christopher Blank

It was ten minutes before the Memorial Day Grizzlies game against the San Antonio Spurs, and outside the FedExForum visitors were being urged to “believe.”

Believe, Memphis, that the team would come back after three straight losses and win the   Western Conference Finals. Everyone was sure this was going to happen.

In case you missed the game, it did not end with a blue Bear doing a victory dance on top of the Alamo.

Photo by Christopher Blank

On April 6th, 150 years ago, the epic Civil War battle of Shiloh took place along the Tennessee River, 22 miles north of Corinth Mississippi.

Columbus, MS – On March 26, cities throughout the South will fete the 100th birthday of the late Tennessee Williams, the playwright who won Pulitzer Prizes for A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Perhaps nowhere is the centennial more anticipated than in Columbus, Mississippi.

Memphis, TN – This month, as U.S. forces are reduced in Iraq to 50,000, a troupe of another kind is just starting its final tour of duty in the war-torn country.

The Bar-Kays, the pioneering funk band founded in Memphis in 1966, recently set out on what officials say is the last scheduled tour of a musical group to military bases in Iraq.