Christopher Blank

News Director

It started with ghost stories, of a sort. The wood floors creaking at night, dad assured me, confirmed the presence of spirits in our home. Years of night terrors followed. Then years of transference. Thank you for attending my slumber party. Let me tell you about the noises, friends... 

Eventually, the joy a child finds in manipulating other children's emotions matures into a high school theater career. In that regard, my teen years were of the traditional, unpopular variety.

One day, a few years after college, an editor at the St. Petersburg Times pulled me aside from my part-time job sorting mail and delivering faxes. "Why is your hair orange?" she asked. "And did I see you unicycling in front of that theater across the street?" Few things a person does in the services of "Art" translate into being taken seriously as a human being. To my surprise -- to my eternal, immeasurable surprise --  this was the start of a career as an arts reporter and critic, first at the Times, then at the Memphis Commercial Appeal and for many magazines, journals and newspapers in between. 

In some ways, radio journalism is a back-to-basics medium; people tell stories, share insights, opinions, beliefs and experiences of the verbal kind. And for all the Tweets and Facebook posts and clickbait headlines that parade so stridently upon our psyches day-to-day, the surest way to convince someone that their house is haunted is simply to turn off the lights and let their ears confirm it.

 

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Uncle Sam's money rep for Tennessee tells us how you can save money and find free tax assistance.


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Capitol Hill Conversation unpacks Governor Bill Haslam's proposal to offer every Tennessee high school grad a free 2-year college education.


Without an immediate cash infusion, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra could play its final concert in March.


Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton described his administration's new focus in four P-words: Potholes, Public Safety, Pensions and Poverty. 


  The Tennessee Governor wants to crack down on meth production by making pseudoephedrine harder to get.


From singers to soldiers, the Mid-South lost some fascinating personalities in 2013. Here's a list of some of those who passed.


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A poem from the streets of Memphis asks us to think about the plights of others and to give thanks for our blessings.

  

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Since March, local college students have published a monthly newspaper for the homeless to sell. With winter's arrival, it's news that sustains.

In unexpected numbers, voters derail an initiative to bring universal Pre-K classes to Memphis.


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A "Yes" vote on the referendum would mean higher taxes in the check-out line. But is it worth free Pre-K classes for Memphis' 4-year-olds?


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