Justin Willingham

Host - All Things Considered

My mother introduced me to WKNO-FM and public radio long before I can remember. I suppose the first thing I really recall about WKNO-FM is that every afternoon, when my mother picked me up from school, the radio was tuned-in to The World, then All Things Considered, probably beginning around age 8. The way these reporters and hosts took you from the comfort of your mom's van to wherever in the world they were reporting from absolutely fascinated me. From then on, I was officially hooked.

I first volunteered for Sally Stover at age 15 (1998), working long shifts during the Action Auction and then as her unofficial summer intern. I would sneak back into radio and try to casually introduce myself to the on-air personalities (Kacky and Darel), hoping they'd say, “Hey! You've got just the voice we need for the radio!”

After returning to Memphis from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2006, I had the opportunity to work part-time as the Monday afternoon host on FM 88.9 and Saturday mornings on FM 91.1. Soon thereafter, I was asked to be the local host for All Things Considered and Marketplace every weekday. In 2008, I took over production duties and became the Assistant Operations Manager, editing shows such as The Memphis Symphony Radio Hour and engineering Friday Live Lunch. Since then, my job has included editing all of John Malmo's commentaries, Memphis Moments with Steve Pike, and being the producer of our newest radio program, Counterpoint, with Jonathan Judaken.

WKNO-FM is my constant source for news and information. My dog, Ethel, also enjoys listening every afternoon to All Things Considered, while I'm away at work. With the creation of our HD-2 and HD-3 streams, I am constantly connected to the news that matters, no matter where I am or what I am doing. I am very grateful and lucky to get to work at a job that constantly feeds my mind with informative conversations, interviews, music, and entertainment. I am proud to be a tiny part of WKNO-FM Memphis.

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RADIO ROUNDTABLE
4:30 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Radio Roundtable: The University of Memphis

Behind the Headlines Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News.
Credit Bard Cole / WKNO

The University of Memphis has a new interim President, Brad Martin. This week, he joins the Radio Roundtable for a discussion about the future of the University. 


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RADIO ROUNDTABLE
5:44 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Radio Roundtable: TN Governor Bill Haslam

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (left) speaking with Behind the Headlines host Eric Branes.
Credit Pierre Kimsey / WKNO

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam talks about the current challenges and opportunities for Tennessee.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam speaks with host Bill Dries, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, about the upcoming challenges and opportunities for the state of Tennessee, and, specifically, the city of Memphis. 

They discuss economic development opportunities for Memphis, tax incentives, pension plans, and more.

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COUNTERPOINT
6:30 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Aram Goudsouzian on Race, Politics, and the James Meredith March Against Fear

Goudsouzian's most recent book, Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear
Credit Aram Goudsouzian

University of Memphis Chair of History and author Aram Goudsouzian talks about the James Meredith March against Fear in June 1966, showing how it really was a crossroads in the Civil Rights Movement.


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RADIO ROUNDTABLE
5:45 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Radio Roundtable: Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell

Behind the Headlines Host Eric Barnes
Credit Bard Cole / WKNO

What is the current state of the fiscal stability for Shelby County government?


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RADIO ROUNDTABLE
5:44 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Radio Roundtable: City of Memphis to Purchase AutoZone Park

AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis
Credit E. McCutchan / WikiMedia Commons

The City of Memphis has decided to buy AutoZone Park for about $30 million, but is it a good deal for the community?


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