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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Behind the Headlines
4:50 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Gov. Haslam Says No To Tennessee Health Exchange

TN Gov. Bill Haslam

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the panel discusses why Governor Bill Haslam decided not to set up an insurance exchange in the state of Tennessee.

For a review of the top news stories of the week, you can tune-in to Behind the Headlines Friday evenings at 7 on WKNO-TV 10.

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Counterpoint
7:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Interview with Roger Scruton

Author and Philosopher Roger Scruton
Credit Pete Helme / http://www.roger-scruton.com

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with philosopher Roger Scruton, author of more than thirty books, including several novels, and the composer of two operas. 

Starting his academic career as a philosopher of aesthetics, Scruton emerged as a major voice for traditional conservatism in Britain, with The Meaning of Conservatism in 1980. He has published a steady stream of works explicating both modern philosophy and his brand of traditional conservatism since then.

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Counterpoint
7:20 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Interview with Robert Wistrich

Author and Scholar Robert Wistrich

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with Robert Wistrich, Neuberger Professor of History and Director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

While it is in the nature of academics to squabble, there is widespread consensus that Wistrich is the foremost living scholar of modern antisemitism. 

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Behind the Headlines
4:56 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Radio Roundtable: TN State Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle And Municipal School Districts

TN State Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle
Credit http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s30.html

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, talks with TN State Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle and Ken Hoover, who won a seat on the now-vacated Germantown School Board, discuss Judge Hardy Mays ruling on municipal school districts. 

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Behind the Headlines
5:04 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Judge Mays Halts Municipal School Districts

Judge Hardy Mays

Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News discusses the repercussions of Judge Hardy Mays' ruling to halt the municipal school districts in Shelby County Suburbs, with Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News; Sharon Goldsworthy, Mayor of Germantown; David Pickler, member of the Unified School Board; and Martavius Jones, also a member of the Unified School Board.

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