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.

Ways to Connect

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the panel discusses Municipal Schools, as well as a law that will release as many as twelve thousand drug felons nationwide. 

Russell A. Berman is an American professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature. In a moment when readership is down, and when economic resources are scarce, he and host Jonathan Judaken discuss the importance of the study of literature and of the humanities at this transformative moment in Western Culture.

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the panel discusses Municipal Schools, as well as a law that will release as many as twelve thousand drug felons nationwide.

Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, our panel looks at the annexation battle which is playing out between the Tennessee state legislature and the Memphis City Council, school consolidation, and good economic news for Memphis companies. 

This week on the Behind the Headlines radio roundtable, the panel discusses the recent attempt to introduce a bill in the legislature that would transfer county school buildings to municipalities.

Bard Cole / WKNO

This week, the Behind the Headlines panel discusses the reports on suburban schools which conclude that Germantown, Bartlett, and Collierville could get existing school buildings at no cost. Plus,the County Commission's debate over redistricting almost comes to blows.

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Host Jonathan Judaken talks with renowned M.I.T. Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy Noam Chomsky.

An unrelenting critic of social injustice and state violence, in one scholar's words, “Chomsky's method involves a relentless erudition: scouring alternative sources; exhuming buried documents; reviving forgotten or abandoned histories.”  They discuss Chomsky's childhood and upbringing, his opposition to the war in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, and his thoughts on the Tea Party and the Occupy movements.

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with South African poet and journalist Antjie Krog. Krog has established herself as one of South Africa's leading Afrikaans poets, later distinguishing herself as the lead radio reporter covering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Her book, Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa, is one of the defining works on the meaning of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

Originally Broadcast 14 November 2011.

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable: questions about minority hiring on the Electrolux project and the passing of Gene Bartow, former Memphis Tigers basketball coach.

City of Memphis

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable: Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, is joined by Les Smith and Lauren Lee of Fox 13 for a roundtable press conference with Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton.

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