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
4:56 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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Behind the Headlines
5:00 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Radio Roundtable: The Future Of Foote Homes

Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News discusses the destruction of Memphis' last large public housing project, Foote Homes, with Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News and Ken Reardon, Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Memphis, and member of the Vance Avenue Collaborative (PDF file). 

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Commentary
11:06 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Execute, Execute...Execute!

Execute your business plays properly and vigorously.
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In team sports the coach determines the strategy. The smart ones draft a strategy they believe their players can execute. The only job for the players is to execute the strategy to their greatest ability. Business is exactly the same. 

An article last year in Fortune Magazine was an interview with the worldwide HR czar for IBM. The interviewer asked him what it takes to lead at IBM.

Randy MacDonald said, “There’s a maniacal focus on execution. If you say at IBM you’re going to deliver, you’re held accountable.”

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Behind the Headlines
4:55 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Radio Roundtable: The Tennessee Legislature and Municipal School Districts

Credit WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, discusses the upcoming Tennessee Legislature's upcoming session as well as more legal issues surrounding the Unified School District with panelists Andrew Douglass from Action News 5, Jackson Baker from the Memphis Flyer, Eleanor Boudreau from WKNO-FM, and Bill Dries from the

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