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

Preston Lauterbach

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with Preston Lauterbach about his book, The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock'N'Roll, the first history of the network of black nightclubs that created Rock'N'Roll through an unholy alliance between vice and entertainment.  

Annie Cohen-Solal / The New Press

Host Jonathan Judaken talks to renowned Sartre scholar Annie Cohen-Solal, author of a number of books and essays on Sartre, including the international best-selling biography, Jean-Paul Sartre: A Life. 

This week's topic: the October 6th Memphis elections, including the re-election of Mayor A.C. Wharton for his first full term as Memphis Mayor, the Memphis City Council, and one run-off election for District 7's City Council seat between Lee Harris and Kimba Ford, neither of whom received 50% of the vote.

Radio Roundtable: The Upcoming Municipal Elections

Memphis, TN – This week's topic: the upcoming municipal elections. Will voter apathy keep people from the polls? Early voting has started for the October 6th elections. The panel discusses who will show up to vote, and why.

Somebody has to be CMO, by John Malmo

Memphis, TN – Marketing is an inherent requirement in every commercial venture. Whether it's a one-man-or-woman, work-at-home, or a Fortune One Hundred, marketing is the seed, or I should say, seeds, of every venture.

Remove Roadblocks to Change, by John Malmo.

Memphis, TN – Chief marketing officers last only about 23 months, on average. And that's only about half the tenure of other C-level positions, such as CEOs, COOs, CFOs, and such. That's according to a good article recently in the Harvard Business Review. And it says a lot, I think, about the job CMOs must be doing.

A Brand is Everything, by John Malmo.

Memphis, TN – A lot of business people think their brand is the company or product name and the logo. They really never realize that those are just signs. Their brands are everything else.

Memphis, TN – Mayor-elect AC Wharton won the mayorship Thursday by a landslide. WKNO's Justin Willingham sat down with Wharton in his office across the street from the city mayor's office the day after his victory to talk about his plans for Memphis.