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
5:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Legal Issues and the Unified School Board

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, discusses the legal issues surrounding a unified school district with panelists Ken Hoover, candidate for the Germantown School Board; Chris Caldwell, recently elected to the Unified School Board; Eleanor Boudreau from WKNO-FM, and Bill Dries from the Memphis Daily News.

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Commentary
9:08 am
Wed October 24, 2012

It's Almost Never Funny

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Almost nothing is a bigger gamble in advertising than humor. What you think is funny, your husband or wife doesn’t. Or thinks is corny. Or just doesn’t get it. 

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Behind the Headlines
5:50 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Radio Roundtable: The 2013 Shelby County Property Reassessment

Shelby County Property Assessor Cheyenne Johnson (right) and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, talks with David Lenoir, Shelby County Trustee; Cheyenne Johnson, Shelby County Property Assessor; and Bill Dries, reporter for the Memphis Daily News

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Commentary
7:40 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Firestone: the Phoenix

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If you need one more sliver of evidence of the value of brand equity, consider Firestone. 

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