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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RADIO ROUNDTABLE
5:44 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Radio Roundtable: City of Memphis to Purchase AutoZone Park

AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis
Credit E. McCutchan / WikiMedia Commons

The City of Memphis has decided to buy AutoZone Park for about $30 million, but is it a good deal for the community?


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RADIO ROUNDTABLE
5:44 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Radio Roundtable: What's in Store for the Memphis International Airport?

Old (left) and new (right) air traffic control towers at Memphis International Airport (MEM). Photo taken from Airways Boulevard at Winchester.
Credit Thomas R Machnitzki (2010) / WikiMedia Commons

The Memphis International Airport took some heavy hits in 2013. Today's roundtable discussion is about what is to come for the Airport in 2014.


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RADIO ROUNDTABLE
5:39 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Radio Roundtable: The Most Important News of 2013

Behind the Headlines host Eric Barnes
Credit Bard Cole / WKNO

This week's roundtable features a discussion of the biggest news stories from 2013.

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RADIO ROUNDTABLE
5:40 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Radio Roundtable: The Tennessee General Assembly

Behind the Headlines Host Eric Barnes

What's in-store for Tennessee state legislators when they return for a new session in 2014?


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RADIO ROUNDTABLE
5:40 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Radio Roundtable: City Financing for Public Projects

AutoZone Park
Credit E. McCutchan / WikiMedia Commons

What are the options for the City of Memphis to finance various projects, such as the Heritage Trail project, the Crosstown Memphis redevelopment project, and AutoZone Park? 


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