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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Commentary
7:40 am
Wed August 29, 2012

You Gotta Know the Box

Outside the Box?
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Harvard Business Review reports that thinking outside the box has become ubiquitous in business. 

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Behind the Headlines
5:00 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Radio Roundtable: An Update on Municipal Schools

Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and panel discuss an update on the municipal schools. 

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Memphis Moments
6:05 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Elvis Presley's Death

For many Memphians of a certain age, August 16, 1977 was really “The Day the Music Died.” Elvis Aaron Presley died at his mansion, Graceland. 

A native of Tupelo, Elvis moved to Memphis as a teenager. After high school, he walked into Sun Studios to make a record for his mother, Gladys.

Sam Phillips heard him and realized that he had found a white singer with a black feel. Hits like “That's All Right Mama” and “Hound Dog” left the music world all shook up. And it's still shaking.

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Commentary
7:42 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Business "Chiefs" Abound

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Business titles have always been a fascinating topic. They’ve changed dramatically in the last fifty years. 

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Behind the Headlines
4:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Kriner Cash and John Aitken

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the superintendents of the Memphis City and Shelby County Schools, Drs. Kriner Cash and John Aitken, discuss the final year before the merger of the two school systems.

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