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
4:45 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Special Guests Commissioner Steve Mulroy and Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the Shelby County Commission filed suit to stop the referendum on Municipal Schools.

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Behind the Headlines
5:00 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Radio Roundtable: The Future of the Unified School District, Gasoline Taxes, and Medical Transplants

Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable
Bard Cole WKNO-TV 10

The Unified School Board has decided to not renew the contract of Memphis City School Superintendent Kriner Cash, whose contract runs out in August of 2013, about the time when the school merger will actually start. 

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Memphis Moments
6:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Luke Weathers

June 25, 1945 was Captain Luke Weathers Day. 

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Counterpoint
4:28 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Interview with Jonathan D. Sarna

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. 

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Memphis Moments
5:41 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Memphis Cigar Trade

Few Memphians know that Memphis was once a center of the cigar-making trade.

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