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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Checking on the Arts
7:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Noises Off at Theatre Memphis

A crew of B-list actors rehearses a British bedroom farce to tour small towns across Britain. 

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Counterpoint
3:57 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Interview with Paul Mendes-Flohr

Paul Mendes-Flohr is a leading scholar of modern Jewish thought, Jewish existentialism, German-Jewish intellectual history, and the foremost living scholar of Martin Buber.

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Memphis Moments
6:14 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

The Flood of 1912

A train in Memphis finds the tracks are submerged. The photo appears to be dated April 2, 1912.

The flood of April, 1912, was one of the worst floods ever seen in the Mississippi Valley.

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Behind the Headlines
6:32 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Municipal School Districts, Operations "Safe Community," and More

This week, the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable discusses the progress of a bill that could life the ban on new municipal school districts.

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Commentary
9:19 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Younger by Tonight: Just $99!

Amy Walters Fotolia.com

I’m always fascinated by the different ways people earn their living and what people can be sold. 

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