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.


Behind the Headlines
5:14 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Radio Roundtable: A Halt to Municipal School Districts, the Redbirds Stadium's Future, and More

The panel discusses the potential referendum for individual municipalities creating their own school districts.

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Mid-South Features
1:27 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Opera Memphis Preview of Don Pasquale

Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale brings the Opera Memphis 2011-2012 season to a close at the Orpheum Theatre. 

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11:45 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Interview with Jane Landers

Jane Landers is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, former Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Science and past Director of the Center for Latin American Studies. She is the author of Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions which was awarded the Rembert Patrick Book Award and has been awarded honorary mention for the 2011 Bolton Johnson Prize for the best English-language book on any aspect of Latin American History. 

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Behind the Headlines
6:00 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Rick Santorum Wins Mississippi Primary, the Shelby County Commission, and More

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the panel discusses Rick Santorum's win in Mississippi in the GOP Presidential Primary.

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Checking on the Arts
3:45 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Marcela Pinilla to Perform with Opus One

Marcela Pinilla
Christopher Parks http://superjump.org/

Marcela Pinilla will be joining members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for an upcoming Opus One concert, featuring world dance rhythms that will get you off your feet and onto the dance floor. 

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