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
4:44 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Municipal Schools and the Release of Drug Felons

Behind the Headlines: Friday evenings at 6:30 on WKNO-TV 10.
Bard Cole WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the panel discusses Municipal Schools, as well as a law that will release as many as twelve thousand drug felons nationwide.

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Behind the Headlines
4:42 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Radio Roundtable: An Annexation Battle Between the State Legislature and the Memphis City Council

Behind the Headlines: Friday Evenings at 6:30 on WKNO TV 10
Bard Cole WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, our panel looks at the annexation battle which is playing out between the Tennessee state legislature and the Memphis City Council, school consolidation, and good economic news for Memphis companies. 

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Behind the Headlines
6:03 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Who Owns School Buildings and Property?

This week on the Behind the Headlines radio roundtable, the panel discusses the recent attempt to introduce a bill in the legislature that would transfer county school buildings to municipalities.

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Behind the Headlines
5:36 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Radio Roundtable: Redistricting and Ownership of Suburban School Buildings

Behind the Headlines
Bard Cole WKNO

This week, the Behind the Headlines panel discusses the reports on suburban schools which conclude that Germantown, Bartlett, and Collierville could get existing school buildings at no cost. Plus,the County Commission's debate over redistricting almost comes to blows.

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Counterpoint
3:50 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Interview with Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky
John Soares http://www.johnsoares.com/

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with renowned M.I.T. Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy Noam Chomsky.

An unrelenting critic of social injustice and state violence, in one scholar's words, “Chomsky's method involves a relentless erudition: scouring alternative sources; exhuming buried documents; reviving forgotten or abandoned histories.”  They discuss Chomsky's childhood and upbringing, his opposition to the war in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, and his thoughts on the Tea Party and the Occupy movements.

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