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.

Ways To Connect

Darrin McMahon

Host Jonathan Judaken speaks with Dr. Darrin McMahon about his new book, Divine Fury: A History of Genius, in which McMahon writes, "Genius. Say the word out loud. Even today, more than 2000 years after its first recorded use by the Roman author Plautus, it continues to resonate with power and allure. The power to create. The power to divine the secrets of the universe."

Loeb Properties / LRK Architects / http://www.overtonsquare.com/about-overton-square/

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Bob Loeb, President of Loeb Properties; Jackie Nichols, Executive Producer of Playhouse on the Square; June West, Executive Director of Memphis Heritage; Ekundayo Bandale, founding Artistic Director of Hattiloo Theatre; and Bill Dries, senior re

Bard Cole / WKNO

The Shelby County School Board, sometimes referred to as the Unified School Board, has to decide what to do with schools and school buildings inside suburban municipalities where students from unincorporated Shelby County are already attending. In some cases, the municipalities are about to vote on their own school boards, and the decision to keep some of these schools within the Shelby County School system is a bit controversial.

Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the Shelby County School Board clarifies its position on school buildings, Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton addresses the issue of backlogged rape kits, and the race for Clerk of Courts begins to heat-up. Les Smith of Fox 13 News, Jackson Baker of the Memphis Flyer, and Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News join fill-in host Pierre Kimsey for this discussion.

Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Dr. Scott Morris, founder and C.E.O. of the Church Health Center; Richard Thomas, healthcare consultant; and Bill Dries, Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News, join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News for a discussion about the effects of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, here in Shelby County.

Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, a debate about the proposed Memphis city sales tax, and how it might be used to fund pre-K education.

Justin Ide / Harvard University News Office

“Jefferson and Franklin—the champion of the Library of Congress and the printer turned philosopher-statesmen—shared a profound belief that the health of the Republic depended on the free flow of ideas…Thanks to the Internet and a pervasive if imperfect system of education, we now can realize the dream of Jefferson and Franklin.

Eric Smith / Memphis Daily News

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Laura Adams, Executive Director of the Shelby Farms Conservancy; Dennis Lynch, from the Sierra Club; and Ritchie Smith, from the Shelby Farms Advisory team, join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the

Leora Batnitzky

From her first book about the Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig, Leora Batnitzky has been heralded as a rising star in contemporary Jewish thought and the philosophy of religion.

Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, a report shows a looming financial crisis for the City of Memphis, and what changes to pension plans might help solve the city's fiscal woes.