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

City of Memphis

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable: Host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, is joined by Les Smith and Lauren Lee of Fox 13 for a roundtable press conference with Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton.

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable: more problems surrounding the Millington corruption investigation, and Carol Chumney decides to run for District Attorney General.

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable: major changes at the University of Memphis Athletic Department, and General Sessions clerk Otis Jackson files for re-election.

Brennan Villines

An interview with Brennan Villines about his new CD with the Brennan Villines Trio, which will be released December 14, 2011.

Memphis entertainer Brennan Villines has been making his mark in the Industry in more ways than one. A recent graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelors of Music and concentration in Music Business, Brennan’s career began to take off when he was awarded a full scholarship to The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and decided to move to Memphis from rural western Kentucky. 

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable: a special press conference roundtable with Shelby County Commissioners Steve Mulroy and Heidi Shafer.