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
4:53 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Radio Roundtable: Shelby County School Board Sets Tone For School Building Negotiations

Behind the Headlines Host Eric Barnes
Credit 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.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
8:34 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Radio Roundtable: Ownership Of School Buildings And The Election For Clerk Of Courts

Credit 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.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
5:46 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Radio Roundtable: The Effects Of ObamaCare In The Mid-South

Behind the Headlines Host Eric Barnes
Credit 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.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
5:02 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Radio Roundtable: Funding Pre-K Education In Memphis

Eric Barnes, Host of Behind the Headlines and Publisher of the Memphis Daily News
Credit 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.

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COUNTERPOINT
7:07 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Robert Darnton On The Digitization Of Books And The Future Of Libraries And Publishing

Robert Darnton
Credit 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.

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