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
3:14 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Radio Roundtable: Elections, Tigers Football, And The County Commission

Behind the Headlines Host Eric Barnes, Publisher of the Memphis Daily News
Credit Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the Shelby County Commission has one of their most contentious meetings ever, the Memphis Tigers football team tries to win hearts and minds, and there are 11 elections to be held before Thanksgiving.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
5:51 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Radio Roundtable: More On Federal Sentencing Policy Changes

Eric Barnes
Credit Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Shelby County Chief Public Defender Stephen Bush, Director of the Shelby County Division of Corrections James Coleman, and Memphis Daily News reporter Bill Dries join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, to continue last week's discussion of new Federal sentencing policies and their effects on Memphis and Shelby County.

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MEMPHIS MOMENTS
5:44 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Davy Crockett's Arrival in Memphis

King of the Wild Frontier
Credit John Gadsby Chapman, Oil on Canvas / Art Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Davy Crockett, folk hero, West Tennessee Congressman, bear-hunter, and martyr of the Alamo, had a colorful reputation, which he enjoyed and promoted. And his first entry into Memphis was a fitting addition to his legend.

 

Along with being an Indian Scout, frontiersmen, farmer, and politician, Crockett was an entrepreneur.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
5:30 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Radio Roundtable: Federal Drug Policy Changes

Eric Barnes
Credit Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich and U.S. Attorney for West Tennessee Ed Stanton join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, to discuss new Federal drug policy, and how it might affect local and state prosecutors on sentencing and incarceration.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
6:22 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Radio Roundtable: Retiree Benefits For Sanitation Workers And Recycling In Memphis

Eric Barnes, Host of Behind the Headlines
Credit Bard Cole / WKNO

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Kemp Conrad, from the Memphis City Council; George Little, CAO for the City of Memphis; and Gail Tyree, Executive Director for the Sanitation Workers' Union join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, for a discussion ab

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