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
6:01 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Radio Roundtable: The Pros And Cons Of Annexation

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

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, is annexation a legitimate tool for the city to use in order to expand its tax base?

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
5:53 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Radio Roundtable: County Commissioners Wyatt Bunker And Mike Ritz On The Shelby County Budget

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

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, Shelby County Commissioners Wyatt Bunker and Mike Ritz join Memphis Daily News senior reporter Bill Dries and host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, for a discussion on the county budget, as well as the controversial decision to raise the property tax rate. 

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
2:50 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Radio Roundtable: Can Municipal School Districts Take-Over Existing Shelby County School Buildings?

Mayor Stan Joyner of Collierville and Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy of Germantown

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, with municipal schools passing by overwhelming margins in Germantown and Collierville, the next hurdle is to determine whether the municipalities can take over existing school buildings.  

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COMMENTARY
7:36 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Training Breeds Importance

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I'm not sure everyone wants to be loved. But I'm certain everyone wants to feel important. To feel needed.

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES
6:01 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Radio Roundtable: Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton On His Critics, Taxes, And City Services

Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton
Credit The Memphis Daily News

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and Bill Dries, reporter for the Memphis Daily News, talk with Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton about his critics, tax increases, cuts to city employees, and the stability of the city's emergency services.

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