Michael Edward Miller

Around & About Host/News Producer

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Michael Edward Miller hosts Around and About Chattanooga.  His favorite radio programs and podcasts include This American Life, Radiolab and Everything Is Stories. During WUTC fund drives, he looks forward to cats clawing out another Pet Wars Day victory.

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The State of Tennessee is offers a free app, GoVoteTN, that can help you learn about candidates before you hit the ballot box.

  Early voting is underway in Hamilton County, Tennessee, with residents choosing local and state Republican or Democratic primary candidates, as well as a new Hamilton County Assessor of Property, school board members, and more.

Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist David Martin joins us to discuss some of the most interesting aspects of this summer's races.

  Allan Levene lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, but is running against U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District.

Levene says he’s done his research and election law doesn’t prevent him from seeking a Republican primary nomination in a state where he has nothing but a UPS Store mailbox and some campaign signs.

Cathy Wells


  "He was a momma's boy, and I don't care what anybody says about that--there's nothing wrong with that," Cathy Wells says of her son.

 Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, known as "Skip," was one of the "fallen five" service members killed during a July 16, 2015 terrorist attack on Chattanooga's Navy Operational Support Center.

Cathy Wells has written "Tennessee Blood," a song honoring her son.

  Music filled Miller Plaza yesterday evening. It was a special part of the nightfall concert series, an hour devoted to honoring veterans, active duty military personnel, and the Fallen Five who were killed in last July 16's terror attacks. The performance ended with “Terror Came to Chattanooga," a song written by Lt. Commander Tim White, the Navy officer who used a personal firearm to shoot back at the terrorist during the attack on the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. 

University of Tennessee

As news spread of Pat Summitt passing away yesterday, Chattanooga athletes and coaches paused to remember her. Though the legendary Lady Vols coach was located on the Knoxville campus, she visited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga often. In this segment, we speak with UTC coaches and others, including David Blackburn, the UTC Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics, who explains how Summitt impacted his life.

  It’s being called the most disruptive nonprofit of our day. In this interview, we’ll find out why. A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga provides free, long-term, reversible birth control to local women. Today I’m speaking with Rachel Schulson, Executive Director, A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga, as well as Nicole, who is one of the organization's clients.

  We forced WUTC's Victoria to go begging at Riverbend. How much free food and how many free trinkets could she score? Festivals can be pretty expensive, after all, so we wondered how she'd fare on a budget of nothing (except the admission cost, of course). Hear about her haul in this story.

  On Sunday evening, local Christians, Muslims and others came together for an interfaith service at First Christian Church to honor the victims of the nation's latest and deadliest mass shooting. In Florida, a lone gunman killed nearly 50 people and wounded even more, targeting gays and lesbians at an Orlando nightclub. The shooter had pledged his allegiance to the radical extremist Islamic State.

  Kelly McEvers says her new podcast Embedded is unique because it's a news podcast. "We take a story from the news, and we go deep," she says in this interview. "I'm in the soup of news every day." (As regular listeners know, she's also one of the hosts of NPR's All Things Considered.)

In an NPR news planning meeting, when something particularly interesting sticks out, she wants to learn more--to explore the "how" and "why" behind an event.

  A new monthly comedy showcase starts on Friday, June 3rd at Cinerama. Ladie's Night (yes, that's how the creators spell it) showcases original short films created by the Ladie's Night team, films submitted by other groups, and live stand-up comedy. Former Chattanooga comedian Joel Ruiz started Ladie's Night in Atlanta with Zack Lamplugh and Brian Emond. The Atlanta showcase happens the first Thursday of each month; the Chattanooga showcase will happen on Fridays.

  WUTC 88.1 FM has created a program featuring segments from Operation Song, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that empowers veterans, active duty military and their families to tell their stories through songwriting. The Operation Song Memorial Day Special is an hour of music and interviews about unforgettable experiences on the battlefield and back home. Several veterans collaborated with hit songwriters to create the music.

  Welcome Home, a new Chattanooga nonprofit, has the answer. They provide compassionate end of life care to those in need.  Executive Director Sherry Campbell joins us to talk about the unique, vital service they provide to the community.


Harrison Scott Key's debut memoir The World's Largest Man is the funniest book I've read all year. Throughout his rural Mississippi childhood, he tried to make his father happy by accompanying the man on hunting trips and to other outdoor activities. But Key was more interested in reading than in hunting, and he and his father never seemed to understand him.

  On July 16, 2015, a homegrown terrorist attacked a recruiting office and a Navy Operational Support Center here in the Scenic City. Four Marines and one sailor were murdered. In the aftermath, the city united, with local residents visiting the attack sites and building makeshift memorials. The phrase #NoogaStrong appeared all over social media and T-shirts, a way for residents to express solidarity and sympathy for the heroes who died.