Michael Edward Miller

Host/Feature News/Production Coordinator

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Michael Edward Miller hosts Around and About.  His favorite radio programs and podcasts include This American Life, Radiolab and The Moth.  He and his wife Rachel are both Chattanooga natives. 



Thu March 28, 2013
In Memoriam

Dennis Palmer, ‘Truly Larger Than Life'

Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga, Tennessee will host memorial performances on March 29th and 30th.


  In this half-hour special produced by WUTC 88.1 FM, Richard Winham, Mike Miller, Bob Stagner, Bruce Kaplan, Ann Law, David Smotherman and Tom Landis remember Dennis Palmer, who passed away unexpectedly in February 2013.  Palmer and Stagner co-founded the Shaking Ray Levis, an influential avant-garde improvisational music duo active in Chattanooga and around the world since the 1980s.  Palmer was also a visual artist, teacher and storyteller. 

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Tue March 26, 2013
Meet The Man Who Created TAL

'It Has To Be Surprising': A Conversation With Ira Glass

Ira Glass created This American Life in 1995. The weekly show airs on hundreds of public radio stations, and 1.8 million people listen.

An extended interview with Ira Glass.

WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller interviews This American Life creator/host Ira Glass.  They discuss creativity, failure, how the element of surprise is crucial in radio stories, and much more.  Glass will be here April 7th for the George T. Hunter Lecture series.

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Tue March 26, 2013
Baseball Season

Forgotten History: Fifty Years Ago, The Lookouts Finally Integrated

Baseball In Chattanooga, by David Jenkins (Arcadia Publishing)

David Jenkins, a baseball historian, joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to talk about Chattanooga Lookouts legends and lore, such as the Lookouts' first integrated team half a century ago.  Jenkins is a sports reporter for the Chattanoogan.com, and Arcadia published his book Baseball In Chattanooga.

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Mon March 25, 2013
Reinventing Radio

'This American Life' Host Ira Glass Visits Chattanooga April 7th

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, will be in Chattanooga on April 7th for the George T. Hunter Lecture Series.
Credit Tom Murphy VII / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller interviews This American Life creator/host Ira Glass. They discuss creativity, failure, how the element of surprise is crucial in radio stories, and much more.

This American Life host & creator Ira Glass will visit Chattanooga and give an inside look at his popular radio show.  His presentation is part of the George T. Hunter Lecture Series, sponsored by the Benwood Foundation in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  The event is free and open to the public.  This American Life airs on WUTC 88.1 FM Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.

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Fri March 22, 2013
Fiscal Sounds

Chattanooga Businesses Find Funding, Mentoring Through Springboard Classes

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller sits in during one of the Springboard classes.

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga hosts Springboard classes.  The eight-week sessions help new entrepreneurs write business plans, connect with investors and more.

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Tue March 19, 2013
Roots Music

Tim O’Brien, Rhiannon Giddens Host Cumberland Trail Benefit Concert March 22nd

Tim O'Brien performs in 2006.
Credit Jordan Clien / CCA 2.0

Bob Fulcher, park manager for the Cumberland Trail, talks about the upcoming concert and the trail itself--when finished, the trail will stretch 300 miles, from Chattanooga to Kentucky, winding along the Cumberland Plateau.

  Grammy-winning Americana musicians Tim O’Brien and Rhiannon Giddens (from the Carolina Chocolate Drops) will host & perform at the Friends of The Cumberland Trail Benefit Concert on Friday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m at the Tivoli.  

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Tue March 19, 2013
The Hills Are Alive With...

‘The Sound Of Music’ At Tivoli March 21 – 23

Georgia-based theater company Closed Door Entertainment is performing The Sound of Music at the Tivoli in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  In this interview, WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks to cast members Grace Kling and Greg Glover about the timeless appeal of this classic musical.

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Fri March 15, 2013
Music Lit

Teddy Wayne Invents 'Jonny Valentine,' A Tween Idol For Adults

New York author Teddy Wayne talks about his novel 'The Love Song Of Jonny Valentine.' Wayne is coming to Chattanooga March 21st for the Meacham Writers' Workshop.

Teddy Wayne's novel The Love Song Of Jonny Valentine is a deft mix of pop-culture criticism and slick literary craft.  Jonny, the protagonist/narrator, is a tween singer similar to Justin Bieber, and he's savvy enough to understand he exists solely as a marketing tool.  Only eleven years old, his star is already fading.  The novel is meant for adults—it’s a scathing satire of the music industry's hype machine.  Critics are praising it.  

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Tue March 12, 2013
Evidence-Based Medicine

Treating Autism: What Works, What Doesn’t (And What’s Dangerous)

This month, Around and About Chattanooga is airing a four-part series on autism.  In this segment, which is part two of our series, we talk to Jenni Davis Hampton, co-founder of Autism and Behavior Services in Chattanooga.  We also talk to Dr. Ken Pittman, a local psychiatrist who treats children with autism.

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Thu March 7, 2013
Tell Us Your Tale

Story Contest: Win Ira Glass Reception Tickets

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, will be in Chattanooga on April 7th for the George T. Hunter Lecture Series.
Credit Tom Murphy VII / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

UPDATE: The contest is over.  Congratulations to our winner, Ryan Darling!

More information about Glass's lecture is here.

The event is free & open to the public.

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, is coming to Chattanooga on April 7th for the George T. Hunter Lecture Series.  With that in mind, WUTC is having a contest.  Tell us your best true story about a road trip and you could win tickets to a special reception with Ira Glass.

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Mon March 4, 2013
UTC News

Meet New UTC Chancellor Steve Angle

On Friday, Dr. Steve Angle was officially named as UTC's new chancellor.
Credit UTC

Dr. Steve Angle sat down with Cindy Carroll, Assistant Director, University Relations and WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller for an in-depth interview.  Dr. Angle was recently selected as the new chancellor of the University Of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Mon March 4, 2013
Symposium March 9th

Landscapers Get More By Going Native

The purple coneflower is a native plant that's popular among East Tennessee natural landscapers.
Credit Hedwig Storch ( Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 )

When landscapers use regional plants such as the Purple Coneflower, they can save on water and fertilizer. Because such plants evolved to thrive in the East Tennessee climate, they require less maintenance than foreign species.

      A symposium titled Natural Landscaping: Getting More With Less is coming up March 9th at Chattanooga State Community College from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones organized the symposium.  In this interview, WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with Dr. Tim Spira, the symposium's keynote speaker, and Sally Wencel, the Vice President and Program Chair for the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones.

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Thu February 28, 2013
Southern Lit

Rising Literary Talent Jamie Quatro Shows Us ‘More’

I Want To Show You More, by Jamie Quatro (Grove Press)

Jamie Quatro, author of 'I Want To Show You More,' joins WUTC for an interview.

Grove/Atlantic published Barry Hannah, Charles Frazier and other celebrated Southern authors.  Now, Grove/Atlantic is adding Jamie Quatro to their roster.  Quatro’s debut collection of short stories, I Want To Show You More, comes out in March, and she visited WUTC for an interview.

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Wed February 27, 2013
Election March 5th

Election, Part Three: Chattanooga Mayoral Candidate Guy Satterfield

In our final election segment, we talk to Guy Satterfield, who is running for Chattanooga mayor against Andy Berke and Chester Heathington, Jr.  Early voting ends Feb 28th.

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Tue February 26, 2013
Election March 5th

Election, Part Two: Twelve Questions With Chattanooga Mayoral Candidate Andy Berke

Mayoral candidate Andy Berke joins us for an interview.  The upcoming March 5th election has three candidates vying for Chattanooga mayor.  WUTC asked all three candidates about their leadership experience, family background and positions on various issues.

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