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. 

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2:43pm

Fri June 14, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Richard Winham & Jeff Styles Preview Riverbend's Final Nights

Richard and Jeff talk Riverbend.

  Jeff Styles and Richard Winham play selections from bands performing Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15  as Chattanooga's annual Riverbend Festival wraps up.

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3:41am

Thu June 13, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Riverbend Thursday: Picks From Winham & Styles

WUTC's Richard Winham and WGOW's Jeff Styles preview the Thursday night lineup at the 2013 Riverbend Festival.

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4:12pm

Wed June 12, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Richard Winham and Jeff Styles Preview Wednesday Night's Riverbend Lineup

    Wednesday night's Riverbend lineup includes Lon Eldridge, Civil Twilight, Psychedelic Furs and Dierks Bentley.

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11:26pm

Tue June 11, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Festival Highlight: Voices of Lee

Voices of Lee perform at the 2013 Riverbend Festival.
Credit Mike Miller

Tuesday nights at Riverbend are always set aside for family-friendly entertainment.  This year on Faith and Family night, Voices of Lee performed a mix of gospel and patriotic songs.

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5:08pm

Tue June 11, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Scotty Bratcher Shreds at the Strut

Rising young blues star Scotty Bratcher played a blistering version of 'Voodoo Child' at the end of his set.  He played several shows during the 2013 Riverbend Festival, including one show at the Bessie Smith Strut on Monday.

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7:55pm

Mon June 10, 2013
Riverbend 2013

The 'First Baptist Bar & Grill' Is Funny, But Is It Real?

Tim Wilson dances for the crowd at Riverbend 2013.
Credit Mike Miller

Sunday night at Riverbend 2013, country comedian Tim Wilson performed several of his novelty songs, including The First Baptist Bar & Grill.  "I've been told they actually built the First Baptist Bar & Grill in Chattanooga," Wilson said after his set.    

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9:18am

Mon June 10, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Festival Highlight: Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown played an energetic western/swing set the second night of Riverbend 2013.

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9:14am

Mon June 10, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Maddox Might Be Riverbend's Most Prolific Performer

Brandon Maddox performs during Riverbend 2013.
Credit Mike Miller

Nashville singer/songwriter Brandon Maddox played the festival during the second night.  WUTC's Michael Edward Miller chatted with him about the astonishing number of songs he's written.

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5:22pm

Fri June 7, 2013
Riverbend 2013

2nd South Carolina String Band Kicks Off Riverbend 2013

The 2nd South Carolina String Band performs in the Chattanooga Public Library auditorium.
Mike Miller

The first performance of Riverbend 2013 happened at the Chattanooga Public Library, with an unplugged performance from 2nd South Carolina String Band.  They play authentic Civil War-era songs on period instruments, and they've been featured in Ken Burns documentaries and movies like Gods and Generals.  

View the complete Riverbend schedule here.

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2:58pm

Tue June 4, 2013
A Guide For Would-Be Rock Stars

Svenonius’s ‘Supernatural Strategies’ Involve Spaghetti-Slinging Specters & Marxist Music Musings

Ian Svenonius's book Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group was published in 2013.
Credit Akashic Books

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews author/musician Ian Svenonius.

Ian Svenonius is a singer who fronted  Weird War, The Make-Up, The Nation of Ulysses and other Washington, D.C. hardcore and indie groups. Yet he claims his book Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group doesn't draw on his own personal knowledge. Instead, the book contains advice from the Great Beyond. Ghosts communicate with him in bizarre ways, such as tossing spaghetti against a wall, and share unconventional, Marxist interpretations of popular music's evolution. In this interview, Svenonius and WUTC's Michael Edward Miller talk about the book (and play and discuss several of his songs.)

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6:05pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Invasive Insects

Woolly Adelgids Threaten Thousands of Signal Mountain & Cumberland Hemlocks

Small, white adelgid egg sacs on this Signal Mountain hemlock tree look like tiny balls of cotton.

A WUTC feature news segment on the Woolly Adelgid infesting the Chattanooga region.

Eastern hemlock trees atop Signal Mountain and across the Cumberland Plateau are common right now, but many could die off in the next few years.  The woolly adelgid, a tiny, invasive insect species originally from Asia, is spreading through the forest and slowly killing hemlocks.  Dr. Jennifer Boyd from the Signal Mountain Tree Board says, “This is really all we've talked about for the past couple of months.”  In this segment, we hear about potential solutions.

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1:48pm

Mon May 20, 2013
The Ultimate In Local Food?

Can A Backyard Feed A Whole Family? Suburban Homesteaders Try

Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions, by by Oscar H. Will and Karen K. Will gives practical advice to homesteaders.

Homesteading dates back to the pioneer days (remember Little House On The Prairie?), when families grew much of their own food on their own land.  In the modern version, homesteaders avoid grocery stores by planting backyard gardens and raising pigs, rabbits and other animals for meat.  In this segment, WUTC visits Monica and Byron DeLoach, homesteaders who live in North Georgia.

Oscar Hank Will, author of Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions, also joins in the conversation.

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4:58pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Iconic Images

‘I Go Deeper and Deeper into the Holler’: Photojournalist Don Dudenbostel’s Appalachian Adventures

Legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton sits on his front porch.
Don Dudenbostel/River Gallery

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews Don Dudenbostel.

Don Dudenbostel’s photographs are featured this May in the River Gallery's exhibition Defining Roots.  Dudenbostel's photos document disappearing, hidden and infamous aspects of Appalachian culture.  Throughout the past few decades, he has photographed snake handlers, moonshiners (particularly legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton), cockfighters, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis.  “I try never to influence my images with personal feelings,” he says in this interview.

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12:13pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Plot Thickens

Chattanooga Podcast ‘Another Story’ Delivers Compelling, True Tales

Another Story is available for free through the iTunes store.

Ben Schnell, creator and host of Another Story, joins WUTC for an interview.  Schnell’s podcast features local people telling true, personal stories.  Schnell culls some of the stories from a monthly storytelling competition at The Camp House.  Other stories come from interviews Schnell conducts.  The free podcast is available through iTunes, and Schnell has also created a Soundcloud page.

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3:41pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Southern Lit

Rambles With Roy: One Of NPR’s Funniest Southern Voices Cuts Loose

Roy Blount, Jr., photographed at the 2007 Texas Book Festival
Credit © 2007 Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

Roy Blount, Jr. is a prolific Southern author and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!  Often funny, occasionally cantankerous, he joins WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller for a loose, meandering chat.  Blount discusses his books, being a Southern expat and participating in the Celebration Of Southern Literature.

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