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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Chattanooga's Relay For Life will raise money for the fight against cancer, celebrate those who have survived cancer, and give participants a chance to honor those who have passed away.  Although the event isn't until May 30th, you can visit the Web site right now and make donations, sponsor teams, and sign up to participate.

Bob Citrullo, Executive Director of the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga, took over in December of 2013.  In this interview, he talks about his first year as the executive director; challenges and long-term goals for the organization; how they're more than just an animal shelter; and creative ways to raise funds, including their upcoming murder mystery dinner.

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Linda Benton from the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society Alliance joins us to discuss the second annual Med Rock Battle of The Bands, which will raise money for a scholarship fund.  We're also speaking with Courtney Green, a freshman at The University of Georgia, who won last year's $10,000 award.

From a media release:

What: 2nd Annual  Med Rock :Battle of the Physician Bands 2015 

Chattanooga's Center for Mindful Living is hosting an eight week course on mindfulness and stress reduction.  Instructor Claudio A. Barrientos (from the Mindful Center Knoxville) and local psychotherapist Julie L. Brown join us to explain how it works.

Information about the eight-week course and registration for the course is at the Center for Mindful Living's Web site.

One of the funniest, most elaborately-produced podcasts in Chattanooga, Dark Princess Theatre is an audio series produced in the style of old-time radio dramas.  It centers on Lady Gwendolyn, who is an undead Southern belle; Aleistaire Rook, a.k.a The Bloody Butler, who is a droll sociopath; and other monsters who live in the fictitious town of Ashwood.

Local playwrights Jeremy Pickard and Jennifer R. Jones join us to talk about their one-act plays being performed at the Dalton Little Theatre in Dalton, Georgia.  Pickard wrote and is directing Dickcissel, an avant-garde work about a bird caught in a barbed-wire fence who interacts with a cowboy.  The play deals with themes of identity and the unanswerable questions in this world, according to the Dalton Little Theatre's Web site.  Jennifer R.

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

Ray Laliberte, a teacher at Chattanooga’s Center For Creative Arts, talks about a memory that’s both his hardest one and fondest one.  He tells us about his student Kelly Butler, who passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly during her senior year.

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

This story is from Ellen Heavilon, Executive Director and Founder of the Hart Gallery, which supports homeless and non-traditonal artists by helping them create artwork and giving them a place to sell it.  Heavilon's story is about trust and transformation.

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

Moses Freeman joins us for this segment.  Born here, he's a City Council member who represents District 8.  He talks about growing up in Chattanooga and the changes he's seen in technology and civil rights.

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State Rep. Jon Lundberg and Sen. Joey Hensley are sponsoring HB0143, the "Tennessee Right To Try Act," which allows terminally-ill patients to ask pharmaceutical companies for experimental drugs or medical devices that the FDA hasn't approved.

Chattanooga native Alex Volz returned to the Scenic City after more than a decade of living in Los Angeles.  While in LA, he recorded a children's album, Awesome Songs for Cool KidsNow that he's back here, he's been performing his wild, hilarious songs at local events like Normalpalooza and the Mainx24 festival.

Volz has fans in both Chattanooga and Los Angeles.

Southern dramatic short The Future West premiered at last year's Chattanooga Film Festival. Cindicate Productions created the  22-minute film about two friends lost in the Georgia wilderness, seeking direction--both literally and metaphorically.  Being lost together forces them to have deep, honest conversation about their lives.

For decades, Beverly Inman-Ebel longed to play the harp, but never got around to learning it.  In this interview, she tells us what motivated her to finally take lessons and become a proficient player.  She’s now active in the local harp community—she is president of the Jan Pennington Gray Harp Fund, and she performs with the Chattanooga Harp Ensemble, which is giving two free concerts at the end of the month.

In this version of Chattanooga, monsters hide beneath the streets and in lurk dark corners.

Shane Berryhill’s Bad Mojo features vampires—called “vipers” by the locals—who dwell in underground Chattanooga.  Zombies attack people in alleys near the Terminal Brewhouse.  Legendary dive bar the Stone Lion is still open for business, an enchanted, magically-protected haven for humans and supernatural creatures alike.

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