Richard Winham

Host & Producer

Host and producer of the Afternoon Music program, Richard was born in London. He has lived in the United States since the early 1970s.  He moved to the US to find a job in radio. He has worked in both commercial and public radio ever since. Richard has been with WUTC since 1987; his show offers a freewheeling mix of music and interviews with musicians and other movers and shakers within our community, as well as visiting musicians and artists from across the country.

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  Shrek, The Musical, the stage show based on the Oscar winning movie, opens in The Signal Mountain Playhouse on Friday, July 6th. Richard Winham talked to the with director Joel Scribner and the choreographer Dr. Jennifer Wilson.

 

Thirteen percent of the people living in Hamilton County – around 60,000 people – have no health insurance. If they have a chronic health condition --  and many do – until a few years ago they had few options. But in 2011 Volunteers in Medicine opened a clinic in Chattanooga.

This Saturday, June 23rd, The Chattanooga Readers and Writers Fair is celebrating writing and reading from 10 am until 4:30 pm in the Chattanooga City Library. Writers will be reading from their work in the auditorium on the main floor, while on the 2nd floor there will be entertainment for the children. There will also be readings on the 4th floor, and vendors will be setting up booths on the 4th floor as well. From 12 noon until 1pm there will be an open mic on the plaza in front of the library along with food vendors for lunch. Richard Winham talked to Sherry Poff from the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild as well as three of the writers –Finn Bille, Dana Shavin and Paul Luikart—who will be at the fair on Saturday.

Chattanooga’s first festival of Black Arts and Ideas starts Thursday and continues through Tuesday, June 19t h— the day known as Juneteenth, the anniversary of African American Emancipation. Over six days the festival will celebrate Black Americans’ contribution to theater, film, and music—concluding with a dramatic reading of the emancipation proclamation on the steps of City Hall. Richard Winham talked to the festival’s organizer, Ricardo Morris.

Since 2011, the Muse of Fire project has been giving kids between 10 and 12 years old to opportunity to write their own play. For 10 weeks they work with a group of teachers and actors who help them figure out what they want to say and how to say it. At the end of the 10 week session a group of adult actors perform the play in the McCallie School Theater. Everyone is invited.

 The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens in Barking Legs Theatre on Dodds Avenue on Friday May 18th at 7:30. Richard Winham talked to the director, Garry Posey, and two members of the cast, Kashun Parks and Normand Caissie, all of whom agreed the play presents a unique set of challenges.

 

Nancy Woods Daniel and Robert DeCarlo are two of the painters whose work is represented in the current exhibition in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway. The two painters are both very sensitive to color and they are both attracted to rural landscapes, but as Richard Winham discovered when he visited the gallery to talk to them last week their paintings are very much a reflection of their personalities.

 

E.M.Forster’s A Room with a View was first published in 1908. Almost 80 years later Merchant –Ivory made an Oscar-winning film based on the book. More recently it has been staged as a musical and as a play. The adaptation, written for the stage by Chicago-based actor and playwright Christina Calvit, opens in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday, April 27th. Richard winham talked to the play’s director, Scott Dunlap and Rodney Van Valkenberg who plays The Reverend Eager in the play.

 

We’ve all been through what Caleb Thomas calls ”The Experience.” Thomas, a poet and songwriter performs as Phenom, The Creative. Together with a group of poets and songwriters he will be celebrating love from infatuation to commitment in a show called The Experience. He talked to Richard Winham.

Soon after Alan and Nicole Parker were married, they began having children. Within three years, they had a daughter and two sons. The children had arrived a little more quickly than they had planned, but they were happy, despite Nicole’s nagging feeling that they were supposed to have another daughter. Richard Winham picks up the story from here, and talks about the benefit concert coming up 3/31.

A report published in the January 23rd, 2018 issue of Forbes magazine looked at diversity in the workplace across the country. Working with a research firm called Statista, the magazine compiled what they termed “the definitive list of the best employers for diversity in America.” "Statista surveyed 30,000 U.S. employees in August 2017 to inform the list, asking questions about diversity, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability.

Dancing at Loughnasa is a semi-autobiographical play by the Irish playwright, Brian Friel. It tells the story of five sisters living in the country in Southern Ireland just before the Second World War. Told through the eyes of the 7 year old son of the youngest sister, Chris, it’s a memory play about a pivotal moment in all their lives. The play is a production of The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga.

 The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is mounting a new production of Tennessee Williams’s play The Glass Menagerie. Directed by Todd Olson, the new executive director of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, it was the playwright’s first big success in New York in the period immediately following the Second World War. Richard Winham talked to Todd Olson and Rob Inman, who plays the lead role of Tom Wingfield.

This season’s production at the Signal Mountain Playhouse is “Dearly Departed,” a comedy written by two playwrights from Kentucky, David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. Set “in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible belt,” it tells the story of the Turpin family and their attempts to overcome their differences at the funeral of the family patriarch, Bud Turpin. Richard Winham talked to Michelle Ford who plays Bud Turpin’s wife Raynelle and Tim Forsythe who plays her son Ray-Bud.

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