Richard Winham

Afternoon Music Host, Around & About 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.

Ways To Connect

  In a new book on Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” David Orr, the poetry critic for The New York Times, contends that it’s a poem “everyone loves and almost everyone gets wrong.” WUTC's Richard Winham talked to David Orr about Robert Frost and found that the poet, like his poetry, was almost often misunderstood and, equally, underestimated.  

The Ensemble Nagata Shachu, a group of five musicians from Toronto, is coming to Chattanooga to play in the Patten Performance Series on Tuesday, September 15. The music they play fuses centuries old Japanese folk music with contemporary rock, jazz and minimalism. The group’s leader and principal composer, Kyoshi Nagata, talked to Richard Winham.  

Since its inception in 2011, Jazzanooga has been promoting jazz in Chattanooga. But more than that, as the founder Shane Morrow put it, Jazzanooga celebrates all of the arts and their power to bring us together. Richard Winham talked to Shane Morrow who told him Jazzanooga is a mission.

  There are two more shows to come in this year’s Riverfront Nights Series. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to Jeff Styles about the series. Styles booked all the acts again this year, but having done that, he’s now happy to be just another listener relaxing by the river enjoying the music.  

Peter Lundberg is a renowned sculptor whose work is in cities across the country and in Canada as well as in China, Germany and Australia among other countries around the world.

Recently his friend, the sculptor John Henry, invited him to come to Chattanooga to create a monument to the four Marines and one Naval Officer killed here in July.

Local poet, playwright and social activist Peggy Douglas has written a play
centering on the impact of the sweeping social changes of the 1960’s on
three distinct communities in Chattanooga. Called “After Work,” the play
centers on the white “townies” and “mill people” and the African American
community living on and around 9th street. In a series of monologs, the
characters in the play talk about their lives and their dreams. Richard
Winham talked to the play’s director, Rebecca Rouse and one of the actors in
the play, Erin Skelley.

This year marks the ninth year of concerts in the Riverfront Nights series. As in previous years, six shows were scheduled this year. This week’s concert featuring the Whisky Gentry is the third in this year’s line-up. Richard Winham talked to Jeff Styles about the series. It was Jeff Styles’s idea to create a Nightfall —style concert series on the waterfront, but this year marks his last. He booked the bands again this year, but he’s no longer running the show.

For the next couple of months Reflections gallery on Lee Highway here in Chattanooga is celebrating The Rural South. Two of the twenty-five artists whose work is featured in the exhibition talked to WUTC's Richard Winham about their work.  One is Matt Welch, a self- taught photo realist painter who grew up in Texas. The other is Renel Plouffe, an abstract painter originally from Gatineau City in Western Quebec.

The Chattanooga Folk School has a new Executive Director. Like the other directors before her, Laura Walker is a musician, but unlike her predecessors she has had experience in organizing and running a business. It’s those skills, along with her natural affinity for people, that she hopes will enable her to revive the flagging fortunes of the Chattanooga Folk School. She spoke to WUTC's Richard Winham.

Peter Pan opens at The Signal Mountain Playhouse July 10. Originally written as a play, it was re-written in the mid-1950’s as a musical starring Mary Martin. Since then there have been several popular adaptations of the story, but for their production the director Jennifer Arbogast and her cast are going back to the Mary Martin version. Richard Winham talked to Dr. Arbogast, who also teaches musical theater at Chattanooga State, as well as two of the lead actors, Kimberlin Lacy and Daniel Meeks.

This Summer there have already been music festivals somewhere in the country almost every weekend it seems—and there are still many more to come. Competition is fierce, but one promoter thinks he may have found a unique niche. Richard Winham talked to Ricky Ginsburg whose idea for a music festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains combine roots music with a Summer Camp-style weekend in the woods, which will take place September 18 - 20.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a microcosm of Chattanooga. A community with a bigger population than Collegedale and twice the number of people in Van Buren County, UTC is a small town within the city. As director of the Office for Emergency Management at UTC, it’s Tim Pridemore’s job to anticipate problems. Right now the campus is quiet. Most of the students are on Summer break. But for Tim Pridemore and his staff, this is one of the busiest times of the year.

Alan Shuptrine is a realist painter, a watercolorist, fascinated with Appalachia. For the past two years he has walked along sections of the Appalachian Trail, frequently leaving the trail to hike into the isolated towns and hamlets deep in the mountains off the trail. In addition to painting the people he’s met and the places he’s seen, he is collaborating with a writer on a coffee table book which will combine his paintings with stories about Appalachian people, their culture and their long history.

Four years ago a group of Chattanooga seniors had an idea—let’s build a mutually supportive community. They bought a piece of land on the south side of Chattanooga and they are now almost ready to begin building. The plan is to build individual homes around a large, communally shared space—in effect a small village. The only thing holding them back is they are four people short of the number they need to realize their vision for an interactive, mutually supportive community of seniors.

Mississippi bluesman Jarekus Singleton stopped by WUTC's studios to chat with afternoon music host Richard Winham.  Singleton will perform this evening at 7:15 p.m. on the Champy's Chicken Stage during the Bessie Smith Strut.  Hear the conversation and selections from Singelton's debut album Refuse to Lose.

From Singleton's bio at Alligator Records: