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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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.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Her novels have sold over 2 billion copies and have been translated into over 100 languages.

On 11/24/16, his birthday, noted Chattanooga drummer Josh Green went into his home studio to record a set of short drum tracks. The plan: do the same thing for the next 364 days. And in the process, he would create a huge library of short drum and percussion tracks meant for other artists to sample.

While the idea was simple enough, the execution proved to be almost overwhelming. He talked about it with WUTC's Richard Winham.

The Lookout Wild Film Festival, now in its 6th year in Chattanooga, is “committed to showcasing wild places and the people they inspire.” Richard Winham talked to the festival’s director, Andy Johns, who told him their goal is to show the kinds of stories that, he hopes, will inspire all of us to live more in the moment. The festival takes place January 18 - 21.

The male Choo Choo Chorus and the female Scenic City Chorus are joining together to present  Christmas in Harmony: An Acapella Extravaganza in the Frierson Auditorium at GPS this Saturday December 16th at 4pm. One of the quartets in the Choo Choo Chorus stopped by our studios yesterday to talk to Richard Winham and share a couple of songs.

For the past six years, Muse of Fire has been taking plays written by 10 – 12 year old budding playwrights and staging them with a repertory group of adult actors. Richard Winham talked to some of the playwrights and the actors about the newest batch of plays they will be performing in the McCallie School Theatre this weekend.

This Saturday, Chattanooga’s annual Southside showcase, Mainx24, kicks off early in the morning and continues for 24 hours straight. Richard Winham talked to Kelly Allan, one of the organizers, who told him that while the board oversees the event, it is truly curated by the community .

This time last year EsDEX, a local charitable organization, organized a clothing and blanket drive for Chattanooga’s homeless. They invited people to drop off winter clothes and blankets through the month leading up to Christmas. A few days before Christmas the four partners in EsDEX and a group of volunteers packaged the donations as gifts and handed them out to the homeless on the street. It was so successful they want to expand it this year. Erwin Davis, one of the partners in EsDEX, talked to Richard Winham about their plans.

This Saturday, Chattanooga will have its first all day Hip Hop Festival featuring music, an open-air market, a sneaker expo and a range of classes covering everything from the history of hip hop to music production and a hip hop dance class. Hip Hop Cha, the organizers of the festival, have been in Chattanooga for less than a year. Headed by Cameron Williams, their goal, he told Richard Winham, is to bring everyone in the Chattanooga Hip Hop Community together for a day long showcase.

What’s a “bubble brunch?” We saw the posters and we wanted to know more so Richard Winham invited toe organizers to come into the studio to talk about their first brunch set for this Saturday, November 11th.

For the past eight years, the Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga has been offering professional people with an undergraduate degree in Math, Science or Engineering an opportunity to teach in a Secondary School classroom while at the same time earning a graduate degree in education in fourteen months. The object of the program is to recruit dedicated teachers to work in disadvantaged schools in Chattanooga.

This Friday October 20th, Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway is hosting a reception for four of the artists whose work is currently on display in the gallery. Richard Winham stopped by last week to talk to one of the artists, Melissa Gates, whose work has already been widely acclaimed.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga’s current production is Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Crimes of the Heart. A Southern gothic comedy set in the small town of Hazlehurst in Mississippi in the late 1970’s, it centers on the three McGrath sisters, Lenny, Beth and Babe.

In his review of the play, The New York Times’ theatre critic, Charles Isherwood, described the play as “a little bit Chekhov and a little bit Eudora Welty.”

In Chattanooga and the surrounding counties, one in four children, and one in six adults, are hungry. They rely on the Chattanooga Area Food Bank to provide at least some of the food they eat every day. The Food Bank was established in 1972, and while they are making a difference, the need for their services in the 20 counties they serve remains acute. Richard Winham talked to Scott Bruce and Jordan Lyle. They have both been working with the Food Bank for about a year. For both of them, it has been an eye opening experience.

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