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.

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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:

The current exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway is called Mixed Media, Contemporary and Abstract. The exhibition features the work of thirty local artists, one of whom is Anna Carll. While her work in the exhibition is all abstracts, Anna Carll first developed her reputation as an illustrator and later as a figurative painter.

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Robert Fisher, a senior in the Brock Scholars program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is only the third student from UTC to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Widely regarded as the most prestigious scholarship in the world, the Rhodes Scholarship was established with a bequest from Cecil Rhodes to “promote civic-minded leadership among young people with the moral force of character and instincts to lead.”

In this segment, we have an interview with Fisher, one of only 32 students from across the US to be awarded the scholarship this year.

Stevie Ray Dalimore and Kate Forbes Dalimore have been described as a “Chattanooga power couple.” They are both actors who have worked in movies and television as well as the theater in New York. After moving to Chattanooga several years ago, Stevie Ray became the Director of the Theater Program at McCallie School while Kate continued working in the theater and they both still work regularly work in television and movies.

Coleman Barks is a poet, but he is best known both in the English-speaking world and the Middle East for his “translations” of the poetry written by the 12th century Persian poet, Rumi. Barks does not speak or read Persian so his work is not a literal translation, but rather a poetic re-working of literal translations by Islamic scholars.

Deborah Levine, a Harvard-trained cultural anthropologist, has spent her life trying to help people feel comfortable talking about uncomfortable topics. One of the ways she’s found for people to address awkward and difficult topics is through story-telling. This evening (Tuesday March 10, 2015) in the auditorium in the Chattanooga Public Library downtown, Dr. Levine is sponsoring a presentation by a group of women who have made successful careers in Science Technology and Math. The so-called STEM fields are still largely dominated by men, but Dr.

Billy Weeks

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but can we believe what we see? Like writers, photographers almost always have a point of view and so while we may think we know what we are seeing we can’t always be sure.

Billy Weeks has worked as a photographer for all of his professional life. He was a staff photographer at the Chattanooga Times before becoming the Director of Photography for both the Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He works as a free-lance International documentary photographer these days, but he also teaches a class on photography at UTC.

The Houston Museum in Chattanooga houses the huge collection of antiques amassed by Anna Safley Houston. Mrs. Houston ran a retail store in a converted barn where she offered parts of her collection for sale—but only to people she liked. Many people were refused even entry to the store, but these days her huge collection of antique furniture and glass is open to everyone at The Houston Museum in the Bluff View arts District. One of the ways the museum supports itself is with an annual Antique sale.

Stone Soup is a group of seven ladies who meet regularly for lunch, for conversations about life’s questions—and for fun. During one meeting one lady introduced the others to the writer, teacher, poet, musician and philosopher Jan Phillips. They were all so taken with what she had to say that they invited her to come to Chattanooga. Richard Winham talked to Sue Reynolds and Emma Ford, two of the seven members of Stone Soup.

Dracula, The Musical? opens in the Signal Mountain Playhouse on Friday night, February 13th. Richard Winham talked to the director Maria Chattin-Carter and Anne Rittenberry who helps coordinate the all volunteer crew that puts on all the shows in the Signal Mountain Playhouse.

The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) ia a charter school designed to help young women from what they call “underserved communities.” Almost all of the students qualify for the free lunch program. Most of them come from very poor backgrounds, but CGLA aims to be a beacon of hope. Richard Winham talked to Bess  Steverson, the director of the foundation that helps fund the school. She joined the school this past September because she wanted to help them realize their ambitious goals.