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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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.

  Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway has a new exhibition called “Artist’s Favorites.” Representing thirty different artists working in watercolor, wood and oil, the exhibition is a collection of each artists’ personal favorites. Richard Winham stopped by the gallery to talk to Margaret Park and Burney Thompkins, two of the artists whose work is in the exhibition.

Chef Shelley Cooper at Terra Mae Appalachian Bistro is bringing together friends and colleagues along with her mentor to celebrate good food for a great cause—the Siskin Children’s Institute. Last year they raised $5000 for Siskin—this year they are certain they will surpass that, according to Chef Cooper.

Ogya African Music Band of Chattanooga has recorded a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela.  Ogya's Kofi Mawuko, who is originally from Ghana, joins WUTC's Richard Winham to discuss the tribute.


When Chattanooga natives Fred Cash and Sam Gooden were still just teenagers they joined Curtis Mayfield to form The Impressions. The Impressions went on to become one of the most successful groups of the era. Between 1958 and 1975 they had a string of Top Ten hits including “I’m So Proud”, “Gypsy Woman” and “Amen.”

You’ve probably noticed we’ve added a new show in the Around and About timeslot on Fridays. Called Start It Up, it focuses on the nuts and bolt of starting a business. But when Richard Winham talked to the show’s host Monty Bruell, he told him that while the show’s focus is mostly on the process of starting a business, it’s also about ideas.

On December 7 from 1 to 4 pm, The Houston Museum is hosting an English tea to celebrate the Christmas holidays. As they did last year, they are partnering with Denise Sarjant, an English lady from Birmingham, who makes authentic English teas year- round as Tea M’Lady. Richard Winham talked to Mrs. Sarjant who began by explaining the correct way to brew a cup of tea.

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Chef Erik Niel and his wife, Amanda, have been running Easy Bistro on Broad Street in Chattanooga for  ten years. Now they are ready for a new venture, and so Erik and Amanda Niel have become partners in an old fashioned stand-alone butcher shop on Main Street in Chattanooga—Main Street Meats. When Richard Winham talked to Chef Niel about their new venture he told him he’d always wanted to work with animals.

The Public Education Foundation's Project Inspire is a federally-funded program training math and science professionals to teach in some of the lowest-performing middle and high schools in Tennessee. In this interview, WUTC's Richard Winham is speaking with Mark Neal—the Services Director for Project Inspire—and Tadd Russell, a first year teacher in the program. Mr.

D9 is a newly formed fundraising foundation for all of the schools K-12 in the Ooltewah area. Rita Newman, one of the members on the D9 board, joins us to talk about the foundation and its goals.

Joy Krause has just finished making her first documentary film. She was inspired to make a film herself after taking a class on documentary films here at UTC. She’d come back to school after having spent most of her life running her own business. She had no intention of becoming a filmmaker when she first enrolled here, but after seeing a film in which a woman began a relationship with—and eventually married—a man on death row, she was intrigued.