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Songbirds Guitar Museum is located in the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex, with more than 550 acoustic and electric guitars on display. If you’re a Beatles fan, you’ll see examples of the band's favorite Rickenbacker and Gretsch models. Rows of glass cases also show off rare Fender prototype Telecasters, and Martin acoustics from the 1930s and 40s.

Since launching in 2014, the annual Chattanooga Film Festival has become a major event, featuring dozens and dozens of feature films and shorts, as well as secret screenings, discussion panels, and parties. Last year's event drew a crowd of more than 10,500 people.

This year's festival kicks off April 6th and lasts through the 9th. The full schedule is now online.

Festival founder Chris Dortch and his father (also named Chris Dortch) join us to preview this year's event.

Michael Gray has been hosting and producing the River City Sessions for several years now. The show is recorded live at Gran Falloon on Main Street and then airs on WUTC on the fourth Sunday of every month at 8 in the evening. River City Sessions is a showcase for storytellers, but as Michael Gray told Richard Winham, that wasn’t clear to him when he first began producing the show.

The next live taping is Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke scored a big victory in the March 7 city elections, with a wide margin of voters choosing him for a second term. But some races will continue, as runoff elections are now scheduled for two City Council seats.

Chattanooga Times Free Press opinion writers Pam Sohn, Clint Cooper and David Martin appear on this episode to talk about winners, losers and surprises in the recent citywide vote. Dave Flessner moderates.

 Dr. Jonathan McNair joins us to discuss "O King," a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that will feature music and spoken-word performances. At the event, two new instrumental works by Dr. Jonathan McNair will premiere.

FROM A PRESS RELEASE:

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke finished far ahead of the three challengers who sought to unseat him on March 7.  

Chattanooga Police Department

Hosting a walkthrough of the Chattanooga Police Department’s new Real Time Intelligence Center (RTIC), Mayor Andy Berke vowed, "Our city will stop at nothing to prevent crime."

RTIC will gather data from cameras placed throughout the city starting this week. Police officials said they will use the cameras to create a "near real-time digital data warehouse."

On March 7, Chattanooga voters will choose between Larry Grohn, Chris Long, David Crockett, or incumbent Andy Berke as mayor. WUTC reached out to all four and requested interviews. Crime and affordable housing were the two main topics each candidate addressed.

Chris Long is an architectural consultant, small business owner and former builder. WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviewed Long. 

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT:

Chris Long, thank you for being with us today.

On March 7, Chattanooga voters will choose between Larry Grohn, Chris Long, David Crockett, or incumbent Andy Berke as mayor. WUTC reached out to all four and requested interviews. Crime and affordable housing were the two main topics each candidate addressed. 

Andy Berke is a former Tennessee State Senator. In 2013, he was elected as Chattanooga mayor, and is now running for a second term. 

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT:

 

MIKE MILLER: Andy Berke, thank you for speaking with us. 

On March 7, Chattanooga voters will choose between Larry Grohn, Chris Long, David Crockett, or incumbent Andy Berke as mayor. WUTC reached out to all four and requested interviews. Crime and affordable housing were the two main topics each candidate addressed. 

Larry Grohn is on the City Council serving District 4. A former schoolteacher, he moved to Chattanooga to retire, but got involved in politics.

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT:

Mike Miller: Larry Grohn, thank you for being here today.

COUNCILMAN LARRY GROHN:   I appreciate you asking.

On March 7, Chattanooga voters will choose between Larry Grohn, Chris Long, David Crockett, or incumbent Andy Berke as mayor. WUTC reached out to all four and requested interviews. Crime and affordable housing were the two main topics each candidate addressed.

David Crockett didn’t respond to our request for an interview.

However, Crockett did speak at a candidate forum at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The forum happened on February 10. Crockett answers questions about crime and affordable housing in the audio clip above.

I grew up in Chattanooga hearing rumors of Volkswagen-sized catfish swimming in the river near the dam, and I'll admit it: I was naive enough to think that such tales were unique to my hometown. It turns out people have been saying the same thing for decades in locations all around the South.

Chattanooga March Elections Preview

Feb 22, 2017

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke faces three challengers in the upcoming March 7, 2017 election: David Crockett, Larry Grohn, and Chris Long, and voters could unseat several City Council members. Chattanooga Times Free Press opinion writers Pam Sohn, Clint Cooper and David Martin talk about what's at stake, who they're endorsing, and how some challengers might beat the incumbents. Dave Flessner moderates.

Seun Erinle joins us to talk about upcoming technology classes in downtown Chattanooga. Eirnle founded A.I.R. Labs (Aspire, Imagine, Reason), which offers courses in web development for youth, graphic design, music production, and more. Erinle also talks about starting Blerd Nation, a Web site hub for Black Nerds.

Every year, the Chattanooga Music Club offers scholarships to high school seniors interested in going on to college to study music. This year the club is offering eight different scholarships. To find out more, Richard Winham talked to one of the past scholarship winners and to Janet Sump, the chair for the auditions.

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