Ray Bassett

Editorial Director

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, weekdays at 3 PM ET on WUTC.

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 Stoll Vaughan

Richard Winham shares a virtual session by singer, songwriter and guitarist Stoll Vaughan, recorded in what used to be the barn on the farm where he grew up in rural Kentucky.

A copy of “Unsung” on a quilt
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Richard Winham speaks with Prof. Michelle Commander of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York - editor of “Unsung:  Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition.”

Dionne Jenkins, reading “The Day You Begin.”
Bessie Smith Cultural Center

“Bessie’s Front Porch” features community members reading children’s books to spur dialogue on race relations.

The digital series from the Bessie Smith Cultural Center here in Chattanooga debuted last year - and it is back for this Black History Month.

Here’s part of Dionne Jenkins reading “The Day You Begin” - by Jacqueline Woodson.

A fermentation jar and decorated jug.

Starting Friday, the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts here in Chattanooga holds its annual Antiques Show and Sale at Stratton Hall.

The three-day, socially-distanced fundraiser will feature an appraisal fair - and a presentation by Danny Maltbie, a collector of sand mountain pottery in Albertville, Alabama.


For seven-and-a-half years, David Butler has led Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga as its president and CEO.

Next month, he will be retiring.


Along Chattanooga’s Riverfront

This month, a green vision for Chattanooga’s future was unveiled for the next mayor and city council to consider.

  • A community-wide vision for Chattanooga’s green future.
  • David Butler of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.
  • Talking Writing:  Prof. Michelle Commander on “Unsung.”
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


Samson and Delilah
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Richard Winham shares the second part of a performance by Samson and Delilah with Rebecca O’Quinn and Franklin Keel for the Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC.

Microwave Dave, performing with the Nukes in Huntsville in 2017

In our latest host-to-host conversation about our Sounds of the Southeast - weekends here on WUTC - Richard Winham is “Talkin’ The Blues” with Microwave Dave Gallaher of our public radio neighbor WLRH in Huntsville, AL.

  • Microwave Dave Gallaher, host of WLRH’s “Talkin’ The Blues.”
  • Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series:  Samson and Delilah, Part II.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”