Ray Bassett

Editorial Director

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

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Sniffing Out COVID-19 In Your Breath

May 25, 2021
The E-Nose prototype, at left

A Chattanooga firm is working with NASA on a device that could be connected to your smartphone to detect COVID-19 in your breath.

It is called the “E-Nose.”


Let There Be Live Music Festivals Again

May 25, 2021
Chattanooga’s Miller Plaza

After more than a year of the pandemic, we are hearing more about the return of live music festivals this summer - and into the fall - here in Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley.


Scenic Roots - Tues 5/25/21

May 25, 2021

  • The return of live music festivals in Chattanooga and beyond.
  • A prototype device that could sniff out COVID-19 in your breath.
  • Barking Legs Theater:  Guitarist Alan Shikoh, Part II.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


Mountain Spirit: Gaslight Street, Part II

May 24, 2021
Gaslight Street

Richard Winham shares the second half of a virtual set by Gaslight Street - a Southern soul band from Charleston, SC - for the Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC.

Child Advocates Navigate The Courtroom

May 24, 2021

CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties is a nonprofit based in Cleveland that trains volunteers for the local court system to speak for children who have suffered abuse and neglect.

“CASA” stands for “Court-Appointed Special Advocates.”


A Deeper Lens On Chattanooga’s Disparities

May 24, 2021
Candy Johnson
Urban League of Greater Chattanooga

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga aims to empower African Americans and other underserved individuals to enter the mainstream.

This year, the League created a new Center for Equity and Inclusive Leadership to transform how the community addresses its racial and economic disparities.

Scenic Roots - Mon 5/24/21

May 24, 2021

  • Candy Johnson of The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga.
  • Christopher Janetzko, Lois and Gerald Crawford of CASA BP.
  • Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series:  Gaslight Street, Part II.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”

Live In The Library: The Moon Change Quartet

May 21, 2021
The Moon Change Quartet
The Moon Change Quartet

Richard Winham shares a session by The Moon Change Quartet, recorded live downtown at The Chattanooga Public Library.

The A List Preview: Dr. Bryan Johnson

May 21, 2021

Dr. Bryan Johnson - the superintendent of Hamilton County Schools - the next guest on “The A List with Alison Lebovitz" - Thursday, May 21st at 8:30 PM on WTCI PBS.


Where The Camera Captures Fashion And Dance

May 21, 2021
From "Power, Passion & Pose"
Hunter Museum

“Power, Passion & Pose” is a new photo exhibition at Chattanooga’s Hunter Museum.

The images by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory feature ballet dancers, often in vintage or modern fashions, from around the world - with costumes alongside the photos.