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Scenic Roots
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"Scenic Roots" offers conversations that matter in the heart of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley.

From the mountains to the river, our conversations are rooted deep within every corner of our community - reflecting who we are, who we were and who we can become.

We engage with the news that affects our community, behind and beyond the headlines.  We build bridges that span from creators and innovators to storytellers and the outdoors.  We focus on our challenges as many communities in one - as we celebrate what inspires us.  We resonate with countless voices - in words and spaces, sounds and songs.

We are "Scenic Roots."

  • Ray Bassett hosts and produces "Scenic Roots" at WUTC. 
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Latest Episodes
  • During the Civil War in the fall of 1863, Union and Confederate troops fought for control of this area in the Battle of Chickamauga and the Battles for Chattanooga. The Union prevailed here - but what was General Ulysses S. Grant’s role in the outcome?
  • Should more buildings in Chattanooga be considered for the designation of Local Historic Landmarks to try to protect the City’s architectural heritage? We talk to Todd Morgan and Rachel Shannon with Preserve Chattanooga for part two of our fall conversation series.
  • Preserve Chattanooga: Growing Chattanooga’s landmarks. General Grant revisited at the Moccasin Bend Lecture Series. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”
  • Once upon a time, segregation forced some of Chattanooga’s greatest talents to play on other local baseball teams. One of them: Charles White, who pitched professionally for the all-Black Chattanooga Stars in the 1950’s. Here's William Newlin of Chattamatters.
  • Orchard Knob and Ridgedale are two of the most historic neighborhoods here in Chattanooga. We’ll talk about the history of those communities - and today’s grassroots preservation there - in this first part of our fall conversation series with Preserve Chattanooga.
  • Preserve Chattanooga: Orchard Knob and Ridgedale. Chattamatters: Charles White on segregated baseball. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”
  • Here in the Chattanooga area, FACES: The National Craniofacial Association helps make surgeries possible across the country for children and adults with facial differences because of genetics, diseases or accidents.
  • This weekend, Avis Wanda McClinton and David Satten-Lopez visit our campus to give a presentation on "The 339 Manumissions & Beyond Project," co-sponsored by UTC’s Department of History, on Saturday at 2 PM in the Guerry Center Reading Room.
  • Theresa Kereakes is a photographer - and one of the original punks in Los Angeles during the 1970’s. “Retrospect” is an exhibition of Theresa’s photos from that era, now on display at Stove Works here in Chattanooga.
  • Snapshots of early punk in “Retrospect” at Stove Works. The legacy of Quaker enslavement - explored at UTC. A Fearlessly Different show for a fearlessly different FACES. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”