Scenic Roots

Weekdays / 3 PM - 4 PM

"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."

Live In The Library: Make Music Day Chattanooga

Jun 18, 2021

Richard Winham shares performances by some of the featured teachers and players for Make Music Day Chattanooga on Monday, June 21st - recorded downtown at The Chattanooga Public Library.

ICYMI: "We Care Now: A Podcast for Ed Johnson"

Jun 17, 2021

In 1906, a young African American man named Ed Johnson was murdered by a lynch mob on the Walnut Street Bridge in his home town of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

We Care Now is the story of what happened to Ed Johnson and what a group of citizens are doing today to memorialize him.

We Care Now was created by the podcasting students of Will Davis at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  

The A List Preview: Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly

Jun 17, 2021
Mayor Tim Kelly and Alison Lebovitz

Chattanooga’s new Mayor Tim Kelly is the next guest on “The A List with Alison Lebovitz,” tonight at 8:30 PM on WTCI PBS.

Honoring Juneteenth On The UTC Campus

Jun 17, 2021

Juneteenth is Saturday - and tomorrow, a celebration will be held on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Chris Stokes is UTC’s Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs.

Mountain Spirit: Cane Mill Road

Jun 15, 2021
Cane Mill Road

Richard Winham presents a set by Cane Mill Road - dubbed “the future of bluegrass” by No Depression magazine - from the Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC.

Celebrating The Birth Of Black Music Month

Jun 15, 2021
Black Music Month graphic
RISE Chattanooga

On this week leading up to Juneteenth, Shane Morrow of RISE Chattanooga brings us a celebration of Black Music Month.


Saving America’s Amazon In The Wild of Alabama

Jun 15, 2021
From “Saving America’s Amazon”
Ben Raines

Alabama is home to the most diverse forests and aquatic systems in this country - with more species per square mile than any other state.

But Alabama’s wild places have also suffered mightily since the 1800’s - and are at risk today - with species after species becoming extinct after generations of logging, mining and other industry.

Scenic Roots - Tues 6/15/21

Jun 15, 2021

  • Ben Raines on “Saving America’s Amazon” in Alabama.
  • Shane Morrow of RISE Chattanooga on Black Music Month.
  • Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series:  Cane Mill Road.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


Mountain Spirit: Ariella Comes To Asheville

Jun 14, 2021
Isis Music Hall

Richard Winham shares a set from Ariella - a singer / songwriter with a passion for blues, jazz and soul - for the Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC.

The cover of “It’s in the Action”
NewSouth Books

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called him “the greatest preacher to ever live.”

The Rev. C.T. Vivian was one of the leaders of the civil rights movement alongside Dr. King and others in the 1950’s and 1960’s.