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."

  • 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.”


Samson and Delilah

Richard Winham shares the first 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.

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The Pop-up Project

Here in Chattanooga, the performers of The Pop-up Project are known for their immersive events and site-specific films that tell the stories of our community.

While they have had to adjust during this pandemic, their art moves forward.

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Amy Campbell

If you’ve heard the Sounds of the Southeast on the weekends here on WUTC, you’ve heard Amy Campbell.


  • Amy Campbell of “Tennessee Farm Table” & “Sweetgrass.”
  • The Pop-up Project’s  Mattie Waters Cofield & Jules Downum.
  • Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series:  Samson & Delilah, Part I.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


Sons of Serendip

Sons of Serendip describes itself as a “gospel / classical / neo-soul / R&B / fusion quartet that sings beautiful songs.”

Richard Winham shares a performance by the ensemble, celebrating 25 years of the Massachusetts-based label Signature Sounds.

A headline in The Chattanooga Daily Times.

In this conversation, the Rev. Paul McDaniel, Eleanor McCallie Cooper and Donivan Brown talk about the members of the St. James Baptist Church who came to the Hamilton County Jail and baptized Ed Johnson in a bathtub filled with water on the last Sunday of his life.

“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 every day online throughout February for Black History Month.

Here’s Judge Curtis Collier reading “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Doreen Rappaport.

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Richard Winham speaks with acoustic singer / songwriter Eric "E.T." Turner on this week’s “Talking Writing.”

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People who are ages 55 and older and looking to work have an opportunity to receive paid job training.

Kimberly Crider at Chattanooga Goodwill Industries runs the Senior Community Service Employment Program.