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."

Talking Writing: On The Scene In New York On 9/11

Sep 12, 2020

Richard Winham speaks with reporter Don Mathisen, who was on the scene at the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City during the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11th, 2001.

Music With Meaning That Tranforms Learning

Sep 12, 2020

Staci Spring is a professional bassoonist, educator and advocate for the arts here in Chattanooga.

Scenic Roots - Thu 9/10/20

Sep 12, 2020

  • Bassoonist Staci Spring on teaching music with meaning.
  • Reporter Don Mathisen remembers 9/11 in New York City.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of "Scenic Roots."

Bessie's Front Porch: "Last Stop On Market Street"

Sep 11, 2020
Erika Roberts, reading "Last Stop on Market Street"
Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Each week online, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center here in Chattanooga features community members reading children’s books - to spur dialogue on race relations.

Blending Whiskey, History - And A Culinary Heritage

Sep 11, 2020
Victoria Eady Butler, the Master Blender at Uncle Nearest Distillery - and the great-great-granddaughter of Nathan "Nearest" Green, the slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey.
The Brand Guild

This weekend, the Tennessee Whiskey Festival - and 4 Courses And Supper Club - are presenting a virtual event.

Mayor Berke On The Pandemic, City Budget - And More

Sep 11, 2020

This morning, live on WUTC, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke joined us for our monthly conversation.

Scenic Roots - Weds 9/09/20

Sep 11, 2020

  • Our monthly conversation with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.
  • Monica Maples Kinsey & Carmen Davis on 4 Courses & Whiskey Supper.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of "Scenic Roots."

Barking Legs Theater: The Greg Tardy Quartet

Sep 11, 2020

Richard Winham presents an encore performance by saxophonist Greg Tardy and his Quartet, recorded earlier this year at Chattanooga's Barking Legs Theater.


The Bright Future For Solar In Tennessee

Sep 11, 2020

When Silicon Ranch - based in Nashville - built a solar farm here in Chattanooga eight years ago, it was the largest solar power facility in Tennessee.

The 65-acre farm helped to make the Volkswagen plant here the greenest car plant in the world at that time.

Scenic Roots - Tues 9/08/20

Sep 11, 2020

  • Matt Kisber of Silicon Ranch on solar power in Tennessee.
  • This week's Tennessee Valley StoryCorps by Will Davis. 
  • Barking Legs Theater:  Saxophonist Greg Tardy's Quartet.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of "Scenic Roots."