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."

Songbirds entrance
Trip Advisor

The pandemic forced Songbirds Guitar Museum in downtown Chattanooga to close the doors on its operations for good last summer.

But now, there are new plans for that space.


  • What’s next for the Songbirds space in Chattanooga.
  • A Goodwill program offers paid job training for older workers.
  • Talking Writing:  Eric Turner, acoustic singer / songwriter.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


Peggy Ratusz
Isis Music Hall

Richard Winham shares a performance of Bygone Blues with singer Peggy Ratusz and pianist Aaron Price from the Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series for the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC.

Neil Wechsler
Just Buffalo Literary Center

This weekend - here on WUTC - Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga presents the radio drama “Grenadine” from the play by Neil Wechsler.

You’ll hear it this Saturday at 7 PM on ETC’s “Digital Theatre Showcase,” a new monthly program on our own “Moon Dog Matinee.”

I spoke with Neil Wechsler - who is a playwright, a filmmaker and a mixed media artist based in Buffalo, New York.

Here on our campus - the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Susan Eckelmann Berghel is an associate director of history and current director of UTC’s Africana Studies program.

This semester, she is teaching a course titled:  “History of White Rage.”

  • UTC History Prof. Susan Eckelmann Berghel on “white rage.” 
  • Neil Wechsler’s play “Grenadine” - coming to ETC on WUTC.
  • Mountain Spirit:  Bygone Blues with Peggy Ratusz & Aaron Price.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


Kristy Cox

Kristy Cox is an acoustic country / bluegrass singer originally from Australia who makes her home in Nashville.

Richard Winham shares a performance by her and her band for the Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC.

RISE Chattanooga Black History Month graphic
RISE Chattanooga

RISE Chattanooga - the arts and culture nonprofit - is offering a variety of virtual events and programs to celebrate Black History Month and beyond.

Woodson Carpenter is community arts strategist - and Ben Banks is digital storyteller - at RISE.




This photo of the Dixie Flyer passenger train in Chattanooga was taken in 1953, part of the EPB collection of images at  Contributed photo from EPB.

A weekly series in The Chattanooga Times Free Press - which began a little more than a year ago - looks back at the city’s past, one photo at a time.

The series is called “Remember When, Chattanooga?”




  • Snapshots and stories of “Remember When, Chattanooga?”
  • Black History Month events at RISE Chattanooga - and UTC.
  • Mountain Spirit: Singer-songwriter Kristy Cox and her band.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”