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."

Two Shoe
Two Shoe Crew

Richard Winham shares a performance by Chattanooga’s Two Shoe Crew - DJ producers Robbie Miller and David Rowland - recorded in their home studio.


Styles Hutchins, top right; Noah Parden, bottom right; Knoxville Post Office in 1906, at left.
The Ed Johnson Project

In this conversation, Katharine McCallie Gardner and Ardena Garth Hicks follow the case of Ed Johnson through the appeal process, a legal journey that leads to Knoxville - and then Washington, DC.

Meet The Candidates For Chattanooga Mayor

Feb 9, 2021

The Chattanooga Mayoral Forums aired on WTCI PBS - moderated by Ray Bassett, host of Scenic Roots on WUTC.  Watch the forums here to learn where candidates for Chattanooga's next mayor stand on the local economy, cradle-to-career education and civic infrastructure.

Richard Winham presents a performance by singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell and her band near her home in Boise, ID for the Parlor Room Sessions at Signature Sounds in Northampton, MA.

Ed Johnson
The Ed Johnson Project

In our premiere conversation, Mariann Martin and Judge Neil Thomas take us back to 1906 Chattanooga - and talk about the crime that leads to the arrest of Ed Johnson, his trial and its verdict.

Ray Zimmerman
Ray Zimmerman / Instagram

Poet, naturalist and essayist Ray Zimmerman sits down with Richard Winham for the second half of their conversation on “Talking Writing.”

Magnetic poetry
surrealmuse / Creative Commons

Christian J. Collier created The Plug Poetry Project to honor and grow the poetry community here in Chattanooga.

On Saturday at 7 PM, he will host a poetry virtual open mic on Facebook.

The last five years of Abraham Lincoln’s life were the most cataclysmic in American history.

A new biographical novel by John Cribb - titled, “Old Abe” - follows the journey of 16th President from the 1860 election through the Civil War to his assassination.


  • Author John Cribb on his Abraham Lincoln novel “Old Abe.”
  • Christian J. Collier on The Plug Poetry Project’s virtual open mic.
  • Talking Writing:  Poet and naturalist Ray Zimmerman / Part II.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


The Darren Nicholson Band

Richard Winham presents the second part of a socially-distanced performance by The Darren Nicholson Band - Appalachian musicians known for their acoustic music - for the Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC.