Scenic Roots

Monday through Friday, from 3 PM to 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."

  • Ray Bassett is the host of "Scenic Roots"   produced by Haley Solomon, Karley Dodson and Will Davis.

Ways to Connect

How To Explore The Art Of Caving

Jan 16, 2020
Outdoor Chattanooga

The other night, Carolina Shrewsbury taught a winter workshop at Outdoor Chattanooga on speleoart, the art of caving.


Tomorrow, she and the Chattanooga Grotto will lead a guided speleoart caving trip in the area for people at the workshop to put their skills into practice.


Carolina stopped by “Scenic Roots” to share her story...

Moving Forward At Improv Chattanooga

Jan 16, 2020
Improv Chattanooga

Improv Chattanooga recently closed its location on Rossville Avenue - but, the comedy troupe continues with shows and classes as its searches for a new venue.


Steve Disbrow is co-founder of Improv Chattanooga...

Dr. Steve Perry Coming To UTC's MLK Day

Jan 16, 2020

Next week, this campus - the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - will hold its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration.


Dr. Steve Perry - a renowned educator - will speak as part of the event on Friday, January 24th - open to public and beginning at 10:30 AM in the University Center Auditorium.


Chris Stokes is assistant director of UTC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs...

This Year's Lookout Wild Film Festival

Jan 16, 2020
Lookout Wild Film Festival

The Lookout Wild Film Festival begins tonight at Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre - with screenings through Sunday.


This year’s lineup features outdoor adventure and conservation films from more than a dozen countries, including the United States - with a number of films from here in the Southeast, including a record six from Tennessee.


Andy Johns is the Festival’s director...

Making Music Instruments Count

Jan 16, 2020
Giant Steps Music

Giant Steps Music in Hixson, Tennessee sells new instruments - and repairs old ones - for students and high schools in this area.  

They have been in business for more than forty years - and now, they are assessing each of the public schools in Hamilton County with a band program to help identify their needs.


SoundCorps, the music advocacy nonprofit here in Chattanooga, is partnering with Giant Steps to raise the money over the next five years to meet those needs.


Scenic Roots - Thu 1/16/20

Jan 16, 2020

  • Giant Steps Music partners with SoundCorps on musical instruments.
  • Dr. Steve Perry, renowned educator, coming to UTC's MLK Day of Celebration.
  • Improv Chattanooga moves forward - and how to explore the art of caving.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of "Scenic Roots."

Ray Bassett is the host of "Scenic Roots" - produced by Haley Solomon, Karley Dodson and Will Davis.

A Winter Workshop For Writers

Jan 15, 2020

Writers in Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley will have a chance to meet - and learn from - fellow writers this weekend.


On Saturday, The Chattanooga Writers Guild hosts its Winter Writers Workshop - from 9:30 AM to 5 PM - at Chattanooga State Community College.


Mark Anderson with the Guild joins us, along with four writers featured at the workshop:  Kelle Z. Riley, Karen Babine, Deborah Levine, and Cynthia Young...


Putting A Passion For Yoga Into Practice

Jan 15, 2020
Young Yogaletts of Chattanooga

Young Yogaletts teaches yoga to children as young as three years old up to age 16 around the Chattanooga area.


Johnny Martin is the owner of Young Yogaletts - both he and his wife Tammy are the instructors...

KB Ballentine & Linda Parsons

Jan 15, 2020


Last month, two of the most notable poets in this area appeared at Star Line Books here in Chattanooga:  KB Ballentine and Linda Parsons.

Not long ago, KB stopped by “Scenic Roots” - and Linda joined us by phone - for a conversation of our own...








NoogaCon Connects With Entrepreneurs

Jan 15, 2020
J.D. Frost & Company

Entrepreneurs will gather in Chattanooga tomorrow for NoogaCon. 


Business experts from around the area - and across the country - will speak at this year’s conference, which takes place at The Turnbull Building from Noon to 7 PM.


J.D. Frost is founder and managing partner of J.D. Frost & Company, the sponsor of NoogaCon...