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."

The Peace Merchants
The Peace Mercahnts / Facebook

Richard Winham shares an encore session of The Peace Merchants - guitarist Jimmy Dormire, bassist Gary Hicks and drummer Ward Wilson - recorded live downtown at The Chattanooga Public Library.

The lynching marker in Irondale, AL.

The Jefferson County Memorial Project - based in Birmingham - remembers the Black men and women killed in racially motivated violence by white mobs during the Jim Crow era of segregation in Alabama.

Earlier this year, a plaque was installed along the railroad tracks in the town of Irondale - recalling the killing of a Black man there in 1896, as he tried to make a purchase at a grocery store.


A machine at UTC's Mechatronics Lab.

Mechatronics combines robotics with electrical and mechanical engineering - an interdisciplinary field with a growing demand for the engineers of tomorrow and the future of manufacturing.

A few years ago, our campus - the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - began to offer its own program in mechatronics.


 “Highway See” logo

Chris Hill is a podcaster who is based in Knoxville -  but lately, he’s been hitting the roadways of our Volunteer State. 


  • Chris Hill, host and producer of the “Highway See” podcast.
  • The future of manufacturing at UTC’s Mechatronics Lab.
  • Markers of a violent racial past in Jefferson County, Alabama.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”

Richard Winham shares the second part of his conversation with poet and teacher KB Ballentine, whose most recent collection - “Edge of the Echo” - was recently published.

A bluebird leaves a nesting box, while another peeks through its opening.
Tennessee Bluebird Society / Facebook

Bluebird enthusiasts here in the Chattanooga area have a few opportunities to … yes, flock … to this weekend and beyond.


Veatrice Conley at her Unveiled Bridal Studio in downtown Chattanooga.
Unveiled Bridal Studio / Facebook

Veatrice Conley is an author, playwright, podcaster - and now, an entrepreneur - here in downtown Chattanooga.

A few months ago, she opened Unveiled Bridal Studio on Cherry Street, a business that unites her passions for fashion - and supporting Black designers.

  • Veatrice Conley on her Unveiled Bridal Studio in Chattanooga.
  • Gather ‘round, bluebird lovers - and make a few nest boxes.
  • Talking Writing:  Poet and teacher KB Ballentine, Part II.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”


Richard Winham shares the first half of the public debut of The Premier Jazz Orchestra - featuring Alan Wyatt, Robert Crabtree, Nathan Warner, Landis Batts and David Schwab - from Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga.