Scenic Roots

"Scenic Roots"  which airs weekdays from 3 PM to 4 PM - 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.

Live In The Library: A Nick Lutsko Encore

1 hour ago
Nick Lutsko
Nick Lutsko

Richard Winham shares a session from the fall of 2019 by the ever-inventive Nick Lutsko and his band, recorded live downtown at The Chattanooga Public Library - just before the release of his album “Swords.”

We Are Downtown: Mark McKnight & Chris Lykins

1 hour ago
A closeup of a person writing on stationary.
Lost Art Stationary

What makes downtown Chattanooga special and unique?

We’re talking with people and businesses who will tell you how - in a series of conversations we call “We Are Downtown,” in collaboration with River City Company.

In this conversation, we hear from Mark McKnight and Chris Lykins of Lost Art Stationary.

Let The Fall Gardens Flourish Around Us

1 hour ago
A visit to the Master Gardeners.

The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County host their Fall Garden Festival on Saturday here in Chattanooga.

The BLVD Project

Along the Rossville Boulevard corridor, which runs from the I-24 overpass in Chattanooga south to the Georgia state line, there is now a taco tour highlighting Guatemalan and Mexican cuisine.

Ishmael Reed Reflects On Muhammad Ali

1 hour ago
Ishmael Reed
Kathy Sloane

Born here in Chattanooga, Ishmael Reed is a literary icon whose works range from poetry and prose to plays and novels.

He was one of the voices in the new Ken Burns film on boxer Muhammad Ali that aired this week on our public media partner, WTCI PBS.


Back On Track For Ironman Chattanooga

2 hours ago
Along the Ironman course in 2019.
Ironman Chattanooga

Ironman Chattanooga is back.

Sunday’s triathlon - featuring a swim, a bicycle ride with two round trips between Chattanooga and Chickamauga, Georgia, and a run with two loops through downtown Chattanooga - begins and ends at Ross’ Landing.

Scenic Roots - Thu 9/23/21

2 hours ago

  • Ironman Chattanooga; Ishmael Reed on Muhammad Ali.
  • A taco tour on Rossville Blvd.; MGHC’s Fall Garden Festival.
  • We Are Downtown:  Mark McKnight & Chris Lykins.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”

Richard Winham shares a conversation with Shandra Burnett, Dennis Parker and Mary Eliza Hendricks on “Love Letters" - premiering on Friday for the first of four shows at the Mountain Arts Community Center on Signal Mountain. 

Shaping Public Policy For Chattanoogans

Sep 22, 2021
Joda Thongnopnua
City of Chattanooga

What does it take to create, implement, maintain and refine public policy for a city the size of Chattanooga and its people?

Joda Thongnopnua can tell you.

He is Chief Policy Officer for the City of Chattanooga, now six months into the job with Mayor Tim Kelly’s administration.


Scenic Roots - Weds 9/22/21

Sep 22, 2021

  • Joda Thongnopnua, the City of Chattanooga’s Chief Policy Officer.
  • Talking Writing:  “Love Letters” for the Signal Mountain stage.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”