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.
Kim McLean

On this week's "Talking Writing," Richard Winham presents the third and final part of a conversation with singer-songwriter Kim McLean.

Paula Wilkes reading “The Other Side”
Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Each week online, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center here in Chattanooga features community members reading children’s books - to spur dialogue on race relations.

An Eastern Box Turtle
Thom Benson / TN Aquarium

Native turtles in this country face many threats - to their habitats, from poaching and trafficking.

Zoos, aquariums and nature centers are partnering on ways to save turtles together.

A design for the Porch Project
Chattanooga Design Studio

Here in downtown Chattanooga, at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Market Street, there’s a public space where people like to gather outside Patten Towers.

  • Building a porch in the heart of downtown Chattanooga.
  • Saving a shellabrated species here in the Southeast.
  • Talking Writing: Singer-songwriter Kim McLean / Part III.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”

Demond Moultrie
Barking Legs Theater

Richard Winham shares a recent performance by singer-songwriter Demond Moultrie - a pianist and a guitarist - from jazz in the lounge at Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga.

Dr. Enkeshi El-Amin, at left - and Angela Dennis, at right
Knoxville News Sentinel

Here in East Tennessee, there is a podcast that looks at the Black experience in Appalachia. 

The “Black in Appalachia” podcast is a product of a partnership with East Tennessee PBS.

  • Meet the storytellers of the “Black in Appalachia” podcast.
  • Tennessee Valley StoryCorps takes “One Small Step.”
  • Barking Legs Theater: singer-songwriter Demond Moultrie.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”

Stephan Davenport and Sara Coffman
StoryCorps / WUTC

Today on Tennessee Valley StoryCorps, Sara Coffman and Stephan Davenport take One Small Step. One Small Step is an effort by StoryCorps to connect people so they can remember that people with whom they disagree are human beings. In doing this, we can begin to mend the fraying fabric of our nation — one conversation at a time.

Roger Street Friedman
Roger Street Friedman

Richard Winham shares a performance by singer-songwriter Roger Street Friedman from the Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series for the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC.