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.

Dalton's Friendship House Music Festival

Aug 23, 2019

In downtown Dalton, Georgia, the Friendship House Music Festival takes place tomorrow on the Dalton Green.

Gates open at 4 PM.


Mary Thelma Norris is executive director of Friendship House…

Getting Good At Going Green

Aug 23, 2019


It’s one thing for a business to go green - it’s another to be recognized for being really good at it.

The Mad Priest here in Chattanooga just received a “green|light certification” - a program by green|spaces that focuses on locally-owned businesses that seek to improve their social and environmental impacts.


Michael Rice is owner and operator of The Mad Priest - and Kelley Cureton is director of the green|light program...

A Glint Walking Tour In Chattanooga

Aug 23, 2019

You can find many walking tours in the heart of Chattanooga - but only one this weekend is based on a novel about a time-traveling treasure hunt.

J.D. Harper is the author of “Glint” - set in and around Chattanooga amid its Civil War history and rock climbing culture.


Tomorrow and Sunday, she will lead the Glint Walking Tour.


J.D. stopped by our studio - along with Amy Spear of Sweet Magnolia Tours - to tell us more...

Learning Improv For The Workplace

Aug 23, 2019

Ever done improv?

Maybe you have done it at work without realizing it - even if you have never been on stage.


Jacob Moore and Elena Nikolaeva perform and teach improv - for companies, teams, entrepreneurs - anyone who wants to apply the techniques of performance to their job and improve their workplace.


Tomorrow, here in Chattanooga, they will be holding a workshop at The Chattery...

Scenic Roots - Fri 8/23/19

Aug 23, 2019

  • Jacob Moore & Elena Nikolaeva on improv for the workplace at The Chattery.
  • Author J.D. Harper & Amy Spear on the Glint walking tour in Chattanooga.
  • The Mad Priest's Michael Rice and green|spaces' Kelley Cureton.
  • Mary Thelma Norris on the Friendship House Music Festival in Dalton, GA. 
  • These voices - and more - on today's edition of "Scenic Roots."

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

Songs & Stories Of "Women Arise"

Aug 22, 2019

Tomorrow night, “the Women Arise” benefit concert takes place at Homes & Havens here in Chattanooga - raising funds to help women who are victims of violence rebuild their lives.


Rev. Sherry Cothran and Rev. Kim McLean will share songs and stories at the concert, which will be followed by a workshop on Saturday.


They sat down with our own Richard Winham for a few songs and a conversation...

Levitt AMP Music Returns To Chattanooga

Aug 22, 2019

Tonight, the Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series begins - for the third year in a row - on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

Shane Morrow is executive director and co-founder of RISE, the nonprofit presenting the series...

SoundCorps' Mission In Chattanooga

Aug 22, 2019

Soundcorps aims to grow the music economy in the Chattanooga area.


The nonprofit was formed more than four years ago - and recently, it took another step forward by hiring its first development coordinator, Emily Kate Boyd...


Scenic Roots - Thu 8/22/19

Aug 22, 2019

  • Emily Kate Boyd of SoundCorps talks about growing Chattanooga's music economy.
  • Shane Morrow of RISE Chattanooga on the Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series.
  • Richard Winham interviews Rev. Sherry Cothran and Rev. Kim McLain on the "Women Arise" benefit concert.
  • These voices - and more - on today's edition of "Scenic Roots."

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

Tennessee's Rare White Fringeless Orchid

Aug 22, 2019
White Fringeless Orchid (Platanthera integrilabia)
David Piñeros / Tennessee Division of Natural Areas

Some people are surprised to learn that Tennessee has native orchids. But we do, including an exceptional one called the White Fringeless Orchid.

WUTC's Will Davis joins a team of conservationists in the Cumberland Plateau to check on this rare and beautiful flower.