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.

Feeding People In Need

8 minutes ago

One economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is food security.

A recent study by Feeding America found one in five people - and more than one in four children - in the Chattanooga area and Northwest Georgia - could face hunger due to that impact. 

Scenic Roots - Mon 8/03/20

15 minutes ago

  • Sophie Moore of The Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
  • Andréana Lefton on "The Poets of the Hamilton County Jail." 
  • Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series:  David Jacobs-Strain.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of "Scenic Roots."

Sherry Cothran
Sherry Cothran / Facebook

On this week’s “Scenic Roots: Live In The Library," Richard Winham presents Sherry Cothran’s recent “This Love” concert from Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga.

A Celebration Of Literacy - And Harry Potter

Aug 2, 2020
SDCL Magical Summer of Reading
Soddy-Daisy Community Library

Tomorrow night, the Soddy-Daisy Community Library hosts the Magical Night of Literacy and Movie in the Park.

Where Teaching Artists Create Community

Aug 2, 2020
Angela Dittmar, top right, with Wolf Trap teaching artists at SCEA.

This summer, we’ve brought you conversations with teaching artists in the Chattanooga area who have worked with our community in a learning residency through the Wolf Trap program at UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts - or SCEA.

Telling The Complex Stories Of Appalachia

Aug 2, 2020
Silas House
Berea College

Silas House is known as one of the major writers of his generation here in the South.

He was born in and grew up in Kentucky, where he lives to this day.

Scenic Roots - Thu 7/30/20

Aug 1, 2020

  • Author Silas House on the complex stories of Appalachia.
  • SCEA's Angela Dittmar on teaching artists in our community.
  • A celebration of literacy - and Harry Potter - in Soddy-Daisy.
  • These voices - and more - on this edition of "Scenic Roots."

Talking Writing: Colin Woodard on America's Story

Aug 1, 2020

In the conclusion of a two-part conversation, Richard Winham speaks with Colin Woodard, author of "Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood."

Bessie’s Front Porch: “Coretta Scott”

Aug 1, 2020
Kathi Grant-Willis reading "Coretta Scott."
Bessie Smith Cultural Center

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

A Sustainability Snapshot In The Tennessee Valley

Aug 1, 2020
Tennessee Valley

This week, the Tennessee Valley Authority published its first-ever Sustainability Report - to provide a clearer, more accessible picture about its day-to-day operations to ten million residents here in the Southeast - including as a leader in carbon reduction among utilities in the region.