91.9 Inc. Board

91.9 Inc. is a 501(c)3 group that serves as an advocacy and support organization for WUOT. Its mission is to assist WUOT in reaching its maximum public service potential.

91.9 Inc. was formed in 2003 as a result of listeners’ concern over the long-term stability and viability of WUOT due to threatened state budget cuts. 91.9 Inc. is actively involved in WUOT events, fundraising and outreach activities.

91.9 Inc. meetings are held at the Pilot/Flying J Headquarters, Hebron Room, located at 5508 Lonas Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909.  2014 meeting dates are as follows: February 27, May 22, August 28 and November 20. All meetings start at 5 p.m.

J. Michael Haynes is the group’s president. For more information about 91.9 Inc., contact him at:

91.9 Inc.
209 Communications Bldg.
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0322

91.9 Inc. Board Members

Hugh Bailey
Hugh is a well-known local potter and artist. During his 40+ year career at the University of Tennessee publications office, Hugh designed the cover art for WUOT’s monthly program guide. Hugh has been a longtime WUOT listener and volunteer.

Maggie Barta
Maggie has been a longtime underwriter with WUOT through her business, Maggie O’Shea Land Designs. She also volunteers with the station and has spent many hours answering pledge phones during our fund drives, making new member phone calls and mailing out dozens of thank-you gifts. Her partner, Alissa Reeves, also is a loyal volunteer who has done a lot to help the station, and their daughter, Bailey, has volunteered at WUOT as well. Maggie enjoys all the news programming, A Prairie Home Companion and the oldies!

Daniel Boutté
Daniel was born and raised in Cajun country and is a 2005 graduate of LSU with a B.A. in landscape architecture. A lifelong public radio listener, Daniel discovered WUOT when his career and passion for mountains led him to Knoxville in 2006. He is an artist of many mediums and submitted the winning mug design for WUOT’s 2012 Spring Fund Drive. Daniel loves designing, building and playing disc golf, and thrives on hiking, kayaking and camping. He says one of the most common phrases in his vocabulary is “did you hear the piece on NPR about...?”

Deborah Allen, Secretary
Deborah has been a member of the WUOT board since 2010, and has been a loyal fan of public broadcasting since she started out as a college volunteer for member station KLCC in Oregon 20 years ago.  She's been in Knoxville since 1997 and works at Jupiter Entertainment, where she is vice president of programming. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Hope Center.

Ellen Cole
Ellen Cole is a Knoxville native and UT graduate.  She discovered WUOT in college and has been an avid listener ever since.  Ellen enjoys volunteering at WUOT fund drives.   The news coverage on NPR is very important to Ellen, but she also enjoys the weekend programming and has recently been listening more and more to WUOT-2. She works at East Tennessee Children's Hospital directing the Children's Miracle Network program.  She loves to cook, read and spend time with her husband and two dogs.

Channing Dawson
Channing Dawson was a part of the founding executive team of HGTV and has led Scripps Networks interactive efforts in web development, broadband production, digital video distribution and interactive television.  He is currently working on multiscreen, TV Everywhere and iTV initiatives.  In 2005, he shared an Emmy for Living.com, a weekly video magazine, and has won other awards for his work in Interactive Television.  Channing discovered NPR in the late 1970s, and when he moved to Knoxville in 1994, WUOT was the only radio station he listened to.  He says he listens to WUOT and WUOT-2 ‘no less than 40 hours a week’ and is a ‘true and happy’ addict of the station!  He even listened to WUOT while working on his tractor, but says ‘the distraction led to several harrowing, gravity-defying moments,” so he had to stop listening while driving his tractor!  

Regina Dean
Director/general manager of WUOT Public Radio, Regina manages all aspects of the NPR charter-member station licensed to the University of Tennessee. She has 30 years’ experience in public radio and currently serves as the president of the University Station Alliance (USA), a grassroots initiative and resource for university-licensed radio stations.

Carolyn Forster
Carolyn is a community volunteer and lives in Maryville. Her regional involvement has included Foothills Fall Festival, United Way, Maryville College, Relay For Life, East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association, and Nine Counties.One Vision. Carolyn presently serves as the facilitator for KUB’s PACE 10 Partners Council and formerly was the executive director of Leadership Blount.

Cynthia Hackney, Vice President
Cynthia has volunteered extensively with WUOT for several years, assisting with everything from the open house to fund drives to volunteer scheduling. She worked as a restaurant manager in Knoxville for many years and was lastly the GM at Riverside Tavern. After leaving that career, she pursued and recently achieved a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology at UT. She has held two jobs for about the past six years, as a management consultant at Impact Associates and as a consultant at the UT Statistical Consulting Center. Cynthia likes to listen to Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, This American Life and The Splendid Table.

Sharon Hammat
Sharon is a retired licensed clinical social worker who still stays involved by supervising undergrad UT social work internships for the CADES program. During a period of 20 years, she worked as a psychotherapist at Child & Family Services and in private practice at Behavioral Medicine Institute, as well as a group therapist for a Senior Psychiatric Day Hospital. Sharon also supervised medical social workers in home health for several years. She was adjunct faculty at UT School of Social Work for eight years, teaching seminars for undergraduate social work students. Sharon is married with two children and two grandchildren. Her hobbies include piano and knitting and, of course, listening to NPR.

Becky Hancock
Becky is a Knoxville native who studied music history and German at UT, and, while a student, she worked for several years as a part-time announcer at WUOT! She spent six years in New York City working in performing arts administration before returning to Knoxville in 2001 to manage the Historic Tennessee Theatre. Becky oversaw the comprehensive restoration project completed at the theatre in 2005. After several years in other positions, she is back at the Historic Tennessee Theatre, now serving as its executive director. Becky’s current favorites on WUOT are NPR news programs, Improvisations, and all of the Saturday and Sunday lineups.

J. Michael Haynes, President
Mike first discovered WUOT when he was a student at UT and has been a fan since that time. A native of Knoxville, Mike has practiced law here for the past 37 years. He is a past president of the Knoxville Bar Association, a former alderman and vice-mayor of Farragut, and has been a longtime volunteer for the station.

Kristen Hector
Kristen, a Georgia Tech engineer and recent transplant from Atlanta, works at Pilot Flying J, where she develops the company’s reward card programs. To offset the technical nature of her workweek, Kristen spends her free time reading, attending concerts and theatre, and volunteering at the Humane Society. She is quite the political and news junkie; she rang in the New Year in the Senate gallery while she watched Senators vote on the Fiscal Cliff bill. On most days, Kristen can be spotted driving along while her dog, Dasher, sticks his head out of the window and WUOT streams from the speakers.

Bob Hillhouse
Bob is the UT associate chief information officer for business continuity and information security and he’s been a fan of WUOT since he was a UT student in the 1980s.  His favorite public radio programs include Car Talk and Fresh Air.  Bob is heavily involved in community service through his work with Kentucky and Tennessee Key Clubs, a sponsored youth program of Kiwanis International, which teaches leadership and community service to students 14-18 years of age.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Knoxville Cerebral Palsy Housing Corporation, a community-based group that provides affordable housing opportunities for adults with disabilities

Emily Jernigan
Emily joined the 91.9 Inc. Board in December 2010. She has been an avid public radio listener and supporter since 1970, when WPLN in Nashville began broadcasting as one of the 73 charter members of NPR. She loves WUOT's mix of classical music and news, and is very happy we have WUOT-2 for even more programs. She and her husband, Charlie, live in Oak Ridge, where they are active in many community organizations including Rotary, the League of Women Voters and the UT Arboretum Society. Locally, Emily edits and writes for Branches, the newsletter of the UT Arboretum Society, and The Voter, a monthly newsletter of the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters. She also edits the Holly Society Journal for this international organization. Emily is a Knight of the Cross of Burgundy wine society and loves to cook, garden and travel, especially to spend time with her grandchildren.

Phillip King
Phillip King recently retired from a 30-year career as a senior psychological examiner at the Tennessee Department of Correction at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.  He also held adjunct faculty positions with the University of Kentucky and Somerset Community College, and was granted the honorary rank of Kentucky colonel by the State of Kentucky.  Phillip has been a WUOT listener since the mid 1970s, and he particularly enjoys All Things Considered,  the jazz shows and the Saturday morning lineup, and he’s also become a fan of WUOT-2 programming!   

Kathy Krohmer
Kathy Krohmer is retired from Kimberly-Clark Corporation where she was an IT director. A native of Chicago, she spent much of her career working in various Kimberly-Clark business locations, including Australia, where she met her husband, Terry. While there she became an avid scuba diver and is passionate about protecting the ocean and marine wildlife. She and Terry enjoy cooking and a nomadic life, exploring the world for unique food, wine and cultural experiences. So, of course, The Splendid Table is a favorite program, along with the many other nourishing programs from NPR. Kathy was VP of printing and publications for the Knoxville Opera Guild and enjoys all types of music from Opera to U2.

Ben Lee
Ben Lee is associate professor of English at the University of Tennessee. He grew up in Knoxville listening to WUOT.  After leaving home to attend Amherst College (B.A., 1992) and the University of Virginia (Ph.D., 2003), he returned to Knoxville to join his wife, Lisi Schoenbach, at UTK, where he teaches courses in modern and contemporary poetry, literary theory and American literature.  When he's not writing or teaching, Ben spends time with Lisi and their three children, and listens to WUOT.  Favorite programs include All Things Considered, Improvisations, and On the Media

Jeff Mellor
Jeff, a UT German professor for about 40 years, has been a longtime supporter of WUOT and currently is a Broadcaster Society member. For the past several fund drives, he and his wife, Doris Gove, have done a new member challenge in which they give money for every new member received during a particular show. He has been a loyal donor for about the past 20 years and gives monthly via WUOT's Evergreen Member Club program. Jeff loves WUOT's Saturday morning lineup.

Melanie Staten
Melanie is a UT graduate with a degree in broadcast communications who gained radio experience at WUOT while she attended college. She has more than 30 years of experience in media and public affairs. Melanie spent many years in the Washington, D.C., area working in the White House, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as press secretary to an Illinois Congressman. She returned to Knoxville several years ago and has been director of communications for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and director of communications for the Amputee Coalition of America. Melanie currently is an independent public relations consultant and serves on the board of the UT Arboretum Society.

Nancy Stewart
Nancy and her husband, John, are longtime WUOT listeners and supporters.  Their contributions to WUOT include organizing a WUOT “street demonstration,” complete with placards, on Cumberland Avenue during the 2002 state budget crisis when the station’s university funding was threatened!  The Stewarts are certainly among WUOT’s most vocal and visible supporters!