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 Knox County Public Library's Bearden Branch (except where noted), located at 100 Golf Club Road in Knoxville.  2017 meeting dates are: March 2, May 25,  September 14 and December 7 (the location for this meeting is TBD).   91.9 Inc. employs an open meeting policy whereby interested members of the public are welcome to attend.  All meetings start at 5 p.m. and are open to the public.  Seating is limited, so persons wishing to attend a meeting are advised to request seating by calling (865) 974-1547.  

Kristen Hector McBee is the group’s president. For more information about 91.9 Inc., including questions or concerns about WUOT, contact her at:

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

91.9 Inc. Board Members

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...?”

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 35 years’ professional experience in public radio and managed the NPR stations in Little Rock, Arkansas prior to coming to WUOT in 1995.  She served on the NPR Board of Directors in the ‘90s and remains active in the public radio system at the regional and national levels. 

Lucille Griffo
Lucille is retired from a forty year career with the Girl Scouts, most recently as CEO for the Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council, which served 18 counties in East Tennessee.  She is now enjoying the opportunities to serve her community through various volunteer activities, which include WUOT, the United Way of Greater Knoxville, Youth Leadership Knoxville, the Hope Center Summer Night event and the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus.  She is a dedicated NPR fan and her favorite programs include On Being, Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, The Diane Rehm Show and other talk shows which run on both WUOT channels.  Reading, gardening and spending time with her dog, her family and friends are her favorite pastimes.  

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

Kristen Hector McBee, President
Kristen, a Georgia Tech engineer and transplant from Atlanta, is a business analyst at Pilot Flying J. To offset the technical nature of her workweek, Kristen spends her free time reading, taking in the theatre, and, of course, attending UT sporting events (because when in Rome). Kristen and her husband live in Rocky Hill with their two dogs, a boxer named Gracie and a pitbull named Dasher.

Jeff Mellor, Ph.D.
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.

Stephanie Smith, M.D.
Stephanie is a long time supporter of WUOT and has listened to the station since her undergraduate education at UTK.  She returned to Knoxville after finishing residency in Anesthesiology at Northwestern McGraw Hospital in Chicago.  Currently she practices Anesthesiology at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.  She is an active volunteer in the community, and has been involved with CASA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Random Acts of Flowers.  Her favorite shows on WUOT are Morning Edition, Fresh Air and All Things Considered.  

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.

Caroline Wasmund
Caroline has been a member of WUOT since 2006 and is a dedicated volunteer of the station. She loves everything on WUOT, but Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, A Prairie Home Companion and Morning Edition are particular favorites.