Denise is WUOT's webmaster/traffic coordinator/operations assistant. She began her career at WUOT in 1972 as music librarian, after having attended the University of Tennessee and working at the station as a student assistant. Currently, Denise helps maintain WUOT's website; publishes the station's monthly e-newsletter E-Notes, and assists in the station's traffic/operations and underwriting departments.

Denise relaxes with paper crafting, knitting and crocheting, reading and birding. She is the servant to Teddie, a fairly overweight loudmouth kitty, one maniac Shih Tzu, Sophie; and the extremely shy but sweet Max, a rescue pooch from Myrtle Beach.

Michael hosted weekday afternoon classical music for 16 years at WMFE-FM public radio in Orlando. For about five of those years, he also hosted All Things Considered. He produced interviews with local classical musicians, and one with jazzman Sam Rivers. He appeared on WMFE public TV many times during fund drives both live and in character in a series of recorded features. In 2008, he created a series of one-minute features on wine for WUCF-FM, a public radio station in Orlando with a jazz format. Before his years as a classical host, he worked as a DJ on commercial stations in central Kentucky for about nine years.

A Knoxville native, Todd began working at WUOT in 2007 as jazz coordinator. His role has expanded to include operations, fill-in host of All Things Considered, and host of Studio 865/Flipside and Changing Course. Todd got his start in radio at WUTK, where he served as music director while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at UT. He later earned a master’s degree in education, also at UT.

Prior to working at WUOT, Todd worked overseas in China, Lithuania and Indonesia. Upon returning to the states, he was a study abroad coordinator at UT's Center for International Education. Other work has included artist management (Abigail Washburn, Julia Nunes), recording and performing music, and serving as a host for several live events around Knoxville.

Mike joined WUOT in March 1998. He is the station’s chief engineer and IT person. Mike installs, maintains and repairs all of the equipment at the radio station and WUOT’s two transmitter sites. He handles the purchasing and installation of the station’s computers and servers as well as maintains them and the station’s audio streams. If he has a spare minute, he's been known to hang pictures and assorted items for staff. His knowledge base grows yearly as technology changes and he works to keep the station on top of it.

During her 30-year career in public radio, Regina has pretty much “seen and done it all!” From news reporting to fundraising to administration, there’s not much that goes on at WUOT that she hasn’t done. She fell in love with public radio while still in high school and has been involved with public radio at the local, regional and national levels ever since.

Regina says she is proud of the excellent service WUOT provides this community and lucky to come to work every day surrounded by talented and dedicated staff members who love what they do and are darn good at it. Even after all these years in public broadcasting, she can’t think of anything she’d rather be doing!

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.

WWF Conservation Efforts
9:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

World Wildlife Fund: Conservation Is Possible


Optimism isn’t often a word that people associate with conservation efforts, and certainly not with endangered animal species that compete with humans for habitat.

Eric Dinerstein is the lead scientist for the World Wildlife Fund. He told WUOT's Chrissy Keuper that he’s optimistic because he’s seen that large-scale conservation IS possible... 

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Atomic City
1:25 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Girls of the Atomic City: An Interview with Author Denise Kiernan

Girls of the Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II is now a bestselling book about the women who worked on one of the nation’s most secret projects in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Chrissy Keuper recently spoke with author Denise Kiernan, who says she was moved to research and write the book after seeing a photo taken by Department of Energy photographer Ed Westcott.  

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12:33 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

A Raisin in the Sun: An Interview with Director Woodie King, Jr.

When it opened on Broadway in 1959, the now-classic play, "A Raisin in the Sun" was the first to have a black principal cast, director and playwright. Lorraine Hansberry's play takes place in 1950's Chicago, focusing on a black family buying and attempting to make a home in an all-white neighborhood. The Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee is putting on a new production of the play.  Chrissy Keuper speaks with director Woodie King, Jr. about the play and the era in which it was written.

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