Matt Shafer Powell

Director of News Content/Executive Producer

Matt was born and raised in Western Michigan, near Grand Rapids. Like many of his generation who eventually worked in radio, Matt spent an inordinate amount of time as a boy with a tape recorder, a microphone and 45s stacked an inch high on the record player. His dreams of being on the radio became reality at the age of 17, when he convinced the news director at a Grand Rapids radio station to let him work for free. Later, while working toward a broadcasting degree at Central Michigan University, he discovered the thrill of the audio production process; in the years since, he's worked as a producer of radio commercials and as an audio engineer, creating soundtracks for videos and films.

In public radio, he's found the perfect confluence of his interests in storytelling, news, writing and audio production. He joined WUOT in November 2002 after heading up Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Bureau. A self-described "sports geek," he also enjoys writing fiction, playing guitar and laughing ‘til it hurts with his wife and three children. Among his guilty pleasures, he lists hockey fights, socks with sandals and the BeeGees' disco-era stuff.

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When Watches Become Warnings

Mar 30, 2016

Do you know the difference between a severe weather "watch" and a "warning"?

Here's how National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists make the distinction:

Announcing TruckBeat! from Jess Mador on Vimeo.

KNOXVILLE—WUOT, the public radio station licensed to UT, has already launched its new crowdsourced health project called TruckBeat, but the beat has been without a truck—until now.

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There are currently 72 people waiting  to be executed on Death Row in  Tennessee, but with general support for the death penalty waning, their fate is now uncertain.  On this episode of Dialogue, University of Tennessee Law Professor Penny White and death penalty attorney and litigator Stephen Kissinger join host Matt Shafer Powell to talk about how attitudes are evolving about the question of whether a crime should be punishable by death.  

Do you know a police officer who has had to discharge his/her firearm in the line of duty?  Would that person be willing to talk to WUOT News about it for an upcoming special?  

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In the news media, we spend a good deal of time talking. But we're not always so good at listening.

The East Tennessee Listening Project is designed to turn traditional models of journalism on their head.  We want to know what you think is important.  And we're developing new, innovative ways to find out what's on your mind:

TruckBeat is a new public media storytelling experiment about the issues that matter most to people across Knoxville and East Tennessee.

Over the years, University of Tennessee professors Ed Caudill and Paul Ashdown have written a series of volumes examining the legends and myths behind some of our most notable and controversial military figures.  How much do we really know about men like William Tecumseh Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest, John Singleton Mosby and George Armstrong Custer?  How did their legacies develop?  And how have they changed in the 150 years since the Civil War?

  WUOT  is looking for an experienced, energetic, professional journalist to host Morning Edition and create innovative, compelling content for air and the web.  A two-time National Murrow winner, we place a premium on creativity, integrity and accountability in the way we cover East Tennessee.  We’re looking for someone who’s flexible, passionate and is energized by the challenges of working in public radio. 

Bachelor's Degree in related field required, along with at least one-to-two years' broadcasting experience.

WUOT-FM has been chosen as one of only 15 public radio stations nationwide to participate in the Localore: Finding America project.  A sister to our Tenn Words project, TruckBeat will allow us to go further into our community to talk to the people and uncover the stories that make East Tennessee so interesting and unique.   

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

This episode of Dialogue is devoted to WUOT's  Tenn Words project.  Host Matt Shafer Powell sits down with Ragan Schriver from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work.  They'll go through some of the 650+ responses we've received to our Tenn Words  question “What keeps you up at night?”  Some are funny, some are weird and some will break your heart.  And special guest Jess Mador has some exciting developments to tell you about. 

 Samuel Barber's musical interpretation of the James Agee prose poem Knoxville: Summer of 1915 is considered one of Barber's master works and is especially popular here in East Tennessee.  

Prepare for the sequel.

This Friday, the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra will debut Knoxville: Summer of 2015, composed by Oak Ridge native Ellen Reid. 

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