Beginning July 31, 2016, Inside of Knoxville and WUTK (90.3 FM) formed a partnership to produce “Knoxcentric: Powered by Inside of Knoxville,” an hour-long radio show focused on downtown Knoxville. Running each Sunday morning from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, the show was co-hosted by Inside of Knoxville’s Alan Sims (AKA Knoxville Urban Guy) and WUTK’s Jennell “JJ” Pershing. The fast-paced hour included a review of events in downtown, interviews with current downtown movers and shakers, music from local musicians and a look at what’s coming up in the city. The show ran for three years, ending July 28, 2019. Thank you to WUTK for giving me the opportunity.
December 16, 2018: Homeless Program Coordinator Michael Dunthorndiscusses homelessness in Knoxville and the city’s response to it.
December 9, 2018: Amelia Peterson of River and Rail Theatre discusses their production of “The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby.”/ RB Morris and Drocella Mugorewera of Bridge Refugee Services discuss Bridge and an upcoming benefit concert to support refugees in Knoxville.
December 2, 2018: Promoters and performers for Knoxvollidays, the all-star holiday music event at Central Collective, benefitting The Love Kitchen, on Thursday 12/13, Plus Urban Guy talks about Downtown Issues
November 25: Thanksgiving Break – No Show
November 18: Urban Guy is in a “New York State of Mind” and JJ will take the show!
November 11, 2018: UTK Political Science Professor Rich Pacelle will break down the election results and tell us what they mean.
September 2, 2018: Colorama Block Party Fun, Conversation with Peggy Hambright and Elizabeth Smith of Magpies, Kimberly Lononaco of Glowing Body and Jenna Baker of Cook to Be Well, as well as Scott Carpenter, building owner.
August 26, 2018: The Black Lillies live in the studio play and discuss their new material on the eve of their record release
August 19, 2018: Rachel Rui of the Asian Festival/Dominique Oakley of Atypical Market
August 12, 2018: David Feder Discusses his Upcoming (August 14) Concert at Holler Performing Arts Center/ Steven Hines and Matt Rankin of Second Bell Festival
August 5, 2018: Aaron Snukals of Second Harvest discusses the organization and their concert series in the World’s Fair Park
July 29, 2018: Musician David Owens Performs and discusses his work and career
July 22, 2018: Show Cancelled Due to UT Power Outage
July 15, 2018: New Chief of Police Eve Thomas discusses crime in Knoxville, her appointment and plans for the department
July 7, 2018: Urban Guy takes the show solo to talk about the mayoral race, development, downtown grocery stores and more
July 1, 2018: Jonny Brown, Winner of the US National Cycling Road Race Championship and Judith Foltz, Director Office of Special Events
June 24, 2018: Gerald Green, Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission talks Development and Re-Code Knoxville
June 17, 2018: Democratic Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, District 2, Rene Hoyos and Josh Williams will discuss their platforms and make the case for their candidacy
June 10, 2018: Jen Green of Knox Pride and Oren Yarbrough discuss Pride Month
June 3, 2018: Duane Grieve and Leslie Fawaz talk about good design and the East Tennessee Community Design Center, plus a very cool upcoming event.
May 27, 2018: Kim Bumpas (Visit Knoxville Executive Director) discusses Visit Knoxville and upcoming major events
May 20, 2018: Charlotte Tolley of Nourish Knoxville and the Market Square Farmers’ Market
May 13, 2018: Mary Pom Claiborne talks about Public Libraries and the Upcoming Children’s Festival of Reading
May 6, 2018: Preview of Upcoming Open Streets with Lindsey Kimble and a preview of the Vestival Festival with Marvyl Triscritti, Vice President of the Candoro Arts Heritage Center board and Vestival Chair
April 29, 2018: Oslo Cole and Mollie Turner discuss the City People Downtown Home Tour, Kaitlin Desselle & Christen Ferrer discuss the Aveda Catwalk for Water Fashion Show
April 22, 2018: Sara and Sean Martin discuss the HGTV House and the Fourth and Gill Home Tour
April 15, 2018: Jim Dodson talks Chalk Walk, Erin Emory talks Sidewalk Sideshow
April 8, 2018: Review of Rhythm n Blooms, plus an appearance by Luke Brogdin of Southern Cities
March 4, 2018: Four Leaf Peat discusses their new CD and their upcoming Bijou Theatre Show
February 25, 2018: Reida Gillespie Discusses Tax Days @ Preservation Pub – Marble City Opera Also Makes an Appearance!
February 18, 2018: Gina Truitt and Rachel Geren discuss the upcoming Whiskey Festival/Kelly Absher of Friends of Literacy discusses their Bachelor Auction fundraiser. He brings along Victor Agreda, Jr., a genuine Hunk in the Holler
February 11, 2018: Author Allen Wier discusses his work, career and his and David Hunter’s upcoming reading at UT.
February 4, 2018: Kim Trent discusses preservation in Knoxville and her tenure with Knox Heritage.
January 28, 2018: Marilyn Kallet, poet and UT professor discusses her career (she is retiring after 37 years) and her work. She also reads from her latest book.
January 21, 2018: Focus on Feeding the Homeless with Jimmy Buckner (Scarecrow Foundation), Maxine Raines (Lost Sheep Ministry), Marti LaRue Baker (CareCuts), and Russ Owens (True Purpose Knox) Re: Fighthungerweek.com. Pluse Khann Chov of Beardsley Farm discusses Snow Day
January 14, 2018: Chelsea Allison and Dr Sarah Colby talk about Fruvapalooza; Jennifer Johnsey talks Chocolate Fest
January 7, 2018: Jeff Heiskell talks about the latest Heiskell album, “Emotional Terrorism.”