Radio Show Podcasts


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.

Archived Shows:

July 28, 2019: Mayoral Candidate Marshall Stair

July 21: Mayoral Candidate Indya Kincannon (Due to factors beyond my control, this interview was not recorded. I deeply apologize.)

July 14, 2018: Mayoral Candidate Eddie Mannis Joins Us for the Hour

July 7: Guitarist Mike Bagetta joins us as we spin tunes from his new CD (Due to factors beyond my control, this interview was not recorded. I deeply apologize.)

June 30, 2019: Travis Bigwood and the Lonesome Doves Live in the Studio with their new EP (Due to factors beyond my control, this interview was not recorded. I deeply apologize.)

June 23, 2019: Bark’s New Album “Terminal Everything,” with Tim and Susan Lee

June 16, 2019: Zack Roskop talks all things local craft beer and Brew Tour News

June 9, 2019: Laura Mansfield discusses her new novel, The Narcissist’s Wife

June 2, 2019: Jon Whitlock plays live and spins tunes from the new Jon Whitlock Trio CD, “Picture of a Girl”

May 26: Erin Gill, City of Knoxville Sustainability Director

May 19: Taking a Break

May 12: Mother’s Day

May 5, 2019: It’s all about the Neighborhoods – and there’s a conference about that! Let’s talk neighborhoods! We will also be joined by Sean McCollough who has a new children’s CD dropping soon.

April 28, 2019: The Sedonas and their new Single

April 21: Easter, No Show

April 14, 2019: Music Feeds Concert Series with Aaron Snukals

April 7, 2019: Jeff Heiskell debuts his new tunes – Exclusive!

March 31, 2019: Michelle Hummel of the Central Business Improvement District (

March 24, 2019: Carpet Bag Theatre with Jonathan Clark

March 17, 2019: Jack Neely discusses his latest book and upcoming events with the Knoxville History Project

March 10, 2019: Guy Marshall’s New CD Show with Adam and Sarrenna!

March 3, 2019: Lee Zimmerman reads from and discusses his new book, Americana Music: Voices, Visionaries and Pioneers of an Honest Sound

February 24, 2019: No Show

February 17, 2019: Rick Emmett, Downtown Manager for the City of Knoxville

February 10, 2019: Matt Honkonen with Jeff Heiskell and Matt’s new album

February 3, 2019: Musicians Kelle Jolly and Taylor Kress perform and talk about upcoming events.

January 27, 2019: Sculptor John Malcolm McRae

January 20, 2019: Gerald Green, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Committee discusses Recode Knoxville and Good Urban Design

January 13, 2019: Organizers Kimberly Peterson and Kendy Altizer of the Women’s March Coalition of East Tennessee and Poet Linda Parsons

January 6, 2019: Todd Morgan, Executive Director of Knox Heritage

December 30: New Year’s Break – No Show

December 23: Christmas Break – No Show

December 16, 2018: Homeless Program Coordinator Michael Dunthorn discusses 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.

November 4, 2018: Renee Hoyos, Candidate for 2nd District U.S. House Seat

October 28, 2018: JJ Takes over while I Take a Break.

October 21, 2018: Susan Dakak of ArabFest and Bonny Pendleton of Theatre Knoxville Downtown

October 14, 2018: Jamie Ballinger and Richard Briggs, Candidates for the Tennessee District 7 State Senate Seat

October 7, 2018Pop Up Apothecary, plus William Mahaffey discusses Central Cinema and the Knoxville Horror Film Fest

September 30, 2018: Nelda Hill, Assistant Director at the Knox County Public Library talks music – and a lot more!

September 23, 2018: Victor Agreda, Jr. talks about his latest venture: Kitten Stuff Done

September 16, 2018: Professor Rich Pacelle discusses the US Constitution and Michael Jordan promotes Constitution Day at Blount Mansion, Donald Patrick Donahue Discusses the 98 Vols/Florida Game

September 9, 2018: Kathryn St. Clair Ellis discusses Legal Aid of East Tennessee

September 2, 2018: Colorama Block Party FunConversation 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

April 1, 2018: Easter Holiday: No Show

March 25:, 2018: Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

March 18, 2018: Amy Dilworth, Director of the Knoxville Family Justice Center and Sandy Larson (Sandsation Dancers)/Ashley Capps gives you the Big Ears Scoop

March 11, 2018: Barstool Romeos discuss their new CD.

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: 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.”

December 31, 2017: No Show Due to New Year’s Eve

December 24, 2017: No Show Due to Christmas Eve

December 17, 2017: Flossie McNabb of Union Avenue Books!

December 10, 2017: Susan and Tim Lee discuss the new Bark Album, “Year of the Dog.”

December 3, 2017: Al Murrian discusses an upcoming two-weekend fundraiser for Young-Williams @ Scruffy City Hall, Paula Johnson discusses her new book, “Lost Restaurants of Knoxville.”

November 26, 2017: No Show Due to Thanksgiving Weekend

November 19, 2017: State Representative Rick Staples

November 12, 2017: Show cancelled due to technical issues @ WUTK

November 5, 2017: Interviews with District Six City Council Candidates Jennifer Montgomery and Gwen McKenzie

October 29, 2017: Interviews with District Four City Council Candidates Lauren Rider, Harry Tindell and Amelia Parker

October 22, 2017: Interviews with District Three City Council Candidates James Corcoran and Seema Singh Perez

October 15, 2017: Interviews  with District Two City Council Race Candidates Wayne Christensen and Andrew Roberto

October 8, 2017: JJ interviews William Mahaffey of the Knoxville Horror Film Fest and Brian Salesky of Knoxville Opera

October 1, 2017: Brent Waugh and Kara Finger of Big Brothers Big Sisters

September 24, 2017: Interviews with District One City Council Candidates Stephanie Welch and Rebecca Parr

September 17, 2017: Kim Bumpus of Visit Knoxville

September 10, 2017: Vance Thompson discusses the upcoming Knoxville Jazz Orchestra season/Jimmy Buckner discusses GatorHator Week and raising money for hunger via the Scarecrow Foundation

September 3, 2017: Jake Reser of Beardsley Farm and Jeff Dealejandro of Oli Bea discuss the farm and the upcoming Long Table Dinner

August 27, 2017: Preston Flaherty discusses DreamBikes and the Upcoming Gears and Beers Benefit

August 20, 2017: Ellen Zavisca, Principal Transportation Planner with the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization discusses cycling, crash data and help that may be on the way

August 13, 2017: Rachel Rui from the Asian Festival discuss the upcoming event/Tyler Sonnichsen talks Friendlytown Comedy

August 6, 2017: Cal Maclean of Clarence Brown Theatre to discuss the upcoming season/Michael Gill to discuss the upcoming season of Alive After Five

July 30, 2017: Tru Kids of the Tru Dog Network (along with Tinah Utsman) talk about their summer art show

July 23, 2017: Interviews with directors from the upcoming Scruffy City Film Festival

July 16, 2017: Blackberry Farm Brewery Representatives talk about their new line of canned beer, Zack Roskop of Knox Brew Tours talks tours and craft beer.

July 9, 2017: Jack Neely discusses the closure of the Mercury and his plans, Mary Pom Claiborne discusses the upcoming Truth and Consequences Symposium and the group discusses fake news and modern journalism.

July 2, 2017: Patrick Hollis talks about Mabry Hazen House and the 4th of July Party, Randall Brown talks about Quartjar’s new CD

June 25, 2017: William Mahaffey (Knox Horror Film Fest/Central Cinema)/Knoxville Musician Kevin Abernathy discusses his new album

June 18, 2017: Steve Jenkins, Director of Positively Living

June 11, 2017: Musician Al Murrian and Jen Green with Knox Pride

June 4, 2017: Host on Vacation

May 28, 2017: Jennell Pershing interviews Mom’s Demand Action

May 21, 2017: Jubal Discusses their New CD

May 14, 2017: Aram Demirjian, Knoxville Symphony Music Director

May 7, 2017: Dianna O’sickey talks about the upcoming Pecha Kucha

April 30, 2017: River and Rail Theatre with John Peterson and Bryan Terrill

April 23, 2017: Charlotte Tolley of Nourish Knoxville and the Market Square Farmers’ Market

April 16, 2017: No Show (Easter)

April 9, 2017: Rene Hoyas of the Tennessee Clean Water Network

April 2, 2017: Chyna Brakeen discusses and previews Rhythm n Blooms

March 26, 2017: Tom Cervone, Executive Director of Dogwood Arts talks about all the upcoming Dogwood Arts festivities.

March 19, 2017: Ashley Capps discusses and previews Big Ears

March 12, 2017: Patience Melnik of Keep Knoxville Beautiful discusses the recent Orchid Awards for Projects that made our city more beautiful.

March 5, 2017: Four Leaf Peat discusses their history, St. Patrick’s Day and their upcoming performance at the Bijou Theatre

February 26, 2017: Chris McAdoo of Best Behavior Creative Club

February 19, 2017: Jimmy Buckner on Taking Scarecrow National with the “Throw Long for Hunger,” Campaign

February 12, 2017: Sean McColough and Steph Gunnoe of the Lonetones on the new CD, “Dumbing It All Down”

February 5, 2017: Kent Oglesby of the Knoxville Music Warehouse

January 29, 2017: Waynestock Preview Episode with Rusty Odom and Steve Wildsmith!

January 22, 2017: Radio Show Personality Frank Murphy talks about the 33rd season of the Scholar’s Bowl on PBS

January 15, 2017: Virginia Adams talks about the Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Expo

January 8, 2017: Filmmaker Michael Jordan and Bridget Kurt discuss their new documentary, Flannery O’Connor: Uncommon Grace

December 17, 2016: Chyna Brakeen of Attack Monkey Productions talks about the upcoming Black Lillies New Year’s Eve Show and more

December 11, 2016: Dustin and Lisa Burnett of Nothing Too Fancy give the details on some exciting new developments with the business.

December 4, 2016: Kelley Segars/Jon Livengood (Knoxville Biking/Tour de Lights)

November 27, 2016: Vance Thompson of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra

November 20, 2016: Matthew Cummings, Will Brady and Johnny Miller of Pretentious Glass and Pretentious Beer Company

November 13, 2016: Chefs Carol Scott and Holly Hambright discuss their work, plus “Women in the Culinary Arts.”

November 6, 2016: Carol Evans of Legacy Parks

October 30, 2016: Scruffy City Comedy Festival with Shane Rhyne

October 23, 2016: R.B. Morris

October 16, 2016: Dale Mackey and Shawn Poynter of The Central Collective (and Dale’s Fried Pies/Shawn Poynter Photography)/Jessie Evans (Happy Hollerpalooza)

October 9, 2016: Damian Messer with Rocky Horror Craziness

October 2, 2016: Caroline Cooley (Open Streets Knoxville) and Paige Travis (Brewer’s Jam)

September 25, 2016: Urban Guy Interviews Brian Salesky (Knoxville Opera) and Pedro Tomas (Hola Festival

September 18, 2016: JJ Interviews Rick Peeples (Clarence Brown’s “Crucible”), Urban Guy Interviews Evan and Tyler from Cereus Bright

September 11, 2016: Urban Guy Interviews Jimmy Buckner (Scarecrow Foundation) and Rusty Odom (Blank Newspaper) – Remembrances of 9/11/2001, Upcoming Gator Hator Week and More

September 4, 2016: Urban Guy Interviews Courtney Woolard (Theatre Knoxville Downtown) and Michael Gill (Alive After Five)

August 28, 2016: Becky Hancock (Tennessee Theatre) and Bradford Johnson (Liverpool Football Club/Barclay’s Premier League)

August 21, 2016: Randal Brown Guest Hosts and he and JJ Interview Kumi Alderman/Riddhi Shah (Asian Festival) and Tom Cervone (Dogwood Arts Knoxville Film Festival)

August 14, 2016: Rusty Odom (Blank Newspaper/Blankfest) and JJ and Urban Guy Interview Southern Cities (Band Playing Blankfest)

August 7, 2016: Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen (Bliss/Tori Mason) and Jack Neely (Knoxville History Writer)

July 31, 2016: Wayne Blasius (E.T. Community Design Center)