David has been a mentor for me and many others at WDEF-TV 12 since 1979. He has seen it all and he shares some stories about covering Byron De La Beckwith, the Fallen Five, the changes in TV news coverage and much more during our talk.
Chattanooga is seeing a renaissance in the arts and culture worlds, but not everyone is benefiting. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is taking a new approach and Ric joins me to talk about that and the challenges faced by blacks in the local arts and culture universes.
The Chattanooga native is a film composer whose works include two Austin Powers films, "Mortal Combat" and more. He has written a concerto for violin called "The Rose of Sonora" that he composed for Holly Mulcahy that will be premiered in April with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.
Shane founded Jazzanooga as a one-day festival to showcase Chattanooga's role in the creation of jazz as America's original musical art form. Jazzanooga has quickly grown into much more, becoming a year-round organization dedicated to education, advancement, promotion, development and more. He discusses the organization's new name and direction, as well as the current state of arts and culture in the city as it relates to "the arts are for all."
Chattanooga Concertmaster and violinist Holly Mulcahy joins me to talk about the music program she created almost four years ago. She visits the Walker State Prison about twice a year to perform for the inmates there and then she asks them what they hear and feel while listening to the piece. The key is that there are "no wrong answers."