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Interview: Billy Corgan and the National Wrestling Alliance

Fans of the band Smashing Pumpkins are familiar with Billy Corgan, the songwriter and musician who fronts the band. In 2017, Corgan added a new career to his resume, becoming the owner and president of the National Wrestling Alliance. Corgan recently brought the NWA to Knoxville on a tour. He spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about his lifelong love of wrestling and how his career in music prepared him to take on a completely different industry.

Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.