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Todd Steed

Music Director, Host, Producer

A Knoxville native, Todd began working at WUOT in 2006 as jazz coordinator. Todd serves as music director and host of Studio 865/Flipside, Improvisations and Changing Course. He produces the podcast Improvisations to Go. Todd got his start in radio at WUTK, where he served as both news and music director while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at UT. He later earned a master’s degree in education, also at UT.

Prior to working at WUOT, Todd worked overseas in China, Lithuania and Indonesia. Upon returning to the states, he served as study abroad coordinator at UT's Center for International Education.

Recently, Todd was inducted into the East Tennessee Writer's Hall of Fame.

You can reach Todd at steed@wuot.org

  • Studio 865 welcomes Knoxville musicians Mal Nombre for a lively discussion on their debut release, Mal Nombre.
  • Steven Matijcio sat down with Todd Steed to discuss his new role as the David L. Butler executive director at KMA. He talks about upcoming plans, thoughts on Knoxville and his strategy for introducing art to his newly arrived daughter.
  • Chris Grabenstein was sure he wanted to be a radio DJ... until he actually tried it. After stints at WUOT and W149 while attending UT, Chris changed course and eventually became a beloved writer for young readers. He recently returned to UT to give the commencement address for the College of Communication & Information. He sat down with Todd Steed to discuss his time in Knoxville and his path to becoming a writer.
  • Champian Fulton's newest recording, Flying High, is a keeper. Todd talks to Champian about the superb collection of vocalists that appear on the recording and the thoughts behind her latest in a series of brilliant releases.
  • Maria Schneider has released a glorious career spanning vinyl box set. She talks with Todd Steed about the challenges and rewards of being an independent artist and the amazing music on Decades.
  • May Pang, John Lennon's muse and companion during his "Lost Weekend" will showcase her photos of Lennon at a three-day free exhibition at Little River Art in Knoxville, April 19-21. May Pang talked with Todd Steed about her upcoming visit to Knoxville, her photography, and her years in the eye of an amazing musical hurricane.
  • Myra Melford talks with Todd Steed about her upcoming Big Ears performance this Saturday at the Bijou with her dynamic Fire and Water Quintet.
  • Karen Armsey from HABIT stops by WUOT with her pal Shiloh. HABIT is a community group of volunteers that work together to promote the bond between people and animals.
  • Guitarist and composer Julian Lage returns to the Big Ears Festival. He talks with Todd Steed about his affinity for Knoxville, his latest recording and how he changed things up for his upcoming tour.
  • Julian Lage discusses his new cinematic offering, Speak to Me and dishes on his much anticipated return to Knoxville.