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Todd Steed

Director of Music, Host, Producer

A Knoxville native, Todd began working at WUOT in 2006 as jazz coordinator and host of Improvisations. He is now the music director and host of of Studio 865/Flipside and Changing Course, and also produces podcasts such as Improvisations to Go and Raised in Knoxville. 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 was a study abroad coordinator at UT's Center for International Education.

Todd is obsessed with tea, hound dogs, basil, baseball, spanakopita and music of all descriptions.

  • Nicki Collett from the Tennessee Theatre pops in to discuss the upcoming Pass The Mic series at the Tennessee Theatre and the Black Opry Revue. Todd picks out some choice cuts from several of the artists in the Revue, including Nikki Morgan (pictured above) and Jennah Bell.
  • UT History professor Ernie Freeberg speaks with UT historian Dr. Shellen Wu, a specialist in modern Chinese history. She helps us understand the origin and legacy of the fair’s most popular exhibit, the pavilion hosted by the People’s Republic of China. Promoters of the fair liked to claim that history was being made in Tennessee—and in the case of the China pavilion, they delivered on that promise.
  • Storyteller extraordinaire Sheila Arnold talks with Todd Steed about her upcoming performance at Flatwater Tales in Oak Ridge.
  • In our first episode, UT History professor Ernie Freeberg speaks with historian Michael Camp, who has written a book on energy policy in the 1970s and 80s. Camp says that the long lines at the gas pumps caused by the energy crisis of 1973/74 set the stage for the Carter administration’s focus on energy conservation—and inspired its support for Knoxville’s proposal to host an international energy exposition almost a decade later.
  • Taber Gable stopped by with his ensemble to talk about his latest projects and what's ahead. Hear Taber break it down with Kyle Miles, Jonathan Pinson, and Andrew Renfroe.
  • Forty years ago, the world came to Knoxville for the 1982 World’s Fair, which was formally known as the Knoxville International Energy Exposition. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Todd Steed take a look back at the event that put Knoxville in the spotlight, built the iconic Sunsphere, and changed the city. But what were those changes? And what was expected from the fair that didn't happen? Our guests: Jack Neely, Knoxville historian and Executive Director of the Knoxville History Project; Ernie Freeberg, University of Tennessee History Department Chair; Eric Dawson, Manager of the Knox County Public Library's McClung Historical Collection.
  • WUOT Morning Concert host Melony Dodson hiked each and every trail of the Smoky Mountains National Park. She sat down with Todd Steed to discuss the highs, the lows, and the surprises and critters she encountered along the way.
  • Drummer and bandleader Andrew Cyrille makes talks with Todd Steed about his upcoming performance at Big Ears.
  • After decades away and a pandemic postponement, Pierre Bensusan returns to Knoxville this Friday. Todd Steed talks with Pierre about his post-pandemic lifestyle, his favorite guitar and more. More information at https://knoxvilleclassicalguitar.com/events
  • The Montvales sat down with Todd talk about some of the songs that inspire them and their new single, Bad Faith. https://www.themontvales.com/