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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.

  • Join Todd for an epic train ride from Denver to San Francisco on the California Zephyr. He loves it, though many are miserable. Find out why as you enjoy the original jazz soundtrack featuring Daniel Kimbro, Hunter Deacon, Bob Deck, Dave Nichols, Dug Meech, Bruno Santos and George Middlebrooks.
  • What makes someone go above and beyond normal reason just to create something special for the rest of us? In this episode we try and find out as we dig deeper into the Denver music scene and visit with former Improvisations host Ben Hall, bassist and composer Gonzalo Teppa, and Nicole Mattson of Nocturne. Todd scores a perfect meal at The Corner Beet after being advised by The Voice of Wisdom (Melony Dodson) and The Uninvited Therapist (Charlotte Wilson).....and Michael Jordan? Thanks, as always, to Aubrey's!
  • UT professor of English Misty Anderson explains the new treatment of Cato, a classic play that inspired the American troops in the Revolutionary War. For more information on the play visit here.
  • Todd heads to Denver for an altitude adjustment. In the process, he meets local legend Purnell Steen and discovers great music around every corner. And food. Lots of food.
  • Kumi Alderman returns to WUOT to share details of the expanded Knox Asian Festival on August 26.
  • The Adventures in STEM camp hosted seventh through ninth grade students with activities focused on ecology, renewable energy, solar power and more. Chien-fei Chen, director of Energy and Environmental Justice, sat down with Todd Steed to discuss the camp on Changing Course.
  • Knoxville Jazz Orchestra founder Vance Thompson returns to Improvisations with Todd Steed to talk about the upcoming season and the welcome return of a favorite series.
  • Todd and Stama Kaousias talk about music they actually agree upon. From Fats Waller to XTC, it's all about common ground and common sound.
  • Hector Qirko has adopted a new persona for his latest, fabulous recording, Darwin Diego. Hector sat down with Todd to check out the tunes and get caught up on all things Hectorian.
  • Argentinian classicist Martin Vizzotti visited UT this week and spoke with Todd Steed about his research on Science Fiction.