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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

  • 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.
  • Kris Davis talks to Todd Steed about her upcoming performances at the Big Ears Festival and the joys and challenges of having freedom in the band context. She will be performing with Julian Lage and Dave Holland at this year's festival.
  • Jakob Bro talks with Todd Steed about his upcoming performances at the Big Ears Festival. He explains why he is known as the anti-guitar hero and explores the joys of collaboration.
  • Join an amazing train run from Philly to Pittsburgh, complete with live music, unnamed competitive activities and spontaneous laughter. Todd jumps on board and finds that his key life interests all intersect somewhere near Harrisburg. Hang with artists Orrin Evans, Michelle Lordi, Tina Raymond, Caleb Wheeler Curtis and Jonathan Michel. Thanks to Three Bears Coffee for making this ride possible.
  • Dino Nassios from Milkman and the Big Band visits Flipside to talk all things McCartney. It's time for the deep cuts.
  • Gregory Tardy changes things up on his new record, In His Timing, focusing on the clarinet and adding some new musicians into the lineup.
  • Improvisations To Go lands in San Francisco after a very long train journey. Join Todd as he explores the best beat bookstore imaginable and soak up the sounds of the superb SF Jazz listening room. Also, meet jazz legend Joe Lovano backstage. The title of the episode will make more sense once you listen to the special surprise guest!Thanks, as always, to Aubrey's.