Victor Agreda, Jr.

Morning Edition Host/Producer

Victor Agreda comes to WUOT with 10 years of experience in the media field, managing DownloadSquad, Engadget Spanish, Autoblog Spanish, DIYLife, and The Unofficial Apple Weblog for AOL. During his time at TUAW, Victor tested thousands of apps, and worked closely with developers and innovators in the technology field.

Victor holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (English) as well as Watkins in Nashville (Film Editing). Victor has created content for television and the web, and has been a speaker at SXSW and 360 Intersect, and has been interviewed on BBC Radio and Fox Business News.

Victor’s passion lies in storytelling and empowering local businesses and individuals in the region. Victor lives in Fountain City, and has two teenage children, Belle and Weston.

TN Theatre Mighty Wurlitzer
The Tennessee Theatre

You may be familiar with the name Wurlitzer, as the brand is well-known for its jukeboxes and organs. The Tennessee Theatre has a Wurlitzer, but it's called a Mighty Wurlitzer. Why?

WUOT's Victor Agreda spoke to Lila Honaker with the Theatre to discuss just that, plus why the venue will be showing the Buster Keaton film, The Cameraman, 90 years after the space opened.  

Zareena Grewal is a historical anthropologist who has spent well over a decade studying Muslims in America and around the world. Her book, "Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority," looked at transnational Muslim networks. Her new book, due soon, examines the impact of the Quran in America. 

Anthony Nownes is a political science professor at the University of Tennesse, and something he pays attention to is the realm of campaign finance. The rules around campaign finance are exceedingly complex, so much so that Nownes will admit almost no one fully understands it all. He also points out that the majority of campaign finances -- at least regarding direct campaign contributions -- are provided by small donations. Your average citizen is still the fuel that runs a campaign's coffers.

When new Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs entered office, it wasn't expected for him to add new government positions. But, seeing a need, he added an education liason and Diversity Development Manager to the county roster. Heading up the diversity role: Darris Upton. He's a Navy veteran who worked in a community relations role with the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods.

I spoke to Mr. Upton about this new role, the resources he has available and what he hopes to accomplish in the position. 

Some Basic Facts About CBD

Aug 31, 2018

You might have heard about CBD products and their purported health benefits lately, but what are they? CBD is derived from hemp, which is legal to grow in Tennessee with a license. Applications for those licenses have tripled in the past year, according to the state. It’s an indication that CBD products are growing in demand as an alternative from everything to sleeping pills to opioids. Victor Agreda spoke to Anne Hack, an educator and distributor of CBD products, about their legality and benefits.