Q&A: Chrissy Keuper, host of WUOT-Knoxville’s Morning Edition

Chrissy Keuper

photo by David Luttrell

Chrissy Keuper

Looking back on 2010, what was your favorite story that you produced?

Probably the feature I did on the Ford Tri-Motor Airplane when it visited Downtown Island Airport. It’s one of the first passenger planes ever built and I got to ride in it—pretty fun, but kind of a scary experience.

What time do you wake up?

We’ll go with 3:30 a.m. I’m here by 4:30.

What time do you go to sleep?

It’s a different time every night if I want to see my friends. Sometimes I have to give up on sleep, but it’s worth it—I want to have a life.

Do you save time not having to do hair and makeup like TV-show hosts?

Yes, and I aim for that to never change. I have no interest in television.

You made it to work a couple of those really icy days last month.

One of those days I walked; it was completely unsafe to drive.

How far did you walk?

Almost four miles. I’ve actually had listeners tell me they really worry if I don’t make it into the office. I don’t know why it makes them feel better to put my life in jeopardy to get here.

Anything particularly funny happen to you last year?

One thing towards the end of year—for the first time I heard someone talking about me in public. They didn’t know it was me standing next to them at the Public House. They were actually wondering what I looked like, whether I drank beer—I didn’t hear the whole conversation. I met them, went over to their table: “So, you’re talking about me.” It was fun.

Does that Morning Edition theme music get old fast?

No. But one that does get old is the weather segment thing that comes on 9 minutes and 30 seconds after the top of the hour. It’s 30 seconds of a single bar of music played over and over. It can be kind of maddening.

Morning Edition is broadcast 5 a.m.-9 a.m. on 91.9 FM; podcasts can be obtained at wuot.org/mt

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