Tennessee Today (10.30.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
Tennessee Today recently reported that radio station WUOT, a member of National Public Radio and a Public Radio International affiliate licensed to the University of Tennessee, would broadcast an original special, “I’m Still Here: My HIV Life,” on November 6 during the “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” programs. Produced by WUOT Director of News Content Matt Shafer Powell and freelance producer Leslie Snow, the special aimed to tell five HIV-infected East Tennesseans’ stories and to give listeners a chance to “walk a mile in their shoes and see the world through their eyes.”
Powell noted that many people believed that simply taking HIV medications would make HIV-infected people “OK.” In reality, HIV-infected people faced discrimination, pain, loneliness, and the possibility of an abbreviated lifespan. Positively Living, a Knoxville, Tenn., organization that provided housing and care to low-income HIV/AIDS patients, assisted with the documentary. Knoxville musician and WUOT Jazz Coordinator Todd Steed composed an original soundtrack for the special.
Several of the people featured in the special also would be panelists on WUOT’s live public affairs program, “Dialogue,” at 1:00 p.m. on November 6. “Dialogue” would rebroadcast the special and offer callers the opportunity to ask panelists about living with HIV. WUOT broadcasts 24 hours daily and serves East Tennessee and parts of Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia. The station streams online at http://wuot.org/. A second audio channel, WUOT-2, is available on HD Radio, Internet radio, and the web.