Kick back with Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis each Monday for the latest news happening in and around downtown Knoxville, and stay tuned on Thursdays for "Last Call" conversations with special guests. "The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by Knox News, part of the USA Today Network.
Has hip-hop found a new home in Knoxville?
For years, Knoxville hip-hop artists have struggled to gauge success with no venue dedicated to the music and culture. We caught up with Jay Harris, owner of The Concourse, and members of the Good Guy Collective to discuss a new partnership that will bring a monthly hip-hop showcase to the venue on North Broadway. "The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com.
What are your downtown Knoxville New Year’s resolutions?
Despite promising New Year's Eve celebrations, 2020 and 2021 really dropped the ball. Ryan and Calvin are joined by growth and development editor Brenna McDermott to talk about downtown Knoxville resolutions for 2022, from shopping small to scheduling a staycation to singing your heart out at karaoke. "The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com.
Which artists could put Knoxville music on the map?
Garrett Thomson and Kent Oglesby of Born & Raised Productions join the podcast to discuss some of the most notable musicians in the Scruffy City scene. The guests also discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on local musicians and whether Knoxville has a distinct sound — and if having a sound even matters. "The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com.
What could be done to beautify downtown Knoxville?
Brenna McDermott, growth and development editor for Knox News, joins Ryan and Calvin to share ideas to improve the look and feel of downtown. From improving Knoxville's riverfront to installing photogenic landmarks, the trio explores all that could be done to make Knoxville an even more attractive city for locals and visitors. "The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com.
What's the best way to spend the holidays in downtown Knoxville?
If you have the stockings, we have the "stuff" to help you make the most of the holiday season in Knoxville. Ryan and Calvin discuss signature events, including the Christmas parade, as well as some more-unique ideas to experience Christmas cheer in the shadows of the Sunsphere. "The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com.
Why are you thankful for downtown Knoxville this Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is less about the stuffing and more about the "stuff." Higher education reporter Becca Wright joins Ryan and Calvin to discuss the cornucopia of stuff they are most thankful for about downtown Knoxville this Thanksgiving. "The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com.
Love listening to your podcasts each week. Just wondering if Calvin has celiac? I’ve heard different comments about certain foods he can’t eat
Great podcast that has really helped me learn about the city. Hosts have great voices and are knowledgeable. I’m just getting caught up and listening to the open container law. I know they put a lid on it for now but check out Savannah Ga which has it and it hasn’t ruined that city. It’s nice to not have to guzzle your drink because you’re ready to leave….Just a thought. Thanks again for creating this.
Fresh Upbeat Banter
Really enjoyed your launch show. Your fresh upbeat banter filled my quiet house with cheerful conversation. I love Knoxville and love knowing what’s going on with people making things happen here. Looking forward to listening in the corona days ahead.