Up Close with Renea Winchester
Frank Murphy interviews Renea Winchester, an award-winning author.
About the Show
Enjoy a half-hour with Frank Murphy and interesting people from East Tennessee, including actors, naturalists, comedians, professors, musicians, journalists, historians, and entrepreneurs.
Up Close with Jayne Morgan
Frank Murphy interviews Jayne Morgan, a playwright, actress, and acting coach.
Up Close with Scott West
Frank Murphy interviews business owner, real estate developer and ex-convict Scott West.
Up Close with Cylk Cozart
Frank talks with athlete, actor, director and entrepreneur Cylk Cozart.
Frank Murphy is an improviser on-air, on stage, and online. Frank hosts Tennessee Scholars’ Bowl, an academic competition between area high schools. In 2021, Frank became host of Up Close with Frank Murphy, a monthly late-night interview program on East Tennessee PBS.
Frank has a podcast, and YouTube channel called the Frank & Friends Show, which features appearances by several guest co-hosts. The podcast and travel vlogs about tourist attractions near the Great Smoky Mountains are found at FrankAndFriendsShow.com. The vlogs are also featured on SeeMoreSmokies.com
Fans of “Knoxville’s Greatest Hits” can hear Frank weekdays between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. on 104.9 Lake FM or online at lakefm.com. World-renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass utilizes Frank at
many of his speaking engagements, which are planned by the team at BoneZones.com. Frank serves as emcee and facilitator. Frank joined the comedy improv troupe Einstein Simplified a month after moving to Knoxville in 2002. The group performs on Tuesday nights in Scruffy City Hall on Market Square.
Frank was the 2014 Social Media inductee in the Friends of Literacy East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame, published an award-winning blog, and is currently writing a book with stories from his life and career. 2022 marked Frank’s third appearance as a voice actor in the Nativity Pageant of Knoxville, portraying six characters. Frank was in the cast of several Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association productions from 2010 to 2019, including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty & the Beast, and Into the Woods. From 2014 to 2018, he was in the cast of the Front Page Follies, an annual musical spoof of local news stories.
In Knoxville, Frank is heard on 104.9 Lake FM (WPLA). He was previously on-air at WNOX-FM, WWST-FM, WTXM-FM, and WOKI-FM. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Frank worked at KLOS-FM,KROQ-FM, and KPWR-FM in Los Angeles and WAVA-FM in Washington, D.C.
Frank graduated from George Mason University and won the Senior of the Year award. He became a KCBS Certified BarbequeJudge in 2013. His hobbies include writing, swimming, and growing figs. Frank has visited all 50 states and hopes to take his wife Jere to the two states she has not yet visited. Frank and Jere have two adult children and five grandchildren.