Robert T. Nash is back on the airwaves.
Nash, known for speaking his mind on local issues while hosting an afternoon show on WGOW-FM 102.3, now is hosting a show in the same 1-4 p.m. weekday time slot but on WPLZ-FM 95.3.
"I'm very happy to be back on the air in my old time slot," he said, "and I'm happy to be in the Brewer family."
Nash was let go at WGOW in April of 2010 and has been working for Kelly Cadillac since then. The 49-year-old lifelong Chattanoogan said he will keep that job. He also said the 16 months away from radio has given him a different perspective on some things.
"I'm happy to be affiliated with a professional, fully staffed outfit. I have done a lot of maturing and growing in the 16 months since my last gig. I think 2012 is going to be a very interesting year. The best talk-radio hosts have a point of view, and I plan to play to my strength on that front, but I am going to be more mindful and considerate of the big picture.
"I try to be tough but fair, keeping in mind at all times the inherit responsibility that comes along with being in public broadcasting and behaving appropriately on and off the air."
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George S. Clinton, a Chattanooga native and a 1969 Middle Tennessee State University graduate, will return to his alma mater as an artist-in-residence Wednesday and Thursday.
Clinton is a film composer whose credits include "Mortal Kombat," "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" and the Emmy Award-winning "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."
He was presented the Spirit of Tennessee Award by the Tennessee Arts Academy last year for his career achievements and for mentoring students. Some of his MTSU events will be open to the public.
He will present a lecture Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Bragg Mass Communication Building. On Thursday, he will participate in a question-and-answer session on the film music industry and composition at 4 p.m. in Room 174.
Clinton will return to Chattanooga Dec. 17-18 to be the guest conductor for his "Santa Claus Suite" and a new "Deck the Halls Suite" during the CSO's "Home for the Holiday' concerts. Maestro Robert Bernhardt will conduct both nights.
"My daughter Jessica will also be singing in the concert," Clinton said via email.
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The CSO holiday show is just one of many really good performances on the upcoming calendar. The Patten Performances lineup at UTC is one of the best in years, with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Acting Company doing "Comedy of Errors" and the Turtle Island Quartet among my personal favorites.
I'm also excited to see that Monty Python's "Spamalot" is coming to Memorial Auditorium in February. From African music to Shakespeare to Python. That's eclectic.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...