Celia Gregory is WNXP’s morning host but her work at the station does not stop there! As the station’s Specials Programs Manager, Celia works closely with Program Director Jason Moon Wilkins and the team to create unique on air programming and special themed sets like #ThematicStatic on Thursdays. Get to know her.
Celia’s pronouns: she/her
1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Honest to goodness, a back-up singer. Attention-hogging as I might be as solo radio host now, I’ve forever been intoxicated by watching backing vocalists rounding out the sound and the stage presence of live performers, in venues big and small.
2. What made you want to work for WNXP?
Public radio is informative, educational and trusted. To match that reputation with music discovery in Music City, USA seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for community good. I’m so grateful for this chance to connect with listeners, artists and fellow radio pros via WNXP.
3. What can listeners expect you to do at WNXP in the next year?
I’m excited to share conversations with even more high-caliber local and touring musicians, those with new music out and/or the chance to swing through our Sonic Cathedral when in Nashville. We’re also always thinking of how to shape special programming around holidays, timely Nashville happenings and community movers and shakers. I welcome your ideas for content you would find compelling on WNXP (leave us a voice memo at wnxp.org/feedback)!
4. a) Do you consider yourself to be a foodie? b) Any favorite Nashville restaurants so far? c) Any places on your “must try” list?
In so far as I need food to live and I really enjoy eating, then yes, a foodie to the max. Having been a pescatarian for about eight years, I’m delighting in Nashville’s growing veggie food scene including the Be-Hive Deli and Wild Cow in East Nashville, Sunflower Café in Berry Hill and the sister Bakehouse location in Donelson, and the mouthwatering Radical Rabbit foodstuffs you can find at some farmers markets and by delivery. I also eat wayyyy too much pizza for a grown woman, so shoutout to East Nashville Beer Works and Smith & Lentz for never leaving sis thirsty or hungry. (When you order a brick oven pie at the latter brewery, you must Take Her To Prom – you’ll get it when you visit).
5. What do you like to do for fun outside the office?
Besides eat pizza and drink craft beer? See concerts hither and yon, sometimes registering people to vote while there. Punch and kick the heavy bag at Title Boxing. Walk my bonkers, barky, reactive dogs, who’ve totally regressed (like all of us, I guess) in the last year or so.
BONUS: What’s your go-to karaoke song? (Not that we’d ever make you sing it.)
Alanis Morrisette’s “You Oughta Know.” (Although, it was “Ironic” Alanis that made an appearance at Diarrhea Planet’s Halloween show some years ago.)