Mack Linebaugh | Nashville Public Radio

Mack Linebaugh

Director of Digital Services

Mack is WPLN's Director of Digital Services. He oversees digital content strategy and creation for He works closely with reporters and the news director on editing, writing headlines, reimagining radio stories for the web, producing web-exclusive news content, and using social media to engage the community. He started working for WPLN in 2003, holding positions in membership and marketing, before leaving to start a freelance web development firm in 2008. He returned in 2010 as new media director. Mack studied Anthropology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He has also been a touring musician, released albums, and had his songs published in film and television.

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MT2W / drone video screenshot

A thousand feet above the Brentwood hills, a carefully orchestrated surgery is taking place this week. The main antenna for 90.3 FM is getting replaced after 34 years of faithful service. 

Joe Nolan

Joe Nolan wrote and read this poem as a radio companion to his new photo essay on Lebanon Pike, part of his ongoing series the Pikes Project

In the poem, we count 12 references to things you can see along the pike. Can you catch them all? 


Nashville bus MTA
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

If passed, Nashville's multi-billion dollar transit plan, up for a vote May 1, would be the largest civic project the city has ever undertaken — yet polls show a large number of Nashvillians are still undecided. We want to know what would help you make a decision. 

Michael Coghlan / Flickr

A new study on the relationship between childhood poverty and how likely someone is to be imprisoned later contains an eyebrow-raising statistic about one Nashville neighborhood. 

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

What happens when you adapt a podcast episode into a puppet show?

Curious Nashville magic, that's what.

In May, we hosted a celebration of Nashville Public Radio's podcasts — called Podcast Party (fittingly) — at the Nashville Children's Theater. We teamed up with local puppeteers to produce a live animated version of one of our Curious Nashville episodes, The Life And Death Of An Old House In Boomtown.

Wayne Brezinka

In a portrait of a young Elvis Presley, painted by Nashville-area artist Wayne Brezinka, there’s something odd going on in that trademark pompadour — 40 years after the superstar's death. The three-dimensional hair is striped with green, yellow, blue, red and white wires.

Those wires were ripped from a 1950s-era phone system in the home and office of Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker. In fact, it’s likely they're the very wires that carried the voice of Ed Sullivan, when he called Colonel Parker to discuss Presley’s now-famous appearances on Sullivan’s TV show.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

As President Trump visited Nashville on Wednesday, we followed along here with breaking updates and tweets from WPLN reporters. 

Louise Dahl-Wolfe

WPLN listener Hart Armstrong asked the following question to Curious Nashville: Where in Nashville did the artist William Edmondson live? Is there a plaque?

The short answer is that the home of sculptor William Edmondson—the first African American to have a solo show in the Museum of Modern Art—is no longer standing. And in fact, his whole block was torn down years after his death, during an urban renewal project in Edgehill that began in the late 1960s.

Jo Fields

Click through the slideshow above of photos taken by Jo Fields on February 7, near the Bob Brown Field Station in Warner Park. But beware, you will witness the moment of death for an unfortunate opossum.

Mark Nagi / TDOT

Update: 4:50 p.m.

Authorities in Gatlinburg have now confirmed three fatalities related to the fast-moving wildfires that roared through the mountain town last night. No other information has been released about the deaths except that they were outside of the town of Gatlinburg.