Read All About It: Davis-Kidd Booksellers

Neither particularly green nor particularly hilly, where even the Kroger offers valet parking, Green Hills, that traffic jam dressed up as a neighborhood, beckons you. Amid the gleaming stores and preternaturally tan (or is it orange?) shoppers, you encounter a bookish oasis, an eye of literacy at the center of the retail storm. Relieved, you tug on the door and walk in.
Neither particularly green nor particularly hilly, where even the Kroger offers valet parking, Green Hills, that traffic jam dressed up as a neighborhood, beckons you. Amid the gleaming stores and preternaturally tan (or is it orange?) shoppers, you encounter a bookish oasis, an eye of literacy at the center of the retail storm. Relieved, you tug on the door and walk in. Founded in 1980 by two social workers, Karen Davis and Thelma Kidd, Davis-Kidd became a part of the Joseph-Beth family of independent bookstores when the pair decided to retire from the business in 1997. A move last year into a new home at The Mall at Green Hills now means that bibliophiles visiting the two-story outfit, complete with a café and wine bar offering healthy fare, are just a stone’s throw from the most enormous piece of cheesecake in town, compliments of the Cheesecake Factory just across the way. But eat the cheesecake after, because you’ll want to wile away your time here without feeling the urgent need for a nap brought on by overindulgence. Frequent in-store readings and music (by the likes of harp guitarist Tom Shinness, a brass quartet from the Nashville Symphony or Ruth McGinnis, among others) make browsing here particularly fun. An expansive magazine section, events for kids and a handful of Davis-Kidd book groups such as the Lambda, Classics and Escapist clubs make the retailer even more relevant for those who are serious about their reading or about just feeling connected to their community. There’s even a Harry Potter Withdrawal Club for grown-ups and kids alike who didn’t pace themselves through Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and now have a long wait until the next J.K. Rowling release. Among the suggested authors to tide over readers are, of course, C.S. Lewis and Tamora Pierce. Davis-Kidd is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Suite 281, 385-2645,

If you would rather not eat in a “factory,” click here.

If the traffic around here is making you crazy, click here.


Radio Stations


On the left end of the ideological spectrum are Mary Mancini, a self-described “liberal talk radio diva in the making,” and Freddie O’Connell, a “Southern-bred Ivy League elitist,” whose weekly show Liberadio(!) airs every Monday from 7 to 9 a.m. on 91.1 WRVU-FM. Whether they’re interviewing FCC commissioners, charter school founders or crunchy third-party candidates whose campaign mailings can be buried to sprout basil (or is that Al Gore?), the duo may be largely preaching to the choir, but they also regularly surprise and enlighten. Since 2004, the pair have, as they put it, “been encouraging civil dialogue in the reality-based community….” Find guest lineups, show archives and blog posts at Listen to streaming audio at


This Internet roots station is one of the city’s hidden treasures, playing tons of independent releases in folk, rock, bluegrass, Americana, old-time, alt country and world.

WAMB 1200-AM

The WAMB Big Band format re-creates the big-band era, playing compositions from the 1930s through the 1970s. Also airs on 98.7-FM.

WAPB 810-AM/WHEW 1380-AM

Two AM stations serving Nashville’s large Hispanic population with community announcements and a variety of Latin music.

WAYM 88.7-FM

“The Way” is part of a broadcast network of Christian radio stations dedicated to evangelism.

WBUZ 102.9-FM

“Nashville’s Home of New Rock” plays the best of new commercial hard rock from Audioslave to Zwan, with an emphasis on nu metal.

WCJK 96.3-FM

The “Jack FM” franchise plays what it wants, mostly hits from the ’80s and ’90s.

WFSK 88.1-FM

Fisk University’s radio station, hosting both talk and music.


Popular station playing family-friendly “lite rock favorites.”

WLAC 1510-AM

This news and talk radio station has been on the air in Nashville since Nov. 24, 1926. Though its format has changed over time, WLAC has proved its durability, finding a solid niche in the Nashville market. Now listeners catch up on the latest news, sports, money, lifestyles, traffic and weather.

WMOT 89.5-FM

Middle Tennessee State University’s noncommercial classic jazz station is a highly informative NPR affiliate.

WMTS 88.3-FM

Middle Tennessee State University’s student-run radio station plays everything from generic indie college rock to punk, metal and country. Captain Kirk’s Smokehouse Review will provide you with jam band and retro rock 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

WNAH 1360-AM

Southern gospel remains king at 56-year-old WNAH. Still going strong “With News About Heaven” from its home on Music Row.

THE FAN 106.7-FM

“Nashville’s only 24/7 sports FM,” an ESPN affiliate.

WNRQ 105.9-FM

“The Rock-105.9” is Metro Nashville’s classic riff-rock driving range where songs by Skynyrd and the Scorpions punctuate the morning drive show bubba-drool banter from John Boy and Billy. The station is also home to popular radio personalities Joe Elvis and Proud Mary. Yeeeehaw!

WPLN 90.3-FM/1430-AM

Nashville’s NPR affiliate is the home of informative and hysterical syndicated programs such as Click and Clack’s “Car Talk,” Michael Feldman’s “Whad’Ya Know” and Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” WPLN also broadcasts a variety of insightful news, financial and cultural programs, and is Nashville’s only bandwidth dedicating considerable time to classical music. Listeners who want more detailed, complete news coverage should check out the AM broadcast to get feeds from more foreign news sources.

WQQK 92.1-FM

Self-described as “The People’s Station,” WQQK plays adult contemporary R&B. 92Q begins its day with the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

WVNS 102.5-FM

The former “Party” is now known as “Venus.” Despite the new name, it seems to have the same format: Top 40 popular jams.


Nashville’s only community radio station, a homey low-power affair located on a hilltop in Pasquo, is easier to find online than on your car radio: the signal barely reaches White Bridge Road. But it has some of the city’s best programming, both music and talk, which runs as far to the left as its commercial competitors lean to the right.

WRLT 100.1-FM

Lightning 100 bridges the gap between college alternative and adult contemporary programming, with a weekly menu offering a range of distinct options from syndicated programs like Elwood Blues’ “House of Blues Radio Hour” to original shows like DJ Fred Buc’s popular “Retro Lightning.”

WRQQ 97.1-FM

Oldies 97 is “Nashville’s new home for rock ’n’ roll hits of the ’60s and ’70s.”

WRVU 91.1- FM

Vanderbilt University’s radio station is generally regarded as Nashville’s “alternative” station. WRVU hosts a diverse slate of shows and new DJs with each semester.

WRVW 107.5-FM

Because there’s no such thing as too much Clear Channel on Nashville’s airwaves, here’s CC’s outlet for contemporary hit radio.

WSIX 97.9-FM

Home to Gerry House’s entertaining and egalitarian morning talk program as well as current country hits.

WSM 650-AM

The radio home of the Grand Ole Opry and, with its healthy mix of recent and classic country, an inevitable destination for diehard fans of the genre.


No longer affiliated with WSM-AM, 95.5 THE WOLF plays “pure country” with a twist of country-rock, featuring acts such as The Eagles, Bob Seger and John Mellencamp.

WUBT 101.1-FM

“101.1 the Beat Jamz” is the area’s most popular hip-hop and R&B station and home to Doug Banks’ entertaining and down-to-earth morning show and on-air personality Pamela Aniese. Make sure to tune in Dolewite & Scooby every evening except Sundays at 7 p.m.

WVOL 1470-AM

“The Mighty 147” is 56 years old. The reasons for its longevity: funky programming linking “urban oldies” with “urban adult contemporary” and a focus on issues in the African American community.

WWTN 99.7-FM

This is the station to tune in to if you’re into in-depth sports coverage, financial advice, UFOs, conspiracy theories, raving gun nuts, right-wing rants, no-tax honkers and general late-night weirdness.

Print Media

All The Rage


Free weekly entertainment guide to Nashville. Available at bookstores, grocery stores, restaurants, clubs and local retail centers. Publication date: Thursday.

American Songwriter Magazine

1303 16th Ave. S., Second Floor, 321-6096,

A 22-year-old bimonthly magazine covering the craft and art of songwriting.



Free monthly tab offering book reviews and author interviews. Distributed nationwide to libraries and bookstores.

Business Tennessee


Monthly statewide business news magazine available at newsstands and by subscription. Publication date: 1st of the month.

Church Street Freedom Press


Free weekly paper dedicated to GLBT issues, arts and events. Distributed to various area businesses. Publication date: Thursday.

The City Paper

This 6-year-old, five-day-a-week newspaper that has lost on the order of $11 million during its brief life underwent a transformation in 2006, graduating from a news product obsessed with poorly written, niggly neighborhood stories to one whose daily fodder rivals or exceeds the relevance of its primary competitor, The Tennessean. Under the leadership of new editor Clint Brewer and new publisher Albie Del Favero (former Scene publisher, by the way), the paper has focused its content on more important daily stories, has made politics a priority (a particular weakness of The Tennessean) and is demonstrating a slightly higher quality of writing. The paper has yet to turn the profit corner, but it’s going in the right direction. Available free all over town or online at

El Crucero de Tennessee


Free weekly Spanish newspaper. Available at local grocery stores, churches, Hispanic restaurants and businesses. Subscriptions are also available. Publication date: Friday.

Green Hills News


Free and paid weekly newspaper serving the Green Hills area. Home-delivered to area residents and available at public libraries, grocery stores and other newspaper racks. Subscriptions available. Publication date: Thursday.

La Noticia


Edited and published by Yuri Cunza, this Spanish-language newspaper is distributed at more than 150 locations throughout Nashville.

Nashville Business Journal


Weekly business paper available at newsstands. Publication date: Friday.

Nashville Lifestyles


Magazine covering fashion, events and lifestyles, with features on local celebrities. Publication schedule: 10 issues per year.

Nashville Music Guide


Free monthly music news and events magazine. Available at clubs, various retailers, hotels and clubs. Publication date: 1st Friday of the month.

Nashville Parent


Free monthly magazine available at public libraries, Kroger stores, day care centers, toy stores and children’s clothing stores. Publication date: 1st of the month.

Nashville Record


Weekly newspaper covering legal and business issues. Available at various newsstands at downtown locations. Publication date: Thursday.

Nashville Scene


Free alternative newsweekly covering news, culture and arts. Available at public libraries, major bookstores, grocery stores and other high-traffic areas. Publication date: Thursday.



Free monthly magazine covering Nashville society. Available at select grocery stores and retail outlets. Publication date: end of the month.

Out & About Nashville


Nashville’s free monthly newspaper for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Available in bookstores, various restaurants and other retail outlets. Publication date: 1st of the month.

The Tennessean


Daily morning newspaper.

Tennessee Register


Newspaper published by the Catholic Diocese of Nashville. Publication date: every other Friday.

The Tennessee Tribune


African American weekly. Available at select newsstands, retail locations and public high school and college libraries. Publication date: Thursday.

West Meade News


Community newspaper serving the West Nashville area. Home-delivered to area residents. Publication date: Thursday.

West Side News


Community newspaper serving the Bellevue and Charlotte Pike areas. Home-delivered to area residents and available at public libraries, grocery stores and other outlets. Outside area home delivery for $10 per year; $25 out-of-state. Publication date: Thursday.

The Westview


Free weekly paper covering West Nashville from 46th Avenue to White Bluff. Available at retail locations around town. Mailed subscription available for $25 per year. Publication date: Wednesday.

insideOut Nashville


Tennessee’s largest free gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender newsweekly (formerly known as Xenogeny). Available at bookstores, various restaurants and retail outlets. Mailed subscription available for $25 per year. Publication date: Monday.


A recent national news account held that the average blog has just a single reader. This statistic is a testament not only to the sheer volume of blogs but also, unfortunately, to their average worth. Sadly, few blogs offer original reporting. But there are some diamonds in the rough, and for news junkies in Nashville looking for a voice who will report and comment on political and public policy issues of the day—all day long, every day—we recommend bookmarking the musings of A.C. Kleinheider, author of the Volunteer Voters site hosted by WKRN-Channel 2. He demonstrates more than just a political ideology (socially conservative). He thinks and, not least, reports in addition to posting and commenting about what daily newspapers, wire services, websites and blogs are saying. The Vandy grad is not content merely to speculate about what motivates candidates, operatives or even journalists. He’ll actually do something few of his peers will: pick up the phone.


WKRN-Channel 2 anchor Bob Mueller has the kind of institutional knowledge and reportorial talents that have become all too rare in Nashville. An Emmy Award winner many times over, Mueller has spent the last 20 years at Channel 2, covering Capitol Hill and every noteworthy politician in the state, among much else. Last fall, recognizing a void in local public affairs programming, Mueller and the brass at Channel 2 launched This Week With Bob Mueller, which on any given week might feature interviews with the likes of Gov. Bredesen, Bill Frist and local military experts talking about the Iraq war. These reports are followed by brief panel discussions with local radio (and TV) personality Steve Gill, Democrat Bob Tuke and (reader alert: shameless self-promotion follows) Scene editor Liz Garrigan. The show airs Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Find Mueller’s personal blog at


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