Frank Murphy hosts the afternoon show on Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX. He joined WNOX in 2013 and has been on the radio in Knoxville since 2002. In 2017, he became a host of East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl, which airs weeknights at 5:30 p.m.
Frank joined the comedy improv troupe Einstein Simplified upon moving to Knoxville. The group performs Tuesday nights at Scruffy City Hall. In 2012 and 2013, Frank won the Host with the Most stand-up comedy contest to raise money for charity.
Frank was selected as the 2014 Knoxville recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. He earned the title “Man of the Year” in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 fundraising competition. He served terms as president of the Front Page Foundation and as president of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association.
Frank has been in the cast of Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association productions since 2010, including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty & the Beast, and Into the Woods. From 2014 to 2018, he was in the Front Page Follies, an annual musical spoof of local news stories. He often serves as emcee for Bone Zones, the group which facilitates public appearances for renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass.
Frank is frequently asked to emcee fundraisers and festivals in East Tennessee. Recent events include New Year’s on the Square, the Knoxville St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Karns Fairest of the Fair Pageant, the Knox Asian Festival, the Regional Youth Talent Competition, the Greater Knoxville Heart Walk, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the GO! Contemporary Dance Works gala, the Hearth Scares Ball, and the Rocky Hill Christmas Parade. In 2018, he was voted “Knoxville’s Finest Emcee” by the readers of Blank Newspaper.
Frank was the 2014 Social Media inductee in the Friends of Literacy East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. He can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, and YouTube as @FrankMurphyCom. Frank’s blog, which was active from 2005 to 2015, was voted one of “East Tennessee’s Best” by the readers of the Knoxville News Sentinel for four consecutive years and the “Best of Knoxville” by the readers of Metro Pulse. In 2017 and 2018, he co-hosted a podcast titled SomeAntics with Krisha & Frank.
Prior to moving to Tennessee, Frank worked at KPWR, KROQ, and KLOS in Los Angeles and WAVA in Washington, D.C. He graduated from George Mason University, where he won the Senior of the Year award. Frank and his wife Jere have two adult children.
Frank’s hobbies include traveling, swimming, and growing figs. He became a KCBS Certified Barbeque Judge in 2013. Frank has visited all 50 states and plans to take his wife to the two states she has not yet visited.