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. Frank is often seen on East Tennessee PBS pledge drives and in 2017 became one of the hosts of East Tennessee PBS Scholars’ Bowl, which airs weeknights at 5:30 p.m.
Frank has been a member of the comedy improv troupe Einstein Simplified since moving to Knoxville. The group performs Tuesday nights at Scruffy City Hall. He co-hosts a podcast titled SomeAntics with Krisha & Frank and occasionally performs two-person improv shows with his comedy partner Krisha Brook. 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 of “Man of the Year” in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 fundraising competition. He is also involved in the community as president of the Front Page Foundation, a volunteer for Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, and as past-president of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association.
Frank has been in the cast of several Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association productions since 2010, including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty & the Beast. Since 2014, he has been a cast member in the annual Front Page Follies, a 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 GO! Contemporary Dance Works gala, the Knoxville St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Karns Community Fair, the Knox Asian Festival, the Regional Youth Talent Competition, the Greater Knoxville Heart Walk, the Catholic Charities 360° of Hope Luncheon, and the Hearth Scares Ball.
Frank is 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.
Prior to moving to Tennessee, Frank worked at radio stations in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. He graduated from George Mason University, where he won the Senior of the Year award. Frank and his wife have two adult children, who live in the Washington, D.C. area.
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 hopes to take his wife to the three states she has not yet visited.