A voice for community.
I've lived in the 16th district for over 35 years with my singer-songwriter husband, Mike Muldoon. Our two children were raised here, and between them went to school at Napier, Glengarry, Head, MLK, Meigs, Rose Park and Hume Fogg. Both continue to be big fans of the 16th. Michelle is a cheese monger in Nashville who is fluent in ASL and also does stand-up comedy, and Brogan is a data analyst in St. Louis. My son-in-law Zak is software developer and musician in Nashville.
I have two passions. The first and biggest has always been serving the community, and I ran for Metro Council as an outgrowth of that. Before council, I spent the bulk of my life working in the non-profit sector, doing things that benefitted the many, including building the city’s first community radio station (107.1 and 103.7FM Radio Free Nashville) from the ground up, foundation to tower - with the help of 150 volunteers. I’ve served on many boards and I’ve been an active volunteer, anywhere my hands, skills and energy were needed.
Radio is the second. I started my on-air radio career here as a request show host at Lite-FM, which later became FM-100 (Radio Lightning). I became morning show co-host and news director there, and later worked in similar capacities at WZEZ, Mix 92.9 and Oldies 93.7, under the name Katharine Dunn. (It took me a long time to get used to being called Katharine.)
I married my passions when I co-founded Radio Free Nashville, where I still serve as executive director. Building the station was not easy. From learning how to set up a non-profit to navigating FCC rules and regulations to get a license to drawing blueprints, pouring the foundation, and ultimately pulling up a tower by hand, it was a struggle. Seemingly insurmountable problems would come out of nowhere. But I believe there is always a solution, and we made it through. We signed on in 2005, and have had over 275 community programmers on the air since. It's the most satisfying work I've ever done.
I've been a vocal advocate for community radio, which serves to build humanity through one-on-one connection, even as technology increasingly isolates us from each other. I was honored to be invited by the FCC to testify on behalf of community radio during a hearing on media consolidation. Over the years, the Radio Free Nashville crew has helped other community radio stations here in Nashville and across the country build their stations and get on the air.
In addition to my work at Radio Free Nashville and as a community volunteer, I also do voice overs, and in my spare time, I am an executive assistant at Space Inch, a web development and mobile game company.
I graduated from Tennessee State University with a BS in Mass Communications, after doing course work at the University of Missouri, SUNY-Stony Brook, and Columbia University.
Community Shares Tennessee
Exchange Club Family Center
Tennessee Health Care Campaign
Nashville Peace and Justice Center (chair)
Americans United (chair)
Walk Bike Nashville
Remote Area Medical Clinic
Rape and Sexual Abuse Center
Hands On Nashville
St. Luke’s Community House
VISTA--Cohn Adult Learning Center