Welcome to Knoxville Chronicles, a podcast series produced by the Knoxville History Project highlighting some of the most interesting of the city’s old stories of the city that still have relevance today.
The pilot episode, The Printer’s Devil, written and narrated by Jack Neely, tells the story of Adolph Ochs, a kid who was scared of a graveyard while he learned the ropes of of newspaper publishing here in Knoxville as a Printer’s Devil. The lad went on to become the founder of a major American institution, a cultural leader who changed a whole profession, established a landmark, and introduced a new way of celebrating a holiday. The story connects Knoxville in post-Civil War Tennessee to booming, electric New York in the 20th century. Length: 18.38 mins.
An extended written account of this story can be found on our Stories page