Shawn Ryan (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6327
Shawn Ryan is the features editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Mind Coffee: Goodbye to my old pal, the VW Beetle

Published Jul. 16 2019

The last Volkswagen Beetle recently rolled off the assembly line. The Bug is being discontinued.

Mind Coffee: Hearing the hits you've never heard on the radio

Published Jul. 9 2019

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought: "That song is going to be huge"?

Mind Coffee: Truly Southern, but not a fan of Southern rock

Published Jul. 2 2019

One of my favorite magazines is Classic Rock out of England. For those who grew up in the '70s and...


What's in a name? Do you know the backstories of these Chattanooga landmarks?

Published Jul. 1 2019

It's a safe bet that most of us know that Coolidge Park on the North Shore is named after World...

Mind Coffee: Bands who were better the first time

Published Jun. 25 2019

The adage says: You take your entire life to write your first album and 18 months to write your second.

Mind Coffee: You like cheese slices, but won't admit it

Published Jun. 18 2019

I love me some cheese.

Mind Coffee: Here are some songs for Dad on Father's Day

Published Jun. 11 2019

Father's Day is Sunday, June 16, and I'm guessing many of you are searching for just the right gift.

Mind Coffee: Horror movies are pumping out the gore

Published Jun. 4 2019

I went to see "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum."

Chattanooga's StoryCorps sessions set to begin airing June 4

Published May. 31 2019

In late March, friends and former Times Free Press colleagues Shawn Ryan and Barry Courter sat across from each other...

Mind Coffee: This playlist of songs define the horror of driving in Chattanooga

Published May. 28 2019

I lived in Atlanta for 26 years and drove its roads.

Mind Coffee: Music from high school graduation year ... have mercy

Published May. 21 2019

A friend forwarded me an email that offered the chance to click a weblink (, put in the year you...

Mind Coffee: Hard rock stays, but softer joins the mix

Published May. 15 2019

Led Zeppelin. Deep Purple. Uriah Heep. UFO. Black Sabbath.


Mind Coffee: Treat yourself to a little time travel and explore a favorite band's past

Published May. 8 2019

Ever hear a band or solo artist for the first time and just be blown away?

UTC student is graduating with honors in determination

Published May. 5 2019

Hannah Boulware doesn't remember the seizure. She doesn't remember tumbling down 17 concrete steps at the Center for Creative Arts...

Teen tycoons: These young entrepreneurs have been bitten early by the business bug

Published May. 1 2019

The $80,000 was nice, but it really wasn't what Tripp Phillips was after.

Mind Coffee: James Holzhauer is a safe bet to set a new 'Jeopardy' record

Published May. 1 2019

I love "Jeopardy." I watch it almost every night.

Mind Coffee: Selling out for the sake of cash robs music of authenticity, sincerity

Published Apr. 24 2019

Back in high school, "Chicago at Carnegie Hall" was one of my favorite records.

Mind Coffee: My TV-watching skills are dwindling rapidly

Published Apr. 17 2019

So last night about a gajillion people watched the first episode of the final season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."...

Mind Coffee: Hey! Try showing some courtesy, you jerk

Published Apr. 10 2019

You know what really ticks me off?

Mind Coffee: Recalling the music of my 'Younger Days'

Published Apr. 3 2019

A few weeks ago, some friends went on Facebook to post the "Most Influential Albums of My Younger Days."