The Best Times

The Best Times is a half-hour magazine-style series featuring segments on health, finance, technology, lifestyles, and more tailored specifically for WKNO’s viewers aged 50+. Produced and hosted by Cris Hardaway, The Best Times is produced in cooperation with the monthly publication, The Best Times, and is made possible by the generous financial support of The Plough Foundation.

On Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m.

There are many area organizations that provide services to our older citizens. It’s ironic that those who have the greatest need often are unaware of these organizations. One such organization is called Meritan, and we’ll explore the range of senior services they offer. By age 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision-impairing eye disease. Cataracts are the leading cause of low vision. And age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness for Americans over 50. Which makes it a good idea to keep “An Eye on Your Future”.


Thu, 11/14 at 7:30 PM

Fri, 11/15 at 12:30 AM

Sat, 11/16 at 5:30 PM

Sun 11/17 at 11:30 AM


Fri, 11/15 at 11:00 AM

Sat, 11/16 at 2:30 PM

On Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Tracing the branches of your family tree has become a popular hobby. In fact, genealogy is ranked as the second most popular hobby in America. One in 25 Americans have had their DNA tested to find out their ancestry. Maybe it’s time you should become a DNA detective and take a class in “Genealogy 101.” We’ll also take a look at HIV/AIDS and a surprising statistic from the Centers for Disease Control that nearly half of those living today with HIV are fifty or older. We’ll talk with Diane Duke, executive director of Friends for Life to find out more about “HIV Seniors.”


Thu, 11/21 at 7:30 PM

Fri, 11/22 at 12:30 AM

Sat, 11/23 at 5:30 PM

Sun 11/24 at 11:30 AM


Fri, 11/22 at 11:00 AM

Sat, 11/23 at 2:30 PM

On Thursday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m.

A series of recent scientific studies has underlined the importance of exercise as we age. In one study they found a clear connection between a longer, healthier life and high levels of exercise. In fact, they went so far as to conclude that lack of exercise, a sedentary lifestyle, is as harmful to us as a major disease or a lifetime of smoking. Another study found that brisk walking for just 20 minutes every day could reduce one’s risk of early death by as much as 30%. Maybe exercise is the “Fountain of Youth.”


Thu, 11/28 at 7:30 PM

Fri, 11/29 at 12:30 AM

Sat, 11/30 at 5:30 PM

Sun 12/01 at 11:30 AM


Fri, 11/29 at 11:00 AM

Sat, 11/30 at 2:30 PM

On Thursday, December 5 , 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Numerous studies have shown that learning a musical instrument can improve cognitive abilities and reduce the risk of dementia. Singing or acting can build self-confidence and painting or ceramic art helps improve motor skills. For sixteen years Creative Aging, a local non-profit, has been bringing the arts to our senior population. This year they’re trying something different called “The Senior Studio.” Then we’ll ask the age-old question, “Are You Ready to Become a Grandparent?” Can you adjusting to a new way of life.


Thu, 12/05 at 7:30 PM

Fri, 12/06 at 12:30 AM

Sat, 12/07 at 5:30 PM

Sun 12/08 at 11:30 AM


Fri, 12/06 at 11:00 AM

Sat, 12/07 at 2:30 PM

On Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what life was like in nineteenth century Memphis? The Best Times Host Cris Hardaway journeys back in time with a visit to three of the oldest houses in the city to prove that “There’s No Place Like Home.” Take a tour of The Mageveny House, The Mallory-Neely House and the Woodruff-Fontaine House. And we’ll examine why seniors are turning to ease their aches and pains with an all-natural treatment that’s over 2,000 years old — the Chinese practice of acupuncture. Find out more about the pain-relieving benefits of “Acupuncture for Seniors.”


Thu, 12/12 at 7:30 PM

Fri, 12/13 at 12:30 AM

Sat, 12/14 at 5:30 PM

Sun 12/15 at 11:30 AM


Fri, 12/13 at 11:00 AM

Sat, 12/14 at 2:30 PM

On Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

The Best Times Host Cris Hardaway talks with Randy Hutchinson of the Better Business Bureau on how to protect yourself from the latest scams that target seniors. In addition, with smoking being one of the greatest risk factors for a number of diseases and conditions, we'll look into “Smoking and Your Health.”


Thu, 12/19 at 7:30 PM

Fri, 12/20 at 12:30 AM

Sat, 12/21 at 5:30 PM

Sun 12/22 at 11:30 AM


Fri, 12/20 at 11:00 AM

Sat, 12/21 at 2:30 PM

On Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m..

Host Cris Hardaway takes a look at “The Aging Commission of the Mid-South,” and talks with its Executive Director, Kim Daugherty about the support and assistance the organization provides the community in its efforts to serve persons who are aging and disabled. We will also address ways to deal with grief when your spouse dies and look into “Coping with the Loss of a Spouse.”


Thu, 12/26 at 7:30 PM

Fri, 12/27 at 12:30 AM

Sat, 12/28 at 5:30 PM

Sun 12/29 at 11:30 AM


Fri, 12/27 at 11:00 AM

Sat, 12/28 at 2:30 PM

Produced and hosted by Cris Hardaway, "The Best Times" is produced in cooperation with the monthly publication, The Best Times.
It is made possible by the generous financial support of our production funders: The Plough Foundation and the monthly publication of the same name, The Best Times.

Check out other local shows here.

Major Funding:

Additional Funding: