WCTE Monthly Newsletter


We are ready for a Downton Abbey-inspired evening…are YOU?
 WCTE Annual DinnerMarch 10 
        Come celebrate with us! It’s the end of Downton Abbey, the beginning of other wonderful Masterpiece programs, and an exciting time for WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS!  Join us on March 10 at Cookeville’s Leslie Town Centre for a lovely evening you won’t soon forget.
        Along with food, fun, and refinement, attendees can expect a special view into the world of renowned PBS programming with keynote speaker John Bredar, VP of National Programming at WGBH Boston. Bredar oversees highly acclaimed prime-time series produced in Boston and seen nationally on PBS, including American Experience, Nova, Frontline, Masterpiece, and Antiques Roadshow.  He also supervises Studio Six, WGBH’s in-house production studio.  Before working for PBS, Bredar was senior executive producer for the National Geographic Specials and produced over 150 National Geographic programs.  He is sure to share some special insight for anyone interested in educational television!
We invite you to dress in your best Downton Abbey-inspired attire for a delightful evening with WCTE!
Info and tickets: 
Show Your Love for WCTE:
Membership Drive March 5-20

~LIVE from WCTE studios
March 14 & 17~

    Watch WCTE’s Live Pledge Night on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. for a special episode of Bluegrass Underground, along with our in-studio guests Todd Mayo, producer and director of BGU, musician Becky Buller, and Ben Newman, Vice Mayor of McMinnville.  With your pledge of $300 or more, WCTE will offer you the ultimate BGU experience, including tickets to see Becky Buller in the cave on April 16th. Additionally, BGU will be offering two tickets to a PBS taping of Bluegrass Underground this Spring!
During Live Pledge on Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m., ‘Hippie Jack’ Stoddart, director and producer of the Jammin at Hippie Jack’s TV series, will be live in our studios to take you behind the scenes of this great Americana music program.  ‘Hippie’ will be accompanied in our studio by Heather Call, board member of the Council of Americana Roots Music (COARM), and musician Jay Clark.  Be prepared to be entertained!  When you pledge your support of $300 or more to WCTE that night, you’ll receive the ultimate JAHJ Experience package, including tickets to see Clark during an Outlaw Gospel Music Sanctuary show and a farm-to-table dinner on the Hippie farm on April 16.
WCTE counts on your support to continue to broadcast wonderful local programs like these.  Watch throughout the month for these and other quality series, as well as chances to get great thank-you gifts when you commit your support to WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS!  Visit wcte.org for more information about live pledge and the Ultimate Bluegrass Underground and Jammin at Hippie Jack’s Experience packages.


‘Hippie Jack’ Stoddart

Bluegrass Underground show at Cumberland Caverns

Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin’ Back

~Other great Membership Drive programs~
BAFTA Celebrates Downton Abbey 3/6 7:00 pm
Ken Burns Civil War 3/8 8:30 pm
The Carpenters: Close to You 3/9 7:00 pm
Loretta Lynn American Masters: 3/10 @ 7:00 pm
Tribute to Downton Abbey 3/10 9:30 pm
Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Skills 3/12 3:30 pm
Favorite Love Songs (My Music) 3/12 6:30 pm
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circling Back 3/14 8:30 pm
Congratulations to our own Hannah Rawiszer, who was recently promoted to WCTE’s Director of Education and Community Engagement!
Dr. Hannah Rawiszer,
WCTE Director of Education & Community Engagement
    Hannah came to us with a Ph.D. in Exceptional Learning with an emphasis on Literacy, six years of teaching experience in public schools, and more than five years of working with the College of Education faculty at TTU. For the past 15 months, she has rocked the job of Becky Magura’s Executive Assistant and Special Projects, as well as being an on-air host on WCTE PBS: On the Radio.
“WCTE’s Education team has made a huge impact in the Upper Cumberland because of our commitment to fostering lifelong learning,” enthused Hannah. “With the addition of this leadership position, our education team will have the guidance necessary to expand the work we do within the community to the next level. I am honored to be a part of this team.”


    It is bittersweet, but Downton Abbey on Masterpiece is coming to an end (series finale episode premieres March 6).      However, your British drama doesn’t have to end there!  Experience firsthand the splendor you love in Downton Abbey during a special voyage to England this summer. You’ll tour London, Highclere Castle, and much more.
Get all the details at wcte.org/london.
**You also have until March 15 to enter the Downtown Abbey Sweepstakes to win a UK trip for two and exclusive Downton Abbey merchandise!  Details here.**
WCTE Original Programming in March!
**Discover the Upper Cumberland**New episode premieres March 24 @ 7 p.m.
**One on One w/Becky Magura**: March guest is A.C. Clark of Cookeville, a WWII veteran and former Commissioner of Agriculture. Airs March 24 @ 8:30 p.m., March 27 @ 6:30 p.m., and March 31 @ 8:30 p.m.
**WCTE Academic Bowl**: Premieres March 28 @ 11 a.m., with new episodes each following weekday at 11 a.m. (encore airing at 4:30 p.m. each day)
**Growing Education: Getting Back On Track**: Seventh episode in WCTE’s original American Graduate documentary series premieres March 31 @ 7 p.m.
**Crafted in Tennessee web series**: watch online now!
View our online schedule here.
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Thanks to these special sponsors! 
Visit our office lobby for
local art in March!

~229 E. Broad St.~
    We’re excited to host two great local artists in our lobby this month!  Collage by Wayne Hogan of Cookeville and sculpture by Louis & Christine Colombarini are on display.
Hogan describes his work as “the result of a spirited imagination more than slightly off center.”  The Colombarinis state that, “Although a life-long romance with clay is the basis of our artwork, we find a foundation of ideas from a fascination with Greek, Roman, and pre-Colombian art history. From those concepts, we try to incorporate themes of mystical imagery, curious symbols, and lyrical patterns.”
Our lobby is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere!  PBS KIDS Video features thousands of videos from top PBS KIDS television series, including Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, and Sesame Street.
Child-safe: The app provides a safe, child-friendly viewing experience for all ages.  Kids can easily browse and watch videos at home, on the road, or anywhere with a 3G or WiFi connection.
Read more and download here!


Love WCTE?  Become a Member!
YOU can be a sustaining member of your Upper Cumberland PBS
station for as little as $5 a month.  Your support can expand our
community outreach and local programming all year long!

Contact us today for information about becoming a member or making a one-time donation to WCTE.  Reach our Membership Coordinator by phone at 931-528-2222 or email sterry@wcte.org.

Or, go to our online membership form now to
become a member of your Upper Cumberland PBS station!

***For information on Planned Giving, contact Avery Hutchins: ahutchins@wcte.org***
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