WCTE WWI Documentary Premiere

WCTE WWI Documentary Premieres April 6

WCTE’s newest original documentary Over There, Over Here: Tennesseans in the Great War will premiere on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. on WCTE, with an encore airing on April 14 at 7 p.m.  This documentary was produced by WCTE’s Craig Gray, in partnership with Dr. Michael Birdwell, TTU Professor of History and Chair of the Tennessee Great War Commission.

“There are wonderful stories that come out of World War I, so it will be an opportunity for people to learn hundreds of stories about soldiers, civilians, women, and minorities,” shared Dr. Birdwell.  “And while most people think they know the story of Sergeant York, Tennessee’s most famous hero of the war, there are hundreds of stories just as compelling.”

WCTE is grateful for monetary support for this project from Andy and Sally Pardue of Cookeville, who donated $5000 to WCTE to support this production.  “Andy and I are proud of the Tennessee tradition of volunteerism!  It is our honor to provide support as financial volunteers to bring the wonderful stories of Tennesseans who served in WWI to our current generation to inspire our lives today.  Being able to help the talented staff of WCTE and gifted storyteller Dr. Mike Birdwell carry the flame of knowledge forward is a gift for all of us,” said Dr. Sally Pardue, Director of the TTU Oakley STEM Center.

WCTE is found on Charter cable channel 8 and DISH and DirecTV channel 22.  For more information, visit wcte.org.


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Photos attached:


  • “A WWI ‘Doughboy,’ as seen in Over There, Over Here…” Photo credit: Hal L. Harder
  • “A WWI machine gunner, as seen in Over There, Over Here…”
  • “A 30th Division machine gunner in WWI”
  • “A WWI soldier in the depths of trench gas, as seen in Over There, Over Here…”



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