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Journeys of Discovery: Public broadcasting affiliate provides vital services in rural Tennessee

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Becky Magura, CEO of PBS affiliate WCTE in the Appalachian town of Cookeville in central Tennessee.

WCTE serves one of America’s most rural realms where more than 30 percent of the 343,000 residents in the 14 county market region depend on reception via antenna, as cable service is often non-existent in the remote quarters.

In addition to serving as a lifeline to the community through WCTE’s emergency broadcast services, the station’s programming is focused on local sporting events, cultural affairs, music, and the arts.

Equally invaluable is WCTE’s Educational Outreach programming, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which provides essential services for local school districts, teachers, and homebound rural residents with small children. 

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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