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Great TV Auction Dates and Time:

Thursday, May 28 - Sunday, May 31
Thursday, June 4 - Sunday, June 7
7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

How to bid and get info about the Great TV Auction

Place Bids  931-528-2222 
Get an Express Bid number 931-528-2034 
information 931-525-1820 

Pick Up and Pay

Please make arrangements to pick up your winning item the NEXT DAY at The Cookeville Performing Arts Center
located at 10 E Broad St, Cookeville, TN 38501

The First Weekend times
Friday, May 29, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 31, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday, June 1, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Second Weekend times
Friday, June 5, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 7, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday, June 8, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Contact the Auction Coordinator at 931-528-2222 x.236 or

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WCTE Online Auction

Friday, June 5 at 10 AM through Friday, June 19 at 10 PM

In conjunction with the Great TV Auction, WCTE will hold our second annual Online Auction this year. This auction runs from Friday, June 5 at 10 AM through Friday, June 19 at 10 PM.  New items will be added to this auction weekly. Please note that this online auction does not use the Great TV Auction express bid number system—online bidders will NOT be able to use their express bid numbers.  If you want to bid in the online auction, you must register for a number through the Tays Realty & Auction website, the host site for WCTE’s Online Auction.  Online bidding will open at 10 a.m. on June 5th. Visit the website here, and tune in to the Great TV Auction for more details!  Happy Bidding!

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Here's how to get involved!

Donate to the Great TV Auction!

WCTE’s Great TV Auction is an excellent way for businesses, organizations, corporations, and individuals to receive valuable on-air promotion to viewers across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky and at the same time support quality public television.

  • By donating to the auction you are showing your support to WCTE, your local public television station.
  • Your business will be featured on live television and marketed to more than 1.4 million potential viewers via antenna and satellite.  
  • We accept certificates (for merchandise, dining, services, hotel and resort stays), new merchandise, collectibles, antiques and many more unique items. If you have an item that you think might be a good auction item, just give us a call.
  • Donating may also qualify you for a tax deduction!

It’s easy to donate. Just download our  Icon 2015 Auction Donor form (225.8 KB), or call or come by the office! If you have an item that needs to be picked up, please call in advance and we will have a staff member of volunteer from your area come by.

Donation Levels

Item Value

Auction Board

On-Air Exposure


Firehouse Board

Item described on-air by auctioneer


Regular Board

Item shown and described on-air by auctioneer


Nightly Heavenly

Item shown and described on-air several times by auctioneer


Heavenly Board

Item receives 30-second, pre-produced spot that airs nightly(sold last night of auction)

We accept Great TV Auction donations year-round at our office, located at: 1 S. Jefferson, Suite 204, Cookeville, TN 38501

Be a Great TV Auction Sponsor!

Sponsoring an area of the auction is great way for your business to support WCTE, while receiving valuable exposure to multiple viewers LIVE, on air each night! There are many sponsorship opportunities within the Great TV Auction.

Sponsor Levels

Nightly Sponsor (graphic only)


Regular Board (nightly)


Nightly Heavenly Board   


Firehouse Board (per weekend)


Phone Bank Sponsor


Pick Up & Pay Sponsor


Overbid Sponsor


For more information about becoming a sponsor for The Great TV Auction, Please Contact: Celeste Flatt-Bennett at 931.528.2222. ext.301

Be a Great TV Auction Volunteer!

Volunteers are vital to the success of the Great TV Auction. The auction is a great way to dedicate your time in a fun, friendly environment that helps support your local PBS station. We have many different volunteer areas available leading up to and during the auction. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact our Auction coordinator at 931.528.2222 ext. 236 or


Place Bids  931-528-2222 

Get an Express Bid number 931-528-2034 

information 931-525-1820 

Over bid incentives!

Kiwanis Cookeville Children's Museum - Free Children's admission
Middle TN Jewelry - Watch Battery
Fun Factory - One 3 hour play pass
El Tapitio - Free Cheese Dip
Blue Coast Burrito - Free Taco
Outdoor Junction - One hour range pass

Auction Questions?

Contact the Auction Coordinator at 931-528-2222 x.236 or

Sponsorship Questions?

For more information about becoming a sponsor for The Great TV Auction, Please Contact: Celeste Flatt-Bennett at 931.528.2222. ext.301

What is the WCTE Great TV Auction?

  • A multi-night, live TV Auction and Online Auction throughout Middle Tennessee
  • An opportunity for businesses to showcase their goods and services
  • The single largest fundraiser for WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS, running over 30 years
  • The only televised PBS auction in Tennessee

Why showcase your business at the Auction?

  • Local viewers see and bid on your items
  • Your business receives great multi-media explosure
  • The Auction may qualify your business for a federal tax benefit

Partner with WCTE

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS remains committed to enhancing and improving the quality of life for residents throughout our viewing area. Join us in the Great TV Auction, where funds raised from the sale of items help us continue to provide quality programming and be a strong voice for the Upper Cumberland!

Great TV Auction Bidding

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How to Bid

To bid on products seen on the Great TV Auction, call the number listed on the bottom of your screen during the live broadcast. One of our phone bank operators will be standing by to take your call. 

Express Bidding

The fastest and easiest way to bid is to register for an express bid number. Simply call the number listed at the bottom of the screen during the Great TV Auction to receive your Express Bidder Number.

Bidding Tips

Bid High! The high bid on the board may not necessarily be the last bid - we have approximately 20 operators taking bids at any given time, so you've got some competition out there. Bid high and leave the timid bidders behind.

Overbid!  If you bid higher than the posted retail value of an item, not only do you increase your chances of winning, but if you do win, you'll receive extra overbid incentives! In addition, Budweiser will match your overbid with donations of up to $1,500 to WCTE! Everybody wins when you overbid!