YOUR Award-Winning Station, WCTE!

The staff of WCTE has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for it’s many contributions in production, development, engagement and education.

29th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards (2015)
"Bluegrass Underground" - Best Lighting
"Bluegrass Underground" - Best Audio
"Bluegrass Underground" - Technical Achievement
"Bluegrass Underground" - Entertainment

2014 Communicator Award
"Live Green Tennessee: Green Door Gourmet" - Award of Distinction, Online Video

2014 Friend of Pick Tennessee Products
"Live Green Tennessee"

28th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards (2014)
"Bluegrass Underground" - Best Lighting

2010 Communicator Award
"Live Green Tennessee" - Award of Distinction

2009 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards
"CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town" - Writer, Program, Non-news

2009 Telly Award
"TUBA U: Basso Profundo"

2008 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award
"CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town" - News Documentary

2008 Telly Award
"CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town" - Television Documentary

2008 Communicator Award
"CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town"

2007 Aurora Award
"CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town" - Gold Award

2006 Telly Award
"Tree Safari: A Sculputural Journey"

2002 National Educational Telecommunications Association Awards

  • Robbin Esther’s Secret Box - Instructional, ITV Series
  • School Budget in Crisis: Live Coverage - Program, News & Public Affairs
  • WCTE’s Celebration of Latino Families - Outreach, National Project

17th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Award Nomination
Robbin Esther’s Secret Box - Children’s / Educational

2001 Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Robbin Esther’s Secret Box - KIDS COUNT Media Award

2001 PBS Development Awards

  • Public Broadcast Awareness Receptions
  • Excellence, Cultivation & Stewardship, Development
  • Best of the Best, Cultivation & Stewardship, Development 

1999 National Educational Telecommunications Association Award
You Make It Happen Campaign - The Extra Mile Award, Development

1995 Southeastern Communications Association Awards
Stations of Imagination - Special Events / Development

1994 Southeastern Communications Association Awards
A Sesame Street Community Celebration - The Judges Award / Development

1983 Tennessee Education Association School Bell Awards

  • Creative Artist In the Schools Program, Individual Program Award
  • Upper Cumberland Camera, Series Award

1983 PBS Development Awards
The First Great TV Auction, Excellence, Auction, Development


Your Emmy Award-Winning Station

YOUR Local PBS stations since 1978, WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS brings you quality national PBS programming PLUS local and regional shows like the Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree, TTU Sports, Live Green Tennessee, One on One with Becky Magura and the Great TV Auction. Each year YOUR Upper Cumberland PBS station provides 200+ hours of original, locally produced content covering a variety of topics such as sustainable agriculture and environmental living, health, history, public affairs, education, music, art, & sports. WCTE is one of the smallest stations in the PBS family, yet it produces more local programming than many of the larger PBS stations. 

National Productions

  • *Bluegrass Underground
  • Crank: Darkness on the Edge of Town
  • *Jammin' at Hippie Jack's
  • Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree
  • Tree Safari: A Sculptural Journey
  • Tree Safari: The KOA Connection
  • Tuba U: Basso Profundo
*WCTE is the presenting station of that production

Local Series

  • BSO Backstage: A Concert Preview
  • Live Green Tennessee
  • One on One with Becky Magura


  • A Tennessee Table
  • American Graduate: The Tennessee Story
  • Discover the Upper Cumberland
  • Everybody's Welcome at John's Place
  • Silent Struggles of Our Seniors
  • World Peace: A Celebration
  • Youth: Behind the Keys

Special Events/Productions

  • Cookeville Christmas Parade
  • Live From the Farm
  • Mastersingers Concerts
  • Putnam County Fair
  • TTU Sports

Mobile Production Unit

This state-of-the-art unit houses a full production control room, multiple HD cameras, an audio console, enabling WCTE to produce quality programming from any location. Video production services are for hire through our Creative Services department.