So Many Ways to Watch & Experience WCTE Programming

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This week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cynthia Putman welcomes special guest Mary Boring, Engineering/Technology Liaison at WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS.

2018 is an exciting year at WCTE and Putman and Boring discuss the importance of WCTE to the rural Upper Cumberland area. On-air, online, in print and in the community, WCTE is our regions’ premier storyteller and convener. WCTE is the ONLY television station, public or commercial, in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, TN, making it a strategic partner with education, health service, government, arts and music.

They focus on the changing ways that folks can access WCTE’s four channels.

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS digital programming is currently available for free, over the air through an antenna on a digital television or an analog television with

DTV converter box.  Mary and Cindy encourage listeners to always remember to ask your service provider for all of WCTE's quality channels.

WCTE-HD HD [D] 22.1 WCTE-TV in High Definition!

WCTE-WORLD SD [D] 22.2 brings you WORLD-TV - the best of PBS documentaries and news programming, The Tennessee Channel, and Tennessee General Assembly coverage

WCTE-Create SD [D] 22.3 CreateTV Instructional programs provide expert advice on cooking, arts & crafts, gardening, home improvement and travel.

WCTE’s newest addition is the 24-7 PBS KIDS Channel.

WCTE-PBS KIDS Channel 22.4 (Also streaming at

This free service offered by WCTE and PBS stations across the country will be available on digital platforms 24 hours a day and will make it easier for children to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours when viewing among families is high. WCTE offers live streaming 24/7 accessibility to the PBS KIDS Channel via a media player on Also, live streaming capabilities are on IOS and Android devices via the PBS KIDS video app and

Why is live streaming so important? Streaming on accounts for nearly half of all time spent watching kids videos online, and the site is #1 in the kids category for total views and minutes spent. Across digital platforms, PBS KIDS averages 419.8 million streams per month.

The live stream and games feature is grounded in research demonstrating that measurable gains in learning are achieved when children engage with PBS KIDS content on multiple platforms. The games align with the learning goals of each TV series, deepening children’s involvement and supporting learning.

“Parents know that PBS KIDS makes a difference in their children’s lives, which is why so many have said they would value having access to our content throughout the day, said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “The live stream offered by local member stations ensures that educational media is available to all families, all the time and via a platform that works for them. Given that 54% of all children nationwide do not have the opportunity to attend preschool, providing access is a critical element of our public service mission.”

Check out this great offering of PBS KIDS Apps, many are free-

For parents wondering about how much screen time is appropriate for kids of various ages, check out this great article from PBS Parents about screen time and kids. 

Mary shares about WCTE’s commitment to help people access WCTE and discusses the use of an antenna (along with a vocabulary lesson for Cindy) in rural areas to view local programming.

For additional help and information call WCTE @ 931-528-2222 and let us help you start viewing WCTE.


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM

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WCTE’s Educational Team can customize workshops or professional development trainings for your group or organization. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call 921-528-2222 x. 227 or email us.

Topics are listed below:

  • Using Media as a learning tool
  • Using PBS kids apps to extend learning
  • How to be your child’s first teacher
  • Sesame Street Workshops
  • How does poverty effect a child’s brain
  • Literacy and Math
  • Brain Development

Workshops can be conducted in English and Spanish.