Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors Visits WCTE
On June 26 and 27, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Board of Directors visited WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS. During their visit, CPB members were able to see the functionality of a smaller station as well as the impact that WCTE has on its community every day. “I’m so excited that the CPB Board of Directors, CEO and Senior Staff had the opportunity to see WCTE in action,” says WCTE’s CEO, Becky Magura. “WCTE staff and partners had a chance to show true Southern hospitality thanks to our gracious hosts in McMinnville and Cookeville. It was a dream come true!”
During their visit to the Upper Cumberland, the CPB board attended a concert in McMinnville Cumberland Caverns as part of the award-winning Bluegrass Underground series. In Cookeville, the CPB members enjoyed a meet and greet at Tennessee Tech’s Oakley STEM Center where they were able to learn firsthand about the impact WCTE is having on the Upper Cumberland and how the collaboration with community partners is enhancing learning opportunities for underserved children and families. Community partners present during the visit included Putnam County Schools, Highlands Residential Services, Millard Oakley STEM Center, Putnam County Library System, The council of Americana Roots Music and Highlands Economic Partnership. The CPB board viewed a brief presentation of WCTE’s local programming as well as community involvement, followed by a question and answer session with WCTE staff and partners.
Created by Congress in 1967, the CPB’s mission is to ensure universal access, over-the-air and online, to high-quality content and telecommunications services that are commercial free and free of charge. It does this in conjunction with non-commercial educational telecommunications licensees across America. The CPB plays an important role in providing funding for public broadcasting stations such as WCTE. For more information on WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS, visit wcte.org.