Thompson is one of WCTE’s all-star volunteers. She is comfortable and poised
in front of the cameras, and is a valued on-air personality during the station’s Pledge
Drives. In the past, she has helped out with Station’s of Imagination, WCTE’s event for
kids at the Cookeville Fall Funfest.
She is also the volunteer coordinator for the Great TV Auction (June 3-6 & June 9-12).
Beth moved to Cookeville from icy Minnesota in 1987 after her mother “had enough of
the cold and threw a dart at a map of the South.” Her husband Brian is from Manchester,
TN, and moved to Cookeville in 1986 to attend Tennessee Tech. These days, Brian
is the block manager for Builder’s Supply Co. and Beth is on the staff at the Cookeville
Children’s Museum. She also has a small home-based business.
Beth knew from the get-go that the Upper Cumberland had a local PBS station but
became even more aware of it after her son Lain was born in 2000. After all, Beth
says, “a young child’s life is not complete without Big Bird and Elmo!”
“Having volunteered at the station for several years, I’ve gotten to know many members
of the WCTE team,” Beth claims. “I am most impressed with their ‘can-do’ spirit and
the way that everyone pitches in to make things, sometimes BIG things, happen. I
think most WCTE viewers would be surprised to learn how so few people with so few
resources can accomplish so much.”
“ I also choose to support the station because of the quality programming that WCTE
produces. It makes me proud to think, that in my own small way, I am contributing to the
amazing shows WCTE brings into our homes.”
“I decided to volunteer as the Great TV Auction coordinator because Becky Magura
asked me if I would. Burton Putman, the previous volunteer coordinator, made the
transition soooo smooth – he really is the master when it comes to making people feel
great about helping WCTE.
“But the biggest benefit is the best reason to volunteer anywhere – a job well done for
a cause you believe in, and I truly believe in the value of having our own local PBS
“Our son Lain is learning, too. If I ask him to do something at the auction, without fail his
answer is, ‘Anything for WCTE!’ ”
“While our family makes a monthly financial contribution to WCTE, I wish we could do
more. That is why I choose to give my time. I would urge others to give some of their
time to WCTE. There is no better investment of your time and/or money than WCTE,
and the good times we have are priceless!”
“ I think it says a lot about our region that we support and take pride in our own PBS
station. Newcomers are always impressed that we have our own PBS affiliate and when
families are looking into moving to the Upper Cumberland area, the presence of WCTE
is a quality-of-life check mark in the ‘pro’ column.”
Beth has a long list of shows she enjoys watching on WCTE, but her favorites WCTE are
Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s and The Antiques Roadshow.
“I cannot tell you how vital I feel it is to have public television in the Upper Cumberland. It
is education, information and entertainment tailored for our communities. That’s a whole
lot of bang for your buck!”
If you want to volunteer at this year’s “Greatest Show On Earth TV Auction”, Beth would
be happy to hear from you. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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