Jeff & Kathy Callahan
It’s not uncommon to drop by the Callahan’s and see a plethora of teenagers eating, laughing, and enjoying being part of this family. Jeff and Kathy believe that a house is only a home if the people inside are treated like part of the family.
It’s the love of children that bring Jeff and Kathy Callahan to public television and WCTE. Their son, Jackson, now seven, enjoyed so many PBS shows when he was very young, as he likes to say. He loved Teletubbies, when he was just a baby and then grew into watching Dragon Tales and his favorite, Thomas and Friends.
Their other children, Lindsey, a sophomore at Tennessee Tech, and Jeffrey, a junior at Cookeville High, are former PBS kids as well and now enjoy seeing local programming on WCTE, such as coverage of TTU and CHS athletic events.
Several years ago, Jeff and Kathy were one of the first to join WCTE’s Directors Circle. Their financial support at this level was a jump start to the continued support they give not only monetarily, but as volunteers as well.
When Jeff and Kathy heard that WCTE was faced with the challenge of raising money for the digital conversion, they stepped up as a major digital partner and offered a gift that would highlight 30 years of quality programming from PBS and right here at home.
In honor of the station’s 30th anniversary, the Callahan family is contributing $30,000 to the WCTE Digital Conversion fund. This is the largest gift that the station has yet received and a great investment in Upper Cumberland Public Television. The staff of WCTE is so very grateful to Jeff and Kathy for their incredible generosity and the faith with which they support this station.
Last year, Kathy worked many nights of the Great TV Auction and will be back again this year. She and Jeff also participate in Stations of Imagination as parents, bringing Jackson to take part in all of the activities offered for children. They also love and support CHS soccer, where Jeffrey is starting defender for the varsity squad, and will once again underwrite a televised match with White County High airing on May 3rd.
Jeff and Kathy own AUI, Advanced Underground Imaging, which is headquartered in Cookeville and conducts business throughout the U.S. As natives of Putnam County, Jeff graduated from Monterey High School and Tennessee Tech University and Kathy graduated from Cookeville High School and Middle Tennessee State University.
They know the value of having a local station. The fact that WCTE captures the heart of this region with local programming is a blessing and an opportunity that most people in a rural area would never have. The Callahan’s encourage others to take their lead and honor WCTE’s 30th anniversary with a gift to the digital conversion.
Thank you Callahan family! Your support of this important campaign is an investment not only in the children of today, but for generations to come.
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