This could be one of the most pivotal weeks in the history of public broadcasting. As early as this Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the elimination of all federal government support for public broadcasting.

These potential cuts are deadly to the smaller stations like WCTE - the cost of delivering broadcast services to the Upper Cumberland is high. Federal funds are critical to our ability to serve all of our communities in the region and that funding, along with your contributions, make up over half of WCTE's annual funding.

“The mere $1.35 per person per year of federal funding received by public broadcasting is negligible,” said Becky Magura, President & CEO of WCTE. “In return it produces exponential returns for taxpayers including high-quality programming and services on a local and national level; unmatched children’s programming, formal and informal educational instruction for all ages; in-depth news and public affairs programming; and a clear and uncompromising voice of our local communities.”

Your local PBS station since 1979, WCTE-TV brings you national PBS programming PLUS local and regional shows like the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree, the TSSAA Games, TTU Sports and the Great TV Auction. The station showcases the talent, sports, issues and stories of the Upper Cumberland.

But that’s just scratching the surface.

WCTE’s Educational Outreach program has been able to place over 16,000 books and countless school supplies into the hands of those who could least afford it in our region. The station works with numerous worthy causes like Komen and Habitat for Humanity, as well as hosting events like Stations of Imagination at Cookeville’s Fall Fun Fest. The station has brought acclaim and national attention to the heritage, culture and people of this area.

Whatever your opinion, your elected representatives need to hear from you right now. Please call your representative today. (Phone calls are much more effective than letters, e-mails, or signing a petition.) Their contact information is below. For our supporters outside of Tennessee's 6th Congressional District, you may use this searchable online congressional directory or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202 )224-3121 and ask for your senator's and/or representative's office

It is critical that you make your voice heard. You can make a difference.

  • United States Rep, 6th Congressional District - Diane Black - (202) 225-4231
  • United States Senator – Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344
  • United States Senator – Lamar Alexander – (202) 224-3344

Whether you make calls or not, please go to to sign up now at and learn other ways you can help support federal funding for public broadcasting. It takes just a few seconds, a few clicks at the keyboard, and three pieces of information – your name, email address and ZIP code.

WCTE CEO Becky Magura

UCBC Chairman Dr. Max Atnip

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WCTE depends upon the support of our membership to produce and broadcast quality programming like this. Please help us continue this 30+ year tradition of community involvement by contributing to WCTE today.