WDVX radio launches book

Knoxville, TN – East Tennessee’s WDVX radio is turning 20 years old. On Friday, November 3, 2017 and as part of downtown Knoxville’s First Friday, the East Tennessee Historical Society in partnership with WDVX will feature the debut of a new book about the history of WDVX and a panel discussion by book editors Wayne Bledsoe and Jay Clark, along with station founder Tony Lawson and WDVX hosts.

Books will be available for sale and signing. Also on view in the East Tennessee History Center lobby will be an accompanying exhibit about WDVX’s history and significance to the culture of East Tennessee. The exhibit will remain on view throughout November.

The program is presented in partnership with WDVX and the East Tennessee Historical Society. The panel discussion is free and open to the public and will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a light reception’s followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org.

WDVX show takes winter break

The WDVX Blue Plate Special, a popular downtown Knoxville attraction for nearly 12 years, is going on hiatus while the Knoxville Visitor Center undergoes a facelift. Kicking off its “20 Years on the Air” celebration, WDVX will be taking the live radio broadcast out to various locations in the area with show host Red Hickey and performances by local and touring artists.

The first show is scheduled for Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Open Chord, ​8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, featuring The Lonetones and the South Carolina Broadcasters. Other venues slated to be visited by the Blue Plate Special production are the Clayton Center on the Maryville College campus, Pellissippi State Community College, and the Grove Theatre in Oak Ridge. Details about upcoming shows and performers will be available on WDVX.com. As with the daily Blue Plate Special, whose last show of the year is Saturday, December 31, every road show will be free to attend. The WDVX Blue Plate Special Road Shows will continue through February. The Visitor Center is expected to celebrate with a grand reopening on Friday, March 2, 2017.

WDVX, a non-commercial listener supported radio station, plays a mix of American roots music including Bluegrass, blues, Alt-County, classic Country, old-time, Swing, Rockabilly, and more. Yet the Blue Plate Special regularly steps beyond that framework by presenting classical, jazz, theatrical, and international artists; sometimes on the same show as singer/songwriters, bluegrass, and country performers. More than 20,000 people attend the Blue Plate Special each year to see more than 1600 artists perform.

WDVX is a service of non-profit organization Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation. Its broadcast on 89.9 FM reaches eleven counties in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky, on 102.9 in downtown Knoxville, and 93.9 in the Seymour and Kodak areas, and streams lives on WDVX.com.

Locals provide relief from wildfires

Tennessee State Bank, the Dollywood Foundation and WIVK radio have partnered for the My People Fund to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the recent East Tennessee wildfires, according to TSB President and CEO Todd Proffitt.


The Dollywood Foundation will provide $1,000 a month to families who lost their homes in the fires for six months so they can get back on their feet. To help in this effort, donations can be made at any TSB location, which includes branches in Sevier, Knox, Cocke and Jefferson Counties or at the Dollywood Foundation.org.

“Tennessee State Bank offers thoughts and prayers of support to all affected, which includes some of our own TSB families who were touched by the recent fire disaster,” Proffitt said. “We are thankful to all who have responded to this crisis; with willingness to serve in any capacity. Tennessee State Bank is blessed to be part of this community and stands ready to participate in the healing and rebuilding process. We are grateful to live and work in the Volunteer State.”

Tennessee State Bank is a locally-owned and operated community bank headquartered at 2210 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The bank consists of 15 branch locations throughout Knox, Sevier, Jefferson and Cocke counties. The bank is a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) member and an Equal Housing Lender.

Visit www.tnstatebank.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tnstatebank.

Lecture highlights radio history

(Knoxville, TN) For decades, Julian Burke has collected unique pieces of broadcasting equipment, including the original announcer microphones from WNOX, the legendary Knoxville radio station known as the “Cradle of Country Music.” In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at noon, Burke will share early history and artifacts from WNOX’s studio.

The lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition, Come to Make Records: Knoxville’s Contributions to American Popular Music, on display at the Museum of East Tennessee History through October 30. The exhibit examines the 1929 and 1930 Brunswick Records’ Vocalion label’s recordings that took place at the St. James Hotel in downtown Knoxville and invited locals to come make records. These old-time, jazz, blues, and gospel recordings added Knoxville’s voice to American popular music and inspired the next generation of country music stars. The exhibition features an array of artifacts, videos, sound recordings, and photographs showcasing East Tennessee’s diverse musical heritage and the importance of WNOX Radio.

Julian Burke is recognized locally as one of the foremost experts on old televisions and radios. He has been a lifelong lover of electronics and started collecting old radios by going door to door at age 7, and he hasn’t stopped since. By 13, he was repairing radios and televisions around Knoxville.

The program is sponsored by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, and is and free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available.

For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org.

GSM National Park plays mountain music

GSMNP – Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the twelfth annual “Music of the Mountains” celebration September 9-10, 2016. The event tells the story of music in the Southern Appalachians through its diverse history by letting visitors experience a variety of music that was played in the region or represents old-time music’s roots. Performances throughout the event tell the story of how mountain music grew out of traditional Celtic and religious roots to become something that would be played on front porches all over the Smokies.

“The music in these mountains tells such a wonderful story,” said Park Ranger Brad Free. “This event provides the opportunity to find the type of traditional music that you love and learn how the stories that the music tells connect it to this place and its people.”

The two-day event begins with a concert of Celtic music by Four Leaf Peat on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN. General admission is $5.00. The event continues on Saturday, September 10 with a series of free performances supported by Public Radio Station WDVX (89.9 FM) in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. Musicians will play on Park Headquarters lawn from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with music from Pappy Fisher, the John Myer’s Band, Red Shoes and Rosin, and more. WDVX will broadcast portions of the program live from Park Headquarters starting at 11:00 a.m.


The late afternoon performances by John Lilly, The Brother Boys, Dale Jett and Hello Stranger (pictured above), and Amythyst Kiah from 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. will feature music from the recently released album, “On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music,” which was one of several National Park Service Centennial recognition projects produced by Great Smoky Mountains Association in honor of the 100 year anniversary. The traditional American music on the CD features artists of today recreating songs performed by Smoky Mountain residents at the time of the development of the national park.

The event will be held rain or shine, but performances may be moved to the adjacent Sugarlands Visitor Center theatre in case of inclement weather. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for sitting on the lawn. Event parking and restrooms are provided at Sugarlands Visitor Center. Handicap parking is available at both Park Headquarters and Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Schedule of Events:

September 9 – Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN
Admission: $ 5.00
7:00 p.m. – Celtic Music by Four Leaf Peat

September 10 – Park Headquarters Lawn adjacent to Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, TN
Admission is Free

10:00 a.m. Pappy Fisher
11:00 a.m. Red Shoes and Rosin
12:00 p.m. The Bearded
1:00 p.m. John Myer
3:00 p.m. John Lilly
3:30 p.m. The Brother Boys (Ed Snodderly and Eugene Wolf)
4:00 p.m. Dale Jett and Hello Stranger
4:30 p.m. Amythyst Kiah

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Cauthen named PD for WDVX radio

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Board of WDVX public community radio, known worldwide for its daily live radio show “The Blue Plate Special,” has hired Katie Cauthen as the station’s new Program Director/Content Manager.

Katie Cauthen

Katie Cauthen, a Knoxville native and 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media, has been with WDVX since 2008. Among her positions at the station Cauthen has served as AAA Music Director, leading the review of the flood of new tracks that the station receives. A national search was conducted for the program director position.

Cauthen’s knowledge of roots music and artists played on WDVX, and her readiness to meet today’s rapid technological changes in the music industry, led to the decision to hire her.

“WDVX has grown from a station in a camping trailer to a more complex and bigger operation. So our challenges have changed,” said Linda Billman, WDVX general manager. “Katie is a great fit because she not only has the passion for the station that our listeners and donors have, she has the skill set needed to keep moving us forward. Her expertise in content creation, social media, and technology will solidly serve WDVX in engaging people in the way they want to discover and listen to music today.”

Cauthen will take the programming helm immediately.

“I am as excited as I am honored to accept the Program Director/Content Manager position. The brilliant disc jockeys and staff of the WDVX team have helped me grow immeasurably over the years. I look forward to leading WDVX into the future while continuing to honor the station’s rich and storied past, and mission to share the vibrant East Tennessee community with the world by way of its music,” said Cauthen.

TN Shines plans 2016 music

The Tennessee Shines Radio Show is pleased to announce the following shows coming up for January 2016. The show, hosted by Paige Travis, is performed for a live audience every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig & Reel musical pub in Knoxville’s historic Old City and features local, regional and national touring acts, plus poets and authors from the region. Tennessee Shines is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. Admission is $10 at the door, available beginning at 6 p.m

January 6: The Bearded with the Knoxville Banjo Orchestra Flash Mob

The old-time Appalachian music tradition trickles through The Bearded’s original songs like a clear mountain stream.  Fierce pickin’ and three-part harmonies from Kyle Campbell, Chris Zuhr and Greg Horne result in a uniquely East Tennessee sound and spirit. And on this day of Epiphany, the KBO Flash Mob will take the stage for a full-on banjo revelation.

January 13: Andrew Leahey & the Homestead

Andrew Leahey & the Homestead are a Nashville-based American rock & roll band, evoking the energy and undaunted spirit of their musical godfathers: Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty. Leahey wrote the band’s latest set of songs in the wake of an emergency brain surgery operation that nearly wiped out his hearing. Skyline in Central Time, produced by Wilco’s Ken Coomer, will be released in April.

January 20: The DuPont Brothers

Nimble finger-style guitar work and snug harmonies make Burlington, Vermont’s The DuPont Brothers a remarkable discovery for listeners. Brothers Sam and Zack didn’t start writing songs together until Sam went away to school in Arizona. And once they started playing shows together over holiday breaks, the duo’s path was clear. They released their debut CD, Heavy as Lead, in 2014.

January 27: Dylan LeBlanc

After releasing two critically acclaimed albums and being called “the new Neil Young,” Dylan LeBlanc walked away from an unlikely major label deal and slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23 years old, Dylan went home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to write a new life for himself. The result is Cautionary Tale, a collection of shimmering, arresting songs with the same haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen, now with a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity. The record, made with Ben Tanner and John Paul White, will be released January 15.



Exam Jam at The International Dec 4

(Knoxville, Tenn.) –The Music Department of Volunteer Radio WUTK 90.3 The Rock is proud to announce the station’s seasonal fundraiser, Exam Jam XI, happening Friday, December 4 at The Concourse at the International beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds benefit WUTK-FM.

Organizing this event has been a semester long undertaking for the members of WUTK’s Music Department. In addition to organizing the event, the students have solicited donations from local businesses for raffle prizes for this event. Student members of WUTK’s Music Department reached out to a variety of local bands in order to ensure a diversity of entertainment for the evening.


Entertainment for Exam Jam XI will be provided by local Americana rockers Handsome & The Humbles, the very hot 3-piece pop-punk band Hellaphant, genre flipping giants Senryu, and the electro-indie rock sounds of The Enigmatic Foe. The show takes place at the International in downtown Knoxville starting at 8 p.m.

A Prairie Home Companion at TN Theatre

The Tennessee Theatre presents Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion with Rick Dworsky, Fred Newman, and Sarah Jarosz on Thursday, August 13, 2015. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm.

At the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in Saint Paul in 1974, if you plunked down your $1 admission (50 cents for kids) to attend the very first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, you were in select company. There were about 12 people in the audience. But those in attendance thought there were worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, so Garrison Keillor and the APHC team went on to produce close to 500 live shows in the first 10 years alone. There were broadcasts from this venue and that, until March 4, 1978, when the show moved to The World Theater, a lovely, crumbling building that was one plaster crack away from the wrecking ball. (Now fully renovated and renamed The Fitzgerald, it is the show’s home base.)

In June of 1987, APHC ended for a while. Garrison thought it was a good idea at the time, but only two years later, the show was back, based in New York and called American Radio Company of the Air. But there’s no place like home. So in 1992, it was back to Minnesota and, soon after, back to the old name: A Prairie Home Companion.
Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the American Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Garrison recalls, “When the show started, it was something funny to do with my friends, and then it became an achievement that I hoped would be successful, and now it’s a good way of life.”

Tickets are $86.50 and $64.50 plus applicable service fees.