Fourth of July celebration to air live on WCTE PBS

COOKEVILLE – WCTE PBS will air the virtual concert, “Hoot before the Shoot,” featuring “The Voice” champion Jake Hoot as well as Red, White and Boom, a fireworks presentation from the Putnam County Fairgrounds. The broadcast that airs July 4 will begin at 6 p.m. and end promptly at 9:30 p.m. Both events will air on WCTE PBS and can be streamed at   

It’s because of sponsors and partnerships, like Tennessee Tech University, Better Cookeville and Stonecom Radio, that WCTE is able to bring you great local programming. 

The concert with Jake Hoot, season 17 winner of “The Voice,” along with Tennessee Songwriters’ Week finalists The Smoky Nights, and Atlanta-based Americana Artist of the Year Alex Guthrie, will be aired on WCTE and via stream at on Saturday, July 4 at 6 p.m. Immediately following the concert will be the Red, White & Boom fireworks display shot live from the Putnam County Fairgrounds. 

“WCTE is thrilled to shoot the live concert with Jake Hoot, The Smokey Nights and Alex Guthrie along with Red, White & Boom so central Tennessee can safely celebrate the Fourth of July during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brent Clark, director of content & digital media.

Red, White & Boom in its sixth year will honor tornado survivors, healthcare heroes, first responders and essential workers. The fireworks display is the second largest fireworks show in the state of Tennessee. WCTE has been shooting live content for over 30 years.

WCTE has served the Upper Cumberland for 40+ years as the region’s premier storyteller and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville.  WCTE is a proud strategic partner with educators, health services, government, arts and music organizations across the Upper Cumberland. WCTE is a 501-(c) 3 and is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council. WCTE is one of only 350 PBS member stations nationwide. 

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