New show examines Upper Cumberland History 

COOKEVILLE – A local history buff has combined his love of stories and people into a new weekend attraction beginning Sunday.  

News Talk 94.1/AM 1600 presents “Whence We Came,” hosted by the Upper Cumberland’s own John Owen. Each week, John will trace the history of our nation through the eyes, ears and stories of Upper Cumberland residents. The hour is spent painting a picture of family members, their remembrances, and a look at life in our region.  

The show airs each Sunday at 2 p.m. on News Talk 94.1 and will be available on demand every Sunday afternoon.  

“How many of us have said, ‘wow, I wish I had those stories on tape that my grandmother told me’ … this show captures that spirit,” Stonecom Vice President for Programming and Content Marcia Lee said. “It’s about preserving the legacy of those around us and at the same time learning something about how we got to this point.” 

Owen, whose family created Dry Levee, understands the preservation of history. He and his guests have already recorded more than 20 hours of historical reflections for the show. 

“It’s the perfect Sunday afternoon ‘put your feet up’ kind of experience,” Lee said.  

“Whence We Came” becomes the latest local program to join the Stonecom lineup. “Upper Cumberland Outdoors featuring host Brad Halfacre and guests, launched earlier this summer. It includes everything outdoors from fishing and hunting to hiking, kayaking and boating. The show airs each Saturday at 6 a.m. on Rock 93-7, at 9 a.m. on 101.9/AM 920 WLIV and Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on Sports Radio 104.7. 

The daily Local Matters on News Talk 94.1 features Dr. Bob Bell, County 

Commissioner Ben Rodgers and noted sports expert Sam Brooks among the lineup of hosts. The show airs each morning at 8 a.m.  

Stonecom is the dominant local content provider in the Upper Cumberland, focused on news, weather, sports, community events and local people.  

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