COOKEVILLE – WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS will showcase the “One on One with Becky Magura” special featuring Jake Hoot on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his journey on “The Voice.” Hoot is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas and born to Baptist missionaries but moved to Cookeville at the age of 20 to attend Tennessee Tech University as a walk-on football player.
Hoot was selected during the show’s “Blind Auditions” to compete in the four-time Emmy Award-winning singing competition in its 17thSeason, airing Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC at 7 p.m. During Hoot’s blind audition, Kelly Clarkson, the “American Idol” alum, who won twice in a row for seasons 14 and 15 as a coach, chose Hoot to be a part of her team on national television. Clarkson joins Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and John Legend as returning coaches.
“It was such a joy to sit down with Jake for a special episode to air throughout the month of November to talk about his experience thus far on ‘The Voice’ as a talented musical artist,” said Becky Magura, WCTE’s president & CEO. “I feel confident that all of Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland will be cheering for him as he enters into the knockout rounds.”
Hoot has had the opportunity to open shows for some of country music’s biggest names, including Jake Owen. Hoot is currently writing new music and performing until he heads back to Burbank, Cal., to be on stage at “The Voice” to compete. He is a single dad and has a four-year-old beautiful daughter named Macy.
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.