Back in December, Tennessee public television stations launched the Tennessee Channel, a four-hour block of Tennessee-centered programs. Each station provides programming for the Tennessee Channel which is then compiled and broadcast statewide each weekend.
The programs air throughout Tennessee on Saturdays from 5:00-9:00 p.m. CT, and Sundays from 1:00-5:00 p.m. CT. Here in Nashville, you can find The Tennessee Channel on NPT2, available on Comcast Digital Cable channel 241, Charter Digital Cable channel 176 and over-the-air on channel 8.2.
The programming on the Tennessee Channel, previously unavailable state-wide, varies each week. What are some programs that you can see on the Tennessee Channel?
- Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s- A WLJT production now in its fifth season, this music series celebrates the work of Americana singers, songwriters and musicians. Artists who have performed at Hippie Jack’s include The John Cowan Band, The Pat McLaughlin Band, Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Tim O’Brien, Scott Miller & The Commonwealth and Darrell Scott & Kenny Malone.
- Southern Accents – A WCTI production now in its seventeenth season, this Emmy-nominated series is similar in concept to Tennessee Crossroads, inviting viewers to experience exciting journeys throughout the Southeast.
- Best of Memphis Memoirs – A WKNO production similar to our own Memories of Nashville series that explores memories of Memphis from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
- Treasures in Your Attic – A ETPBS production, Treasures in Your Attic offers intriguing possibilities to consider before backing the truck up to the door and pitching the past. The hosts tour an average home, room by room, identifying the various items found and discussing their rarity and value to collectors.
These few shows listed are only a sample of the extensive programming available. The Tennessee Channel also features NPT produced programming and locally produced documentaries such as Chattanooga Choo Choo: Tracing the Tracks and Beyond Babyland .
The Tennessee Channel is a great way to check out what other people in the state are watching on their local PBS station. It’s also a great way for you and your sister who lives in Johnson City to enjoy Lisa Lambert & the Pine Ridge Boys on Bluegrass By the River without having to leave the comfort of your homes. Commune with your fellow Tennesseans by checking out the Tennessee Channel this weekend (upcoming schedule can be found here). And then come back here and let us know what you think.
Participating Tennessee public television stations are: NPT, WCTE, WTCI, WKNO, WLJT and ETPBS