We create and provide content to promote the cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Southern Appalachian region by entertaining and educating audiences globally with original programs showcasing live radio performance, under-represented arts, and emerging and local talent.
WDVX is an independent, listener-supported community public radio station whose broadcast license is held by 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation.
WDVX broadcasts at 200 watts on 89.9 MHz and is licensed to the City of Clinton, TN, serving counties in the Cumberland Mountains and the Great Valley of East Tennessee. Our main transmitter is atop Cross Mountain in Campbell County, TN. We also broadcast in Knoxville at 102.9 from translator W275AD and in the Seymour area at 93.9 on translator W230BR. The station has studios in Knoxville, TN & Norris, TN.
WDVX plays a variety of roots music: a mix of Bluegrass, Americana, Classic Country, Alternative Country, Western Swing, Blues, Old Time and Appalachian Mountain Music, Bluegrass Gospel, Celtic and Folk. Sprinkled into that is roots music from other parts of the world, as well as some good old rock ‘n’ roll, and local artists. WDVX offers our listeners a variety of specialty shows featuring music you can’t hear anywhere else. WDVX reports to the Americana Music Association, Bluegrass Today weekly survey, Living Blues Magazine monthly survey, and the Roots Music Chart.
WDVX is proud of its commitment to local and regional musicians, providing an outlet for their talents on live radio shows in front of an audience and in-studio performances at our studios located in the Knoxville Visitor Center in downtown Knoxville.
Our on-air staff includes many volunteer programmers who give their time and talent to make WDVX a truly diverse broadcast service reflecting our region. WDVX is headed up by General Manager Linda Billman. WDVX’s Program Director is Tony Lawson. WDVX Underwriting and Marketing Director is Roger Harb.
WDVX is proud to be named the Bluegrass Station of the Year in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 at the Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association (SPBGMA) Awards. Morning show host Freddy Smith & Bluegrass Special host Alex Leach have both been presented awards for Bluegrass DJ of the Year.
WDVX has been featured in the The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Boston Globe, Metro Pulse and Knoxville News-Sentinel newspapers, No Depression magazine, and on PBS, BBC, CBC, and ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. WDVX has also been featured on local television stations, along with many other publications, websites and television shows.
Correspondence to WDVX and the Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation including requests for copies of annual financial reports should be addressed to General Manager, WDVX, P.O. Box 27568, Knoxville, TN 37927, or email email@example.com.
WDVX Radio came into existence because a bunch of like-minded people around East Tennessee wanted a radio station that represented the culture of the mountains and celebrated the music that emerged from generations of people swapping tunes and playing on the porch, and its modern evolution. Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation was incorporated in 1991, the first step in creating the radio station.
As happens with grassroots efforts, it took until November 1997 before WDVX actually became a functioning radio station. The efforts of a number of passionate people brought a new sound to East Tennessee and the world. At its foundation were Campbell County native and DJ Tony Lawson (now WDVX Program Director), broadcast engineer Don Burggraf, and a small board of directors that included the revered Marie Cirillo. A donated 14-foot camping trailer in a campground off I-75 became the station’s first permanent home.
In 2004, WDVX moved into new studios inside the Knoxville Visitor Center in downtown Knoxville, and a brand new tradition was born. The Blue Plate Special, which had been a short set of recorded music in the camper with occasional live performances, developed into a daily live lunch-time concert before a studio audience. Nowadays the show features two acts, 6 days a week, always at noon, with local or touring musicians who provide top entertainment to music fans from around the globe. Live performance is a big part of WDVX programming.
WDVX partners with community organizations throughout the area to promote the arts and culture of the region. We invite you to tune in at 89.9 FM, 102.9 FM in downtown Knoxville, 93.9 FM in the Seymour/Seven Islands area, stream live audio at WDVX.com, or attend a live performance and become part of East Tennessee’s Own.
WDVX is a service of Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation, a 501c3 organization, and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.
The 2015 board is:
Rosa Mar, President
Chris McAdoo, Vice-President
Matt Teglas, Vice-President
Dennis McClane, Secretary/Treasurer
Robert J. Goodwin
Members of the Council include Peter Scheffler, Benjamin Hubbard, Debra Dylan, Robin Surber, Cyndi French, Jay Clark, Robert Bryant, Paige Travis and Bill Taylor.
Section 396(k)(8) of the Communications Act provides that any public broadcast station (other than any station which is owned and operated by a State, a political or special purpose subdivision of a State or public agency) cannot receive funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting unless such station established a community advisory board.
To be compliant with the Communications Act, WDVX has created a Community Advisory Council (not be confused with the WDVX Board of Directors, which is the station’s governing body).
Role and Scope of the Community Advisory Council
1. General Powers of the Community Advisory Council
The Community Advisory Council represents the interests of WDVX listeners. The Council observes the station’s programming and its role in the community on an ongoing basis to assess whether the station is meeting its stated mission through its programming, community service, policy and events.
The Council is an advisor to the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Board may assign the Council a specific task on which it needs research and advice.
The Council will provide a report to the WDVX Board Executive Committee in November and May on how well the station is meeting its stated mission, identifying any improvement opportunities and including recommendations for corrective actions.
The role of the Council shall be advisory in nature, except to the extent other responsibilities are delegated to the council by the governing body of WDVX. In no case shall the Council have any authority to exercise any control over the daily management or operation of the station.
2. Composition and Selection of the Community Advisory Council
a) Governance The Council is made up of 12 to 15 volunteers from throughout the East Tennessee region who are representative of the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by the station. WDVX volunteers, staff members, supporters, and/or board members can nominate candidates for the Community Advisory Council. However, only the Community Advisory Council can appoint a volunteer to the Council. The Council should be reasonably representative of the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by the station. No individual representative of any particular group has a legal right to membership on the Council. Nor does the law empower any person, court, or government agency to require a station take or refrain from taking any action with respect to a station’s programming or policies.
The composition of the Council must reflect its independent role and may not include members of the station staff or governing body in anything other than an ex officio or administrative capacity.
Council members shall serve a term of two (2) years or until their successors have been selected, but they can be reappointed by the Council.
The Council may select new members to fill vacancies as they occur. A Council member’s term of office shall begin immediately and run to June 30 of the year, which is two years from the year of selection.
Any member may be removed, with or without cause, upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Council present and casting a vote at a meeting attended by quorum.
The Council may consider removing a member if the member has missed more than 50 percent of the Council meetings in one year.
While members shall not be compensated for service on the Council, provisions may be made for reimbursement of expenses incurred on behalf of the station by Council members for transportation and other costs necessary for the performance of official duties.
1. Regular or Periodic Meetings
The Council shall meet at least quarterly at such time and place as the Council determines. All meetings are open to the public, and all reasonable efforts will be made to announce Council meetings to the public.
2. Special Meetings
The Council may conduct special meetings if a majority of the Council deems necessary and adequate time is given to notify the governing body and the public.
A quorum at a meeting of the Council shall consist of a simple majority of the Council members.
Relationship of the Community Advisory Council to the Governing Board of the Station
1. The law segregates the management and operational functions of the governing board from the functions of an advisory council to ensure a clear demarcation between the governing board and the advisory council.
2. The advisory council is intended to provide the public the opportunity to be heard on station programming, community service and impact on the community of major policy decisions.
Advisory Council Responsibilities:
1. Establish and follow its own schedule and agenda, within the scope of the community advisory council’s statutory or delegated authority.
2. Review the programming goals established by the station.
3. Review the community service provided by the station.
4. Review the impact on the community of the significant policy decisions rendered by the station.
5. Advise the governing board of the station whether the programming and other significant policies of the station are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station. The Council may make recommendations to the governing board to meet those specialized needs.
6. Select a representative who will issue a report to the governing board and staff, and is willing to meet with the Board if requested and scheduled in a timely fashion.
7. The Council may also be delegated other responsibilities as determined by the governing body of the station, provided that these requests reflect the roles and responsibilities of the Community Advisory Council as stated above in section 2.
8. The Council will, on a good-faith efforts basis, keep the board informed with regard to Council attendance and frequency of meetings. The Council may solicit advice from the board or the WDVX staff on ways to improve meeting regularity and attendance.
The WDVX Board of Directors or its Executive Committee meet monthly. The 2015 schedule is as follows:
January 24, 2015 – Board Retreat
February 18 – Executive Committee
March 18– Executive Committee
April 15– Executive Committee
May 20 – Full board
June 17– Executive Committee
July 15– Executive Committee
August 19 – Full board
September 16– Executive Committee
October 21– Executive Committee
November 18 – Full board
December 16 – Executive Committee
WDVX Board of Directors meetings and committee meetings are open meetings. Individuals interested in attending should contact the WDVX General Manager to arrange access to the building by phone at 865-544-1029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. at 2000 Riverview Towers, 900 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, unless otherwise noted.
The Community Advisory Council also holds open meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig and Reel in the Back Room. 101 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902. For more information, call or email the General Manager.
In accordance with requirements of the Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. 396, et seq. as amended, and certification requirements promulgated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as well as our ongoing policy of open meetings, WDVX publishes the schedule of meetings of its Board of Directors. Information about WDVX’s open meeting policy is also announced regularly on the air. Notice of board meetings can be requested by sending an e-mail to the station. The schedule is listed at the end of this document.
Notification Procedures for Specified Meetings
(1) The term “meeting” means the deliberations of at least the number of members of a governing or advisory body, or any committee thereof, required to take action on behalf of such body or committee where such deliberations determine or result in the joint conduct or disposition of the governing or advisory body’s business, or the deliberations relate to public broadcasting.
(2) The law provides exceptions to the open meeting requirement. “Closed” sessions can be conducted to consider matters relating to individual employees, proprietary information, litigation, and other matters requiring the confidential advice of counsel, commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property or services whenever the premature exposure of such purchase would compromise the business interests of WDVX.
WDVX is a low-powered station with an effective radiated power output of only 200 watts from our tower situated on the Anderson-Campbell county line above Lake City, TN. Most people living or traveling within 15 miles of our Cross Mountain transmitter site should receive a good strong signal from 89.9 MHz. We also operate translators that serve North Knoxville from atop Sharp’s Ridge on 102.9 MHz, and the French Broad River valley from Bay’s Mountain, between Seymour and Kodak at 93.9 MHz.
Transmission facility improvements have been made over the past several years with your support. Most automobiles are equipped with radios that do a very good job receiving moderately weak signals. Listeners with FM component tuners and receivers usually require an external FM antenna. The most common type is the “T” type made from “twinlead” whose top of the “T” is approximately 64 inches long. Attach the two wires of the lower lead-in section to the “300 ohm” terminals of your tuner. It has the best chance of success when placed on or near a window that looks toward the direction of Lake City. Experimentation of locating the antenna in different places may yield a “hot spot.”
The best antenna is one mounted on a pole extending 20 feet or more above ground whose wire comes into the building and attaches to the terminals at the rear of the tuner. We highly recommend that listeners in low-lying areas further than 20 miles away from our tower site near Lake City install an outdoor antenna.
Two hundred watts is the maximum amount allowed by the Federal Communication Commission. Although listeners have asked if WDVX will be eligible for a power increase, that’s not an option based on technical standards and the potential interference WDVX could present to other stations that operate on or near 89.9 MHz in other radio markets. Please address technical questions and comments to email@example.com.
WDVX is an EOE. Job descriptions are subject to change at the discretion of management.
Be sure to check out WDVX Internships (below), which may help you gain valuable knowledge and experience. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation dba WDVX is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer.
WDVX offers internships to provide an opportunity to learn about community radio and, in particular, how a live radio performance is produced. Internships last a minimum of one semester with the expectation of 10-20 hours per week of student time. All internships are unpaid.
• Assist WDVX Blue Plate Special producer with all aspects of running a daily live broadcast, including setting up and tearing down the stage.
• Assist host of show.
• Assist with sound engineering/live audio.
• Artist hospitality.
• Assist in recording and archiving of show.
• Should be comfortable around audio equipment, musical instruments and artists; experience in live sound recommended but not necessary.
• Must be available between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and occasional Saturdays.
• Good understanding of WDVX and its role in the community; should have an interest in music and the music industry.
Submit resume to:
WDVX Blue Plate Special Producer
Or mail to:
WDVX Blue Plate Special Internship
Attention: Daniel Kimbro
P.O. Box 27568
Knoxville, TN 37927