WDVX is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The station is a service of Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation, a 501c3 organization.
Our 2018 Executive Committee:
Scott Carpenter, President
Charlie Lutz, Vice-President
Amy Lawless, Vice President
Tony Dalton, Treasurer
Don Burggraf, Secretary
(Full member list is below)
The WDVX Board of Directors or its Executive Committee meet monthly. These meetings are open and 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 meetings are held at 6 p.m. at 2000 Riverview Towers, 900 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, unless otherwise noted.
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.
WDVX Board of Directors and committee meetings are open. Individuals interested in attending should contact the WDVX General Manager to arrange access to the building by phone at 865-544-1029 or email email@example.com.
The Board meets at 6 p.m. at 2000 Riverview Towers, 900 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, unless otherwise noted. The Personnel Committee meets the same day and location at 5 p.m. and the Finance Committee meets at 5:30 p.m.
MEET THE WDVX BOARD MEMBERS
Judy Brietstein was invited to be on the board after attending the WDVX-travaganza and has served on the board since 2015. Her very favorite program is the Blue Plate Special which is not only free to the audience, but enables all kinds of singer/songwriters to have the opportunity to perform live and be broadcast on the radio at the same time.
A founding member of WDVX, Don literally put the station on the air both with his technical broadcast expertise and passion for community radio. He worked with WFMU in New Jersey and saw what a group of people could do and would have to go through to put a different kind of station on the air. This area was starving for an artistic and musical station, one that promoted the music, folklore, and arts of the Southern Appalachians. Since Don was a broadcast engineer working in public and commercial media, he could help actually put the station on the air, and after working on projects to do just that, joined the board in 1996.
Since he first saw a man on TV say, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,” Scott Carpenter has loved American roots music. That happened when he was in the first grade and Carpenter has tried to be involved with music ever since. In April of 1997, he volunteered as a DJ and at Tony Lawson’s suggestion, started the Hillbilly Fever Thursday night show at the camper. These days, he hosts the WDVX Swing Set on Sunday afternoons at 4. As a Board member, Scott hopes to make a contribution to the station’s mission to preserve and play the great music of our region.
Tony Dalton is a partner at the Knoxville law firm of Woolfe McClane Bright Allen & Carpenter, PLLC. He is a lifelong bluegrass fan and musician and has played in two different bands. Tony and his wife and two sons have all been WDVX listeners since the “camper” days. He joined the board in 2016.
Jack Goodwin has served many roles on the board of WDVX since joining the board in 2007. He recalls a day in 2007 when he walked by the Knoxville Visitor Center and saw a sign advertising the Blue Plate Special. Already a WDVX listener, he says that was new to him and he wanted to investigate. Goodwin walked in, sat down, and realized that was where he would spend his lunchtime for the foreseeable future. He says that “real live music lifts the soul,” and he’s convinced that it improves the listener’s ability to think clearly. He also believes that nobody presents real live music better than WDVX, whether the Blue Plate or any other time.
Kathy Hamilton joined the board in 2017. Kathy is a CPA and serves as COO for HealthCare 21. She loves music of all types and is enjoying learning about everything that WDVX has to offer. She says that “the often discussed connection between music and mathematics” must have skipped her, but she is happy to take her place in the audience anytime live music is playing.
Having grown up in Meridian, Mississippi—the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers—Penny’s passion for American roots music runs deep. Before making Knoxville home, Penny pressed pause on her advertising career and returned to her hometown to help open the MSU Riley Center which included a fully-restored 1889 grand opera house. Serving as their first Marketing Director, Penny promoted the center’s arts education programs, historical exhibits about roots music and 20-30 performances by nationally touring artists and musicians each year. Penny is excited to put her passion for Americana music and her marketing communications skills to work for the WDVX.
WDVX is a cultural institution in our area, and I’m excited about working to ensure the continued growth and success of the station, both within our community and beyond. Music has always been a huge part of my life, and WDVX has been a constant friend to me for years, both while living in Knoxville and the few years spent in other states when I was pining for home. It’s organizations like WDVX that make me proud to be a Knoxvillian, and I’m thrilled to be part of the board.
Tony Lester loves tunes played live by enthusiastic musicians in a room and he says it doesn’t hurt if there are some adult beverages available. He also claims that it helps if the musicians are skilled, but that this is not essential as long as they are earnest. He joined the board in 2016.
Charlie Lutz has been on the WDVX board since 2015 but his involvement goes back the early days of the station. He started as a supporter and volunteer and now he’s been an on-air host for nearly 15 years. Lutz is passionate about WDVX because of the quality and variety of music we play and our emphasis on locally-produced, home-grown programming.
Rosa Mar has been on the board since 2011. She is passionate about respecting, learning about, and preserving the cultures of all peoples/countries/regions, which more often than not we have more common than we know. Rosa is very proud that WDVX preserves and shares the Appalachian music culture with the world.
Chris is founder and creative director at Best Behavior Creative Club. He has been involved in the Knoxville creative community for over fifteen years, with experience ranging from launching a custom letterpress shop to serving as art director for the Knoxville Chamber. A painter and printmaker, his work is included in a variety of collections around the country. He has been a board member since 2013.
Ashley McNealy is passionate about WDVX for many reasons. She and her husband always attend WDVX events, and are active audience members at everything from Blue Plate Specials to Tennessee Shines. Her husband played WDVX events with his band, Cutthroat Shamrock. They were also married at the station. She says there are lots of reasons to love WDVX and she is thrilled to be on the board.
Matt Teglas has been on the boardsince 2014 and believes WDVX is an East Tennessee and Southern Appalachia cultural and musical institution. Teglas says “the station provides local, regional, and worldwide Americana and Roots musicians and artists an outlet to be heard. Where else in the world can you see live music 6 days a week during your lunch break?” He believes that if you are passionate about music, then you are passionate about WDVX. Matt absolutely loves that the station is very involved with our younger generation of listeners…from providing a weekly radio show for kids (Kidstuff), to supporting and working with regional schools who lack resources to provide music classes to their students. Matt says WDVX is a community icon that we all depend on and wants to keep the music going.
One of the first cool local things I found upon moving to Knoxville in 2000 was WDVX. Their commitment to local artists and live music are so unique and unlike anything I’ve seen in other communities. As a lover of music and arts, it was an honor and almost a duty to join the board at WDVX to ensure the music plays on.