WTCI-PBS Debuts 22nd Season Of Southern Accents

Thursday, February 06, 2014

WTCI, the Tennessee Valley’s PBS station, will debut the 22nd season of Southern Accents on Thursday at 8 p.m.  In this week’s premiere episode Karen Elliott and her audience will tour the Woodford Reserve in Versailles, Kentucky, Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., the Dillard House in Dillard, Ga. and will explore the art of glass blowing at Ignis Glass Studio in Chattanooga.

Review for Southern Accents:

Tune in every Thursday night for another adventure with host, Karen Elliott.  Next week her audience will enjoy an up-close and in-depth tour of the American Queen, one of the most majestic steamboats in America.  Soak in the sounds, spirits and sensations of traveling the riverways on this historic craft.  Other future episodes include the Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Ga., SAW’S Barbeque in Birmingham, Ala. and the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City, N.C.

Southern Accents, an Emmy-nominated program, currently airs on the Tennessee Channel and has aired statewide in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia and New Jersey, as well as in other cities throughout the country.  It is one of the most popular programs on WTCI-PBS and is the longest running locally produced show at the station. Featuring interesting places to visit and fun things to do throughout the South, this engaging program introduces people from around the world to the sights, sounds and flavors of the South. 

Previous episodes can be enjoyed online at www.wtcitv.org/southernaccents and this season host Ms. Elliott will take her audience to more fascinating Southern sites. 

Ms. Elliott has hosted this show for 16 years and says, "I'm very excited about this season because we'll take our viewers to five southern states offering options for food, lodging and tours no matter the budget from luxurious inns to lip smacking barbecue." 

Viewers from all over tune in each Thursday to join Karen on her adventures through the roads, rivers and restaurants of the South, exploring the culture and community that give Southern hospitality its name.  Encore presentations of Southern Accents can be seen on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. on WTCI-PBS. 

"Southern Accents is a perfect reflection of the spirit of PBS programming, introducing an audience to a world beyond their experience at home, online and on-air," said Paul Grove, president and CEO of WTCI-PBS. 


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