WTCI Debuts All New Local Program, Explore Health, Oct. 5

Thursday, July 6, 2017

WTCI announces that Explore Health, an all-new locally-produced program, will debut on-air Thursday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. Health is one of the leading topics in America today and WTCI will partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Morning Pointe Senior Living and Southern Adventist University to bring this new series to the Tennessee Valley. 

Hosted by Ron Harr, former president/CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and CEO of BlueCare, the series will feature health experts exploring the important topics that matter to everyone in 12 episodes during the Fall/Winter season. “I truly believe that better public understanding of these issues can help solve many of our problems,” said Mr. Harr. “Public television is the perfect distribution channel for this information. PBS is a trusted source of unbiased information and I’m excited to work with the award-winning team at WTCI on this new series.” 

Paul Grove, president and CEO of WTCI, expressed pride in the station’s team, saying “WTCI’s dedicated production staff tells the stories that make our region unique, educating, engaging and inspiring a lifetime of learning in all of our neighbors. We are thrilled to bring this new program to our community and are grateful for the support of our sponsors and members.” 

This new series reflects WTCI’s commitment to local programming, strong partnerships with area business and organizations and an interactive approach to storytelling, said officials. Audience members will be invited to share their questions and thoughts on topics through social media outlets and via email and web portals. Mr. Harr and his guests will engage the Tennessee Valley as they Explore Health in the community and beyond, addressing topics like asthma and allergies, stroke care, mental health, the Opioids crisis, Alzheimer’s disease and more. 

WTCI invites the public to tune in to the debut episode on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. and to join the conversation online. Send your questions and comments about asthma and allergies to, visit online at and on Twitter at @WTCIHealth.

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