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The Blue Plate Special

Hey ya’ll! Welcome to the Blue Plate Special! That’s the familiar greeting of radio host, Red Hickey, as she kicks off that rarity of 21st century media, the live music radio show. But here it is, the WDVX Blue Plate Special – live and in person six days a week, from noon to one, broadcasting to an enthusiastic audience in the Knoxville Visitor Center and at home. Always tasty, the music menu varies from one day to the next.

We add classic country in there, and bluegrass, and gospel, as well as singer-songwriters and folk music and country music and alt-country music. It’s all mixed together in this big pie. I call us the sort of red headed stepchild of radio because we’re sort of a station that plays all of the music that other radio stations don’t play. – Red Hickey, Blue Plate host

Music artists from around the block and the other side of the world are on the guest list. The energy and immediacy of a live music radio show gives them not only a chance to share their music in performance, but also the opportunity to talk about it.

It’s something you just don’t hear as much anymore… and it gives you a connection to the musicians that you otherwise wouldn’t have. – Peter Scheffler, Blue Plate fan

To find out more about the WDVX Blue Plate Special or to listen in online, turn your computer dial to

Broken Beauty

Look around Elizabeth Behan's Fairview home and you might suggest it's time for a more modern update... save your breath, because it's not gonna happen. She loves and lives among the old, the worn, the nostalgic.

A lot of time I hear that you were born at the wrong time, part of me that doesn't fit in. But this way I can draw from that and make it my style now, the merging of today and yesterday. – Elizabeth Behan, nostalgic artist

Elizabeth surrounds herself with pieces of the past that bring her joy. In old watches, typewriters, hinges, screws, and more, she sees beauty. And she gives bits and pieces of those discarded things new life… by turning them into jewelry. The worn-out is now worn.

Everything I see is jewelry. I could wear that, that could be jewelry. I think just that I'd wear it or make it to be worn, things not intended to be jewelry. – Elizabeth Behan

The broken becomes the beautiful. For Elizabeth, this artistic recycling is more than a creative means of expression, she believes it is born of inspiration.

The way that the Lord takes old cast away things and makes them beautiful. I want to do that, that's really what my jewelry says and people get that – Elizabeth Behan

Hockaday Brooms

Inside a small building in the Southwest corner of Tennessee, day after day, a century old family tradition is alive and thriving. It’s a tradition that starts growing broomcorn in the fertile farm fields of Selmer, and finishes in the determined and well worked hands of Jack Martin.

There’s not a day that I come out here, when I walk in and I’ll look at the equipment when I walk through the door, and I’ll think I can’t believe I make brooms for a living. I love what I’m doing. – Jack Martin, folk artist

It began a long time ago with great great grandfather Will Hockaday, was picked up by Jack Hockaday, then passed to Mildred Hockaday, Jack Martin’s mother. For more than 100 years now, Jack’s family, the Hockadays, have created brooms that are clearly hand crafted works of art. Museum quality pieces that have displayed at the Smithsonian, yet ironically and realistically were always designed for a destiny with dust and dirt.

We make about 15 different varieties, everything from a small whisk broom, hearth brooms, large and small hearth brooms, round and flat. And a lot of folks like the traditional round brooms. – Jack Martin

In the market for a Hockaday handmade broom? Or do you just want to find out more about Jack Martin? Visit the website at