The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance radio show held at noon, Monday through Saturday, at the Knoxville Visitor Center on the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive. It’s free and open to an audience of all ages! Hosted by Red Hickey, the WDVX Blue Plate Special is broadcast and webcast around the world. Nancy Beaudette made her debut at the famous “Blue Plate Special” on October 2nd, 2012.
The WDVX Blue Plate Special program was created in 1997, the same year WDVX started broadcasting as a community public radio station from a 14-foot camper studio in Norris, TN. The noontime show included themed broadcasts and occasional live performances from visiting artists. In late summer of 2005, WDVX brought back Knoxville’s rich tradition of mid-day live radio shows by producing the Blue Plate Special in front of a live studio audience from its new home in the Knoxville Visitor Center, located at 301 South Gay Street. The WDVX Blue Plate Special is now a signature event in downtown Knoxville and was recognized as the 2006 Knoxville Area Museum/Attraction of the Year.
From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, folk to funk, rockabilly to hillbilly, local to international, it’s all part of the real, live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special.