895 Fest On Sale!

895 Fest On Sale Now!

WMOT presents 895 Fest, a two-day outdoor Americana music festival to be held the weekend of May 31 at Hop Springs Beer Park in Murfreesboro, TN. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Not every hobby gets its own national holiday, especially one in the seductive days of Spring. If there’s a “Souvenir Spoon Collectors Day” sweeping the nation each year, we haven’t heard of it. But vinyl junkies and music lovers have grown accustomed, in the manner of youngsters and Christmas, to the arrival of Record Store Day every April. For a dozen years now, fans have lined up before the sun rises to invest (yes, that’s the word) in their passion.

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Zoë Eve Nutt, child of Knoxville TN, lost hearing in her right ear – all of it - by the time she was eight years old. So she had time to assimilate that fact into life as an adult and as a musician, singing in choir, studying voice and pursuing a performance degree at Belmont University. Her left ear’s troubles came as more of an unnerving surprise.

“It was kind of a funny turn of events, where I found out what I really wanted to do, and at the same time, the universe seemed to be telling me NO,” Nutt said in a recent interview.

If you’re a devotee of WMOT, then it’s likely you’ve spent a good bit of your radio life tuning in around the left side of the FM dial. That’s because back in the mid 20th century, the Federal Communications Commission designated the lower frequencies between 88.1 and 91.9 as home to non-commercial and so-called “educational” stations. Public radio’s ways and means have evolved a lot since then, but its point is largely unchanged: to broadcast news, thoughtful talk and genres of music that commercial station won’t.

bizjournals.com/nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(OSBORNE)  -- David Briley is winning the money race as candidates to be Nashville’s next mayor begin the final 100 days of campaigning.

Four candidates are running for the city’s top post, including current mayor Briley, state lawmaker John Ray Clemmons, former Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain, and Metro Councilman At-Large John Cooper.

Nashville's tech sector continues to gather steam

1 hour ago
cyberstates.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- A new report says Nashville’s tech sector is booming.

The technology trade group Comptia says the Metro area added more than 2500 new tech jobs in 2018. That’s a 4.2 percent increase over the previous year.

Comptia’s Steven Ostrowski says that kind of growth puts Nashville in some impressive company.

“Only behind some of the bigger markets. San Francisco is first, of course, but then Charlotte, Raleigh, Orlando, Nashville. So they outperformed a lot of other cities around the country.”

Stars even series with 5-1 win over Predators after 4 in 1st

Apr 18, 2019
NHL.COM/PREDATORS

DALLAS (AP) — The bounce-back effort by Ben Bishop after a tough game didn't surprise Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery.

Dallas also got a power boost to go with Bishop's 34 saves, scoring three power-play goals in the first period on the way to a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night to even the best-of-seven series at two games each.

"It was nice to see the power play do it in such a dominant fashion," Montgomery said.

nashville.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have struck a deal that would limit community oversight boards that investigate police misconduct but maintain limited subpoena power.

A House-Senate panel voted Monday for legislation that would allow subpoenas only if an oversight board receives its city council's approval. The bill still requires full House and Senate votes.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee proposal to penalize some voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements has cleared the House.

Monday's vote bucked some voting rights groups, who fear a chilling effect on Tennessee's already-low turnout.

It next heads to the Senate floor.

Proper Sake, a taste of Japan in Middle Tennessee

Apr 12, 2019
WMOT

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  -- You might be surprised to learn that Nashville is now brewing its very own Sake, the traditional Japanese rice wine.

The Proper Sake brewery and taproom are located on Ewing Ave near Music City Center. Brewmaster Master Bryon Stithem was steaming a special Japanese rice on the loading dock the day WMOT visited.

When the steaming was complete, he moved the rice to a sterile room where Koji spores are added to kick off the fermentation process. It’s very much a hands-on process.

Hate crime victims now have safe spaces in Nashville

Apr 12, 2019
MNPD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- The Metro Police Department is launching a program that will provide victims of hate crimes a safe place to wait until officers arrive.

Metro LGBTQ liaison officer Katie Poole announced Thursday that four downtown businesses have agreed to be designated shelters in the city’s Safe Space Program.

Officer Poole says it's an idea that MNPD borrowed from Seattle.

senate.gov

WASHINGTON, DC. (OSBORNE) -- Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn is proposing legislation that would force internet service providers to offer “clear and conspicuous notice of their privacy policies.”

Blackburn’s proposal would also mandate users be given “opt-in” choices about how their personal information is used. Companies would not be permitted to deny service to customers who “refuse to waive their privacy rights.”

During Senate hearings Wednesday, Blackburn also suggested a stronger role for federal regulators.

MNPD

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Murfreesboro Police are investigating an explosion at an apartment complex popular with students located just north of Middle Tennessee State University.

Police say no one was injured in the explosion that occurred just before sunrise.

Investigators say the blast may possibly have been caused by an improvised explosive device.

Minor damage to a single apartment has been reported. MPD says the area has been cordoned off and part of the apartment complex evacuated.

DCSO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is removing one state court's review before executing inmates under legislation signed by Republican Gov. Bill Lee.

With Lee's approval Tuesday, Tennessee in July will begin skipping the state Court of Criminal Appeals and provide automatic state Supreme Court death penalty reviews.

Lee spokeswoman Laine Arnold has said the governor was deferring to the Legislature's will on the legislation.

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bizjournals.com/nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(OSBORNE)  -- David Briley is winning the money race as candidates to be Nashville’s next mayor begin the final 100 days of campaigning.

Four candidates are running for the city’s top post, including current mayor Briley, state lawmaker John Ray Clemmons, former Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain, and Metro Councilman At-Large John Cooper.

Nashville's tech sector continues to gather steam

1 hour ago
cyberstates.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- A new report says Nashville’s tech sector is booming.

The technology trade group Comptia says the Metro area added more than 2500 new tech jobs in 2018. That’s a 4.2 percent increase over the previous year.

Comptia’s Steven Ostrowski says that kind of growth puts Nashville in some impressive company.

“Only behind some of the bigger markets. San Francisco is first, of course, but then Charlotte, Raleigh, Orlando, Nashville. So they outperformed a lot of other cities around the country.”

Stars even series with 5-1 win over Predators after 4 in 1st

Apr 18, 2019
NHL.COM/PREDATORS

DALLAS (AP) — The bounce-back effort by Ben Bishop after a tough game didn't surprise Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery.

Dallas also got a power boost to go with Bishop's 34 saves, scoring three power-play goals in the first period on the way to a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night to even the best-of-seven series at two games each.

"It was nice to see the power play do it in such a dominant fashion," Montgomery said.

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Among those who lived through the terror is Clemantine Wamariya. Her memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War And What Comes After, recounts in wrenching detail her six-year trek in search of refuge from her country's killing fields. Co-authored with Elizabeth Weil, the book was published to acclaim in 2018 and is now out in paperback.

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Watch Ruston Kelly on the AmericanaFest Day Stage

Nashville based singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly was a breakout artist at the 2018 AmericanaFest, spend some time with his songs performed on our Day Stage