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.

Murfreesboro, TN – Vibraphonist Stefon Harris talks about working with the greats and his new CD "Evolution."

Murfreesboro, TN – New York pianist Bill Charlap's new CD rethinks the Broadway tunes of classical composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein. Charlap's piano lines move easily the bounce of "Cool," the Cuban cadences of "America," and the brush-stroked "Glitter to Be Gay." His solo on "Somewhere" links Bernstein's intersection of the classics, American popular song, and jazz.

Murfreesboro, TN – This amazing local songstress is performing a string of local dates, plans to release a new album soon, and recently changed her address.

Tullahoma, TN – America's involvement in Iraq seems to highlight the point that, sadly, war is often accompanied by "war crimes." That fact is also illustrated in a new book by local historian Dr. Michael Bradley. But, as Shawn Jacobs reports, the "when" and "where" of these events may surprise you.

Murfreesboro, TN – The new 21-thousand square foot, four million dollar home of MTSU's Honors College opened recently.

Murfreesboro, TN – Jazz Pianist Mark Levine recently stopped in Nashville to conduct a workshop and jam.

Murfreesboro, TN – Students and faculty recognized Sexual Assualt Awareness Week, April 11-17.

Nashville, TN – A new slogan for Tennessee's department of tourism.

Murfreesboro, TN – Nashville joins seven other American cities chosen by the United Nation's Better World Campaign.

Murfreesboro, TN – The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced today 125 finalists for the 9th Annual Audie Awards, which honor excellence in audio publishing. Finalists were awarded in 27 categories that reflect the broad spectrum of creativity and innovation in spoken word entertainment.

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WMOT's Top 895 Americana Songs of All Time

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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.

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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.

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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