Jessie Scott

Program Director/Host

Jessie Scott is WMOT program director, afternoon host and host of Wired In. Scott has a long history in radio and was the creator of XM's X Country channel.

Scott handles all music submissions for WMOT, booking for Finally Friday, Wired In and 895 Fest.

Kalen & Aslyn “Don’t Take It Out On Me”

You might not know their names under this new moniker, Kalen & Aslyn, but you just might be familiar with their music. Kalen enjoyed his first national notoriety with the psychedelic Southern Rock band Ponderosa, while Aslyn was a solo artist with a Top 40 single, “Lemon Love.” The duo met in Atlanta, where Kalen & Aslyn launched the synth-pop duo Dega. Kalen & Aslyn bring a new album on July 10th, Back of Our Minds, which brings a California country sensibility to a set of emotionally honest, gossamer spun tunes. 

The Mavericks have become quite the force of nature since they reunited back in 2012. And they have been checking ‘must do’ things off their list, like going to Cuba to make the PBS special Havana Time Machine, and starting their own label and management company. The latest wish fulfillment is recording a Spanish Language/Latin Music album En Espanol. Of course, Tex Mex and Tejano have always factored into their rich tapestry of sonics. It is an American melting pot, as is the band itself.

Dion DiMucci has had a front row seat to pop culture over the course of his mighty career starting way back in 1957 in New York City, doing street corner Doo Wop with his band The Belmonts. He went solo in the 60’s and was riding high on the charts before the British Invasion tsunami turned American music on its head.

All through this lockdown, we at WMOT have pondered the future of our artist community. Since it was already hard to make it pre-quarantine, it is immeasurably harder now. I know that many are putting these feelings into lyrics, especially now that they have so much time on their hands. 

The world had already started to change with singles being delivered in lieu of albums, as it has been for the last fifty years. And I think that the quarantine has hastened the delivery of single tracks, and many of them are in support of non-profits. WMOT thanks the artists, and applauds the initiative.

Here are 6 very recent additions.

Mavis Staples – “All In It Together”, produced by Jeff Tweedy, benefits Chicago’s My Block My Hood to ensure seniors have what they need to battle Covid.

Happy Mother's Day

May 9, 2020

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at WMOT. Listen for a special hour of mama themed music at 12pm CT on Sunday that spans the decades and the sentiments.

Over these past couple of decades, I cannot recall how many times I have been asked what Americana is. My standard answer references the Mojo Triangle, where the big bang of American music occurred. The area from New Orleans to Memphis to Nashville is credited with the birth of the seminal American music forms, Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock & Roll. All took wing from that fertile ground, propelled by the merging nationalities and sonic traditions of the American melting pot.

When we think about songwriting heroes, a very few women come to mind. That pantheon, unfortunately, is mostly populated by gods. Of course, all this speaks to how hard it was to have grown up in the unequal 50’s, when one’s horizon was limited by anatomy. One had to be laser focused and have a bit of luck to avoid the destiny that was most women’s “place.”.