Val Hoeppner

Executive Director

Val Hoeppner is the executive director of WMOT 89.5, executive producer of Wired In, 895 Fest, 895 Sessions, 895 Feast and the AmericanaFest Day Stage presented by WMOT, World Cafe and NPR Music. Hoeppner joined WMOT in 2014 and helped transition WMOT from mixed format to American Roots in 2016.

Hoeppner also serves as the director for the Center for Innovation in Media at MTSU, supporting student media at Middle Tennessee State University.

Hoeppner moved to Nashville in 2008 to work for John Seigenthaler as the director of education for the Diversity Institute after a 20-year career in newspapers and media.

Michael Trotter, Jr. and Tanya-Blount Trotter
Courtesty of the Artist

Nashville-based duo Michael Trotter, Jr. and Tanya-Blout Trotter, the War and Treaty, celebrate the release of their album ‘Hearts Town’ with WMOT on Finally Friday. 

Set list: "Five More Minutes”, “Hustlin’ ”, “Beautiful” and 

Nashville-based artist, Shannon LaBrie performs songs from her upcoming album, 'Building' for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

East Nashville artist, Drew Holcomb performs songs and talks with host, Jessie Scott about making his album ‘Kitchen Covers’ during quarantine for Words and Music.


Set list:

  • Dragons
  • Family

Joe Firstman, frontman of the Nashville-based band, the Cordovas joins host, Jessie Scott for Words and Music. In this session the Cordovas perform songs from their upcoming album, 'Destiny Hotel' in the studio at Stager Microphones in East Nashville.


Set list:

"High Feeling"

"Rain on the Rails"

Val Hoeppner / WMOT

Watch a Wired In session with Nashville artist, Kim Richey as she performs songs from her career, including the recently released, A Long Way Back: The Songs of Glimmer. Richey talks about her career, creativity and the remaking of Glimmer with WMOT Wired In host, Jessie Scott. Wired In was taped at East Iris Studios in Nashville.

Australian turned Nashvillian, Anne McCue joins host Jessie Scott for a Words and Music session. McCue performs songs and talks about her life recording and producing music. 

Set list:

  • “Give Me Love”
  • “Desert in the Rain”
  • “Cowgirl Blues”
  • “Beautiful Thing”