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.

Korby Lenker performs "All in My Head", "Papercuts", "Soft as a Cactus" and "Now I Once Thought That I Was Strong" for WMOT's Finally Friday from Home.

Travis Linville performs "Blue Sky Bound", "See You Around", "Diamonds and Dust" and "I’m Still Here" for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

Paula Cole joins Words and Music to talk about her new album, 'American Quilt' and perform " Black Mountain Blues", "Wayfaring Stranger", and "Wonderful World".

Blackberry Smoke performs an acoustic set from their recent album, 'You Hear Georgia' for WMOT's Tuesday Night Special.

American rock band Blackberry Smoke - Made up of Charlie Starr (vocals, guitar), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums) and Brandon Still (keyboards) - has become known for a singular sound indebted to classic rock, blues, country and folk. 

Shannon McNally performs "I've Always Been Crazy", "Black Rose" and "We Had It All" for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

DL Rossi performs "Don't Wait Up", "Tumbling", "True Blue" and "Whiskey" for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke joins host, Jessie Scott for Words and Music to talk about the new album, 'You Hear Georgia'. Starr and the band perform "You Hear Georgia" and Ain't the Same".