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.

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Margo Price joins Jessie Scott for a Words and Music session via Zoom from her Nashville home. In the session Price talks about the making her new album 'That's How Rumors Get Started'. The album was produced by Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price and Dave Ferguson and is available July 10, 2020.

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The Reverend Shawn Amos talks with Jessie Scott about his new creative path, quarantine jams that span the globe and inspiration in this Words and Music session.

Margo Price is celebrating the release of her new album, That’s How Rumors Get Started, with an initiative she’s calling “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!”.


Sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell, aka Larkin Poe, join Jessie Scott for a Words and Music session via Zoom. The sisters talk about their new album 'Self Made Man' and their love of blistering, loud and powerful music.




Elizabeth Cook joins a Words and Music session with Jessie Scott from the shower at her home in East Nashville. Cook talks about her upcoming record 'Aftermath' (due out September 11, 2020), her garden and working with Butch Walker in Los Angeles.



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Will Hoge releases his album Tiny Little Movies today, June 26, 2020. The album includes the song "Thats How You Lose Her" for which Hoge and his band recorded a performance video during a WMOT East Iris Session February 25, 2020.

Today we premiere the video "That's How You Lose Her" and his Words and Music interview with Jessie Scott, recorded at his home in Nashville.

The Mastersons chat with Jessie Scott via Zoom from their home in Los Angeles for a Words and Music session. Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, talk about their recent album 'No Time for Love Songs' and how they spend their days in quarantine. 



Americana female artists are releasing albums, songs and videos this week including a video from Margo Price, an album and lyric videos from Sarah Jarosz, video from Nicole Atkins, a remake by Ruby Amanfu and video by Waxahatchee.

NPR Music launches Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf, a weekly live video stream listening party featuring this year's top Tiny Desk Contest entries hosted by Bob Boilen, Contest judges, and NPR Member station DJs. Tune into the series on Thursday June 11 and then every Thursday until July 30.

On Tuesday, June 9 at 2 p.m., WMOT joins radio stations nationwide to play Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” in commemoration of the life of George Floyd.

Floyd’s gruesome killing May 25 has been the focus of international protests. Many communities are struggling with the issues raised by his death, including racial injustice and police misconduct. On June 9, Floyd will be laid to rest at a private ceremony in Houston, his hometown.

Participating stations will broadcast the Civil Rights Movement anthem at the same time that afternoon, coast-to-coast.

Maggie Rose will release her Help Myself May 28 with a virtual release party at 9 p.m. CDT.

Watch an interview with Steve Earle from his Nashville home earlier this month. Earle talks with Jody Denberg, a host at KUTX in Austin, about his latest album Ghosts of West Virginia. The album and converation centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. The interview was recorded via Zoom on May 18, 2020.

A concert benefiting the Georgia Music Foundation, "Gretsch Presents Georgia On My Mind” will stream an online Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. CDT. The show is hosted by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls and singer-songwriter Brent Cobb.

While 895 Fest is on hold for 2020, you can enjoy 18 hours of music from our 2019 festival starting next Friday, May 29 and running through Sunday, May 31.

Starting at Noon on May 29th, WMOT will broadcast last year's 895 sets in order on the radio and on our channel. 

You can listen to the radio broadcast on 89.5 FM over our 100,000 watt signal, on, on the NPR app, TuneIn app or on your smart speakers. 

David Ramirez will play requests and songs from his upcoming album, My Love is a Hurricane, May 23 at 8 p.m. CDT

All the Thyme in the World is a cookbook curated by Nashville based IVPR's Maria Ivey. Just after the Nashville tornadoes and the news of COVID-19, Ivey says she found herself thinking of the ways by which we communicate and connect.

Nashville singer-songwriter Jason Isbell will perform an acoustic livestream concert Friday, May 15 to celebrate the release of his new album Reunions on Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers.

Craving live music? Watch this week's featured quarantine live streams from artists Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, Marshall Champman and Colter Wall and Corb Lund


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Maya de Vitry performed live for the WMOT East Iris Studio video sessions at the end of February, 2020. De Vitry independently released her 2019 album How To Break a Fall. The album is her second independent release, her first was Adaptations in 2018.

WMOT Partners with StoryCorps to Launch StoryCorps Connect, Bringing Individuals Together to Conduct and Record Remote Conversations with Loved Ones Across Generations



Courtesy of the Steel Woods

The Steel Woods are getting the band back together and streaming live from the Woods Music Cross Creek Headquarters in Nashville. The stream starts at 8 p.m. CDT on NPR Live Sessions. 

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May 6, 2020

If you missed our video sessions from East Iris Studios on Public Radio Music Day April 16, 2020 you can still watch sessions on our Live Sessions at NPR page.

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Trigger Hippy performed on WMOT's Wired In stage at Analog in the Hutton Hotel in Nashville on Nov. 20, 2019. Just months before they released their album Full Circle and Then Some

Trigger Hippy was founded in 2009 by Steve Gorman (co-founder of the Black Crowes) and Nashville artist Nick Govrik. Gorman and Govrik added Ed Jurdi (Band of Heathens) and Amber Woodhouse to complete the group and the Full Circle and Then Some album. 


Watch the Secret Sisters live stream from their home in Muscle Schoals on Live Sessions at NPR starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7. 

The Secret Sisters, Laura and Lydia Rogers, released their album Saturn Return this spring on New West Records. The album was produced by Brandi Carlile and Tim and Phil Hanseroth.