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.

Darrell Scott has been productive during the pandemic, recording and releasing two albums Jaroso and Darrell Scott Sings the Blues of Hank Williams. Scott recorded his newest project, Jaroso live in a small adobe church in Colorado on the New Mexico border. Scott talks with Words and Music host Jessie Scott and performs “Lost Highway” , “There’s a Stone Around My Belly” and “The Day Before Thanksgiving”.

Emily Beaver

Discovering new music is hands down the best part of my job. For me, obviously because I love music, but it’s also rewarding to share new music with you every day on the radio, each week on the Local Brew Hour, plus here in Liner Notes. There’s something about Foster McGinty’s catchy, upbeat, Stonesy sound - complete with crunchy guitars, background vocals and harmonica that offers a bit of brightness and fun in these dark and serious times. Foster McGinty was born in Memphis, Tennessee but grew up in southeast Missouri and has lived in Los Angeles, New York and now here in Nashville.

Courtesty of the Artist

Ida Mae, the duo Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean perform songs from their new album, 'Raining For You' from their quarantine apartment in the U.K. Set list: "Raining For You", "Breaking The Shadows", "Reaching" and "If You Don't Love Me".

Suzanne Santo performs songs from Los Angeles for Finally Friday at Home. Set list: "Bad Beast", "Fall For That", "Mercy" and "Blood On Your Knees".

Twisted Pine performs songs from their new album 'Right Now' to celebrate its release. The band gets creative, staging a show at the Canada/U.S. border during quarantine, using green screens and guest performers to bring together a unique pandemic party. 


Special guests include Sierra Hull, Jerry Douglas, Liv Greene, Kevin Barry, Lyle Brewer, Jacob Jolliff and Dean Mahoney.



Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean, the husband and wife duo, Ida Mae speak with host Jessie Scott for Words and Music from quarantine in the U.K. Chris and Stephanie perform: "Break the Shadows", "Raining for You" and "Deep River" from their new album ‘Raining for You’.