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.

Watch the full set from the Cordovas, recorded at East Iris Studios for WMOT's Wired In. The Cordovas' set features songs from their 2020 album, Destiny Hotel. The Cordovas have performed more than 100 live streams on Facebook during the pandemic and created Nashville's most eclectic radio show, Strange Roots Radio. You can hear Strange Roots Radio on WMOT Sunday nights at 10 p.m. CT. Too late for you?

Singer-songwriter, Mando Saenz joins Words and Music to chat about his new album and perform "Cautionary Tale", "Rainbow In The Dark" and "The Deep End".

Esther Rose performs "Good Time", "How Many Times" and "Keeps Me Running" from her album 'How Many Times', plus her single "Songs Remain" for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home.

Curtis Salgado performs "I Don't Do That No More", "Hail Mighty Caesar", "Precious Time" and "Truth Be Told" from his album 'Damage Control' for WMOT's Finally Friday From Home

Rick Miller and Mary Huff of Southern Culture on the Skids join Words and Music to talk about the album they recorded in their living room during quarantine, 'At Home With Southern Culture On The Skids'. Don't miss performances of "Call Me", "Run Baby Run" and "Let Me Make You Happy".