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.

George Thorogood speaks with Words and Music about his recent Rounder Records release, 'Live In Boston, 1982'. Thorogood performs solo acoustic versions of "Who Do You Love", "The Sky is Crying" and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer".

Jimmy Buffett speaks with Words and Music host, Jessie Scott about his new album, 'Songs You Don't Know By Heart'. Buffett performs " Peanut Butter Conspiracy", "Tonight I Just Need My Guitar" and "I Found Me a Home" from his home studio.

Keb' Mo' performs his original Christmas song "When The Children Sing" for WMOT's 12 Days of Christmas. "When The Children Sing" was co-written with Mac Davis.

Mary Chapin Carpenter performs "Bells Are Ringing" for WMOT's 12 Days of Christmas.

Thanks to all the WMOT listeners who voted for their favorite albums played on WMOT in 2020!