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.

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. 

Watch These Videos!

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.

WMOT has launched our new audio streaming service to provide our listeners a consistent and high quality experience.

For those of you who listen on, the TuneIn app, a smart speaker or the NPR app you won't need to do anything, just enjoy the music.

If you have been using our Roots Radio mobile apps on your Android or iPhone you will need to download the NPR app and set WMOT as your primary station.

On May 5th, WMOT is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. People all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level. We’ll be joining stations across the country to remind listeners about the importance of public radio in this difficult time ... and we need your help.

As a loyal listener and supporter of WMOT, we’re inviting you to call our brand new WMOT Listener Line and share your thoughts about WMOT and the role it plays in your life.

Americana artists Michael Trotter, Tanya Trotter (The War and Treaty), and Todd Snider launched podcasts from quarantine in recent weeks. 


Michael and Tanya Trotter’s podcast sessions are streamed live on IGTV and Snider’s on Twitch and Facebook Live.


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Tim O'Brien and his band joined the WMOT Public Radio Music Day celebration with a video session at East Iris Studios, Feb. 24, 2020. O'Brien's most recent album Tim O'Brien Band was released in 2019 and included the song "Diggin' My Potatoes".

My Sister, My Brother on Inspiration During Uncertain Times My Sister, My Brother is debuting their quarantine inspired virtual video for “Forever Now” on WMOT.

This comes on the heels of their recent self-titled EP release on March 6, 2020.

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Michaela Anne joined WMOT at East Iris Studios for our Public Radio Music Day video sessions and performed songs from her recent album, "Desert Dove". 

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Brian Wright brought his band of six Sneakups into the studio at East Iris for WMOT's East Iris Studios video sessions in late February 2020. Brian Wright and the Sneakups new album "Lapse of Luxury" will be released on Cafe Rooster Records May 8, 2020.

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Nashville artist Will Hoge joined WMOT at East Iris Studios back in February 2020 for our Public Radio Music Day video sessions. Hoge debuted "The Curse" on WMOT for Public Radio Music Day, April 16. 2020. The full album, Tiny Little Movies will be released June 26, 2020.

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Sierra Hull's most recent album 25 Trips was released on February 28, 2020. Just before the album release, Hull joined WMOT for an interview and live performance video session at East Iris Studios in Nashville. 

Will Hoge is debuting his song "The Curse" on WMOT today to celebrate Public Radio Music Day. Hoge will release his album Tiny Little Movies June 26, 2020. 

Hoge was one of the artists who helped launch WMOT Roots Radio Sept. 2, 2016 and his special Public Radio Music Day video set from home is a continuation of his relationship with public radio music stations.

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Honestly, we couldn't say it better than The War and Treaty does. Tanya and Michael Trotter both discovered music on public radio music stations. WMOT and pubic radio throughout the country welcomed the duo and amplified their music. Get inspired by their Public Radio Music Day Ambassador message and video from some of their WMOT performances.

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WMOT and public radio stations throughout the country introduce you to new music and connect you with artist. To celebrate Public Radio Music Day, April 16, 2020 we put together a playlist of some of our discoveries during the past year.

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WMOT and our video crew spent two days in February shooting music videos with Will Hoge, Sierra Hull, Katie Pruitt, Brian Wright, Tim O'Brien Band, Michaela Anne and Maya de Vitry. This playlist and collection of artists is a just a slice of the American Roots music you hear on WMOT.